Depending upon how long you have been visiting us here on the farm,
you may remember me talking about "our girls".
Though not related by blood, we have fondly watched these girls grow up.
(starting with their Mom, as an adolescent)
Their first visit to the farm was back in 2012.
|Little Maggie, at 3|
|Macy, at 5|
They visit us several times yearly, and, at times,
stay here on the farm, house-sitting when we go away on vacation.
After months of quarantine, we were happy to have them come for
a farm visit yesterday.
We love their visits... and they love the farm.
They've grown a little since their first visit here, haven't they!
Over the years they have contributed to our farm family.
First, with a handful of rowdy roosters that they had
hatched in Macy's school classroom.
Two summers ago, they brought a dozen mallard babies
that were inhabiting a neighbor's swimming pool.
These are now the mallards that spend their
winters on our pond -
going off in the spring to mate and raise families...
and returning again in the fall.
All of our critters get a big dose of love when the girls come for a visit...
and a big dose of treats as well!
Their mom rescued one of the new chickens
who had found her way out of the yard,
but couldn't figure out how to get back in.
Sally asks, "what is this game?"
All of the equines get a little loving as well.
I'm not sure who is happier...
the girls or the animals!
At one point, Griz snuck up on Sammie and gave him a good slap.
He'd be happier if there were no dogs.
But since that's not going to happen, he makes it his business to give
them a good swat whenever they get close...
just for good measure.
I have always maintained that although life on the farm is wonderful,
it is even better when it is shared with others!
Our barn has three active barn swallow nests this year.
Here's a peek into one of them...
Hopefully these little ones will not try to fly until they are
absolutely ready and able...
because, there are two little black rafter kitties that are
very curious about them!