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Rainy Weather

19 May

We’ve been fairly rainy this spring.  We actually got lucky here on Thursday evening.  The storm went just north of my farm, and dropped lots of rain and hail on the town where I teach, but we didn’t see a drop of rain–just a bit of wind.

Aurora

There’s a lot of water in the ditch.

We had rain yesterday and more today and more forecast throughout the week.

Joani and Tinkerbell

Everyone around here smells like wet dog.  They can’t even get a dirt bath (it would be a mud bath).

Aurora

Maybeline and Odie

Yeah, we’re pretty muddy; although the picture below was taken before the worst of the rain came on Saturday.

Annie, Cutie, Myson

It does make the grass grow, but I haven’t been able to get my garden planted.

My crops haven’t been planted.  It really makes it hard to get a lot of things done when we’re overly wet.

clouds moving in over the barn peak (with a turkey vulture)

And don’t even start me on the roller coaster temperatures either.  That’s the kind of swing that makes animals sick (llama ulcers).  Seriously.

Hopefully, the weather will calm down soon.

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On the Back Pasture

8 May

Once I got Myson to come through the gate, everyone else poured through.

Myson and Flower in front

They quit meandering along the ditch and started for the gate on a run.

Well, I did have to help three kids figure out where everyone else made it through.

Peter Pan, Snow White, and Wendy

Then it was feasting!

Dolly

Harley and Cupid

Darling

Hopefully Mary will get fat again.

Mary

You can see how much more grass is on that side.

Astra (front); Antigone and Pistol (back)

They were all happy.  Then I realized I was missing some kids.

Xerxes, Zeus and Fionn with the kids

It did not take long to figure out that Penelope, Anglea and Moira were on the front pasture with the bucks.

To the Back Pasture

6 May

We put the fence across the Back Forty last fall so I could keep the goats away from the Coyote Woods and try to avoid them being killed.  Well, I decided the days have gotten long enough that it’s time to let them back out there.  They are also keeping the part of the pasture they have eaten down.  It needs to grow.  The goats were on the bottom Saturday morning, so it was time.

I figured I’d go stand by the gates and just yell for them to come to me.

They would just have to follow the ditch and out into the long grass!  Of course, by the time I got down there, they’d traveled the wrong way and were clear at the far end. (They really are in the picture below.)

They finally heard me, and they took off running…right to the barnyard.  That’s where they usually go when I call to them.

Myson even stood there and watched me for a minute, but the herd mentality kicked in and he joined the rest of the herd.

Since the llamas were standing right there, I decided to try and get them to come see that the gate was open.

Maybeline, Aurora, and Odie

Aurora and Maybeline started towards me.

Then they decided they had to follow Odie back to the barnyard.

Seriously?  I suppose, in their defense, this is the time of day the llamas ususally go back up to the barnyard for drinks and dust baths.

But the goats.  Nope.  Oh well.  The llamas did make it out the next day.

To be continued…