It’s all “back on the farm” today. I’m getting my paws back on the ground after being at IFAAB (lots of article topics to come from there) and three heavenly vacation days in Tucson. I’m also finally feeling like myself after re-arranging my brain two and a half weeks ago in a fall, so I’m feeling a tad behind. Stay tuned for lots of pithy content to come, and forgive my indulging myself this week in a short post.
It’s very March-y here in Wisconsin. Snowy/rainy/sleety/sunny–you name it, it’s a typical March in Wisconsin. This morning it’s warm and sunny, after a huge thunderstorm blew through last night, threatening to cut off my access to the last Downton Abbey show (a crisis beyond description). But now that the storm has past, it’s feels very springish. There are even bulbs poking their pointy ovals of green out of the mud. I can barely imagine flowers blooming here, after a typical winter of black and white, grey and brown. But soon there will be daffodils and scilla and crocus waving their glory in the breeze. I can barely wait. And lambs too! Lady Godiva is due just a month from now. I’m hoping for twins, so cross your hooves for me.
Flowers were abundant in the botanical gardens at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. I love the contrast of feathery petals and cactus spines along one of the paths:
Here’s a lovely stand of Saguaro, a cactus unique to the Sonoran Desert and a few areas of Mexico and southern California. These noble plants are home to many a bird, including woodpeckers, flickers, elf owls and canyon wrens. I grew up surrounded by saguaros and always love to see them.
We also visited Sabino Canyon, a truly gorgeous area just outside of Tucson. You can take a trolley up up and up the canyon, and hike down all or part of the trip. Great birding if you are so inclined (Broad-billed Hummingbird, Phainopepla for example.)
Now that we’re home, the farm is all about garden clean up not done in fall, getting the barn cleaned out and ready for lambing, and working Maggie to prepare her for her first trial at the end of May. She’s made so much progress in the last year–more confident staying on contact with the sheep, driving well at least at short to moderate distances, learning her whistles–but she and I both have a long way to go to be truly trial ready.
Meanwhile, back at your “farm,” have a good week. I’m off to try to catch up!