Friday, July 4, 2008

Precious New Life

Tinkerbell gave birth to a filly last weekend. They are not my horses, but oh do I wish they were! They live at Stones Edge Farm - there's a link to the site on my links section. Beautiful, aren't they.

Taking a little rest before mama decides it's time to move on again.
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Monday, June 30, 2008

Sky and Ocean

With the sky still gray, the air and ground damp, the coastline socked in by fog, it is good to reflect on the brighter colors nature unveils after the winds pick up to usher the mists of summer away.

High winds and evening sun hunker down upon the vast body of the Atlantic Ocean.

Gold & blue-green to soothe the soul.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Summer, in the Mist

There is nothing like a gray, misty day in summer. I don't like it when the skies are endlessly blue, and the air scorching, sticky hot. I prefer the summer to be a scrambled bag of blue and gray, wet and dry, wind and calm, busy and quiet. On days like yesterday the bugs were few and my work outside wasn't delayed by the uncomfortable elements that summer can bring. All the grass & clover seed is planted, the manure pile put onto the trailer for our neighbor to take to his raspberry patch, and I had a day at home with my children and animals.

I suppose these gray, misty days remind me of when I was young and lived in Washington State. I lived in the city, though, but I always dreamed of owning a farm. It's good to be here, living my dream.

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

My Farm Animals

This is Timmy, one of two Nigerian Dwarf Goats we have to keep Autumn company and give us quite a bit of entertainment. They do a good job fertilizing the pasture and keeping things trimmed up.

Our horse, Autumn, who is in her early to mid twenties. We rescued her from pathetic conditions nearly three years ago, but as you can see she is flourishing quite happily. Amazing what a little love and TLC can do!!

This is Finnigan, our other Nigerian Dwarf goat.

This is Whiskers, our cat and King of the Farm! What cat isn't king or queen, right! And below is Cody on the left, our Australian Shepherd, who is 13 months old and Sonny, our Corgie, Beagle, Sheltie, etc. mix who is four years old.
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Friday, June 27, 2008

There's Nothing Like Baby Animals - ll

This is one of a pair of baby Phoebes, who were born in my horse's stall. The mother built her nest way up high on a rafter. This little guy (or gal) had just left the nest and was resting on our fence. The mother came to feed it and eventually led it away into the woods.

A mother miniature horse and her two-week-old foal. He was only 18 pounds at birth. So little!!

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There's Nothing Like Baby Animals

What can capture your heart more quickly than baby animals? For me, nothing! This little goat is a Tennessee Fainting Goat from Stones Edge Farm. The woman who owns this farm sells a variety of goats and is the same place I got my two goats from two years ago. Unfortunately this little guy is not mine, but I just had to go photograph the new arrivals. To see more of her animals you can visit her website - I have a link in my links section.

These two goslings are not mine either. They belong to a flock of geese in Damariscotta Mills. Again, I just couldn't resist capturing the moment.

These two baby guinea pigs belong to a dear friend of mine. Now, of course, my daughter is wanting baby guinea pigs, too! You have to admit how awfully cute they are! The two little goats below are also from Stones Edge Farm.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Magic of Green

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There is something soothing about the color green at this time of year. For instance, this old apple tree in the misty morning doesn't look nearly dead, but it is due to my two goats and horse nibbling on it during the winter when there is little else living to eat. But this photo shows vibrant life still bubbling forth from the branches.

I love this time of year, with the exception of biting bugs and extreme heat and humidity, which we thankfully don't get too much of. I'm in the midst of planting areas of grass and clover for my outdoor animals. I'm amazed at how quickly clover sprouts in this warmth. Three days!! I have to keep it wet, though, so I welcome any chance for rain. Storms are supposed to roll through this afternoon so I'll be out today again, mixing various grass & clover seed with loam. I find it to be the best way to help germinate the seed.

May we all grow with the seasons...may we all flourish abundantly.