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Happy Easter.. Buona Pasqua!  Let’s celebrate the new life… wishing you a fun filled Easter, Passover, Spring!

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This morning I bumped into this soul, taking in the sunrise.

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It’s lambing season on many farms this time of year and on a weekend much like this past one, this little guy came into the world on our farm.

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Tobey’s weigh-in @ 5 minutes old

Winds were howling through the barn, we had no power and he decided to deliver breech. So by kerosene lantern and a little assistance from me he was born healthy along with his two sisters.. triplets! We were going to name him ‘blizzard’ for obvious reasons 🙂 but instead decided on Tobias.. Tobey.  So, I’m wishing all shepherds a much calmer upcoming weather week and smooth birthings.

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Proud Mama, Lydia & young Tobias

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Happy Spring

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With the falling of 22 more inches of new fallen snow today, ugh… I was reminded of this post and how much our guys (not the princess, though) just loved a good snow storm. 🙂

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IMG_4868Whenever we see the word “herb” most of us think of small, fragrant plants that Grandmother grew in a corner of the vegetable garden: Basil, thyme, rosemary, mints, dill, savory, sage, parsley, chives, anise and marjoram.  The word, however includes all plants that do not develop a woody tissue.  It was perhaps 100 million years ago when Mother Nature executed one of its major miracles and evolved the enclosed seed which contains all the chromosomes essential for the growth of a complete plant organism.

Tens of thousands of species of herbs help make our flowering world.  The leaves of grasses, flowers, weeds, annuals and biennials are soft and succulent, not stiff and enduring like the needles of pines, hemlocks and spruces. The hard, encased seed is the basis of the herbs that clothe our fields and meadows, uplands and forest glens.  For even as the massive oak develops its seed in a hard shelled fruit, so also does a tiny violet nestling unseen among the thick-growing grasses of the meadow.

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The violet who will lift its blue cheerful face to the golden sun in these upcoming warm Spring days is a fragile plant, but when Spring, summer and fall have passed into eternity, it has a time-tested method of protection while zero temperatures freeze Earth’s breast.  The life power of the violet and countless other small herbs simply withdraws into the roots of the plant beneath the soil surface.  In the dormant roots, waiting for time to be fulfilled, is a force man cannot comprehend.  Too often we walk unseeingly; we look but we do not see.  None of us can understand the mystery of life, but each of us can feel the glory that is all about us.  When you walk the countryside in these up and coming warmer months heading our way, you will be surrounded by the wonder of herbaceous life.  Tread gently.

 

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