“A day in the country is worth a month in town”Christina Rossetti

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Browse

We talk about pastured goats here, and grazing, but the real term for how goats eat is browsing. Today the goats are finally eating in goat "style". They are loving the brambles and wild roses. That they relish those thorns amazes me. Fat bellies tonight.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Weaning And Getting Ready To Say Goodbye

Day one of weaning was a bit rough with a lot of baaing and screeching. By morning two though, the boys were bonding more than before, which will be good for their move on Sunday. Today they cried a little and then realized that they had the best grazing in days - all for themselves. They were too busy eating to complain till night time when they missed their moms again.
Lets just say we leave the barn quickly in the evening before the mayhem begins again.Aidan and Andouille are going to be missed.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Another Family Moves In

Here comes the moving van.Our driver Brian gets ready to unload.
What a smart uniform he wears.
Ah! Its actually our new Game Warden.
VIDEO OF PHEASANT RELEASE
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A new family of birds again no less.
These birds are ready to nest and are part of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's breeding and hunting program. We are not a regular place for them to stock, but it seems there were some spare birds, and we have a suitable spot for them to nest. Lets hope for some happy pheasant families to join the robins.This is the male who seems to have claimed the left side of the hill. This fellow has the right hill, and I think the majority of females.
They flew and ran so quickly I lost count, but I think eight females were with the two males.There were a few eggs in the crates although they are slightly damaged.
If the membrane is still okay, I wonder if we can incubate them.
Twenty one days from now we could really confuse the hens with baby pheasant.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Robin Egg Blue

While I was away, we had another family move in.
On our window sill.
On the second floor.A robin has taken over an abandoned nest that was built at least three seasons ago.
It was built.
Blew off.
Rebuilt, and then abandoned.Yesterday morning, I went to water plants on the window sill and startled the bird, who startled me.
When I took the first look, there were two eggs.
By afternoon, there were three.This afternoon there were four.
I have yet to get a picture of her on the nest, but now that I closed the wooden blinds, I hope to sneak up sometime and catch her before she flies off. I do hope she stays long enough to hatch her young.
We have a great view of it from inside the house.
She has a great view too.

Monday, April 25, 2011

WIP

(Work In Progress)I've been working on this for a while and the recent rain helped me get the squares completed.
It really started with this frog fabric and grew from there.
I think I have the squares ready to put in rows. Just need the time!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!





Tulips in the Big Apple near Columbus Circle.




In Central Park by the Armory.







Have a perfect day!

Friday, April 22, 2011

New York City Stroll


For you Law and Order fans.

I finally made it here with at least a thousand other people, in the half hour we were there.


Helping the other visitors on Brooklyn Bridge.



Chinatown fish monger Engine 31 Firehouse.







VIDEO OF CENTRAL PARK CHILDREN'S ZOO GLOCKENSPIEL

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Off Broadway French Dinner. A little Sangria. Hanging out on Broadway.

Time Square

Its hard to say what was the best part of our day, but everyone should do it once.

Apologies if the spacing is off. Working on another computer.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tractor Cat

Look who got caught taking a bath while driving?
Hey! A little privacy.
Really, I was just testing the smooth fabric.
Enough with the close ups!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Clearing Sky. Setting Sun.

The next four images are facing the same hill over the course of a few minutes this evening.
Then we face east to see the last of a double rainbow fading.
Turn around to see the sun retire beyond the barn.