Axel turns three, sheep arrive, and Agnes reveals her little blue egg.

This handsome boy turned three on Friday. We celebrated at Axel's favorite park he calls "spaceman park". My friend Andrea made an amazing cake for him. It was the best part of the party, besides seeing Axel being the center of attention by a bunch of adoring people.

I'm fairly certain that I could move mountains for him if he wanted me to.

I made a few things for him, one of them being these little pants. I think they turned out pretty darn cute. He likes them too.

The annual sheep drive happened on Saturday. These sheep have been resting in our pastures for the past few days. Today they continue their journey up to Waterworks Hill and beyond, where they will be responsible for weed removal. The lambs are a huge hit around here. The noises these animals make are hilarious, they sound vaguely human. And the herding dogs are so good at what they do. They keep these sheep in line, and make sure they don't wander off somewhere they shouldn't. It's nice to see dogs doing what they were meant to do.

The young lambs follow around their mama baaaaaaa-ing. It's a bit reminiscent of my own babes once upon a time.

This lovely, wind-blown robin is Agnes. She decided to build her nest in a box that hangs directly outside our front door. The foundation of her nest is actually a nest that Asa build in his preschool class. She took over, made some renovations and now calls it home. Unfortunately, whenever we walk in or out of the door, she flies a few feet away onto the fence that surrounds the front of our house. She chirps brazenly, looking right at us, warning us to stay away. She's been much more brave lately, and will sometimes remain in her nest despite too-close-for-comfort kids and such.

This is her giving me a warning. Can you see her looking right at me?

I figured she must have laid some eggs, judging by her behavior. So, we are all using the back door now, so as not to disturb her. Statistically, the odds of a robins egg hatching and the baby bird surviving, are not that great. So, we want to do everything we can to encourage Agnes to do what she needs to in peace and comfort.

See what I mean? This is our front door, and her nest is in that little box!

While she was off for a few minutes, I quickly stuck my camera up higher than I could see, to take a quick snapshot of whatever was in her nest. And, this is what I saw! Only one so far, I'm not sure if she will lay more or not. Typically a robin will lay two or three eggs. Only time will tell. I sure hope they make it.

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Oh, how I love Saturdays.  Under the strict law of our care-taking contract, I am obligated to stay home all day Saturday, to give tours to visitors who come during our open hours of 11-5pm.  It's so awesome to have to do exactly what it is that you want to do; which in this case, is hanging out on the Homestead, greeting people, showing them around, gardening, and drinking iced-tea.  It's really lovely.

This Saturday, our friend Mani came to play, while his mom tabled at Garden City Local Fest downtown.  We had a lot of fun.  Mani is really into doing "chores", so we put him to work.

Our plum trees are blooming like crazy.  This is the time of year when you can't waste a second inside.  Before you know it, all of those sweet little blossoms will be gone with the wind...

Some patches of edible vegetation.  Greens!  Can't wait to eat something fresh from the garden.  Wow, the best season out of four is finally here!  I'm in love...

Axel celebrated his 2nd birthday last week.  I can hardly believe that two years ago, I gave birth to this kind little soul right here on the Homestead.  Amazing.  Andy recently made a movie about the Homestead.  It's mostly shot during my pregnancy with little Ax-man.  And, actually, has a bit of labor footage in it, which totally freaked me out.  He didn't tell me about it before posting it on youtube, which I'm actually glad about now, because I would never have let him do it, had I known.  But, it's really beautiful, and I'm glad about that.  You can check it out here, or on the sidebar of this blog.  It's called Sun Before Arises.