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Rather abruptly it has become Spring.  The snow melted and underneath bulbs were ready to pop up.  It’s been a bit of a treasure hunt to walk around looking for things poking up out of the ground.

And for a few days in a row I kept looking for the first crocus, and then, there it was!

I loved the way these two looked, sort of like the inside of a kaleidoscope.  Good thing I took a picture because moments later Tabitha came over and beheaded one.

Spring also means playing outside, running around in the fresh air, and apparently-taking one’s clothes off. That’s right, the moment it was sunny and relatively mild Clark and Tabitha book took their pants off.  Much giddiness ensued. Also, much bike riding, swinging, digging in the sandbox, and drawing with chalk on the driveway.

The kids’ new umbrellas got put to good use.

I’m already worried that we’re behind on garden preparation and planning.  I did open up the garden to some digging, which Clark and the chickens enthusiastically did.  And I got a wheelbarrow full of nice aged manure, but now it has filled up with water, so I guess I’ll be adding liquid aged manure to our beds.

And yesterday and last night it rained pretty steadily, leading to some spectacular flooding and roads closed all around us. We drove around this morning for an hour checking it all out.

Above is a field adjacent to the river. This is a field usually occupied by a flea market in the summer. Below is a section of road completely covered in water.

And if you look at where the bridge is in the photo below, you can see how far back the river is and just how far the water has come!

And finally, three days ago, our favorite sign of spring: Big Green Froggie woke up, thawed out, and came to the top of the pond, surprising me as I looked at the window and saw our giant amphibian sitting in his favorite flower pot:

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About Sarah

I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

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  1. Would you believe I visited your site today hoping for a post like this?

    We recently did a book display for a local garden club. I’ve got this book at home and it makes me think of you – I’m SO jealous of the life you get to live! I want chickens in the worst way (the kids wouldn’t be bad, either).

    http://www.amazon.com/Backyard-Homestead-Produce-food-quarter/dp/1603421386/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268847389&sr=8-1

    EL Group T is Skyping this weekend – I’m so excited! I wish we weren’t so spread out and could get together in person.

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    • i got Paul that book for Father’s Day last year!! we are hoping to get more chickens this year and just today I planted our peas. Bring on the spring and the gardening!

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