Friday, April 3, 2015

spring chores.

The sun is finally shining here in New England, the snow is melting, the mud is ever increasing, and the daffodils are sending up their shoots.  It is glorious.  It is amazing how incredible spring can feel after a long winter.  We feel ourselves being pulled outdoors again into the late hours of the evening.

Yesterday, we spent the evening starting the neverending task of spring cleanup.  As the snow recedes, projects are revealed: leaves and garden beds to rake out, wood piles to move, chicken coops to clean.  The list feels neverending, but the work feels so rewarding.  After a sedentary winter, it feels good to be out in the fresh air moving, lifting, hauling, playing.  Yes playing.  Work this time of year feels a lot like play, particularly when you have three little ones playing alongside of you.

While I was discovering the gross reality of the layering method of chicken bedding through a seven-month long winter, my children were discovering their own muddy spray paint.  While my husband chopped wood for the last of the spring fires to boil sap, my children practiced chopping kindling.  While we hauled and raked, they rediscovered their beloved hiding places.  Work and play intertwined, children working hard at the important task of play. Spring is here!


  1. I found your blog through Soule Mama, so lovely. I adore the picture of your little girl with the axe! :) Have a great weekend.

  2. How I dread mucking out the hen house after this long winter. I don't want to do the job but I can't wait to have it done. Nice to find you through SouleMama this morning!

    Erin and I went snowshoeing into the woods to find chaga this week.

  3. You all look wonderfully happy to be outside in the fresh air - and I love the mud spray paint!!

  4. Just came by way of soulemama also, I love your pictures. So glad warmth is coming your way.