Ever since the first east coast spring I experienced, I have firmly stated that There Is No Such Thing As Spring in Nova Scotia.

It goes directly from Winter to Summer somewhere around the middle of June.

So, whenever I hear about the groundhog seeing his shadow and there being a mere 5 weeks of winter left, I can't help but laugh...Ha. Ha. Ha.

I remember one year, I went to England for the last two weeks of April. When the plane landed, I looked out of the window at the green grass, stunned. All through those two weeks, I gaped at the overflowing window boxes, my eyes nearly vibrating. The flowers were a riot of color, spilling out in a profusion never seen here even in the height of summer, the trees a deeper, richer green.

I came back to Halifax the first weekend in May. That night there was an ice storm that covered the bare trees in a half inch of ice. As I looked out at the black and white world that sparkled in the wan sunlight, I was sure that I had been transported back into the deepest winter.

Now I live on a farm, and seeing how the ground is a soggy mess in the spring, it is the only time we can actually be gone from the farm with a minimal impact on our productivity.

This year, one of the things that will keep me occupied is planning our trip to Europe. There is a fair bit of planning needed when you are talking about a family our size. Getting one room on a boat or in a hotel is one thing, for a family of six it is a different matter all together!

It seems that the homeschooling and farming take up most of my time, and the growing life inside of me takes a good portion of the rest of my energy, but here is the 5 of the things that should keep me occupied are:

1) planning 5 weeks with 4 kids in Europe

2) helping those who want to make 2009 the healthiest and most prosperous year ever reach their goals.

3) figuring out which sheep are going to have lambs and overseeing the process, moving new moms and lambs to the other barn for a few days and then back again.

4) ordering our plants and seeds (the catalogs are arriving and the months seem long)

5) Making cheese. This is really a dream come true, and I will be writing more journal entries as we go.

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Feb. 3, 2009 at 11:26 AM

I LOVED your story!!!!

And I can soooo relate to the large family thing! I have 6 kids. And 1 grumpy grandma who lives her also with my DH and I. We're on 10 acres. But no farm and no home schooling. But those are things we have seriously considered. For now my kids are doing VERY WELL in public school out here. And actually we're setting things up presently for chickens coming (ordered) for April. And we've begun to set up a garden.

I am from a 10,000 acre citrus ranch in AZ. Horses, chickens, garden, etc... I miss that!!!!

Your family sound FUN!!!!

Be sure to share about the Europe thing! :O)

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Feb. 3, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Oh, forgot to mention we do have 7 cats and 3 dogs too here. LOL  Teehehe!

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Feb. 3, 2009 at 12:15 PM

I'm sorry you had to see my Arizona post lol! Wait until June & come mock me when I'm suffering thru my 10th day in a row of 100+ temps!

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Feb. 4, 2009 at 3:51 PM

We do have Spring here in Nova Scotia as far as the snow leaves.  Usually sometime around April.  Depends on where you live.  Up on Nutby Mountain there's still snow well into May.  Depends, too, on the type of winter we've had.  But the ground will be wet and mushy.  There's still a cold wind especially if you live near water.  So it's not much better then Winter.  It's just a little bit warmer and not much snow.  On the other hand, though, our Summers are usually much cooler then the rest of the country and very little humidity.  Like in Quebec and Ontario.  Most Nova Scotians don't know what the phrase "turn the pillow to get the cool side" means.

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Feb. 4, 2009 at 9:59 PM

California only has two seasons also.  They are too darn hot and too darn wet.

I am not finding that journal post you told me about.

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