Thursday, May 25, 2017

March and April Through My Lens

Well...  here I am making apologies again.  You can tell when I am staying busy farming, and when I am just writing about being busy, because when I'm truly busy, I don't post on my blogs!  Anyway, thankfully I usually have my phone on me and take lots of pictures, so these will give some idea of what we've been up to.  Enjoy!

March and April were filled with:

Trying to get good advertising pictures of Buttercup (so we could sell her heifer.)

Spending time with younger siblings.

Capturing escaped horses.

Laughing at a silly dog (who wishes she was included in the tea party which was in session when I took this picture.)

Trying to keep the puppy out of the milk.


Milk for everyone!

Keeping toes out of reach of Flossie.

The first real rain for several months.

Welcoming a new kid into the world.

Trying (almost too successfully) to fly with an aerial advertising banner.

 Bo ended up with a minor hernia after getting himself dragged across the yard when the banner/ parachute got out of control.  Thankfully he got caught in the bushes long enough for Justice to cut him loose from it.

A friendly see-saw match on Emaline's birthday.  (But how did Evan and Joanna end up on opposite sides of the seesaw, with Mamaw in the middle?)

Flossie meets one of Joanna's Aussie pups, and both are scared to death of each other.

This is the sight I'm met with whenever I stay inside too long in the morning:

"Well?  What's taking so long?"

Selling Paisley and keeping her new family updated on her growth and development.

Cleone mothering Flossie.

Butchering broilers.

Watering Duncan the garden.

(Duncan is such a good boy; he has learned (very quickly) to stay off the garden beds and pumpkin piles, even when he's chasing the hose.  He knows when I'm spraying it for him, and when it's just for the plants.)

Tuesday tea (at three) with Mama.

Making new friends.

(We don't normally allow goats in the house, I promise!  Mayberry was sick and I was trying to figure out what to do for her, so she got specialty treatment while I mixed her doses.  Frankie thought that it was grand having a four-legged friend inside.)

Putting "technology" to work!  Please take note of the full tote of milk dangling (precariously?) from the handlebars. 

Permanently dealing with the surprise puppy problem.

Doing chores after dark.

Hauling hundreds of pounds of manure (in multiple trips) to the garden.

Dressing up!

Putting in snaps.

(Yours truly doing the cannonball; LilyAnn doing a half folded knee hop.)

Friendly wrestling matches.

Training Fenella.

Herding cows.
(Taken on Duncan's 1st birthday.)

Savana's homeschool graduation photoshoot.

Fenella's first time wearing a bit.

Helping out at the annual Wild Hog Canoe Race.  This young man was in the food tent with us.  I believe he handed out drinks.

Daddy even rode the zip line!

Dealing with lice on the goats.
(Just for the record, yellow dusting sulfur gets rid of them.)

Enjoying a (too prolific) crop of Swiss chard. 

Lots of milking -

And filling mineral feeders.

Welding and painting a new grill.
Creation of:

More tea parties.  (And Cleone got to join this time!)
Temporarily, that is...

Milking training.  (Yes, almost four-year-olds can safely milk a cow.)

Milk for all.

Squashing (millions) of squash bugs.

Official herding training for Cleone and Duncan.

Cooling off after the first lesson.

Working on Fannie's harness.

Rooting Trying to root roses.

Dealing with pinkeye.
These pictures were taken less than 12 hours apart.  I treated the eye with colloidal silver, and got back to feeding cod liver oil.  The pinkeye has virtually disappeared!

And the month of April closed with this glorious sunset.  The picture does not do it justice.

 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Psalm 136:1-5