Yesterday was a momentous occasion. For the first time in a couple of months, Moonie and his family spent the morning out in the upper pastures.
Normally, we walk the whole crew en masse, but yesterday I thought it prudent to walk Moonie by himself. Yesterday was the first for leading him by halter and lead rope any long distance since he became one-eyed. Normally I lead him by standing on his left side. Moonie usually ends up following me or picking his own side (we're not very strict around here). Since his left side is his blind side, I thought he might appreciate seeing me as we walked together, so I started out on his right instead. Our walk was uneventful - so that is good.
Upon reaching the pasture, I turned him loose and he took off running in his usual manner - joyful!
Within minutes, we brought the rest of the herd up to join him and they all ran around like they hadn't been out in years- running, bucking, kicking.... the equine version of whooping and hollering! Sadly, they were too far away for me to get a photo of the celebration. Within a minute, they settled down to the task of munching.
There's no doubt that I felt the same joy as my horses. It is the biggest relief to have farm life return to normal. It's been a long siege.
The donkeys are cherry-pickers... always looking for the easiest meal. Why make the effort grazing on extra short, winter grass - when you can just eat lush, soft hay that has fallen through the sheep's hay feeder!
The sheep were not terribly happy to have these long-eared marauders invade their space... stomping their feet and standing firm in their demonstration against these hay thieves.
Never ones for confrontation, the donkeys went scrambling.
When it comes to food, however, they are resourceful, and opted for plan B...
heading over to the pig house to clean up the hay that had been drug out onto the pig-house ramp.
During the hours that I wasn't shuffling animals to and fro, I worked on the linen prairie blouse that I had started the previous day. All that is left are the buttonholes and buttons. Perhaps I'll model it tomorrow. (maybe)
Latest finished project was this pair of fingerless mitts that match my farmhouse cardigan.
Current project is this spring wrap, knitted with a 100% silk in a gold - pink- khaki gradual gradient color-way, with an eyelet pattern knitted into it every few inches.
I am working on another Friday Food for Thought for tomorrow. I hope you'll join me.