Spring has arrived at the pond on our farm. A pair of sandhill cranes is staking out their nesting site, mamma and papa Canada geese are making inspection tours, several mallard and wood ducks have already taken up residence, and the frogs are singing out their hearts.
That’s not to credit less the turkey gobblers that are strutting and calling and making a fuss about finding a mate, and the song birds that are returning, some to stay and nest, others to move on further north.
I spotted at least three bluebirds nesting in our string of houses alongside our prairie—another good sign that some things appear right with the world.
Now we need the weather to cooperate a little—too cold, too much late snow and thus little plant growth. And no garden planted, not one seed. Another year with winter morphing into summer with no spring in between?
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Spring is full of promises, many not kept.
CHECK THIS OUT: Interested in old barns. The Wisconsin Historical Society Museum on the square in Madison is sponsoring a special program on Wednesday, May 11, 6:30-9:00 P.M. The program includes a meal catered by the Underground Food Collective, plus a presentation with history and stories from Wisconsin barns (my part of the program). Call 608-264-6563 for reservations.
May 3, 12:00-2:00 p.m. Book signing. Barnes and Noble, Denver West Village, 14347 Colfax Ave., Lakewood, Colorado.
May 7, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Book signing. Apple Blossom Books, Oshkosh, WI.
May 11, 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Presentation, Barns of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Historical Society Museum on the Square in Madison. (See above for details)
May 14, 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Books signing. Dregni’s, Westby.
May 18, 7:00 p.m., Beloit Library. Ames County Novels.
May 23, 7:30 p.m. Brodhead Historical Society. History of Wisconsin Agriculture
May 26, 7:00 p.m. Eagle River Library. Campfires and Loon Calls.
June 2, 7:00 p.m. Luck Library. Campfires and Loon Calls.