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Topsy-turvy weather and general happenings

We've gotten quite the bag of weather in the last two weeks. Last week, we had record highs, pushing over 30 degrees for a few days there with lots of sun. Then, this past Tuesday, the temperature dropped and we were drenched with two and a half days of heavy rains. Then, yesterday morning, we woke to sleet and little patches of snow on the ground.

Thankfully, however, we were able to get our potato crop in the ground for the year, when we had the unseasonably warm weather. And now, they've gotten a good drenching to get them going. But, the ground has been so dry this spring, I don't think it will be long before all of the water is soaked up and we'll have to start watering. We were also able to get some onions in the ground. But, for the rest of the garden, we'll be waiting until the end of the month, to hopefully put behind the danger of frost for the season.

The chicks are doing well and we have five additional chicks to the flock, which were hatched out by our two broody orpington hens. We have since moved them into the brooder, as it appeared as though the hens were not getting up out of the nesting boxes to show the chicks how to find food and water. But, everyone now is doing well and growing fast.

The other interesting thing that's been happening out here is that I've begun to help one of our neighbours a couple days a week with getting his crops in the ground. My job thus far has been running the tractor with the “rock picker”. It's been going pretty well. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that driving a tractor wasn't too difficult. It's like a combination between our lawn tractor and standard transmission 3/4 ton truck.

Apart from this, life's been pretty routine around here. Now, we just have to get the rest of the garden in, as soon as the weather turns a little more clement again.



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