Good Signs

The fields are turning green, the maples are starting to bud and yesterday I saw a large flock of geese–flying north.

Good signs.

Our seed potatoes arrived yesterday and our starts are ready.  But it’s still raining, with more forecast.  It’s too wet to plant, of course.  I’m worried that we may get washed out.  At a minimum, we’ll be off to a late start.

It will be a while before our muddy gardens are ready for planting.

It will be a while before our muddy gardens are ready for planting.

Our old buck Johnny’s health is failing.  He’s having trouble keeping up with the herd these days.  Yesterday he fell and I had to help him up.  He has spread his seed generously, but he’s entered the twilight of his life.

With nearly 300 kids to his credit, he's not the young buck he once was.

With nearly 300 kids to his credit, he’s not the young buck he once was.


There were deer in the front yard yesterday morning, and wild turkeys at the barns.  It’s the time of year when food is scarce, even as we’re on the eve of a food avalanche.



We picked up our pork from the processor yesterday–hundreds of pounds of premium whole-hog sausage. Our pigs spent their lives happily on pasture, eating a natural, healthy GMO-free diet.  They were never given any hormones or antibiotics.  They reward us with the best sausage available.


So I’ll begin this beautiful morning, ripe with the expectation of spring, with a breakfast of farm-fresh eggs and pastured-pork sausage.  I can’t think of a better meal to begin a day.


14 comments on “Good Signs

  1. BeeHappee says:

    I am so jealous of that sausage. 🙂
    300 kids, that is some dude. He looks pretty wise though.
    Hope it dries out for you soon, I can just feel impatience in your words to dig into that dirt. For now, just dig into that sausage. 🙂


    • Bill says:

      I’m trying to be patient about the soil. But all seedlings ready to go, and getting leggy while they wait, make that difficult.

      It’s great sausage. Come on over for breakfast sometime. 🙂

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  2. Seeking Joyful Simplicity says:

    Wow, 300 kids – how did you keep track of them all? How old is he? Sad to think this may be his last year to experience spring.

    So envious of your pork supply.
    Happy spring planting


    • Bill says:

      Thanks Michelle. I have a low-tech record-keeping system, but it works for us. Johnny is 9. He was the first goat born here. Maybe he’ll perk up. I thought he was done last year but he rallied and we have a pasture full of kids as a result. But he’s way past his prime. Buck goats don’t live as long as nannies.

      I’m glad to have pork again. I don’t eat it unless we raised it, and we’ve been out a while. Breakfast around here just got better. 🙂

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  3. dilipnaidu says:

    Hope the rains stop and you have a lovely crop 🙂


  4. That does look pretty muddy. Hope you start to dry out soon, so you can get ready for the “avalanche”. Good description. That old buck. What a great life.


    • Bill says:

      And more rain is forecast for today and tomorrow. It’s a muddy mess around here.
      I’ve read that ancient cultures called this time of year the “starving time.” All the food stored over the winter was gone or starting to spoil and, even though the world was coming back to life, there wasn’t yet anything to eat. Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about that.


  5. shoreacres says:

    I’ve always thought of the expression “old goat” as just slightly perjorative, but I think your old goat is dignified and handsome. He certainly has lived a full life.

    That sausage looks scrumptious. The way things are going, I’d have time to drive over and pick up a few pounds before it stops raining here. No strawberry picking this weekend — can’t get into the fields. The farmhands may do some picking, though. I need to call and find out.


    • Bill says:

      It’s a little sad to see him frail and tired, but he’s had a good life. I’m hoping he’ll rebound and hang in there another year or so. We’ve kept any young challengers away from him so he won’t have that to worry about.

      Our spring task list is starting to pile up. Nature has decided to make this March very wet. So planting here will just have to wait.

      One of the first things we expect to see in the gardens every year is asparagus. It’s come in as early as late February and as late as early April. No sign of it yet.


  6. Linda says:

    Your breakfast sounds delicious! What a sweet old goat…300 kids to boost. 🙂 Your photos are lovely. Thank you so much for sharing, you have a wonderful blog.


  7. smfarm says:

    Nothing more tasty and satisfying than eating meat from an animal you’ve raised in a kind and ethical way.


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