It's been a busy week filled with spring chores, wildlife sitings and emerging leaves. Each day the leaves have pushed out a little further, closing in the view little by little, a solid haze of lime green filling the spaces between the tree trunks.
Around and about the land over the past 10 days I've seen a fox, a wild turkey, giant carp, blue-headed vireos, baby cows, five yellow fluff ball goslings and an orange cat named Toulouse. It's been pretty active.
We have almost completed a ho-moaner job from hell, the scrubbing and cleaning and refinishing of the 4 porches/decks around the house and studio. Yes we have four porches, the really bad news is that all together there are about 120 pickets in the railings, all of which have to be painted by hand with a brush. Argh- but they do look pretty spiffy and we have vowed to clean annually and refinish again in 3-5 years instead of the 7 years its been since we touched them. All that is left is the small back stoop at the kitchen door, which has no railing- it will be quick and then we'll be free of that project that's been hanging over us for about 3 weeks! Word to the reader, if I had it to do over, I might consider that plastic wood and a different kind of railing.
In the gardens the peas are reaching for the sky, lettuce is big enough to pick, leeks and asparagus are being harvested by the armload. The tulips and daffodils are finishing, the columbines and iris are beginning and we eagerly await the opening of the first peony, but that won't be for a couple of weeks. We take daily tours of the garden to see what's new, what's grown, what's opened since the day before, it's a wonderful time to exist.