Spring is officially here, and it’s not because the calendar said so almost a month ago–I know it’s actually spring because yesterday I saw a robin hopping on the soggy earth, because tonight we ate a salad of pea shoots harvested from our seed house, and because for the first time since November, we turned on our propane stove and cooked dinner without the heat of our wood cook stove.

Honey-sweetened hot chocolate, on the propane stove

In the forest streams gush down the hillside, while green creeps back into the landscape, speckling the field with new growth.  Even the chickens have an extra bounce as they spread over the pasture foraging.  Everywhere I look, the world is waking up~

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