A Very Productive Weekend!

This weekend we pulled out all the fence posts from one fence row and built a new fence to expand the pasture for the sheep. That took all of Saturday and part of Sunday.

Here's the new fence and the happy sheep.

Here’s the new fence and the happy sheep.

Next I dug up four grape vines that were succumbing to overspray every spring from the field to our South. I moved them to our new “vineyard”, where they will hopefully be safe, along with the 6 new vines I planted. The varieties are Mars, Himrod, & Canadice.

Ten little grape vines, all in a row.

Ten little grape vines, all in a row.

Next I turned up the soil for our new raspberry patch. This will be just North of the Silkie chicken pen. They are Heritage variety red raspberries & the patch is a arch shape, at the center of which I hope to put a fountain someday.

All cozy in her new home!

All cozy in her new home!

Then I was plum worn out & decided to just wander around and enjoy the sights…

The asparagus is coming up nicely.

The asparagus is coming up nicely.

The kitchen salad garden is off to a very nice start.

The kitchen salad garden is off to a very nice start.

The ducklings are enjoying the sunshine on this beautiful day.

The ducklings are enjoying the sunshine on this beautiful day.

And now it's time for everyone to have a nap.

And now it’s time for everyone to have a nap.

Waiting…

We’re down to the last month of waiting on Eva’s lambing date.  On Saturday night (2/2/13) I actually felt her baby (or babies) kick!  She’s had her selenium shot and her CD&T vaccine, so we’re pretty much all ready.  Just waiting for March 5th.

I’m also very anxiously waiting for a call from the Post Office.  I have a shipment of Silkie eggs coming from Tennessee.  The incubator is all set up & has been since Friday.  Unfortunately they did not arrive on Saturday, as we’d hoped, and have been waiting in the cold.  I am so happy that the seller put in a heatpack.  Maybe they won’t be frozen.

I am frustrated with the USPS tracking system.  The package had no update on it’s movement since Friday, when it was in Knoxville, until this morning, when it says it departed Champaign Illinois….  at 4:49AM on Feb. 3.  I sure hope they manage to make it today!

I do have to say that the Alexis, IL, Post Office is fantastic.  They always call me right away to let me know when chicks or goslings or eggs have arrived.  They also make sure to call me and let me know if nothing has come, if they know I’m expecting a delicate package.  I really love our local postal workers…  I wish all towns had such great people taking care of their precious parcels.