Simple pleasures.

Today has been a proper spring day. A day of sunshine and birdsong.  It has been wonderful to be able to work outside all day.

In the last few days I have planted willow for arches, sown seeds, spread compost, weeded veg beds, got out of bed and checked on the goats each night at 1 am and 4:30 am, fed and watered and cleaned out hens, quail, duck and geese.  Fed and hayed and watered ponies and cleaned their paddock. Walked dogs,  met up with neighbours and enjoyed the dry sunny days!

There are buds appearing on plants everywhere.  It is time to sow seeds. My greenhouse is filling up. Baby animals are due to be born. Life feels good.

The simple pleasures of spending time out in nature are the best.

Here is to new beginnings.

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Goats in the sunshine. A day before Tansy’s official due date.




Marigold.. such a sweety.


Very fat Tansy


Tag and Peaches snuggle on the sofa


Through the honeysuckle arch


Teasel heads by the river


Looking over the garden boundary


One of my living willow arches. Can’t wait for it to green up!


Tiny woven nest-box..tucked away in some ivy..We had wrens in it last year.


Spring sunshine in the garden. The heather is in bloom!


Garlic ..planted in Autumn last year


Time for a rest


Willow arch by the gate


Shadows across the garden


Holly-Hot- Pants after a dunk in the water


Marigold rests and chews the cud


Marigold deals with an itch


Pregnant Tansy


The river and our tiny jetty


View out of one of the side gates


Robin nest box in the honeysuckle


Nest-boxes of all shapes and sizes ..everywhere!


One of our three bat boxes


Hens in their winter shed whilst the land is rested


Over wintered leeks


6 comments on “Simple pleasures.

  1. pattigail says:

    Our spring is quite a bit behind yours but I was thrilled to at least see some tips of daffodils and crocus today….and the snow is melting. Meanwhile I am enjoying your spring. Love the goats. Can’t wait for the new kid!

    • Ma Larkin says:

      Spring is later here than where I used to live in the South of the UK.. but that only makes it even more welcome after Winter 🙂 Keeping everything crossed for an easy kidding. I am on tenter-hooks 🙂 Thank you for your comment x

  2. sally says:

    Ahhhhh. Nice blog Naomi 🙂 You are reminding me to think about getting out and getting underway. It is still hard frozen here though. You made me wonder what tender-hooks actually are …
    Good luck with the kidding.
    Haven’t forgotten that I owe you. It’s been on my mind again.

  3. Tony says:

    Love the pictures Naomi your place and animal family looks great everything looks so relaxed and peaceful, even though im sure it takes a lot of hard work to get it looking like that.
    Loving the blog …. dont know where you find the time to fit the postings in with your busy life but please keep it going. lol.

    • Ma Larkin says:

      Thanks Tony. I am slacking a bit with my writing atm, so need to get another blog post sorted soon..and more photos taken of course! Thanks for the lovely comment 🙂

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