I love warm spring days. They are made for being outside.
That means cleaning out the goat barn. The warm sun is enjoyed on trips to the manure pile.
The next item on the list is clearing more garden paths. The dead nettle and chickweed are dying and seeding. It’s time to pull these and mulch the pathways to keep the weeds from taking over this summer.
This day I am rescued from the garden by a goat. It seems Willa has gotten separated from the herd. She came to the barn lot seeking help finding the herd.
The first warm spring days are special. Only dogged determination and the terrible mess keep me working in the goat barn.
A goat in trouble takes precedent. I empty the load of manure and go to the house to change into hiking boots. Grabbing my camera and walking stick, I am ready to take Willa back out to pasture.
The herd had disappeared up a hill that morning. Two ways down are favored by around early afternoon. Lately the herd was taking the long route down into the ravine.
Willa and I go to the ravine. No herd. Willa is happy to have company and starts grazing.
Camera in hand I go down to visit several tagged trees. Last summer I identified these trees, tagged them and have taken pictures of their bark, buds and winter looks. Now these are ready to bloom.
Two are in bloom and I take pictures. This is when my walking stick comes in handy. It has a hook on the end for pulling down branches as I have yet to learn to levitate and don’t climb trees.
Willa comes looking for me. We resume our search heading down the hill pasture toward the creek.
The herd has materialized by the creek. Willa is reunited with them and her kid.
I check out another tree. The shingle oak is in bloom.
Turning to look back at the hills, a warm breeze ruffles my hair. The smell of dogwoods adds a little perfume. The trees are leafing out turning the hills light green. The goats are relaxing in the shade.
I turn back toward the garden. I walk past it and off onto another hill, up another ravine in search of lady slippers.
Warm spring days are too precious to spend working all day.
Watch for the new book “My Ozark Home” due out later this year. For now, check out Exploring the Ozark Hills.