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Excessive Heat

20 Jul

We are under an excessive heat advisory.  It’s pretty miserable.

Aurora

Most everyone is handling the heat okay, even if it is uncomfortable.

Bob

I broke down and gave the geese a pool in the chicken pen.  It makes a mess, but they really need it right now.

Chinese Goose

The goats are lounging in the shade.

There’s not a lot of water left in the ditch in the Back Forty.

By the time they come back up from pasture, the goats are hot.  Cinnamon has not been handling the heat well.  Neither has Maggie and Harley.

Cinnamon in the lead

I make sure we have plenty of water in the barnyard.  I’ve even hosed off a couple of the llamas.

Estarr

I wish Odie would let me hose her off.  She’s the one who is not tolerating the heat at all.  I’m worried about her.

Odie

Estarr has it all figured out.

Estarr

Sky seems to have the best solution though.

Sky

He is enjoying the air conditioning in the house.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items in my side bar.

Sam’s Influence

19 Jul

I had to go look for some kids that had been left in pasture a couple days ago.  They were pretty easy to find, and they’re old enough I’m not sure why they didn’t just come back to the barn.    Anyhow, they did come after a little coaxing.

Caroline, Colt, Astra, and Jumbo

I couldn’t help but notice how they all have those pointy Saanen ears and white color.  Three of these (the fourth was in the grass beside the rock) also have wattles.  They are little carbon copies of their dad.  Hopefully, they’ll bring those Saanen milk genes to my milk room when I start milking his kids.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my side bar.

A Short Walk in the Buffer Strip

17 Jul

I was going to go for a walk in the pasture, but the sight of a kid in the buffer strip snacking on alfalfa changed that plan.  I hopped the fence, hung my camera on a post and walked back and forth several times before quickly grabbing a back leg and landing on my knees.  But I caught the little stinker.  In case you can’t tell, my little boys that look just like their daddy, Sam, are wild.  I am not even sure which one this was.

Colt (I think)

But I tossed him over the fence to go play with the rest of the kids.

While I was in the buffer strip, I thought I’d walk around (and take the easy way back instead of climbing the fence again).  Obviously, the alfalfa is blooming.  It’s once again past ready to cut and bale.

The bees are happy though.

So are the butterflies.

I know, the monarch is on clover (along with the honeybee), but they were flitting from clover to alfalfa to clover again.  It was positively buzzing out there.

I do hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my side bar.