Friday, March 19, 2010

Happy first day of Spring!

Today is the last day of Winter.  Thank the good Lord!  Tomorrow is the first day of Spring.  It is very welcomed here.  The daffodils have already about bloomed themselves out.  Now our orchard is coming alive with some pretty blossoms.  The white blossoms above are of our green gage plum tree.

Today was a very pretty day.  It was actually hot!  So I took some photos of the place.

The above photo is of Ed's new beehive.  I painted it for him yesterday.  He mixed up some left over paints and this is the color it turned out.  Sky blue, isn't it pretty?  He will be getting another pkg of bees next month.  So he has to have their new home all ready for them.  He was given a free hive of bees last month.   Those need to be moved into a new hive, but we aren't sure how to accomplish that.  As they have made comb in a hive box without foundations.  Anyway, after getting the next pkg. of bees that will make 3 hives we have.  Hopefully we will be putting up a "local honey for sale" sign next to the eggs for sale sign.  : )

This is a photo of my seed starting in my kitchen.  There will be lots of  peppers, tomatoes and onions, leeks, eggplant and squash, cucumbers, and cole crops in our garden this year.  I can't wait until that green house is finished!  Speaking of which, here are some photos of the progress being made on it.

This is how the greenhouse looked early this afternoon.  Then I went back in the house to vacuum and dust.  When I came back outside .......
This is what I found!  My dear husband is making great progress in getting this built.  It is going to be quite large.  The measurements will be 12' X 32'.  I think I should have plenty of room for growing veggies year round and for starting them for the garden each year.  He would have made it another 4 ft. wider, but we are right up against the orchard on the left and the berry rows on the right.

Below are a few more shots of it. 
I was standing on the turkey porch and took this shot.  You can see beehive number 1 in the lower right hand corner of this photo.

This is Ed (in the hat) and Dad at the end of the day.

This is the hardworking man himself.  It is amazing what he can accomplish!  I am sorry ladies, but I do believe I have the very best husband in the world.  : )

These windows will become the walls of the greenhouse.  Ed has been collecting them for some time to have enough.  Can you not wait until it is finished?  I sure can't !
This is a shot of our little peach tree in bloom.

The two Tom turkeys strutting thier stuff.
A close up of one of them.  They are pretty big now.
The rooster here is one of our Dark Cornish/Speckled Sussex crosses.  He has the broadbreast of his mother the Dark Cornish, and the bigger size of his Sussex father.  We had 3 hatched out and all three turned out to be roosters.  They will be added to the freezer as soon as Ed had time to do that chore.  Along with 4 more roosters in the other yard.

I was standing on the pallet walkway in the laying hen area looking toward the turkey, dark cornish barn/pen.  The rooster in this photo is our Aracana the girls have named Rainbow.  Under the white tarp in the back ground is the building materials to make the cow barn out of.  That is next on Ed's list of things to do this year.

And here are the girls taking their first swim of the season.  It was hot outside, but that water was very cold and they didn't last but about 20 minutes "swimming"  LOL!

There you have another fine day on the farm at Bountiful Acres.  Make sure to check back and watch the progress of the greenhouse.  You never know what else we might be doing here.

May the Lord bless you!


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful and beautiful start to your spring! It is so inviting. Sure wish I lived closer for that honey and the eggs.

ledamewood said...

Love reading your blog. You sure do make your 2 acres go a long way.

Lynn D

Mrs. Swinson said...

Hi Leslie! Yes it is a great start to our Spring. I wished you were closer too! I would be happy to supply you with eggs and honey.

Mrs. Swinson said...

Hi Lynn! We are fortunate that our land is flat and mostly cleared. That way we can make the most of it. I am sure we are the talk of the neighbors and they think just how many buildings do those people think they need? LOL! Well as many as we need to do the job. When Ed is finished with the greenhouse then he will start on the cow barn. That ought to keep em talking! : )

Suzanne said...

That will be a lovely greenhouse! Thanks for stopping by and visiting, i look forward to stopping by again:-)

Anonymous said...

Nice building project. I wish I was there to help, I am sure I will be there to reap some of the harvest lol. Your little brother Jeff :-)

Mrs. Swinson said...

Hi Suzanne, I am so excited about our greenhouse. I will have lots more to share in the future with my adventures in it!

Mrs. Swinson said...

Hi Jeff! I am sure you will be here in plenty of time for harvest. Can't wait until then.

A Country Homemaker said...

Oh my husband would absolutely love to know your secret to success with your turkeys! The last two times we have purchased and tried, they have died rather quickly. Any ideas?

Mrs. Swinson said...

Hello A Country Homemaker! I would love to "talk turkey" with you! You may email me directly at edndebswin at verizon dot net if you like and we can go into detail about how we have had wonderful results with our turkeys.