May Day — slow progress

I felt like an update was needed on the slow progress of spring this year. It is May 1st today and Milo and I took a walk through the woods all the way to school — the first such trip this year. (The girls will walk through the woods to school on Monday for the first time). The snow is almost all gone and the ground isn’t too boggy, but there are still no peepers peeping. Still no robin in the nest. No leaves on the trees. No forsythia in bloom…

Dead robin :( sad day

Dead robin 😦 sad day

We found a dead robin by the chimney the day after I posted the last blog post. It was a sad find. We left him where he was and he was eaten up by something, or several things, within 24 hours. Figured all the animals could use the help. I am really hoping it wasn’t our resident mama robin.

Smelling the flowers

Smelling the flowers

The daffodils are in bloom and the rhubarb is poking through. We have a warm week forecast (between 14 – 20 degrees) so I’m expecting to see more green things growing in the garden by next weekend. And probably some bugs. (Milo swears he killed a black fly with a nerf gun bullet today, but I remain sceptical.)

Milo helped me make their bed and move the piggies outside

Milo helped me make their bed and move the piggies outside

It was clean-out day for the guinea pigs so I moved them into their outdoor cage. At last! I’ll fill it full of hay before bedtime to keep them warm. This day has been a long time coming for them. I’m surprised they weren’t popcorning all day long (that great jump for joy they do when they are extra happy). The kids are doing the juvenile human equivalent of popcorning – heading straight outside after school (Evie in her special farm girl clothes) to explore and collect and run.

We found this little chickadee nest on the path to school today

We found this little chickadee nest on the path to school today

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