There's a handful of benchmarks that can be used to mark the start of a new season at TMI: the first school course of the spring, the day that our full complement of senior staff return from their winter adventures, the day that the seasonal staff arrive, or the day that new staff graduate from training.
Perhaps though, a more precise marker than any of these, is the day we acquire our pig. Eva picked up our pig, Eleanor (Ellie), from a farmer on the other side of the county yesterday. Ellie will help us out by eating all of our food scraps throughout the year so that they don't end up in a landfill. She'll also be tilling our garden.
Ellie had a long and bumpy ride up to her new home and broke loose from her fence to explore the Spruce woods shortly after this photo was taken. She's now back in her spacious pen and happily rooting around.