Friday, October 14, 2011


Honestly, I don't know what I was thinking yesterday 
when I said that my life is quite often solitary.

The truth is...
I never have a moment alone.
(Not even in the "loo"!)
Yes, even in that one moment we hope will be private,
there are always at least two sets of eyes staring into mine.

I never leave the house without at least three sets of four legs running after  me.

Don't get me wrong, 
I am not complaining.
Not at all.

Case in point:

Yesterday, noon, I ventured out to the barn...
between rain showers...
(camera in hand)
to put my horses out in the front pasture to graze.
Of course, Sam and Oakley had to accompany me.
Once at the barn, the kitties joined in, too.

While out there, I realized that Becky's horses were out in the upper pastures...
a scene that I love, but miss during the warmer buggy months when they only go out at night.
I walked up to say hello.

Within moments I heard the familiar T. Rex sort of ground pounding run
that could only mean the turkeys had spotted me too!

And because the guineas are their constant companions,
(oh... Guido, Gus and Giuseppe seem to have worked out their differences)
they came running along behind.

I have to admit, it is a bit unnerving to have three large turkeys running toward you.
But of course we all know these three are gentle giants.

Of course when the horses spy me, they also have to come running over to the fence
to offer their salutations.

Sid and Ava share a pasture.
Duffy (Becky's retiree)...

 grazes alone in the next pasture.

Sid quickly bores of the niceties and turns to bite Ava on the butt...

an invitation to chase him...

and he heads off across the pasture.

Ava remains at the fence, indifferent to his advances.

I wander off to visit with the goats and the horses go back to grazing.

You might notice that these chickens are not out free ranging.

They have developed this nasty habit of laying eggs inside the goat houses.

I found this out when Star complained to me.

"You see," she said, "goats really don't like fresh eggs,
and it is quite inconvenient to have to share your house with a nest of them."

Especially when you are already sharing your house with your relatives.

Back to the chickens....
I am keeping them in their yard until later in the afternoon,
when I am pretty sure they have already laid their eggs in their nesting boxes.
Then they can go out and hunt for worms and other yummy treats.

I've wandered off course a bit.
My point is....
I am never alone.
Not for a blessed second.

But, I'm not complaining!

PS....Jill seems to have adjusted to Jack's passing and has taken on his roll
in the goat pen....

Smilin' Jill!

Have a great day....
hope you're smilin' too!


From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a wonderful way to spend the day. I would love to live on a farm!!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

I really enjoyed this post Bev. Isn't it wonderful to be LOVED by all your critters. Becky's horses are beautiful. I love how the guinea's and turkey's all come running when they hear you LOL! OH I'm glad to read that the boys are now all getting along nicely...that took a while though didn't it. I hope you're getting some sunshine today.
Maura :)

Anke said...

I like the company your keep. :-) We don't have as many animals as you do, but Savvy does like to follow me (us) everywhere. Even the "loo". ;-)

Kelly said...

It's nice to have so many friends. There is never a dull moment. I love the pic of the smiling goat.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

A solitary life you lead perhaps when it comes to having people around, but you are certainly never alone with all your wonderful critters. :-))

Dawn Dutton said...

Bev, what a lovely post... When I get lonely which isn't often....I go outside and sit with all my critters... They love my company especially when they think I'm bringing them a treat. Animals can bring a sense of calm to this chaotic world we live in. Have a great weekend Bev.....
I'll visit again on Monday.

Sandy said...

You made me smile this morning Bev! I love reading your posts. I think you have a very happy life and your animals love living with you. I'm so glad I found your blog.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I know how you feel. There is a sense of comfort and purpose to be surrounded by your animals. I've said it before, but those turkeys just crack me up! I remember you debating last year about what to do for Thanksgiving. SO GLAD you made the choice to enjoy their company.

Junebug said...

I love the company you keep. I can see never a dull moment! Have a great weekend!

Country Gal said...

I truely enjoyed your post and your photos are fantastic. I would love to have all these wonderful animals around me again as I miss it all from when I grew up on our farm ! Have a wonderful day.

LovePetunia said...

You are a very lucky lady! What wonderful company you keep! Love your blog!!!!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

All of your creatures - great and small, appear to be in such healthy conditions!! Enjoying your turkeys - I never new that they were so friendly!!

pilgrimscottage said...

How funny! Isn't it wonderful how animals can make life interesting?! I can relate about the dogs. Ha-ha!

Linda said...

What a great post, I came over from Dogtrot, hope you don't mind my lurking around.


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