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December 26, 2010

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December 26, 2010

Christmas 2010

December 26, 2010

Its been cold and frosty, with lots of fog in the morning. Some days the sun comes out and it is spectacular. Not weather to be outside much though. This is one of several bird feeders right outside the window – we have huge flocks of finches, and have to fill them up every day! They drink out of the heated waterer we have for the horses so are well taken care of around here.

The dogs stay pretty much in, I suppose you could say our house has gone to the dogs….

Just to keep my spirits up I already have onion and shallot seedlings up in our light garden – they need to get started early. And of course the seed catalogs have started arriving so much planning for the spring is in progress.

Our muskrats are keeping small patches around the edges of the pond open but the middle is frozen solid and the horses go for an occasional skate – hopefully they won’t fall through the ice!

Chickens are now in full production mode thanks to keeping warm and we have a long list of “eggie” people so they fly out the door.

Think spring!!

New baby in the spring

December 5, 2010

Since we really want a matched team, and because  Mama Carmen at 10 is way too old and cranky to train to do anything (she will spend the rest of her days just being the boss of the pasture and enjoying life) we decided to breed her one more time.  We chose a Belgian stallion in Casper WY, and bred her on June 1st, so will be expecting a foal some time at the beginning of May.  I am hoping for a girl so our team will be Samson & Deliliah 🙂  (Notice the operatic theme – Carmen, Tosca, Samson….) Whatever, a healthy foal will be a blessing.  Here is a pic of Ben Barielle who is about the same size and conformation as Samson’s sire, so hopefully they will be pretty well matched in size and looks.  After a fortune in vets bills we got the very unromantic process completed, and a couple of weeks later saw a blob on the ultrasound, and now I see her tummy bulging in mysterious ways.  She is also pushing Samson away more so is obviously getting ready for the new baby.  I just hope we don’t have a repeat of the weather last May which was awful, snow, rain and cold, but we don’t want her to give birth out in the pasture again, so will have to shut her in the paddock when it looks like the time is due.

Chickies

December 5, 2010

Are now laying well and we are able to sell a dozen every couple of days which helps with the chicken feed. They are making the compost bin redundant as well as they love the veggie scraps.  These two are a buff orpington and a black australorp, both chosen for their tolerance of cold weather (pretty much a necessity around here) and their alleged prolific laying capabilities….

Pretty frosty Sunday

December 5, 2010

Its been very foggy in the mornings the last few days so everything is coated in ice crystals which is gorgeous when the sun comes out.  The pond is frozen, but we don’t know how much yet.  there are still holes where the muskrats keep it open, and we haven’t seen the horses skating yet which they did a lot last year.  Hopefully they have enough sense not to get on the ice until it is strong enough as its about 8′ deep and I don’t want to have to go out pulling 1800lb of horse out of a hole!  Lucy has been running around on it  but no mishaps yet.  It really is pretty out here, and who would think we are just 10 minutes from downtown – it seems like miles away – lucky us.

Frozen pond