Monday, June 28, 2010
Blink is a nuthatch. He was hatched in our shed, in the blue helmet. Two of his four siblings died outside of the nest, and two flew away. But Blink didn't fly well, and our chickens were trying to eat him. So Becky would bring him into the house to feed him and let him grow safely a few hours every day. She made his fancy bird cage.
One day Becky came inside with the news, "Blink's parents came and took him away." I asked her how it had happened and she answered, "His parents called to him, and because he's a nuthatch, he ran up the tree sideways."
So now we occasionally see Blink in the oak tree.
Meanwhile, a new nuthatch nest is down in the barn. In an ironic twist, this mother bird used a shed snakeskin as nesting material. So I always get a scare when I look in at the eggs.
As of today they hadn't hatched. I'll try to blog them soon.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
When I went to milk my goat late Friday night, I was surprised to find #6 cornered in the barn yard by a little white puppy. On closer inspection, I saw that this was no puppy, this was an unexpected goatling!
Everything had gone fine with her birth and #6 allowed me to get near her, a rare occurrence. Last time #6 delivered, she rejected the kids and had no milk, so I was concerned. But this time, she accepted her daughter and there's plenty of milk to spare.
Another improvement #6 has made to her personality is that unlike last time, this freshening we can milk her full teat without a fight. She just eats her grain and for the most part stands still while we milk.
Q-Tip the orphan lamb gets her extra milk.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
It might take a while to upload. All the noise is rain pounding and thunder consistently rumbling around me.
For those of you who aren't here with us, now you can be here in spirit. Well, for a minute and eleven seconds, anyway.
We've been getting lots of storms this year. For the last two years, not so much.
This was actually taken at midnight. I lost track of time while watching "Get Smart" with the girls.
I thought the worst had passed at this point, but it picked up in intensity again after I took this. Now, at 1:30, it looks like Spinster's neighborhood is getting hammered.
Our power only flickered twice!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
And an adorable little farm mother too.
JoJo is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Now that I've experienced a foal, I have the urge to breed mares. Of course I won't do this again on purpose, but wow, has a baby pony been a blast!
Milk Chocolate Chip also augments the farm experience for us. I've decided that he might stay brown after all. That would be exciting, since we've only had black so far.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Our family had an enjoyable cook out with a bunch of friends from church last night.
The kids had a water battle with lots of uproarious giggling.
Then came the grand finale: fireworks from South of the Border. These were the real deal! Many neighbors called to check on the "gunfire" from our friend's house.
Here's an audible sample of Charlotte County good times.