We are in the grips of some cold weather here at the farm. I regret to inform everyone that all of my plants are dead. I did not get my greenhouse up in time and thus had no where to put all of my pretties. So, with the exception of some of my orchids, a Norfolk pine and an aloe it is all gone. All my citrus plants. All my cacti. All my tropical herbs. My Bay Rum plant. All of it… caput! Oh well… already looking forward to restocking While the plants are dead, the animals are thriving! The donkeys are happy and healthy and eating us out of house and home. With the bitter cold temperatures our pasture is pretty crappy. I think
As many of you in Central and Western North Carolina may know, we had a bit of snow yesterday. It was one of those great snow events that doesn’t dump enough to mess anything up only enough to make everything pretty. There was only an inch or two and I don’t think anything ever stuck to the roads, but it did make for a pretty farm and some kinda bewildered donkeys. The donkeys were out in the pasture when things got started and I don’t think they knew quite what was going on. They understand rain and wind and have been good about moseying back up to the barn for shelter but this was different. It originally appeared to make them nervous so they galloped
Donkeys: The donkey-donks arrived on Saturday to our absolute delight! Marty and Ken St. Clair drove them from Rougemont in their minivan – perfect size for 2 miniature donkeys. They road like angels and were calm, cool and collected the entire hour-long drive. (Me… oh… I was a wreck waiting for them to arrive)! They came into the main pasture and looked all around. We have a small paddock that we were going to try to keep them in but we learned that Mary Louise is small enough to fit through the gate doors and get out into the main pasture. Rucio is a bit older and bigger and did not have the same luck. They are absolutely inseparable! They are half siblings and have
It is official… the donkeys will be arriving on Saturday, November 13. We are very excited and are stockpiling their hay, buying new buckets, brushes, salt licks, and treats so we will be ready for the big delivery day. Rucio will be approximately 13 months and Mary Louise will be around 9 or 10 months, I think. Out little bundle of fire is adorable and growing like a bad weed. Estelle (or “Stella” as my dad has been calling her) is still a youngin’ so will not be delivered until March 2011 when she turns 6 months and can be weened. It will be here before we know it! The chickens are all still present and accounted for, even though we see the fox on
In an update to the last post, the remaining ducks seem to have gotten the message and all 5 are still swimming around and seem pretty happy. A little more vigilant perhaps, but happy.