|back of barn with DeKalb Ag sign|
|front of the barn|
Saw my friend Laurie over at Whitegrass and she invited Cathy and me to come by that evening for the staff dinner. Got to meet lots of new people and reconnect with some old friends. It is basically a highly interconnected expatriate community with origins largely from Washington.
|Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)|
I learned how to split locust for fence posts, and made supports for the eight apple trees. Hard steady work with a sledgehammer and maul, but I know the posts will last. Sixteen locust posts for eight apple trees equals more than $100 for the same number of metal T-posts at Tractor Supply.
The phoebes were back so early this year, and bluebirds were checking out our bluebird box on the fence in front of the house. The trees are budding, the coltsfoot was in full bloom all along the driveway. It is always the earliest wildflower to bloom, even before the snow melts. The raspberries were budding, the garlic was coming up, but nothing else yet.