There are some blogs that I read daily,
and (due to a lack of time) others that I catch with less frequency.
I love these glimpses into others' lives...most with whom I share a common love of animals.
I often wish I had a tour of their homes, farms, lands, etc.
so that I could see in my mind's eye the backdrop for their stories.
Without some guidance, my imagination fills in the blanks,
but I like it better when I have a clear picture of the reality.
That's why I decided today to give you a little visual tour of how
my world is laid out.
Each day I leave the house and travel down our long driveway...
past the little log guest house, the wood shed...
past the Roos house, the brooder house...
(on the right behind the tree)
and down to the fork in the drive.
If I head down the drive to the left, I pass the front pasture on the right,
the bee yard on the left,
and end up at the old, historic log cabin by the road.
To the left, beyond the bee yard, is the duck pond.
If at that fork in the drive I turn right,
I head by the orchard on the left.
Just beyond the orchard is the pig's yard and house.
Straight ahead is the barn, with the indoor arena in the distance.
Closer to the barn, there is another turn to the right.
This lane takes me by the garden (to the left) and the pavilion (on the right)
up to the goat pasture.
The fainting goats live in one of our four upper pastures,
that are laid out two pastures wide by two pastures deep.
As you can see, our egg layers also graze in these pastures.
The other three of these pastures are also used by Becky's horses for grazing.
My horses use the large front pasture in the front of our barn.
This pasture is much less nutritious, and so is good for "fat" horses.
This view is looking from the opposite end of the front pasture.
As you can see, the old log cabin is far down on the right side, by the road.
If you look at the left side where the barn is, you will see a small grey shed beside it.
That run-in shed serves as shelter for the donkeys in their dry-lot.
I hope this helps you with a better mental picture of our farm.
As you can see, we have no leaves left on our trees.
We have plunged head-long into winter.
Last, I wanted to share a picture that I took yesterday as I returned home to the farm
from family business.
This is the time of year for fantastic sunrises and sunsets,
and I caught this sunset last evening....
Isn't this an amazingly beautiful world in which we live?
Today I have a special little visitor from Australia.
I will share pictures and stories of that visit with you tomorrow.
Have a great day!!