Just kidding, we’re still into goats.
When one mighty Maddie does the work of ten wet-hay-waste bin tampers.
We’re getting punchy in the milking parlor.
Every year we name our baby goats with the same first letter of their mother's first name. So all of Jewel's babies have names that start with the letter "J," all of Banana Jam's babies start with the letter "B," etc. Vermeer's is one of our favorite lines, and every year we keep one we have to come up with a good "V" name - that also matches the goat. As you can see, Cocoa Puff was a necessary compromise.
Chook, chook, chook, chook,
“Good morning Mrs Hen,
How many chickens have you got?”
“Madam I’ve got ten,
Four of them are yellow
And four of them are brown
And two of them are speckled red,
The finest in the town.”
Biscuit on the way to an off-site Saanen buck. She tried to call shotgun.
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At lest now we can see his pretty eyes.
Our bees made this sculpture from bits of comb floating in honey placed in the hive to feed them over the winter.
Then we learned of a fundraiser for Parkinson's research held in Baker City, Oregon where curated salt licks are entered into an art contest with the winners auctioned off to the highest bidders. “Goats and deer are more realist,” [contest founder Whit Deschner] says. “Cows are more impressionist. The horses aren’t artistic at all.”
While the adjacent photo isn't attributed to a particular ungulate (guess it's not a horse, though), notice the striking similarity to our bees' work?
A nice reminder of how creative living creatures are when given space, time, and sound materials.
Time to spruce up Elbert for breeding season.
When you're little, you can fit two butts on the tractor seat.
Sometimes they're so cute, you just have to take them with you.
There are drawbacks to being in a farmer's family (very few movie nights, for example), but the perks are lively and, like this here milk, alive.
In spondees, equal weight to each (udder).
backroad leafmold stonewall chipmunk
underbrush grapevine woodchuck shadblow
woodsmoke cowbarn honeysuckle woodpile
sawhorse bucksaw outhouse wellsweep
backdoor flagstone bulkhead buttermilk
candlestick ragrug firedog brownbread
hilltop outcrop cowbell buttercup
whetstone thunderstorm pitchfork steeplebush
gristmill millstone cornmeal waterwheel
watercress buckwheat firefly jewelweed
gravestone groundpine windbreak bedrock
weathercock snowfall starlight cockcrow
Some of these farm projects aren't for everyone.
This courtesy of The Female Farmer Project: From our friend Blair of Madstone Farm... "The tender absurdity of farmy mama [and grand-mama] multitasking. Can't say it is easy but I imagine it builds character on all our parts --bovine included."
To motherhood -- in its many farmy forms.