Ed and I haven’t had a vacation since moving to the farm. So when he accepted a position at a new company we decided to take a 2 week farm staycation before he started his new job. I went into the vacation thinking we would get tons done around here, and we did, but best of all we relaxed and enjoyed this place we’re grateful to call home 🙂
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Put Down Roots
Nature is healing. There’s all kinds of science to back this up and I love learning about our connection to the planet and all the benefits that come from spending time outside. I mean is there anything better than feeling warm Spring sunshine on your face after a long Winter? Ed and I spent as much time outside as we could!
We got our hands in some dirt by planting several blackberry bushes, getting the garden beds ready for planting, and starting more seeds. We planted a shade tree and added a fruit tree to our little orchard. And we scored ten Giant Green Arborvitae on clearance that we planted alongside a fence line for wind block and privacy.
Bees and Chicks
We got bees! Ed has been talking about getting bees forever and this was the perfect time! I’ll share more about them in a dedicated blog article that Ed might have to help me write since it’s really more his endeavor than mine. I can’t help, but be fascinated by them though and I’ve learned so much from him!
We also welcomed three silkie chicks to our farm family! From the top, meet Edith, Edna, and Hattie! After getting two silkie hens last year I am hooked on this adorable breed and want a whole flock of them! They’re so soft and friendly and have the silliest personalities!
We made some progress in the dining room! I got the chair railing done and Ed helped me install the crown moulding too! I’ll be sharing all about it soon too! This rooms renovation has been slow, mainly because I’m still waiting on our reclaimed flooring to be pulled from the house it’s in so there hasn’t been a rush. But I’m getting really excited to get it wrapped up so we can enjoy it!
We also put up an additional pasture and bought most of the fencing supplies we’ll need to fence in our whole property. I cannot wait for this to happen for so many reasons! It will allow me to let our dogs outside without worry. Henry, our livestock guardian dog, will be able to patrol the whole property. I’ll be able to rotate the sheep from pasture to pasture. After it’s all fenced in we’ll be dividing it up into more pastures for more farm babies! Yay!
A lot of our farm staycation looked like the pictures above 🙂 It was so good to slow down and relaxing with the animals is it’s own kind of magic! Since Ed works away from home it was especially heartwarming to see him have time to really connect to this place. We were hoping our ewes would lamb while he was home, but no such luck haha! It should be anytime though!
This was honestly one of the best vacations I think we’ve had together. Ed and I are both focusing a lot on our personal growth, and mental and physical health these days. And these two weeks felt like a little retreat that really encompassed those things. We did a lot of reading, working out, journaling, meditation, and had a lot of deep meaningful conversations. It was kinda like a reset button, and I came out of it feeling refreshed, inspired, and ready to keep bringing this old farmhouse back to life 🙂
I know life is busy, but I highly recommend making time to rest and take of yourself however you can. Because as they say, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
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