The mid March deep freeze has given way to a return of springlike weather. Most days don’t even require a jacket and evenings only a light one or a sweatshirt. Most of the daffodils that laid face down during the frigid days and nights have risen back up to the sun, the tulips buds are showing the beginning of color, about to split open into vivid shows. All of the flowering almonds and pears burned, but the Japanese cherries are bursting with halos of light pink blooms. The forsythias at the school bus stop that were browned, found a few more buds and have a smattering of yellow showing.
Though we are less than a half mile from the bus stop, we reside in a hollow that everything blooms slightly later. Our forsythia had not started to bloom before the freeze and is now beginning to burst forth with color, just as the lilac buds are forming adjacent to them.
Soon, the bank by our car park will be riotous with color and fragrance.
With the return of the springlike temperatures have come the waves of rain and thunderstorms. A day of calm sun followed by a day of rain and sometimes wind. Yesterday was near 80ºf and bright sun, today it will be in the upper 60’s or low 70’s but thick and gray.
Between the time of this photo having just gotten back from the bus stop, and the time granddaughter and I left for preschool, the fog rolled in.
The 3 flags almost hidden by the fog, mark three of the tiny firs that we planted last weekend. The every other day rain has been helpful in keeping them watered. When we have a streak of dry weather, the tractor bucket will be filled with water and driven up the row while a garden bucket is used to pour a gallon or so on each little tree every couple of days. We are toying with buying some of the 24″ mulch rings to put around them to help keep the grass and weeds down and away from the trunks and to help preserve the moisture around them. The tiny trees are much too small to use the self watering sacs that can be used on a larger sapling, though the red maple may be large enough for one of them.
The chicks are now 2 1/2-3 weeks old and no longer the cute little fuzz balls they were. They look like little dinosaurs and sound much like them too, no longer peeping, but squawking. They can easily fly out of the big water trough that is their brooder, kept inside only by the window screen laid on top. All have wing and tail feathers and were going through the quart size water and feeder in less than a day, so yesterday they graduated to a 7 lb feeder with a lid on top so they can’t accidentally fall inside and get trapped, soiling the food for the rest and they got a 5 quart water dispenser as there is no fear of one drowning in the edge where they drink. They desperately need to be moved to the garage and thoroughly cleaned but the tub is too heavy for one person to carry and it is raining. Maybe tomorrow when the sun is out, it can be dragged up the hill to the garage side of the house and moved into the garage. With the coldest night expected in the mid 40’s with two mother tables in the bin and with feathers coming in, they should be fine. Having them in the basement is a dirty, smelly idea, but was necessary with the nights in the teens. If they were outside with a hen, she would have them out and running around, scratching and dust bathing by now regardless of the temperature.
As we approach Earth Day and with the emphasis by our current governing body to undo all of the regulations that have been put in place to protect our planet and environment, and as a former science teacher and still a proponent for science research and development, I have purchased another t shirt to wear during the auxiliary March for Science on the campus of the local University in town. Now, I’m not sure which of my two I will wear that day, but they are going to be worn before and after as well. We can’t be silent. Science and our environment are too important to hide our heads in the sand and ignore what is going on. Undoing regulations and removing the budgets to allow science research is NOT going to make America better! (mini rant over)