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Awakening

Apr
18

The farm is awakening to spring.
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Chickens peck in the gardens, bounce across the grass shaking dust from their feathers. It’s spring, and it’s good to be a chicken.
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Dogs bound across the fields, dancing in the sunshine and new season. It’s spring, and it’s good to be a dog.
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My calf frolics in the meadow, discovering warmth and wildflowers. It’s spring, and it’s good to be a calf.
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Goats graze on new green, green grass, reveling in the relief from winter’s cold and dry hay. It’s spring, and it’s good to be a goat.
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Horses roll on their backs in the pasture, drinking in freedom like water. It’s spring, and it’s good to be a horse.
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Fencelines beam under the bright sky….
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Trees bud….
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Rocking chairs beckon….
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Cows moo….
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And sheep baaa.
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It’s spring, and it’s good to be living on a farm!


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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on April 18, 2013  

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  1. 4-18
    9:24
    am

    Reads like a children’s book.. I love it! Fun photos, too.

  2. 4-18
    9:29
    am

    Beautiful.

  3. 4-18
    9:29
    am

    Happy Spring to you! thanks for great photos! love them :sun:
    Sandy

  4. 4-18
    9:46
    am

    Hang on – I’m headed your way! Woke up to a little snow on the ground this morning (this after yesterday’s thunder/rain/hail storm) and we’re expecting more snow today. Spring? WTH is that?

    Nancy in Iowa

  5. 4-18
    9:55
    am

    This is a great post…LOVE the pictures! Especially the first one, of the farm from the road. I really shows the perspective of the barn to the house. I thought they were much closer together.
    Are those beautiful pink trees redbuds? Lovely!

  6. 4-18
    10:16
    am

    This post would make a great children’s book!

  7. 4-18
    10:34
    am

    What a delightful post! Suzanne, please write a children’s book.

  8. 4-18
    10:51
    am

    It’s a wonderful blog post. You do need to make a few farm related children’s books. You’ve got the great prose and photos!

  9. 4-18
    10:51
    am

    I agree this would make a GREAT children’s book. :) I love this post.

  10. 4-18
    10:55
    am

    You should publish this EXACTLY as is as a children’s book! I LOVE it!! :fairy:

  11. 4-18
    11:41
    am

    This reminds me of a spring poem by Emily Dickinson:

    Bee! I’m expecting you!
    Was saying Yesterday
    To Somebody you know
    That you were due—

    The Frogs got Home last Week—
    Are settled, and at work—
    Birds, mostly back—
    The Clover warm and thick—

    You’ll get my Letter by
    The seventeenth; Reply
    Or better, be with me—
    Yours, Fly.

  12. 4-18
    12:05
    pm

    We are blessed, are we not?

  13. 4-18
    12:36
    pm

    :snuggle: Love it! Love it! Publish it as it is for children…a quick read with babies. :snoopy: :woof: :sheepjump: :dancingmonster: :chicken: :cowsleep:

  14. 4-18
    6:03
    pm

    Amen!

  15. 4-18
    7:41
    pm

    It’s about time, isn’t it? Love it! :sun:

  16. 4-18
    10:59
    pm

    Love! :clover:

  17. 4-18
    11:05
    pm

    Fantastic as usual! :purpleflower:

  18. 4-19
    9:45
    am

    I am a long time teacher and Suzanne, this whole post is darling and will make a great preschool/Kindergarten book if so inclined:) The pictures and all! Just another income stream idea!

  19. 4-19
    4:26
    pm

    We all recognize you’re ultra busy, the juvie book just a suggestion. Nevertheless, this blog is Imminently suitable for for a Lulu, self-produced, on-demand book with a reading level of preschool to grade 2. (24 page, 6 x 8, soft cover, px on left, 36 pt text on right.) Any Harper restrictions?. . . Publish using pseudonym to distinguish from memoir and other adult writing? In addition to distribution via CITR, Lulu sometimes ships to selected, brand name, bricks-and-mortar stores.

  20. 4-19
    6:47
    pm

    :purpleflower:
    There is mothing like Spring in the country.

  21. 4-23
    4:39
    am

    A children’s book!! I so agree! It is great and I am always looking for a farm book for the grands. AWESOME read, Suzanne!

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