Wednesday, May 21, 2014
There is considerably less barn activity today
Well the poor little boys are walking stiff legged today. That is if they even decide it is worthwhile to move. I actually managed to enter the barn once or twice to get something without causing a complete riot to take place. Only half a riot ensued, the girls are still up and at em of course but I noticed a definite decrease in bleating and running around/jumping all over everything. Usually late afternoon all the little ones start running in a circle and after a few hours when you think they have to be wore out they decide to run in a circle the other direction.
Another few days and I will get my barn back and be able to start taking wheel barrow loads of dried up hay and sheep droppings into the garden to use as mulch. We will be taking the entire maternity flock down to the pasture at my parents place while bringing up the invalid flock to put them out on the grass I fenced off so I wouldn't have to mow it any longer. The invalid/Hospital flock is getting the better end of the deal if you ask me but nothing is going to get in the way of my mother keeping all the babies at her place... no matter how many excuses she has to come up with :)
Fine by me actually as we are closer to the road up here. I just wish she felt the same way about those useless nag horses and the holy donkey of the manger that carried Mary to Bethlehem. But Noooooo, she leaves them up here to tear up my pasture.
Speaking of the donkey. I was out in the garden this afternoon and the donkey was maybe 20 yards from me eating in the hay field because no one has moved em off it yet. I guess this means no early cutting, anyway as I watched her she seemed to sway back and forth and then just fell over... Boom.
Well ya know what I am thinking right? So I sat down in the shade and watched. And watched... And watched some more. About a half hour later I saw her ear flick.
I guess she was only taking a nap and it was too much effort to actually bend her knees to lay down. I swear that donkey is going to outlive all of us. The Vet checked her out yesterday after he castrated the lambs and he agreed that at the very least she was alive during Biblical times. In fact he said he had never seen a donkey this old before. I know my Mother has had her over 25 years and I remember the thing looking old when she got here.
I am seriously estimating her age at pushing 45 minimum.
They are forecasting scattered thunder storms again and I hope we get a few. It's getting seriously dry once more and very hot once again.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!