Not much is getting done during this get-acquainted period. We have found that Lovey has two speeds - fast and fastest. It's like living with a two year-old. Hey - she IS (almost) a two-year old! She spent the morning pulling every toy out of Scrappy's toy box and dragging into the living room. That finished, she got all my mittens, gloves, hats, and ear warmers added to the pile. She didn't chew anything up, thankfully. She's just....busy. She and Scrappy are playing well together - she, low to the ground, kissing his face constantly. He, fake-snarling and chasing back and forth. The cats are slowly coming out and staring at her. Then darting to the back. It's progress.
In the garden - garlic is just starting to peek up out of the soil. The strawberries are starting to vibrate into life. The clean-up task is gargantuan - I managed to clear out the chard and kale beds while waiting for Lovey to arrive. I cannot sit with nothing to do, so I started to clear the beds. I received my onion plants in yesterday's post - they must be way more positive than I that spring weather has arrived. Looking ahead at the forecast, there is another - tho' short - cold spell coming next week. I am hoping to get them in the ground on Easter. Because of my DS from NH's schedule, we are celebrating on the Saturday. With any luck, it will be reasonably good weather and I can start on the chicken coop. I should be starting on the run-in shed, but, alas, that is an all-summer job. I am already starting to noodle away at plans for keeping the sheep dry elsewhere for the shearer.
Turkey question, for all those who are more turkey-savvy than moi. Penny (my new name for her) has stopped laying. This appeared to happen right about the same time that Marie-Claire started setting on a couple of eggs. My best attempts to check her for egg binding seem to indicate that is not the problem - although, while chickens are putty in your hands in the dark, turkeys are ALWAYS on guard. She has also become very vocal. Any ideas? Input? Ancient Turkey Egg-laying incantations?