Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Breaking Free From Hibernation
March 19th we sourced our seeds and potato starters and planted Raspberries, a Semi-Dwarf Cherry Tree and a Bartlett Pear in our continuing effort to become more self-sufficient in our food. Haley totally doesn't understand the garden yet, and honestly I'm afraid of the day she figures out there is food in there. She is a devil. She loves to dig. When we planted the trees we fenced them in with leftover plastic fencing from a couple of years back. Within a couple days she had shredded the fencing and John had to replace it with chicken wire. She got a solid scolding. She's dug around the fence a little since, but nothing like the damage she initially did. For the most part now she is focused on the compost bin. We will need to modify that again to keep her out. She's done major damage to a couple of other trees, jumping and tugging. I think she does it more chasing birds than for any interest in the tree itself. We are absolutely amazed at the damage she did to the rosebush - more so due to the volume of huge thorns and lack of damage to Haley than anything. She looks all sweet and innocent, but you turn your back and she becomes one rough tough non-stop destruction tool.
John's got the bikes about ready to go. He needs to get the shock rebuilt on his dirtbike, but may be delaying that project for now. The need to get out and play is overwhelming. The weather has been tricky. We did have one deep freeze this year that killed off trees and shrubs. We'll be addressing that once we kick back into our farming activities. For now we are waiting to see the extent of recovery if any, and holding off for the last frost. Until then, some days are gorgeous - we've already seen 85 degrees, and some are dismal - hardly breaking 45 degrees. We've taken Haley on her first hike - only took a couple miles to get the hang of her harness. John's been taking his mountain bike out in the afternoons after work. I've even taken to going for walks during my lunch break.
knitting blog about the trip if you are interested in pictures.
Soon we will be breaking out of hibernation. I look forward to summer and motorcycling again. It's just a matter of waiting out the high winds and sand storms now as temperatures continue to climb.