There's something in the air...
barely perceptible, just a hint, a tiny reminder...
that Spring is just around the corner.
It is, you know, the first of March.
By the end of the month, there will be bright green buds on the willow trees
and all the rest of the woods will follow shortly thereafter.
Days are getting longer. And although still cold,
they are not as cold as they were just a few weeks ago.
Even without a calendar to tell me what time of year it is, I would have known.
The pussy willows have begun to push forth their tiny, furry pussy-cats.
Even without the presence of a female turkey,
my turkey boys have begun their mating games...
sparring and jousting in showy male demonstrations of dominance.
It's time for their yearly dueling to see who is top turkey...
the winner gaining bragging and mating rights.
But, since Edith is no longer with us,
bragging rights will have to do.
The fighting became so severe that I had to separate them.
At times I am afraid that they will take this contest just a little too far...
and maybe end up with a fatality.
So.... "time out" was in order yesterday....
separation by tall fence until bedtime when sleep would prevail.
We'll see how attitudes are in the morning.
Yesterday I spent a little time working with the donkey girls...
who were also feeling a little bit of Spring fever!
Me: "OK, girls...today's lesson is entitled Having Good Halter Manners."
"Chloe, you're first. Let's try going for a little walk, ok?"
Me: "Come-on Chloe, you can do it!"
Me: "Alright Daphne, let's show her how it's done."
Daphne: "No, thank you."
Me: "Nice manners, Daphne....but not quite what I had in mind."
Chloe: "I got this, Mom."
Me: "That's great, Chloe, but neither of you are moving!"
Something tells me this is going to be a slow process!