The Blood Moon Random Friday

With everything going on, I only had a chance to check out the lunar eclipse and take a couple of pictures.  I wish I’d had time to get out the tripod and really make it an event.  We had no clouds, and it was perfect for viewing.

moon collage

SOOC

blood moon and star

SOOC

I’m sad to report that I’ve lost two of the kids with polio, Gaston and Blyssin.  Blaze’s little girl was not as far along with the disorder when I began treatments, and I’m still optimistic for her full recovery.  Pistol’s little girl is still having a hard time holding her body heat and refuses to take a bottle.  We’ll see how that one plays out.

Blaze's girls and Pistol's triplets

Blaze’s girls (SOOC) and Pistol’s triplets

Somehow, I managed to delete pictures from my new camera before I got them on the computer.  I have no idea how I did that.  Luckily, it was just pasture pictures, but it still annoys me.

pasture collage

SOOC

I did manage to get my first bird pictures of the season out in pasture.  I found a bluebird, and I’m not sure what the second one is.

bluebird collage

SOOC

bird collage

SOOC

Have you ever gone for a walk with a cat.  It’s totally different than walking with a dog.  The cat has no stamina, and they get behind, rest, and then run to catch up.  Often, I end up carrying Bob part of the way when we cover the whole Back Forty.

cat in pasture

Sharing with Skywatch Friday, Weekend ReflectionsBird d’Pot, Camera Critters, SOOC Sunday, and Mosaic Monday.

Moving Critters

Now that the kids are here and spring is here, I need to move some animals around.  I have to say, I’ve been thinking way too hard about how to get everyone where they need to be and keeping certain animals away from others.  You see, I can’t have MJ with my bovine babes.  He’d try jumping them again when they came into heat, and that’s what almost killed him last summer.  After much debate, I’ve decided to put him in the north part of my barnyard.  That panel in the barn (behind the tarp) will get moved, and I’ll open that door, so he can still have access to a part of the barn.

geriatric steer

Then he’ll also have outdoor space where Kizzy and her daughters and grandkids are at right now.

goats and cows

It’s shady and big enough for him.  I don’t think he walks well enough that he can ever feed himself, so I’ll still be able to provide him with hay and grain up there and not have to worry about anyone else trying to steal it.

Right now, the new moms and their kids are in shut in the barnyard closest to the house, and I’m feeding them hay.  I can’t feed them enough hay, so we need them to be able to go out to pasture.  Right behind them in the other half of the barnyard are the rest of the goats.

doe goat nursing kids

They have access to the front pasture right now, but I want them all out in the back forty.  It gives them a lot more room.  Plus, I can let my two big bucks have the front pasture.

pasture

The bovine girls are currently in my field where corn will soon be planted.

DSC_0070ew

They need moved into the back forty.  They’ll also have access to the barnyard.

cows on field

All this moving around is on my agenda for the weekend.  We’ll see how cooperative everyone is.

Sharing with Good Fences and Skywatch Friday.

Sunrises

Yesterday morning, the sun was shining when I went to work.

sunny morning drive

It was brilliant and blinding.  Even though we’re still cool, it was dry and everyone on the farm enjoyed being outside.

sunny morning drive

I even let Betty Lou and her baby out into the yard for a little while when I got home.

doe goat and kid

I just couldn’t let them stay out because this morning’s sunrise was nothing like Wednesday morning.

rainy morning drive

The rain makes it hard for everyone to find a nice dry place in the barn when some goats are cranky.

Bambi's buck and doe

Bambi’s buck and doe

Even though we desperately need the rain, the goats are all hoping we’ll have more of those sunny skies soon.  It’s way more fun to play outside!

Sharing with Skywatch Friday, Weekend Reflections, and the first ever Good Fences, hosted by TexWisGirl.

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