It's been two months since I've written! And all of it COLD, SNOWY, SNOWED IN, etc. What a winter! They say we have two more weeks of this (below zero again tonight) and then a real warm up will finally be here! How we yearn for spring!
I haven't seen the triplets since early December, and it seems SO long! They look so big in the pictures! The best picture of all is the one Angela sent me today (see last large picture). The caption from Angela goes something like this, "I leave the room for a second and when I return all three are dancing on the table!" This is Angela's life! What a hoot those kids are! Life is never dull with them around.
Mark Shepard has agreed to a weekend of permaculture education in May either here or at the new farm. I am so excited! He is so good, and either farm will benefit from his expertise. This will be open to the public and maybe run through the local library. Should be fun!
And yes! I have signed a contract to buy a 175 acre farm in Iowa. It is great! Lots of work needed, but that's half the fun. My dear friends, Jim and Kim in Unionville, Iowa called me in January to tell me their friend, Norm, was selling his farm. And finally, after several trips to Iowa, we have a deal to close on April 10th. I can't wait! It's an unique piece of property - almost all wooded. Lots of hardwood trees - walnuts, hickory, oak, etc. Enjoy the first pictures of "Nut Cracker Farm."
I'll try to write a little more often and let you know the progress of the new farm. There's a unique home, 7 outbuildings (one which will surely be the triplet's playhouse (see above 4th row), and a circa 1920 barn (4th and 5th row, last pictures). A cistern, a kiln, and ponds (and more to be constructed). The last row of pictures show an aerial photo taken in the 1980's. It's much more grown up with trees, now.
Dear Reader, I hope, along with you, that Spring is soon going to arrive!