Saturday, January 2, 2010

Down On The Farm

Don't you just want to kiss this sweet velvety nose?
This is "Spirit," one of our donkeys. He knows I always have range cakes in my pocket and likes to get up close n personal.

We had to separate the donkeys from the cows this weekend so the donkeys are now incarcerated in the goatpen with Lydia. Spirit had to be ornery and chase Lydia a few rounds but he eventually tired out. They normally run with the cows but we're getting ready to wean calves and the donkeys upset the whole applecart when we try to capture and sort cows.
Today, Myguy welded one more bar across the bottom of the corral. Otherwise, it seems like we always get one Houdini who thinks to go "under."
This week, we'll keep feeding the cows in the corral to get the calves used to going inside. We actually started yesterday and two of the calves still haven't figured it all out. We have one bullcalf that is sucking two Momma's. The one that is not his Momma, is really getting pulled down, because she has two calves nursing, and is already bred back. We'll be glad to get everyone re-situated this week, and hopefully she'll start picking up weight again.
I went inside thee olde potting shed today. Can you believe it's January 2nd and the ivy is still going crazy and growing all over thee "inside?"
This is our pond, and I see one cow down there getting a drink. The puddleducks never did venture down to this body of water.....
Instead; they'd rather do cannonballs into the goldfish pond behind the house. They've totally taken it over. All the koi died, and I thought the goldfish too, but every now and then I see about 3 goldfish come up for air. We had to take the pump out... I mean... it was pointless with 4 puddleducks keeping it filthy.
But they still make me smile.


MidniteScrapper said...

Heeeeeeeeeeey. I've missed you my friend. I fell off the face of blog world...even got way behind on my reading. *sigh* I've been missing it something terrible! Fun reading your post today. Such a different world - love it. God bless you and Happy Blessed New Year Lea!

Kristi said...

I always love seeing your beautiful home and land. How are the chickens?

Sweet Magnolias Farm said...

Ah Lea wonderful ..I ache for the days when we had sweet animals. I think I shall come to your place and cuddle with them all.

I enjoyed the picts and your post so very much !!!

God's Great Earth ..puts a smile on my face !

Blessings ..sweet Friend ..


Joyfulsister said...

Aww I love seeing the pics of your farm and animals...I luv the way your ivy is growing too!!! They also die on me :( Maybe it's because I'm trying too hard to make sure they don't, but they do anyway lol.
I miss the country and the animals I grew up with.

Hugzzz Sis Lorie

My ADHD Me said...

Your home, land and family are all beautiful!

Even at 4:50 AM....can't sleep...sigh

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I love your farm!!Such beautiful words and pictures you shared! :) The ivy growing in the shed is beautiful! We have soo much cold and snow here, I would never be able to see ivy growing like that up here in January! :) I am so glad you are able to have that! :)
I hope you have a beautiful start to your new year Lea! I have a couple things I hope to be sending your way soon! :)

Yolanda said...

Makes me smile as well. Spirit may be a little too up close and personal for me. ;-) But the puddleducks, they are cute!

HolyKisses to U!

Tracy said...

Loved seeing these photos of your property and your animals! I can't believe that ivy in the Potting Shed! = ) Happy New Year, sweet friend!

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Your farm is so much fun!

Blissitydoodah said...

I love the inside Ivy :)
It is fun tending to animals...I don't know anything about calves until you tell me though!

Have you gotten Toby's new cd? This City on our Knees song is the only one I've heard on the radio...I keep meaning to get the cd and see what surprises there are! Toby never disappoints!