Blessings of Springtime

The past two weeks have seen lengthening days that seem to be getting warmer and warmer. The sun greets us early and stays later and later each day. I’ve been thrilled to see the first flowers come up; the crocuses and snowdrops, and also so happy to be able to go outside and take a walk or two! It’s been lovely to meander around the farm’s property and walk the surrounding roads in our new “neighborhood”. IMG_1784IMG_1836IMG_1845IMG_1814
Ethan has been working seven days a week trying to keep all of the seedlings alive and thriving in the greenhouse. He’s been cutting mixed greens that are growing faster and faster during the warm days. He’s also added baby oak leaf Kale to the farm store, which I hear is “tender and delicious” (I have yet to taste it myself). The business at the farm store isn’t exactly booming, but it is steady. When new customers come, they are more than welcome to take a tour of the farm with Steve, Ethan, or myself, which is pretty neat to see where your food comes from, and meet the farmers who cut and wash the greens.
IMG_1848IMG_1782The warm weather, the flowers, the fast growing greens, they all pale in comparison to the biggest blessing of all this past week-the birth of the baby goats! Two litters of kids were born this week to our Mama goats Molly and Coco!

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waiting patiently for the baby goats to arrive…

Molly had her babies on Saturday night. She started around 6 PM with a boy. He was walking and trying to nurse so soon after being born that Steve called him “Spunk” and the name has stuck (although I prefer to call him “Arrow” because of an arrow-shaped marking on his side). About 45 minutes later, there came the little girl that we call “Fawn” because she has fawn-like coloring and such a sweet disposition. We all thought Molly was done birthing babies so Steve left the barn to get something at his house, leaving me and Ethan to cuddle the two babies. Next thing we know, Molly starts having another baby! I ran to get Steve as fast as I could, but Ethan ended up delivering her; another little girl that I call “Little Dot” and Steve calls “Ethan” (haha Ethan isn’t the best name for a girl, but she might have died if Ethan was not there at the right time!) It was a beautiful and amazing experience and I am so glad we were a part of it.IMG_1741IMG_1694The other goat on the farm, Coco, had her babies at 3AM on Tuesday. Ethan and Steve delivered her 3 kids (also two girls and a boy) while I slept soundly through those very early morning hours. I haven’t taken any photos of Coco’s babies because Coco is very leery of people and gets nervous easily (and I think she passed those traits on to her babies as well). But what I have seen of Coco’s babies is just as adorable and sweet as Molly’s kids. The arrival of the goats have brought us (or should I say them! haha) many visitors, which I have enjoyed greatly. IMG_1766IMG_1756IMG_1783IMG_1851The last two weeks have been busy and full of changes and of course, new life. We have settled into the new house on the farm quite well, considering we’ve only been there a week. I will post photos of the house once it looks more “broken in”, although I will share photos of the decoration process too.

IMG_1847Stop by the farm anytime, we and the goats would love to see you ๐Ÿ™‚

Please forgive some of the poor photo quality, I used my phone for all of the photos in this post. I haven’t been organized enough to get out my “big camera”. But I hope to do a photo shoot of the baby goats soon!

Recently Read
A Three Dog Life by: Abigail Thomas ~ Thomas’ memoir discusses her experience caring for, and dealing with the aftermath of her husband’s traumatic brain injury. While this sounds as though it would be deeply depressing, Thomas writes with grace and even wit about her experiences. I read this book quickly and it made me appreciate the circumstances I have, and also how quickly things can change.
Stonlea: An Old House Remade for Our Times by: Peter W. Clement & Victoria Chave Clement ~ I picked up this book at the library because I recognized the house on the cover as the beautiful white house across from the Lake on Route 101 in Dublin, NH. I have always wondered about that house, so I ate this book right up, and really loved all of the floor plans that were included. Architecture and old houses fascinate me, and this book included both. Doing the photographs for a book like this would be such a dream job! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lancaster, MA :: Charcuterie, my new favorite “meal” ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Farming Beginnings & March Meanderings

