Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Once it was fully light out, I put the Littles in the dry lot and started my daily poop patrol. While I scooped manure, the Littles chased each other. Meanwhile, TomTom and Bobby played a raucous game of tag through the dry lot fence. Ella looked on....a scowl on her face as usual. It seems that the two little boy kitties are quite enamored with each other and spend their days getting into all kinds of mischief....including sitting on the top of the chicken coop (both trying to figure out how to get inside and terrorize the hens). This is what I call "Double Trouble"!!!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Lamp posts on all of the decks will add to the night time ambiance.
Here is the pool deck....complete. I will have to paint the gates on each side of the deck. And, next spring I will put planters in each of the planter boxes at the far corners of the deck.
Today is the first day with no construction workers on the property in almost a year. What a year it has been. Now it is time to get back to living....daily routines without all of the extra "stuff" to do. I anticipate it will be a bit quiet around here...and that may take some getting used to. But, after all this time......I'm ready!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
There are no days of rest on a farm. Each and every morning the chores are the same....and throughout the day, also. Most days the dogs like to run along with me for chores. However, each week by Sunday, Maddie is ready for a day of rest. Here is where she will stay most of the day. I guess it is hard work being a 140 lb. Newfie. She did spend yesterday playing with her best friend Sipke, so it is understandable why she is so tired today.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Addendum: Regarding yesterday's comment about having to herd the guineas back to their house every night.....I have come to the conclusion after many hours of studying animal behavior around the farm, that guineas share one common brain amongst the whole group. They move as one, they think as one. They learn, however, as though they only have half a brain. We will keep trying to train them to go back into their house to roost....although it is starting to look like a rather lofty goal. Oh, and by the way.....they are beginning to grow their "helmets" (that funny lump on the top of their heads). Perhaps that is where their brain goes....squashed out into their helmets....and not terribly useful.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Now we need a bit of rain, so that we can actually relax during this "vacation".
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
MoJo, on the other hand is just learning this technique. He has not been very effective in actually hitting his chin, and most of his urine ends up on the ground. Although he may be less attractive to the does, we humans find spending time with him much less distasteful. I am sure, though, with time and a bit of practice, he will be just as attractive as the older bucks. As far as I am concerned, he can take his time.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
(The theory that employees will advance to their highest level of competency....and then be promoted....ending up totally incompetent). Well, I am not sure if this is actually what is happening but for some reason....this came to mind when I thought about this cat situation.
All kidding aside, though, I have to admit that these two are just about the best barn cats you could hope for (mousing abilities overlooked). They are my constant companions and a daily source of comic relief. They are totally comfortable around the horses, pose no threat to the birds and never venture too far from the barn. Why should they, afterall? They have it way too good!
The other evening I took a little time and sat in the middle of the "Little's" stall. Both kitties jumped in the stall with me. And for a short while I had two cats in my lap and a miniature horse snout on each of my shoulders. It was the most perfect few moments I have ever had. Three species just sharing the same space and enjoying the sensations of smell and touch....a truly sensual experience for all. Those times are some of my favorite. It is always so interesting to see these cross-species interactions....no fear, no aggression, just peaceful co-existence. It is moments like this that make all of the daily chores worthwhile!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
And getting them back in the house to roost....well, that took a bit of effort, too. Hopefully, these youngsters will get the hang of it...and come to think of their house as a permanent roosting place. I don't plan to let them out to free range outside their yard until way after they begin laying eggs. Hopefully, they will get the idea to lay in their boxes and not all over the farm! We love guinea eggs to eat, so if all works as planned, we should have a good supply of them. But then, I must remember.....guineas are not the smartest bird (just the handsomest)!