We planted two gardenias by the gate in November, but this weekend we started our orchard with two fig trees we received as a gift and two blueberry bushes. The fig trees did great in the greenhouse over winter and we moved them outside a couple of weeks ago. The first leaves opened at the start of this week, so this was a good time to get them in the ground. The roots were less pot-bound than we thought and there was a good soaking rain overnight. I think they will do well. We are so looking forward to adding the trees we ordered from Arbor Day Foundation — hopefully over spring break.
Our plans for the house change from minute to minute, but we know where the RV will go and we plan to watch the woods go through the seasons from there before we make a final decision on the house. Every time we visit the farm, we see reasons to place the house in one place, then another, then another….. It will all work out in time.
We cooked supper and breakfast in the RV and had my brother-in-law (BIL) over for both meals, which was fun, even if I clearly don’t yet have the oven figured out. It didn’t help that I thought I heard BIL yell yesterday while he was using the table saw (he just sneezed), so I turned the gas burner and oven off and ran to check on him and then couldn’t relight the pilot light on the oven because it was too hot. So much for biscuits… Then I burned the biscuits this morning, so I need to find the middle ground between barely cooked and black next time!
As usual, leaving was difficult. Daylight savings time stole one hour of our day, and then we fiddled around doing bee stuff with BIL until 2 hours after our planned departure. It was worth it to see how his hives are growing and then to see a series of beautiful rainbows on the drive back home.
Life is good. We have redbud trees in full bloom down by the creek and more surprises to come, I’m sure, in the coming weeks.