In My Garden Today..

There is so much to do these days.  The strawberries, the garlic, the blueberries, the raspberries.
Pruning, feeding, fixing, building.
But it's exciting.

Last week, I showed you a beautiful daffodil field.
Today, I show you our yard.  This is in between the blueberry rows.
It's actually really pretty and the bees are insane for dandelions. 
So we let them flourish in the name of honey production.

I had our inspection for the farm and my kitchen to be fully certified organic this week.
Let me tell you, it's not easy.  The paper work alone is mind blowing.
The cost is pocket emptying.
But, we are all good, and should be officially 'Certified Organic' this season.

I'll now be able to switch our labels for the jams to include the word

Our hearts are healing, but we still miss our sweet dog Finn.
For those of you who ask after Mabel (our duck) - she is so back to normal.
She can keep up with the others, and is often in the lead now.

We let the new ladies of the farm out for a larger play today. 
We have them penned in a separate patch till they get big enough to protect themselves in case one of the ducks decides they don't belong.
Yes, ducks can be mean. 

How could anyone hurt this sweet gal.
She has become my favourite. 
She jumps up on to my girls head and likes to lay there.


Pinecone Camp said...

Congratulations again on being a certified organic farmer! Wow, those chickens are getting big.
I'm happy to see you have dandelions and it's not just me ;)

kimberly said...

That is great news Heather - congratulations! I must tell you, you have inspired me to not worry so much about the dandelions. #4 loves them, and while they drive me mad, it doesn't look like I am going to win the war this year anyway...
Have a fabulous weekend,

Madelief said...

Hi Heather,

Congratulations on your certificate! I didn't realise 'becoming an organic farmer' would cost so much time. We have lots of rules for organic farming in Holland as well.

Your dandelion field looks lovely. You can make jam out of them!

Happy weekend & lieve groet, Madelief

hatjunkie said...

That's great new about being certified. I have heard how difficult it is.

Inspire Me Heather said...

Your colours look beautiful - just about a month behind though with this really slow Spring.

Morgan said...

everything looks so beautiful!
you're living my dream!

Allison at Novice Life said...

Beautiful pictures as always :)

Congrats on the organic certainly is no easy task!

Audrey said...

I am so sorry about Finn. There is nothing quite like losing a dog that you love so much! Hang in there. Congrats on the organic news ~ very exciting!! And, as always, I just adore your ducks & precious!!!

Melissa said...

I am so jealous of your life! I am sure it is mega hard work but seems so perfect. Awesome Maybel has recovered.

kaye i. said...

Your posts always make me smile. I'm glad your farm is moving forward and keeps getting better. I'm also glad that Mabel is doing just fine.

I will really try my best to visit The Missing Goat farm this year.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Congratulations on the organic designation!
Your farm must be lovely...if I get over the pond I would love to come by and buy some of your berries and jam.

pollydove said...

what a beautiful existence you have! continue to enjoy all the wonders of nature ... it is inspiring to me.

My Little Bungalow said...

The chickens are beautiful, and all grown up! My, that was fast.

Mallory said...

Yay for getting certified and for Mabel! And your chickies are precious!! One of my chicks would sit on top of my head too when she was that little...but she still tries to even though she's a big fat hen now :)

Ana Degenaar said...

Congratulations! Such a lovely post. Happy weekend! xx

Main Street said...

Wow! What a fun blog you have. Beautiful pictures : )

I would be so pleased to have you stop by my blog I write with my sisters about small town life with fun historic posts.

Have a great weekend!!

Susan said...

So lovely and how wonderful to have another organic grower in the area. It is so vital so thank you for making the effort!

I am local and am very much looking forward to visiting Missing Goat this summer. I have been a silent follower for a while now and think you and your blog are lovely. So I am sure your farm must be as much so!

Thank you!

Vintage Home said...

...certification !...yeh beautiful pictures!...such wonderful animals!

bucolic beauty said...

Oh, goodness, can ducks ever be mean. Our ducks, Earl and Caroline, have a favorite past time of knocking the chickens off their roost with their bills, one by one. I guess we need to elevate the roost to higher ground.

Rosie said...

WOW...CONGRATS! Now tell me...Organic??? Does this mean that Blueberry syrup will no longer have that ADDICTIVE quality?...Ya thats what I thought...OFF to pick up ANOTHER bottle, so we can have a HIT on our Sunday waffles :)
Have a Marvelous Mothers Day with your SWEET, SWEET girl, enJOYing each and every moment of this VERY special day...xo...Rosie

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

Wowie, what an accomplishment! Congrats to you!

Lady Grey said...

Beautiful pictures!
Congrats on the upcoming certification!

Kathryn Ray said...

Congratulations on your pending certification. That's quite an achievement.

Seven Gates Farm said...

My neighbors are certified, ridiculously certified. What a process. Most farms around me who were certified now have relinquished that process because of the hoops they have to jump through, etc. They cannot hang their shingle that thare certified any longer, but can state they use organic practices and not be fined. Good luck with that and the undertaking involved. Your place is so fresh. Debi

onesilentwinter said...

i have been browsing your blog it is lovely!