Wednesday, October 31, 2012

After The Storm

Thank you all for your well-wishes over the past few days.
I took all of that positive energy and sent it onward to those in need...
to our eastern coastline communities.

While we did receive a lot of rain and wind,
we were lucky in that we sustained no damage.

Our pastures have tiny streams running through them...
but we've had worse!

The spring beneath our old log cabin is overflowing,

and our pond is quite full...

not unlike any storm with abundant rain.

We lost a few trees within our woods,
but they were dead ones that would have blown down eventually.

Our critters stayed under shelter or indoors until yesterday afternoon,
when things slowed down a bit.

MaryAnn ventured out yesterday afternoon for the first time in 48 hours.
Ginger stayed in bed (lazy pig).

The goats still have not left the warmth and fresh hay that fills their houses.

The chickens refused to stay in even in the worst weather.
They don't let a little storm keep them from their daily adventures!

The wind and rain did knock over our kale "trees", however.

We have been eating kale from these 5 plants for the past 5 months!
If you are looking for something to plant in your garden that just keeps giving...
let me suggest you plant some curly kale.

If we have a mild winter, we might continue to enjoy fresh kale for months to come.
I put kale in "everything" within reason....soups, stews, spaghetti sauce, etc.

The miserable weather brought our new stray to the barn to dry out and eat.

Meet "Kitty"....he/she has no name yet.
If he/she stays, we will have Dr. Becky determine his/her gender and neuter accordingly.
For now it's just "Kitty."

PS:  Happy Halloween....

the animals' Halloween party has been cancelled due to the weather.
I think they are ok with that...
no one seems to love dressing up, anyways!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Safe and Secure

While the winds of this "mega-storm" Sandy howl outside,
and the rain comes pouring down....
we are safely nestled inside...
in warmth and security...
and wrapped in love!

It is our hope and prayer that the rest of you are as well!

Monday, October 29, 2012


Some weekends are packed so full with activity,
that they actually feel like a week!

This past weekend was busy, busy, busy.
We spent a good part of Saturday finishing up Fall Cleanup
and battening down the hatches in preparation for a major storm.

We had a visit from Tyler on Saturday.
Grampie took him on a slow and safe 4 wheeler ride....putt, putt, putt to the barn.

Upon arrival at the barn,
we witnessed 5 equines making a hasty escape.
(Someone had forgotten to latch a gate, and they shrewdly seized the opportunity!)

Up to our hay field they galloped, bucking with glee.
And there, with the help of our friends Jim and Kathy,
we rounded them up with promises of tasty grain.

Back home on lead ropes,
with Scarlet in tow.
She is never one to acquiesce to the placement of a halter
(at least not when she is in the middle of an adventure such as this).

So, she simply followed the rest of us back to the barn.

We captured the Littles, by chasing them into an open pasture.

We are right in the path of Hurricane Sandy,
and as she meets an arctic storm,
we will have much rain and high winds over the next few days.
Schools here are closed, as well as some businesses.
If our blog is missing any day this week, it will be due to a power outage.

To those of you living in coastal areas and near water, we wish
you safety.   You will be in our hearts over the next few days!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Who Says.....

You Can't Buy Love?
                                      by an unknown author

"You can't buy loyalty so they say;
I bought it though, the other day.

You can't buy friendship, tried and true;
Well, just the same, I bought that, too.

I made my bid, and on the spot,
Bought love and faith, and a whole job lot
of happiness.

 So, all in all,
The purchase price was pretty small. 

I bought a simple, trusting heart
That gave devotion from the start. 

If you think these things are not for sale,
Buy a brown-eyed donk with a rope like tail!"

Author prefers to remain "anonymous"..

I simply found it amongst a collection of poems about donkeys
and thought it fitting!

Have a wonderful weekend.
We will be keeping our eyes on the weather as Hurricane Sandy heads up the coast.
The farm may be in for quite a storm next week!
Hope you stop by for a visit next week.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Painting Crew

We are in the midst of an unusually warm week.

Moist, misty mornings....

give way to partly sunny afternoons with temps in the high 70's and warmer.

This has made for a perfect time to get Autumn chores done.

Washing windows and painting projects have been at the top of the "To Do" list.

One of our run-in sheds is in desperate need of painting before winter.
One of the horses has been munching on the wood trim, leaving exposed wood.

Of course, with any painting project there must be workers and supervisors.
Happily, the turkeys take the role of supervisors....

occasionally "helping" out a little....

paint on the tail feathers, and paint on the chest are the result.

I have often thought of just dipping the turkeys into the paint and letting them
do the work while I supervise.
Hmmmmmmmm...... I am sure someone might object to this idea!

When the donkeys saw me with paint buckets, they offered to help.
"I'll carry the bucket," suggested Chloe...

This could be trouble for sure!

Just like most 18 month old children.... everything goes in the mouth!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Did you hear that?
That was a huge sigh of relief uttered by 


and her daughter Nettie B.

Mating season is officially over.
All that is left are the months of waiting....
waiting for Spring's arrival and the return of (our favorite time of year) kidding season.

While the does are quite relieved,
poor Chip is quite unhappy.

He stands in his pen crying for the does.
Obviously mating season was not long enough for Chip.
Well, Chip, you only have to wait another year for the next one!

Unaware of males, mating, or things of that nature,
the pigs were in their pigpen, yesterday, trying on costumes for next week's Halloween party.

Ginger was trying on various outfits while MaryAnn critiqued them.
(Note MaryAnn sticking out her tongue in disapproval!)

Obviously, the witch's hat is not MaryAnn's favorite!
I think she objected to the green spider on the hat's brim.

Chloe, our donkey fashionista of course chose a hat with flowers.

"How about you, Daphne....
would you like to dress up too?"

Daphne: "Is there no end to the indignities you make us suffer?"

I guess Daphne will be attending our party as a donkey.

PS:  The first part of this post is for you, Laura, in Sacramento (Marysville), CA!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Last Little Drops of Summer

It always amazes me how so many of you live so far away,
and yet, each day you drop by our little farm here in Pennsylvania for a visit.
When I picture where you live, I think about the weather that you are experiencing that day.

Yesterday I thought of the snow that was forecast for the Pacific Northwest.
And I breathed a sigh of relief that that snow was so many miles away from us!
Here in PA we are enjoying Indian Summer this week.

With the return to warm temperatures, I felt the need to get a little garden work done.
The rock garden that I planted this past spring was in need of one last weeding
before Winter arrives.
Here it is now....

a stark contrast to what it was this Summer....

While weeding, I was serenaded by this fellow....

Elton is the most unusual rooster.
Unafraid of the dogs and the cats, he seems to prefer human company over chicken company,
and always hangs out close to where I am working.

while these two wrestled behind me....

Hickory took a nap in the gator...

and Maddie chose a shady patch of grass....

I planted a dozen iris tubers that will bloom next Summer.

Although I love the change of seasons,
I do miss the gardens when Summer leaves us and heads south. 

Moonbeam, on the other hand prefers the cold weather,
and would most likely be happiest back in the Austrian Alps,
the birthplace of his ancestors.


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