Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Bee Haven Acres Goats Hit the Big Time!!

I was asked by an E-zine called Small Town Living to write an article about our fainting goats. Small Town Living is an E-zine that is trying to increase their readership in order to be picked up for print as a hard copy magazine on news stands. Every two months they publish a magazine chock-full of information about "living a simpler life in Small Town America." They touch on such subjects as architecture, historical preservations, animals, farming, home and garden, herbs, along with a variety of other equally interesting subjects. You can read this magazine at Small Town Living
Please note that the article entitled Bee Haven Daylily Farm is about yet another Bee Haven!

Newsflash since the article submission: We will be breeding a few of our goats this coming Fall and will have babies for sale next Spring!!! Baby pictures will be published. (I am currently working on a website for our Goats - www.goatsthatfaint.com will have all the sales information for our adorable babies).

Monday, July 23, 2007

Summer at the Farm...a pictoral tour

It has been a very busy summer at the farm. The goats are growing and very much at home in their new surroundings. Chip is starting to act like a stud and a few of our girls are ready for Fall mating this year. We should have kids for sale next spring. Here is Princess O'Malley, our chubby, happy girl who will be ready to breed in the Fall of 2008.
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The guinea hens are growing by leaps and bounds (their bodies that is, I don't think their heads have grown a bit...very odd looking birds!)Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket They are living in their new home...the old henhouse. Only four of our chickens remain thanks to the nearby predators. They are spending most of their days in their chicken yard instead of free ranging all over the farm....too much freedom seems to be a bad thing in this case.

The garden is amazing this year. Every day brings a bountiful harvest and we have been canning and pickling non stop for a few weeks. Here is an example of one day's harvest...Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketPhoto Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
I thought I would take a little time to give you all a tour of the farm and the farmhouse. This first slide show contains images from around the farmhouse....

The barn is constantly a flurry of activity with Moonbeam, our new Haflinger, and the rest of the boys. Moonbeam has settled in nicely and is proving to be quite a good addition to the barn. He is about the sweetest natured horse ever and truly a joy to ride! He's a keeper!
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Here are some more pictures from around the farm....you will see the guest house, the old chicken house (where the guineas live), the orchard, the barn and some of the pastures...

And finally a little slideshow from the arena. In these pictures you will see me on Moonbeam, Becky on Fagner, and Mike on Briggs...

Friday, July 13, 2007

Mo Joins Bee Haven Acres.....(for now)

Here is Mo (short for Moonbeam). He is a Haflinger who stands 15 hands and weighs...well, we're not sure, but a heck of a lot!

Mo is visiting us on a month trial basis. I bought him for the purpose of riding, primarily, with the hopes of eventually driving him. He has previously been driven and used as part of a team of two for farm chores and also competition. His riding, as I am finding out, has been of no particular discipline, but rather, because of his good nature, he will allow anyone to "ride" him. This was evident the first time I met him as 5 Amish children were crawling all over him and riding him in a round pen.

Mo's first day at Bee Haven Acres gave him a chance to meet "the boys"...he is segregated in a field of his own, but right over the fence from the rest of our herd. The first several hours of his day were spent racing Briggs and Donny Brasco (a.k.a. Pony) along the fence until all of them were soaked with sweat.

And every good horse knows that a roll in the dirt helps to keep the flies away!

Mo's first night was spent out in the grazing pastures just accross the fence from his new buddies. So far so good.....no problems. Mo seemed very willing to do whatever was required of him.

And so came day number two and time for a test. Time to see how Mo responds with rider on his back. He had no issues being tacked up and was very willing to pick up his feet. Ok, one foot in the stirrup, and up...........ahhh, on his back....feels good so far. Now lets see how he responds to the bit. Hmmmm.....where is the gas peddle. Ok, we're walking, walking, walking....10 steps and stop. "Come on Mo, WALK." (dig in the heels a little) Ok, we're walking....what, no left turn? This could be tricky. It's kind of hard to go anywhere if you can only make right hand turns. "Come on Mo, LEFT!" (pull on the left rein)...no response. "G Mo, G"....no response. Well, this little interchange went on for several minutes and then Mo finally gave up and listened....but only for about 15 minutes. At that point he decided he had had enough and took off or the barn. Now we're trotting.....fast trot....canter....gallop......"Holy Sh---, Mo, Whoa! Whoa!!!!"...oh Good Lord no brakes either.

Well, if this had been last summer, I surely would have taken a nasty spill. But I have worked hard to strengthen my seat and somehow I managed to stay on. We arrived at the barn, Mo barely breathing hard, and me whitefaced, heart pounding, holding the breath that I was sure would be my last. What a ride.....not one I'd like to repeat! Well, so much for day 2.....28 more to go before I decide if I am going to keep this handsome, crazy horse.


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