Today was a good day for mushroom hunting. It was cool with a light rain, and early enough in the season that the briars were not out of control. Armed with boots, long sleeves and anti bug and tick spray, off we went for a hike up and down the hills.
We found some mushrooms, but these are not the kind we wanted. We kept looking, and found a lot of other interesting things.
Could these be adult chiggers or something else? Google is not helping much on this.
A young patch of Ramps
This black snake was slithering out of a hole in a tree. He spent a long time quietly staring at us and was nice enough to let me take a few pictures...from a distance of course.
Strange looking bumps (galls) on a tree.
Spring forest greenery.
And an Eastern box turtle. Maybe next time there will be mushrooms.
Before you feel sorry for him, you should know he has been lounging around all day while I worked. Once I coaxed him out, he seemed to enjoy digging holes for the 11 apple trees we are planting in our 'mini orchard'. That isn't sweat on his shirt, it's wet from a little rain shower that came along while he was digging.
There are so many projects going on around the farm, its hard to know where to start. Now that the weather is getting warmer, there is a lot to do!
Last weekend, John and Taylor poured concrete for the front porch. For me this was as exciting as winning the lottery. After suffering through the winter with gravel and mud, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. I can't wait till we pour the car pad and gravel the rest of the driveway. It doesn't take much to make me happy. Next will come staining the upstairs porch and putting the rock on the front of the basement.
Grass seed is going down in the yard and in sections of the pasture. The sheep are still in their winter paddock waiting for the grass to grow, and for the fence man to come back and build the paddocks for rotational grazing. We hope to see him next week.
My name is Christy Franklin.