Winter kept coming, with snow again on April 24
adding to the piles that came and went all spring.
The pond was still frozen and snow-covered
to the disgust of the geese that have been waiting to set up housekeeping on the island.
Eventually the pond began to thaw
even as the snow kept coming.
May 1st looked as Christmassy as many days have this spring.
Steve took advantage of a thawed Munger Trail for a bike ride from Mahtowa to Moose Lake
where loons were navigating around the still considerable ice on Moosehead Lake.
Nearby Spring Lake cleared more quickly
and fields began to green up
although the woods still harbor piles of snow as of late May.
Flurries changed to fog and drizzle.
Ducks have returned to the local waters
as have the frogs (turn up your speakers)
while deer are boldly hanging around
and something big dug a foot-wide hole in the front lawn.
At first we feared a badger or skunk
but then decided that a coyote probably widened a smaller hole
in search of the Franklin's ground squirrels that are proliferating this year.
Among the other welcome spring comings were Eclipse and her daughter Chandra, photographed in the Goatmobile by friend Laura
who helped welcome Chandra to her new home.
Eclipse is a sentimental purchase: she's the daughter of Mr. T.
She's now the noisiest goat in the herd
and feisty enough to knock heads with any of the older girls.
Chandra is a true Alpine mountain-climber
who loves to play on the stump pile.
Eventually she will move to Laura's Split Rock Farm.
The new girls spent a few weeks getting used to the place before being integrated into the herd.
On those rare warmer days Viva and Geisha go out to play
mostly on the furniture
and on the skywalk in the back pasture
where they bully the younger bucklings --
not that anything could slow the guys down for long.
The older does take advantage of the better weather to browse the pasture
bask in the sun
or -- best of all --
while Barb & the new girls watch.
With all the spring comings, there were some goings, too. Myky
and his brother Chorizo have moved to Split Rock Farm.
We miss them, but we're delighted that they get to stay together and that they're getting such good care. They get to play with Laura's own crop of young bucklings, Starsky & Hutch and Willie & Waylon.