Days like these fill me with so much gratitude. 2022 has been a good year. We had a long, beautiful spring, a bountiful summer... and our little corner of the world, right here, is filled with peace and contentment. It's truly hard to want for anything more.
Of course, upon seeing me, Maryann came rushing over. She had been cooling off beneath the scrubby growth around the pasture telephone pole. I've said this before, I know - but, this girl and I have a very deep connection.
Ginger, on the other hand was more interested in grazing and ignored my presence.
I relaxed, there, in the grass with MaryAnn, watching the clouds overhead and just enjoying the cool pasture shade.
I am sure that anyone driving by would think me crazy... lounging with a pig. Luckily, we get no traffic on our road. My secret is safe!
A belly rub absolutely hypnotizes this girl. She is putty in my hands!
Her lip curls in a tiny smile of satisfaction.
It was a wonderful moment that reminded me of just how special this life amongst the critters is.
I also stopped by the pond and spent a few minute sitting on the bank. Our mallard numbers are increasing weekly.
We are now up to 10 mallards in addition to our two tame ducks. This number will keep increasing as we get closer and closer to cooler weather. The bulk of our feed bill will soon be due to duck feed, as we keep food down for the visiting ducks all winter long. I know... if we didn't, they'd find another food source. I'd like to think we make life a little easier for the critters who visit our farm.
As is for all of us... I don't know what the future holds. I don't know if we will always be able to live here on the farm. The work will eventually get too hard. All I know is... I can't imagine living anywhere else. And so, each day I greet my life with gratitude and the hope that it can stay this way for as long as is possible. Along with that hope is that I am able to care for all of my critters throughout their natural lives.
Thanks to the energy of little ones, this week flew by. I can hardly believe that today is Friday, already. We have a fun weekend planned... a local Arts Fest in lovely Mount Gretna, followed by a day with the littlest of our Littles (Elijah). We'll be back on Monday with tales of the weekend.
Until then.... many hugs from the farm!
PS... answer to The JR... from yesterday's comments. Chloe does allow me to put a halter on her. (Just not the fly mask... for whatever reason.) Kudos to anyone who can completely figure out donkeys!