It’s getting busy at the farm.
As the frost season unofficially ended last week (there was one however on Wed morning so we still need to keep an eye on the temperature) the plan is to get all the seedlings that have been growing beautifully in the green house (minus the ones that I watered at the wrong time so died or are too weak to plant now – the Farmer was not a happy camper that day) into the ground so they can get well established before the days heat up. My Farmer has been working long hours getting the beds prepared often coming in only when all the daylight has gone. Mind you that doesn’t always stop him as he has been known to plough by tractor headlight to get a paddock prepared and to plant by head torchlight to get a crop planted.
Not all the crops come from seedlings: for some vegetables, the seeds are sown directly into the soil. We had a friend visiting recently so with his assistance we planted okra and 5 different types of zucchini then set up the drip irrigation to water them going forward: it’s amazing what a difference an extra person can make to getting a job done. We finished the initial hand watering as the sun was setting so it was a lovely way to end the day.
We’re still weeding the garlic (it’s a mammoth task due to all the weed growth this winter) however we’re making progress with just a couple more rows to go. Two paddocks of hay were cut last week so will be baled in a few days’ time once it has a had a chance to dry a little: it’s good to see the work that was carried out in late autumn come to fruition. The neighbour’s cows will munch their way through the hay stalks and in return will add their manure to the soil that will later be ploughed in for next season’s hay crop. I really enjoy witnessing the farming cycles.
The grape vines are growing rapidly so one of my tasks is to tie up the new growth. When you do a task many times over you start to realise how physical a routine task come be when repeated: I estimated that I did at least 550 squats last weekend securing the new growth vine so no wonder I had sore butt and thigh muscles come the end of the day.
Our chicken Bianca is sitting on a clutch of eggs at the moment so very soon we will have some new additions to the hen house. She started sitting on about 4 eggs but we realised on the weekend that as other hens were laying next to her, she was pulling the eggs in underneath her so she’s now sitting on 16 eggs!
When we do the things that make us happy, it’s easy to feel good about the day, however we’ve all experienced days when we’re less enthused about the tasks ahead. When you do have days where you would prefer to be somewhere else, doing something else, here are a few simple and regular practices that you can incorporate into your day regardless of where or what you’ll be doing and make it a happy one!
To find out how, pop over to my blog now to read 3 Simple Steps To A Happy Day.
Til next time, wishing you a day filled with love, laughter and happy days!
Joanna xo 🙂