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Hay is Late

1 Jul

I’m always fine with my hay being made after the first of July because that gives the boblinks and meadowlarks time to raise their babies before we go out there cutting the grass.

female and male bobolink

Since they are both on the top of the tree keeping an eye on the babies, it won’t be long before they’ve fledged.

In the meantime, the goats will keep getting lost in pasture.

An adult goat–I think it’s Harley

It’s so tall out there the March kids get lost.  The herd gets separated.  It’s horrible getting around this time of year.

Can you see the kids?

The llady llamas don’t even want to go out there right now.  They stay in the barnyard and beg for llama feed and eat the short clover.

Odie

Some of the goats even prefer to stay in the barnyard.  Harley decided to stay up in the barnyard the other day.  After giving her sweet feed and hay, she did decide to join the rest of the herd when I went out to check on everyone.

I told you we’d find them, Harley.

My buffer strip usually gets made into hay well before the Back Forty, but not this year.

It’s been rainy, making it hard to do much of anything.

The butterflies are certainly happy with it.

It makes for a nice afternoon taking pictures too.  But that has all changed.

My nephew mowed the buffer strip and around the north shed on Sunday morning.

If the weather cooperates, it won’t be long before the Back Forty gets made into hay too.

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Odds and Ends

23 Oct

It’s that time of year when I just don’t have time to blog (and take pictures) every day, so I’m doing almost all of my blog posts on the weekend.  That means I get behind in what’s going on.  Today, I’m just sharing a few odds and ends.

Friday, I gathered seven eggs from the chickens.  I have nine hens and nugget, but the two old hens don’t lay eggs anymore.  This is the variety I get from the hens.

Love all those colors!

My dad came out last week, and he put the new roof on the well house.  That’s a good job done.

Now I just need to re-paint the whole thing.  Sometime.  I don’t know when.

The buffer strip around my corn field got mowed again.

This will be the last batch of hay for the year.

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.