Earth Day

by Cari Balbo


To celebrate the occasion, I spent time this morning enjoying this small piece of Earth we get to call home. Thankful for the many previous generations who lived at and watched over this place, grateful to be its current stewards. 

Coltsfoot, sending up its happy yellow flowers. 

Coltsfoot, sending up its happy yellow flowers. 

Dramatic morning clouds over the house.

Dramatic morning clouds over the house.

It may look serene but it's a cacophony of toad romance in the pond.  

It may look serene but it's a cacophony of toad romance in the pond.  

Good morning, sunshine!

Good morning, sunshine!

Shadows on the fields.

Shadows on the fields.

Clouds to the East

Clouds to the East

These little lovelies are about to burst.  

These little lovelies are about to burst.  

Ridge Pond Crane, delighted as we are to look at a pond full of water instead of ice and snow. 

Ridge Pond Crane, delighted as we are to look at a pond full of water instead of ice and snow. 

-Cari


April, you charmer, you

by Cari Balbo


The forecast for the next few days is rain. I feel (almost) unable to complain because the past week has been so beautiful. Some rain, some gray, and still plenty of chill to be sure but this was the week when spring finally decided to come in, take off her coat, and stay awhile.

The ice and snow on the farm pond (Ridge Pond) is melting quickly. Some shots from Thursday to Sunday...

Thursday morning

Thursday morning

The still frozen shore on Thursday morning

The still frozen shore on Thursday morning

By Sunday afternoon the Ridge Pond crane had a fair bit of water to watch over. 

By Sunday afternoon the Ridge Pond crane had a fair bit of water to watch over. 

The shoreline post ice melt.  

The shoreline post ice melt.  

Fuzzy harbingers of warmer days ahead.  

Fuzzy harbingers of warmer days ahead.  

The small bank of snow on the north side of the barn was about all the snow left in the yard and fields by end of day Sunday.  

The small bank of snow on the north side of the barn was about all the snow left in the yard and fields by end of day Sunday.  

Love this big Maine sky we get to enjoy every day.  

Love this big Maine sky we get to enjoy every day.  

#barnlove

#barnlove

Coming to these spaces soon: chickens, pigs, then goats

Coming to these spaces soon: chickens, pigs, then goats

At this time of year and from this vantage point you can see the next nearby  ridge through the trees across the road. One of the things I love about Palermo are its many ridges with views for days.  The Ridges of Waldo County  would have been a much better read than that other book...

At this time of year and from this vantage point you can see the next nearby ridge through the trees across the road. One of the things I love about Palermo are its many ridges with views for days. The Ridges of Waldo County would have been a much better read than that other book...

- Cari


Spring, finally!

by Cari Balbo


Although it snowed last week, it is finally spring here in Palermo, Maine. And it is glorious! Robins everywhere you look. Blue skies, warm sun. Snow melting before the eyes. Exactly what we needed.  

Previous owners planted tulips and daffodils. While we didn't live here last spring, we were here constantly working on renovations so I know these will all come up bright, cheery yellow. Can't wait! 

Previous owners planted tulips and daffodils. While we didn't live here last spring, we were here constantly working on renovations so I know these will all come up bright, cheery yellow. Can't wait! 

Sun rising behind our spruce tree. Still a couple months before I can harvest spruce tips.  

Sun rising behind our spruce tree. Still a couple months before I can harvest spruce tips.  

Dooryard birch.  

Dooryard birch.  

The cats are loving the sun. Fozzie's practically glowing.  

The cats are loving the sun. Fozzie's practically glowing.  

Angular shadows on the back of the barn.  

Angular shadows on the back of the barn.  

The Ridge Pond crane is reeling from its excitement at spring's arrival.  

The Ridge Pond crane is reeling from its excitement at spring's arrival.  

Harvesting fragrant pine needles for pine-infused honey.  

Harvesting fragrant pine needles for pine-infused honey.  

Grateful for big, blue skies.  

Grateful for big, blue skies.