Awakenings..


At last, with a burst of spring weather, it feels as though our garden and it's surrounds are awakening from it's winter slumber.

Flowering bulbs seem to be all over the neighbourhood, providing cheer around every bend. The chooks have been busy cultivating a neglected old bed in preparation for spring/summer plantings, delivering their rich fertilizer direct..no shovelling involved whatsover!

Our silkie hens have started laying, I am really looking forward to the time when their nesting instincts kick in. Their eggs are so tiny and cute, hubby has taken a liking to serving them boiled!
Speaking of eggs, they are coming from all directions at the moment and I am pondering over reviving the plant/egg stall at our gate over summer. Ahh, the options!

Raspberry canes have burst into new growth showing promising signs for a (fingers crossed) good season.

Blossom is gracing the neighbourhood and today when I opened the kitchen door a fly flew in. A fly! Yes, I do believe spring is most definitely on it's way.. :)

What signs of spring (or autumn!) do you have in your parts? 

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  1. Oh, it's funny. We down here are all blogging similarly about spring. Love those happy looking chookies!

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    1. Yep, gotta love a good dose of spring weather. It looks like it was short lived though, back to thinking of lighting the fire again today.

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  2. I noticed our first flies today! And there is movement with the asparagus, not to eat though, least not for another year.

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    1. To have bountiful homegrown asparagus is like the holy grail of food gardening, isn't it Lisa? Hope you're enjoying the warmer weather.

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  3. Oh yes, it's all starting to happen. The almond blooming, a quiche with asparagus, Lemon meringue pie. We've had a great week and I can't wait for warmer days!

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    1. Now you know Linda, I'd love to know how old your almond tree is. Our is in it's third year and hasn't produced a single blossom yet! And asparagus? This just sounds too good!! :)

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  4. I agree. Short sleeved shirts, buds a bursting, Strong honey smells from the hives, more and more eggs each day, and a very mild evening tonight. Didn't even light the fire!

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    1. Mmmm, lucky you, Kate, honey smells from the hive! If only we lived closer..surely you'd need a helper to spin the honey out, right? *wink wink*

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  5. The first signs of Spring always lift the heart and mind, don't they! Autumn is creeping ever closer at this end of the globe... I've literally just come back from the supermarket where the first daffodil bulbs have gone on sale for Winter planting! *sigh* (I don't mind, I'm an Autumn person really).

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    1. Yep, it would be my favourite season too, Claire. ;)

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  6. Oh Christine, your post makes me happy and sad all at the same time! Happy for you, sad for us as we transition to fall and winter...

    I outright giggled when I read about your fly... we are at the PEAK of annoying flies in the house! They literally wait at the back door for someone to open it and they zip in like greased lightening. My husband's brilliant way to eliminate them is to spray them with vinegar citrus cleaner. Simply wipe up the fly with a square of toilet paper - no streaks no mess, no flailing around with a swatter :)

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    1. Great tip, Sherri! Thanks for sharing ;)

      (she says as she remembers flailing around with a fly swatter last summer..)

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  7. those eggs you gifted were just delicious, oh please let it be spring, be gone wintry winter! The humble fly, harbinger of blossoms and bare feet.

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  8. I love the picture of the egg between the fenceposts! We too are seeing the very beginning hints of seasonal change. Autumn is approaching, the days are shortening and the evenings are cooling off. The kids will be going back to school in September. Life is good.

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    1. Nothing to complain about there, Heidi. :)

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  9. Your chooks are looking very happy indeed, Chris!

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    1. Thankfully, Celia! They're secure overnight pen is literally a swamp at the moment. So much rain..

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  10. It's a lovely time of year. I can see everything coming to life and I feel myself awakening too as I race around to mulch and weed( I never feel like doing that in winter!)Will look foward to seeing posts on your raspberries. This is year 2 for our raspberries ( with a couple of raspberry goat attacks ).
    Looks like your transportable chicken pen is working well.
    Do you have a rooster or are you getting fertile eggs for your silkies to sit on?

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    1. Ooh, year two you should hopefully be in for some pickings, Kim.
      No rooster as yet, I am planning on buying some heritage breed fertilised eggs for the silkies to sit on. Now if there is a handsome rooster that results from this, well then, we'll see... ha!

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  11. what beautiful heart warming photographs - thank you for sharing :)

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  12. Spring is warming up isn't it. Jasmine is flowering every where round here at the moment. I always know at the first smell of it, spring is just around the corner. I also can't help but take a little sprig for inside. It's such a beautiful soft smell to wake up to in the morning.

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  13. It's funny to see your daffodils. We are watching for bulbs to arrive to plant this fall. We still have a few things blooming but right now it's mums everywhere.

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  14. Exciting times when the garden starts to show signs of Spring life. Yours is well ahead of ours right now. We have some buds on the fruit trees, while most things are pretty dormant still. The rhubarb started growing again though.

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  15. The first signs of Spring are always so uplifting even to the point of being tolerant of that first lone fly. Inspiring photos Christine.

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  16. I loved your photos - the egg on the fence is my favourite! Up here in tropical north Queensland summer means heat and humidity, so I am enjoying this weather for now!

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  17. Beautiful pictures. The picture of the egg on the fence is a favourite.

    Jen

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  18. Ahhhh Spring! My very favourite time of the year

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Hi there, so nice of you to stop by! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love hearing what you are up to. Christine x

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