Mama and the Strawberries

14 Aug

The strawberry plants I got this summer are doing well in their pots.  They are making runners, which I’m trying to get started in little pots.

When they are well rooted, I want to separate them from the parent plants and put them in this tower.

By next spring they should be well established and ready to make strawberries.

In the meantime, there’s just a few strawberries on the plants this summer.

Most of them have been fed to Mama Phoenix.

Mama Phoenix

She likes them.

You’ll notice, I’m also letting her out in the barnyard when everyone is out in pasture.  That way she has a bit more room and opportunity to act like a chicken.

She seems to enjoy it.

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Those Boys

13 Aug

Fionn is doing better.  He still isn’t coming into rut, but he did at least notice Cookie when she walked past him.  Although, I am happy he’s not getting all stinky since I am in there with him several times a day.

Fionn

He gets to watch the kids.

Frisco is pretty good at jumping through the gate when he thinks I have a bottle.

Frisco

He hangs out in the Love Shack and eats and eats and eats.

Hes so silly!

I know he’s feeling better because he’s rather demanding about his food anymore. If I take too long opening the gate, he starts beating on it.

Still not going to kiss that nose because that beard is stained from previous years.

He’s also eaten most of the green stuff that was growing in the pen.

If he keeps improving, I’ll consider moving him back with the rest of the boys, but they are in rut.  I would hate to have Xerxes try fighting with him while he’s still weak.

Xerxes

Zeus and Anubis are also in rut.  They are crazy peeing all over themselves and each other.

Zeus

It’s all kinds of stinky in there.

Anubis

I told Pluto he better be happy I took him out of there when I did.

Pluto (with his mom, Dolly, behind him)

He’s still clean and sweet and smoochable!

Goats in Pasture

12 Aug

Since we’ve mowed the Back Forty, I’ve let the goats out on the back part again.

They are really enjoying it.

Even though we have horrible dry conditions, they still have lots to eat out there.

Cupid

Dolly

Not only is it good to eat, they can enjoy lying down and rubbing on the grass.

Bubbles

Apparantly Bubbles has been watching her maa, Mary.

Mary

Like mother; like daughter!

Penelope tried that too, but she couldn’t help but grab a blade of grass to nibble on.

Penelope

They spend a crazy amount of time out there wandering around and napping and eating.

LilyAnn and Ringo

Victoria

Pepe

Some of my June kids go out; some are still staying in the barnyard.

Cookie and Marge

Aphrodite feeding Button

Myson, as usual, was glued to my side.

Myson

At least, this is one fence Hera isn’t going to get stuck in. Thank goatness!

Hera

I am really  happy to have Pluto back with everyone.  He’s such a sweet little guy.

Pluto

We’re all enjoying the mowed grass.