Finally (almost) at the Farm

This past December we made the decision to move to Groh Farm come March. So, March has been filled with just that- moving to a farm! The little house we get to inhabit is right up our alley: rustic, yet charming. It is the biggest place we’ve had so far (there are 2 stories!), yet its still small enough to be cozy and quite manageable. The land is beautiful; 45 acres of fields and woodland. The greenhouse is up and running and Ethan has been cutting greens each week of March.
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There is one slight hang-up. Frozen pipes. This New England winter has been a beast (as I so lamented in my last post) and the pipes did not survive the deep, deep frost. So we’re not living at the farm just yet. Most of our stuff is moved over; just our bed and clothes remain at my mom’s, where we’ve been staying. I’m viewing it as extra time to set up the house ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is a great blank slate to work with, and I will be sure to share photos of my progress.
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There are animals too! The two cows are named Raven and Reba. Raven is expecting a calf this spring. Ethan’s farming partner Steve is in charge of the animals so thankfully we don’t have to deliver the calves, but I still hope I’m there to see the birthing process. The goats are also expecting babies! What an exciting spring it will be ๐Ÿ™‚
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The food & wine seen in the photo pairings were taken at a recent family dinner.

Local Jaunts
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If you ever find yourself in Dublin, New Hampshire, give Del Rossi’s Trattoria a try! They specialize in Italian cooking with home made pasta and the most flavorful sauces, all in an old and cozy colonial house. I had their Chicken Picatta, and would highly recommend it!
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Also pictured are scenes from a Downton Abbey themed dinner theater held at the Silver Fountain Inn in Dover, NH. As you eat a 5 course home made meal, scenes from season 4 of Downton Abbey are played out right by the table. Such fun!
The flower pictured was at Apotheca Flowers and Tea Chest in Goffstown, NH. The last Friday of every month is their open mic night, and this past Friday I finally stopped by. Goffstown has got some serious talent!
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Lastly, I recently discovered a favorite new coffee shop- Union Coffee Company in Milford, NH. If you are ever down that way, definitely make a stop there for a latte- it’s the best tasting coffee I’ve had in New Hampshire!
Those are just a few of the places that brightened up my month of March. Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments!
Recently Read
Working in a library has a lot of perks. One major and obvious one is all of the books that cross over the desk! So from now on, I will end my posts with a few titles I have read recently and short blurbs about what I thought.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by: Marie Kondo This book made me want to throw away everything in my house. Seriously. As a long time self-proclaimed “sentimental person” I’ve held on to many, many useless things. The only thing making me think they were not useless was this so-called “sentiment”. Kondo’s book actually changed the way I think about my stuff. Her message is to do a huge clean out of your house, category by category (NOT room by room) and physically touch each object you own. If the object does not “spark joy” in the present moment, out the door it goes. This idea really resonated and I began to look at all of my “sentiment” as really cluttering out my present goals, ideas, and projects. I’m so glad I read this book, especially in the middle of a move!

Zero Waste Home by: Bea Johnson
The author of this book and her family amaze me. The produce only ONE quart of garbage in a whole year! Yes, you read that right, a year. While some of the authors’ practices (bring mason jars to the deli and making her own cosmetics) I would never do (well, I don’t go to the deli anyways and don’t use too many cosmetics), the main idea I took away from this book is to “refuse”. Don’t take pamphlets from conferences. Don’t use anything disposable unless absolutely necessary. I’m really glad I read this book, it opened my eyes to how much waste I produce every day. If we each applied just one suggestion from Johnson’s book imagine the impact we would make!

For kids- A Beasty Story by: Bill Martin Jr. & Stephen Kellogg
I’ve been a Children’s Librarian for just 2 months and have already read some amazing and inspiring children’s stories. A Beasty Story is an old one but I still purchased it for my library. Its just scary enough and shows kids that scary things aren’t always as bad as they seem. Kellogg’s illustrations are fabulous of course. He is such an inspiring illustrator!

Let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments! And here is a link to my Goodreads profile so we can connect there.