Friday, March 30, 2012

SPRING RESIDENTS



Spring brings critters that have been elsewhere
all winter.




 Same frog..same rock...different days.
He just sits there for hours (8-10) on end.
No sleeping, eating or elimination!




Maybe he's be-smitten...




Could it be true love???




Warm and sunny today...he stayed under the rocks.


Some are more welcome than others...
I'm not a Canada Goose fan.







There seem to be less Mallards around 
when they're here.

Except for the ever faithful Quackers...





Taking a break from her nesting duties...




Mollie Lollie
Always supervising....
or hunting !!





Quackers isn't the least bit intimidated..

 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

MARCH SHOWERS

I think that by the time April gets here
we won't need April showers for May flowers
for they are already here.




We finally had a much needed shower the other day .
It was only a quarter of an inch but
enough to fill the rain barrels.
We are reportedly down an inch and a half.
Not a good way to start the season.




The rain helped pop all the buds that are so early
this year..Easter flowers..
Hyacinths...



This one took longer..it's in the shade.
 


 Azaleas




 Pear Trees





The Pear trees are beautiful 
but they smell pretty awful.



Magnolias
 



Daffys
and Weeping Willows..
all bursting forth with beautiful color.
It is a beautiful time of year even though it's early. 





 The neighborhood is busy planting, feeding
and generally
getting rid of any remaining signs of winter.





The pollen, weeds and bugs are plentiful as well.
I guess they all go hand in hand.
Happy Spring everyone. 
P.S.
Since I wrote this, we have had plenty of rain
and I finally broke down and mowed.
The daffodils are done.

Monday, March 26, 2012

DAPHNE AND CHLOE



Over the past several weeks ,
you have met most of the residents at the farm.
Last, but not least, meet the mini donkeys,
 Chloe and Daphne.
 




They spent most of the time I was with them
eating..bad timing on my part.









Aren't they just the sweetest??



Friday, March 23, 2012

THE FEATHERS AT THE FARM

Last week we visited goats
and witnessed the hard work at the farm.
This week we've seen the kitties, the pigs 
and now the chickens.





On the way back from pig duty, 
the chickens were let out to free range.







The fancy chickens seem to always be out.
I wonder if these might be roosters..
Guess I should check..
This one is a rooster and the black and white one
is a hen.
(Straight from the chicken guru..)
The only difference I can see is that the rooster is showier..Guess that's the way it is in the bird world. 








There were miscellaneous chickens
taking a dust bath under a big tree.








What is a story about farm feathers without
the turkeys??






The welcoming committee.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

BARN KITTIES

What's a barn without barn kitties?
These aren't you average barn cats.






This is Ella Bella...
She's in her bed under her heat lamp..





This is Leo...
The stray who wandered in to good times.




Oops..Ella Bella lost her bed..




"How did that hen get into my bed???"




Then you have Bobby and TomTom...
also keeping warm under their lamps..

So, as you can see,
these are no ordinary barn cats.
They are fed canned cat food  too..Tough lives.

I can't get over how much Bobby looks like my Max.






Monday, March 19, 2012

OMG

I learned where the expression "pig headed"
 comes from...








It was a little cooler today 
so the pigs were left in their stall
 under their heat lamp a little longer than usual...
Yes, they have heat lamps too..



When it was time to take them out,
 it was also time for them to eat
and they weren't budging. 
"What do you mean we're going outside?
We're hungry! "





No amount of tugging,
gentle prodding or cajoling was going to get
them to go anywhere but to their dishes.
I never heard such squealing and snorting .
I wish I had taped this process.
They sounded as if they were being beaten 
and not just being deprived of their food.





They won..we gave in..
and they wouldn't budge until their food was all gone.





Still required a bit of tugging...




Once they start to move, 
they're not easy to keep up with.





This is just a few months ago when they were "piglets".



Home again...pretty periwinkle.

Friday, March 16, 2012

IT'S A LITTLE EARLY

Mollie and I were doing a little pond maintenance
out back yesterday afternoon.
She was spending more time than usual
sniffing in the bushes, so I looked.
DUCK EGGS!!! 





These are in the nest used in 2007, 08, 09.
In 2010, I put  in a rain barrel and she moved her nest about five feet away.





This is that nest which she used in 2010 and 2011.
It looks like she considered using it this year
because it is cleaned out.
I guess even a duck can change its mind.





She was sitting on her nest this AM.
When she's not,
she's with hubs in the little inlet.
I haven't even set up my pond yet for the summer.
She really is early....
It's going to be a long season for her.





As we were walking to the mailbox,
Mollie found a rabbits nest in a neighbors grasses.
My little hunting dog... 
 
Look who else is here..
(I have set up my pond since I began this post, 
at least as much as I could with Quackers here.)




Ribbit...Ribbit 

It's been so nice, I've gotten a lot done outside.

Gardens cleaned out, screens in, lawn fertilized
and
a place to sit when it's all done.




 I keep adding to this post..It's time to publish it.