Saturday, August 9, 2008
A neighbor down the road. He's a doctor and I think these are his stress relievers (hard to imagine, right?). He started with two females - and has added, apparently has both now as there was a baby. He called the first one's his "girls".
Friday, August 8, 2008
It seems I'm on a tear with the animals. Halloween is my outside cat. She "was" THE barn cat while Chuck was alive. He went down to the barn every day to feed and talk to her, and she would follow him around the field when he was out there. Over the years she had MANY kittens (Fluffy was one - though they look nothing alike), and caught many mice and....
Her mother had come to our barn and had a litter of kittens - then got out in the road and got killed. Chuck raised the kittens and over the years they all disappeared except Halloween.
When Chuck died, she moved to the back yard - then she moved to the deck... where she presently lives. When she moved to the deck it was time to visit the vet - I did NOT need a constant supply of kittens.
She thinks the dogs are there for her to rub on and , she's become quite tame over the years. She has a nice box and bed on my deck and I feed her on a table where the dogs can't get her food.
She's 13 years old - and that's a long time for a barn cat to survive. She still appears as agile as she ever was, but doesn't usually stray very far from the deck.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
My mother watched every nail that went in and if she didn't like it, they took it out and fixed it to her satisfaction. Needless to say, she wasn't real popular with the contractor.
It didn't look quite like this when it was first built. It's been added to and spiffed up a bit. But trust me, it's probably the best built house in Marshall County.
Fortunately I have WONDERFUL people living in it now (though that wasn't always the case) and it's well kept and always looks good.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
And this is "Sweetie". She's an old lady at 12 years old. I bottle raised her as her mother rejected her - so she's still spoiled rotten. She's also the main boss lady - ALL the others do what she tells them.
I only have 5 now - but we've had 50+. There are more pictures here when we had LOTS ... http://www.alphafarms.us/goats.shtml
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I gave them to Chuck for Christmas the first year we had the pond - their wings had been permanently clipped so they cannot fly, however, they roam my entire field/pasture.
Unfortunately, their pond has dried up in the last two years since this has become the desert southeast - SO, I had to get two kiddie swimming pools for them. The geese make a terrible mess in them and they are not easy to try and clean. They've raised babies every year and most of them stayed around till the draught - now I'm just back to two (which is fine with me).
It's funny to watch them when I feed the goats - they'll go up behind a goat and bite/pull the hair on the back of a leg - goat moves out of their way.