Friday, July 5, 2013

Hot, hot, hot !

Whew, it's been miserable weather here for the past 2 weeks. My brain is saying
" Enough, Already !!"  Every morning, while getting stalls done, etc, I manage to sweat thorough one set of shorts and a tee shirt. Blech- what an awful feeling to be "soggy''.

I think, this evening, I'll hose the Percherons off before turning them out to pasture. They'll feel great, and have fresh fly spray on , and I can play in the water some too.  < big childish grins>
Perhaps tomorrow-  baths ????  Hmmmmmmmmmmm..... might be a good idea. Clean horses and  a soaking wet, Cool human.

Chicken tales-  Since I had to convince the "Girls" who were living in a stall at night that they had to move out and to the actual Hen House, things have been doing well. All but two white Plymouth Rock hens chose to come in for the night.You see- I use bribery in the form of Laying Crumbles !  It works, and I am met every evening by hens walking , sometimes running, to meet me and we all walk up the hill together. Old horses, included. Lilly has become a full fledged chicken by now. There for a while, I thought maybe she wouldn't fit in with being a Chicken. Remember ? She was the tack room chick that I raised. She's a year old now and stunning. She will come over and 'chat' with me occasionally when I'm filling an outside water tub, even now.  Liza is quite the character ! Oh my, she is forEver trying to sneak into the barn .  Trouble is that she is constantly clucking about important chicken things and I hear her before I see her. She is a Speckled Sussex and boy, I'd like to have some more of that breed. Such nice gentle hens.

It seems there's a lot of really cool personalities in the barn now. New boarders that I'm getting to know pretty well.  Alli & Chance  (30 and 36 yrs respectively) have become best of pals.... those two oldsters are loose to graze around the barn area, so long as they stay out of trouble. Alli walks around with the end of her tongue hanging out from between her front teeth, and Chance drools. Those two remind me of an old folks home for horses !  Then we have Teddy and Shonee.... they both lived at the same place before they came here. Shonee, first, then Ted about a month later. They acted like strangers, until Shonee discovered she really did remember Ted after all. Thats' when they'd both wander off to graze as a pair of horses; friends. Winnie ? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..... Winnie is old beyond her 31 years. She has so many things wrong with her it's plain sad. This wonderful,sweet mare has all but been used up physically and mentally. Once a grand dressage mare, she's now OLD. We keep loving her and making sure she is as content as a very old horse can be. Sunny- well he's just Sunny. He's the talker of the boarders. He whinnies good morning, and good afternoon, when he is finished breakfast, and some days, when I walk out of the house. He adores his owner and they make a great team together ! He's learning to become a better driving horse- but this weather has slowed us all down I believe.

That's about it from our farm ! Not much going on other than keeping horses and hens cool and content.  And waiting for FALL !

Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy Independence Day !

It is soon  July 4th...... Wikipedia has this :

'Independence Day- commonly known as the 4th of July, is a federal holiday in the USA commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4,1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain'.

So many people celebrate being independent by drinking to much, shooting off unsafe fireworks in their back yards, and eating to much. We will most likely be doing some cooking on the grill, then going to hear some music nearby, but mostly, I, personally, will be thanking those who created the USA as an independent country !

Wishing you & yours a Wonderful July 4th / Independence Day !