Phew these early spring days always kick my butt.... By 9 o'clock I am physically worn, emotionally drained and totally exhausted. My muscles ache from the 5-gallon bucket lifting that I must do to fill the sheep's water -7 full ones to fill it 2 times a day. Fill them at the creek and then walk 50 paces without spilling them all over. I have gotten pretty good at it now and the 50 paces is one thousand times better than the 5 VERTICAL paces we had to do all winter. We have them temporarily behind the barn. They had to be shorn in the barn, then we moved them out once they were done. Now they are sort of in a holding pattern until some grass shows on the hills.

I worked a few hours over at a friend's farm today and will return tomorrow. He and some of his crew worked over here for a few days getting our hoop house up and covered in plastic. IT IS UP NOW!!! And I owe some time over there...dan too once he is back from the city. Worked over there watering and seeding. What an amazing thing to grow food for people to eat. Really eat and not just talk about. These guys, Lucky Dog Farm, they are doing it. Growing LOTS of food.

We have a ton of transplanting to do over the next few days. But first I have to get dan ready for a delivery to the city, then work at a friend's homestead in Oneonta with some Hartwick College students (some from the group that was here last week got a taste of something they liked and they want to come back to work more!!) and then Lucia is really psyched about easter so we'll do a bit of that on Sunday..Perhaps I can sneak in a few hours of work in the afternoon.

rest well, kate

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Well, we've gotten a little behind in the news reporting lately. A quick update: • the 4th beltie calf was born- finally!! • a bunch of guinea keats are scurrying around (with parental escort of course) • about 500 bales in the barn so far with about 15 acres to bale up today • hay rock got thrashed on Saturday - now Steve the welder is here making quick repairs (photo) • also, 4 tents full for 4th July weekend- everyone seems to be having a grand time so far!

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Students from Ridgewood High School, NJ visited this weekend and took part in lots of wonderful hard work: cleaning chicken houses, painting, clearing brush, building bridges, planting potatoes, sorting building materials, gathering rocks and more things i can't think of.

Oh and we also ate some amazing food prepared by kate with a few helpers including Elizabeth, our intern / daily helper, and Alice and Anya, our soon-to-be full-time apprentices, and Sarah - our friend from Brooklyn who was here with long-time SCF friend and designer/builder Jeff.

Additionally Pete and Karen were on hand helping with all manner of projects and kid care, along with Gale (kate's mom) who took the kids to Franklin to play all day yesterday.

And. Our excavator guy was here digging water lines and leveling a site for a new building that we're putting up. More on that later...

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main structure for the new bridge we started this weekend.

Sorry i can't show more pictures of the weekend's events, but the high school has lot's of silly paperwork that's required in order to show kids faces online. Alas, i had forgotten this fact as i was shooting photos this weekend, and somehow managed to get lot's of kids' faces in all of my photographs! What are the odds!?

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I've returned to the long delayed (3years+) construction of the studio. If you're like most people you're wondering, "Studio? What will you use it for?". Well, of course i'll be doing my magazine illustration work there. (maybe a post on that other part of my life is in order) but it's much more than a place to sit in front of a computer. Doesn't everyone have projects that they wish they could bring into being, if only for a place to work where the synthesis of a good idea is the only impediment to progress? Of course you do. This will be that place. Wood-working, photography, graphic design, whatever...

I hope to be using it as an extension of our milkhouse office as early as May (though we likely won't have heat and May can still be pretty brutal around here) and my graphics workspace perhaps before that.

Here's a look of the progress.

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more pics and description to follow.

-dan

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