Friday, October 24, 2014

Houdini Lips

Yesterday afternoon I was in the pasture cleaning up manure

and playing ball with the dogs. 

This is their very favorite game...fetch.

Can't you tell by the smile on their faces?


Oh, I might have failed to mention...Sam doesn't fetch.

While I worked and the dogs ran, I heard the sound of the Porcine Princesses 
from the other side of the fence.

In their very best Piglish, they were excitedly trying to tell me something.

I, the dumb human, just couldn't understand what had them so excited.

And then I heard a very loud "CRACK" from the direction of the porcine palace.
Going up to the horses' dry lot to investigate that sound, I saw this...

Apparently, Moonbeam was so starved that he had to break into the pigs' stall to eat their hay.

"A guy's got to do what a guy's got to do when starving!"

There was nothing for me to do at that time, but to close the door and latch it.

And then I realized that Mr. Houdini Lips...

could actually turn the handle and unlatch the door.

Yep, that old Moonie can use his lips just like fingers.

He can open just about any kind of door!

It takes the hook lock on the top of the door to keep him out.
Somehow he has not managed to figure out that kind of lock!

"Rats!  Foiled again!"

"Looks like I'm gonna starve around here!"

PS:   Later today I am going to get the trail cameras and check for this week's activity.
I know that the camera in the orchard will have at least 42 pictures of Annie,
as she runs in front of it routinely at least twice a day.

Check back this weekend to see who's been visiting our land at night!
Have a great weekend.
We are hosting a bridal shower this weekend with the theme:
"Fall in Love"
Perfect for this time of year!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Walking My Turkeys Back Home

Goodness....this blog may just have hit an all time low.
I am singing for you.
A music video of sorts.
Don't worry.... I won't quit my day job. wait....this IS my day job!

When I said I was off pitch, were you thinking "that's not all she's off...she's off her rocker!"??

So, there you have it....
another snippet of daily life on the farm!

Have a great day!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Look What I Found In The Orchard!

Yesterday was one of those days when the weather changed every half hour.
Before dawn, the sky was clear... a new moon visible.

Dawn brought fog.

By mid-day the sun came out sporadically...

but disappeared altogether by mid afternoon.

I spent the sunny moments working in the garden.
One last weeding needs to be done,
as well as cleaning out garden boxes and mulching them with compost for the winter.

There are still some plants that are thriving...

Nasturtium...edible...but there's no way we can eat all of this!

I am lucky to always have such willing companionship...

Oakley: "Go ahead and take the picture...this is my best side."
For some reason he hates having his picture taken.
Actually, all three look as though they are being punished.
(I guess this one won't be our Christmas Card!)

It amazes me how quickly autumn color is disappearing.
This tree by the barn was gorgeous a week ago...

The trees in our front yard are looking wintry as well,

while the gardens still have remnants of summer.

And then there's this...

a volunteer from the bird feeder that is unusually late.

The pigs now sleep beneath the warmth of their heat lamp.

And bask in the sun when it makes an appearance.
Hay season has begun as grass is getting scarce.

The whole second floor of the barn is filled with hay.
And while we're on the subject of barns...
I have to tell you...
I love barns!
I'd live in one if I could.


there are so many different kinds of barns around us...

I wish I could explore each and every one of them!

And last I want to show you what I found in the orchard.

A couple of weeks ago I found an opossum carcass in the orchard.
It was covered in maggots.
Knowing that they would have the skeleton clean in no time, I patiently waited for that day.
Yesterday I found the skeleton...completely clean.
So, I decided to keep the skull and add it to my nature collection (in the barn).

Tyler will get a big kick out of this, for sure!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Morning Rituals

My days are full of little moments...
things that bring a smile to my face...
things that I make a mental note to share with you.

It always amazes me how our animals are such creatures of habit.
Day after day, night after night...
the same behaviors are repeated.

As sure as the sun comes up each morning,
the guineas start their morning ritual at dawn.
Primping and preening, they gossip back and forth about the previous night.
And when all are ready, they fly down from the old pine tree by the barn
and begin their day.

Each and every day is the same...they land at the same spot and go running 
up past the garden...
up, up, up to the chicken coop where they grab a little breakfast "scratch"...
and then off to work hunting bugs.
They stay together all day as a flock...scurrying about the neighborhood,
until the sun starts to set and they all fly back up into the old pine tree once again.
And as sure as the sun comes up the next morning,
they begin the ritual again.

Later in the day, when I go down to the pond to feed the ducks...
this is what I encounter...

and every day it's the same!

I think there is comfort in the rhythm of life.
The repetitiveness never bores me.
Each day as the sun rises, I look forward to these little moments.
I'm glad you're here to share them with me!

Monday, October 20, 2014

I Need A Week To Rest Up From The Weekend....

We were gifted with another beautiful autumn weekend.

By Sunday, however, the weather turned markedly colder...
a harsh reminder that winter is on its way.

We had farm visitors on Saturday...
three grandchildren of a friend.

The animals were happy to get extra loving...

and some, not so happy...

The horses and donkeys had apple treats.

The pigs had apple treats also, but not before they received an adequate helping of smooches!

The pigs always seem to be a favorite amongst kids.
Which works to Ginger and MaryAnn's favor...
since company is one of their very favorite things.
(Second only to apple treats!)

Of course there was the obligatory poop-scooping...

and egg gathering.

Saturday evening we saw these 14 wild turkeys in our field...

Oh, if only there were a few spare girls for Tom and Chuck!!

We had a blast Saturday night at our local corn maze.
We did the maze in the dark and it was haunted!
I think Hubbs scared me more times, jumping out from the corn, than any of the haunters did!

I spent Sunday alone on the farm and used the time wisely...
mowing the bee yard, turning the manure piles with the tractor,
making bracelets, ironing, riding the bike for an hour,
and cleaning the front pasture.

Bobby decided to come along for the ride...
and didn't mind sharing his seat so that I could taxi him around!

I picked the last of the frost was predicted for Sunday night.
Once frost has its way with the garden it will be time to clean out the garden boxes
and tuck them in for the winter...
with the exception of the kale... as that will continue to thrive for a couple more months.
It's sad to say goodbye to the garden...
especially the wholesome bounty it provides us.
But.. "To everything there is a season" and we are coming upon that time of resting and planning
and filling our time with the things that we don't have time enough for during the warmer months.

Every season has its wonderfulness...
and I wouldn't trade watching the seasons change for anything!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Walk On The Wild Side...Week 3

After reviewing this week's trail cam images,
it's official...
we have a lot of deer in our woods...and squirrels!

There were no surprises this week...
(except Hubbs riding his bike through the woods!)

This family of deer showed up several times in this clearing...

And several deer use this deer trail during the night...but not in the daylight.

In all of the pictures I saw several buck...with small antlers.

I have heard from neighbors that we have a buck with a huge rack somewhere in our woods.
So far he has eluded our cameras.
And so has that ole bear!

I have faith, though.
I am moving the cameras to new locations for this coming week.
Keep your fingers crossed!


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