I am a firm believer that animals, just like people,
need socialization and relationships in order to thrive.
It is this reason that our little ark, here, is filled two by two (or more).
What has been surprising over the years is how
cross-species relationships develop...
especially when animals live in what they feel is a safe environment.
It seems that when they are secure in an environment free of predators,
they feel free to interact with those around them.
Yesterday, on one of my trips out to the animals,
I found this peaceful scene:
O'Malley was lying inside her yard next to the gate.
On the other side of the gate was Tom Turkey lying there, parallel with her.
Sadly, my arrival ended their peaceful interchange,
with Tom getting up and walking away.
Animals never cease to amaze me!
After much anticipation, Minerva has returned to us.
And boy does she look good!
She's been working in this garden every summer since 2009.
Each winter she heads "down under" to spend the
Southern Hemisphere summer with another family.
Each summer when she returns, it's always a surprise to
see what she looks like.
If you've been visiting the farm here over the years,
you know that Minerva changes her looks every year.
She's grown her hair long and dyed it back to her natural color.
Like the rest of us, she has had to deal with some of
the changes that come with age.
She's taken to wearing a scarf to hide a tiny bit of sagging neck skin.
And for the first time, she is wearing glasses so that she can
read the fine print on the seed packets.
In spite of those things, she is still in great shape and ready for
a summer of working hard.
We had some severe thunderstorms move through yesterday morning,
which gave all of our growing things a good drink,
and allowed me to cross watering off of the to-do list.
There is something about a good storm that brings the wildlife
out of hiding...
(I know, you hate snakes!)
After the storms had washed everything clean,
the sun came back out, giving us another spectacular day.
One of my favorite "trees" on the farm is this wisteria vine.
We planted it on a wooden post and it has become a wonderful,
lush, free-standing tree.
It takes a little pruning to keep the shape,
and I mow off the ground suckers with the lawnmower.
It's just beginning to bloom...
I know Wisteria can grow a little bit crazy and become quite invasive,
but I just love these purple blooms!
Lastly, here is a photo of the linen pinafore that I finished on Tuesday.
This might be my favorite yet.
Don't even ask me what Hubbs did to make me laugh so hard.
Seriously, don't ask!
(He knows I am not good at the fake smile thing,
so he always does something outrageous to make me laugh.)
I mean it... don't ask... my lips are sealed.
Marcia... I loved your idea of having a "Zoom" tea party
in Maven Haven.
Sadly, there is no electricity there and no WiFi signal.
My phone has a signal, but not strong
enough to support a zoom conference.
I can do video there, with my camera...
but not "live".