We're in the golden window of time between cold weather season and blackflies. For those of you who have never heard of blackflies, Beelzebub and all his hellish fiends look like doting grandmothers compared to these swarming insects. They appear suddenly as if by magic in mid-May and molest all warm-blooded creatures, especially gardening enthusiasts and joggers, for approximately 6 weeks. Rumour has it that they've been killed by the extremely cold temperatures this winter, but we all know better.
So this is the season for picnics (Will's lovely students, above), damming creeks, making wattle fences (no joke!), raking, expanding chicken ownership, and hopefully, finger's crossed, building our grow boxes for the garden. Hurray! We have a shelf full of leggy seedlings ready to go.
Homeschool is on hold because we have to carpe diem until the blackflies arrive. Then we hit the books in earnest.