It’s been the longest winter in recorded history. We experienced record snowfall of nearly 2 feet just a few weeks ago- in late April. The harsh weather conditions have prevented us from making spring trips to the farm. Now, at last, spring is here. We’ve managed 3 trips to the farm.
Just a few weeks earlier we couldn’t even leave our home in the Twin Cities…. but there were some sure signs of spring. One of my favorite cabin-opening rituals is bulk buying of wonderful meat products from my favorite butcher shop (shout out to MacDonald’s meats in Clear Lake, MN.
On Earth Day we planted some seeds for the garden. This year we are trying sunflowers, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, and our old standby: zucchini.
Back at the end of April, we arrived on a 55 degree afternoon with hearts filled with optimistic trepidation. Please let the water pipes be intact. Please let there be no signs of rodents. Please, no fallen trees or signs of break-ins. We hadn’t been here since New Year’s Eve, so who knew what the place would look like.
At first glance, the driveway appeared to be snow free. But then we hit some shady spots where it was still a foot deep. Even with my AWD, we still had some dicey moments just trying to get back to the house. But we made it! More good news- the water turned right on and it appears there are no burst pipes this year. Whew! And also noteworthy: not a single sign of rodent activity, squatters, or bugs!
At least somebody digs the snow…
After a hearty breakfast, we spent the first weekend cutting down tree branches and pruning the fruit trees.
Cut branches were repurposed as firewood. We also managed to play a few rounds of kubb. Can you tell I recently learned how to make slow-mo videos? And you thought a cabin renovation couldn’t possibly go more slowly than this one… joke’s on you!
oh sure. That looks safe.
Fast forward a few weeks- it’s Mother’s Day! The snow is all gone and leaves are coming out.
Steve and Ivan worked hard on my Mother’s Day gift- a fence to protect my little garden. After toiling away, the fence was up and I was ready to plan our little seedlings.
After a nod of approval from the master gardener Mother-in-Law, we planted those babies and gave them a thorough watering. Then I got to sit and admire our hard work. I give these seedlings a 50/50 shot, considering we won’t be back for a couple weeks.
Memorial Day Weekend
Up here, the long weekend marks the start of “cabin season”. The temps were unseasonably warm in the 90’s, so we planned for an upgrade: AC. Steve did a little research and purchased this beauty:
But in the end, we were too hot and tired to install it this time. Actually, the trailer stayed pretty comfortable, and wrestling with the sprinkler also provided some relief. But we will be ready next time!
As predicted, about half of the baby plants survived. We completely missed the apple blooms, but it looks like the trees had a lot of flowers, which is promising news. The grass appears to be incredibly healthy: knee high well before 4th of July! This weekend brought the inaugural mow and the season’s first bug spray/sunscreen dousing.
We wish you all a lovely long weekend and start to your summer. Nature has made her comeback after a brutal winter.
Cheers to you-
Allison and the somewhat apathetic rehabers (dibs on this as a band name)