Easter at our Homestead
When I was growing up, Easter was always a big celebration. Sunrise service at church, Easter egg hunts, Easter baskets, a big dinner with leg of lamb and homemade mint sauce…it was fun for all and a time to gather the family together.
This year on the homestead we did things a bit different. The farming aspect never stops and with a new group of baby chicks to care for, Easter was a bit more mellow. First, because of travel and work schedules, Easter was held on Saturday at the house.
I awoke early and put the ham in the oven along with a batch of cupcakes. I had hard-boiled eggs on Friday evening, so they were shelled, separated, and whipped into deviled eggs. Spinach was washed and dried and veggies were chopped for a big salad.
A change in weather meant a beautiful Saturday here on the farm with the sun shining and everyone out and enjoying the fact that spring has finally arrived. The chickens were straining against the fence looking at green grass that is beginning to grow. We spent a good portion of the morning playing with the chicks.
Then we took time to expand the chicken fence so the chickens could stretch their legs.
Good thing we were working outside with them because half way through setting up the fence we noticed a bird fluttering around our heads and crashing into the ground. The closer we looked, we realized it wasn’t actually a bird, but a bat.
I happen to love bats, but I know for a fact they should not be flying about on a bright sunny day. Let alone crashing into the ground where the chickens are. We wound up shooting it because it was displaying such odd behavior. We will figure out what to do with it a bit later, but at least the chickens are safe.
Easter may have been more of a working day for us this year, but we enjoyed the time spent with our animals and then sitting down to a good homemade meal. We are now chilling out with a glass of wine and a cupcake as the day winds down.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend!