Two little farm visitors arrived on Friday. Rodney the ram has become accustomed to receiving guests and has recognized the advantages of being sociable. Carrot morsels were offered by tiny little fingers and happily accepted by the ram who is currently living a celibate life pending his return to his harem in the Autumn. We took a walk in the sunshine under a cloudless sky down Cow Lane to visit with Misty moo the Jersey heifer and Daisy May the Dexter milk cow and a wander down the farm road past the pond to visit Lady and Quest the huge Shire horses. Blondie and Galveston the Soay rams have learnt the benefits of responding to kindness when visitors arrive and the chickens happily crowded the fence line for the giggling youngsters. The big green tractor was the final stop on the tour. Two little boys pushed and shoved to wiggle the levers and turn the steering wheel, it mattered little that the vehicle was immobile, it was a big green tractor on a farm and it was fun ! Thank you mom for your very kind donation to our local food bank, I’m sure it will be appreciated by those in need in our community.
Brian and Sarah have both learnt how to steer Lady and learnt the benefits of finding out how her brakes work. On Friday they both tested out Lady’s accelerator and discovered that using steering brakes and accelerator all at the same time was an acquired skill as our wilful mare meandered around the arena. As the sun dropped behind the tall cedar trees and the shadows began to lengthen, looks of intense concentration turned to smiles of achievement as the trot became controlled and the bumping became a little less bumpy (and painful). Well done you two !!! We are proud of you.
Time to get this entry posted, the cuckoo clock has spoken and it is time to get down to the barn.
PS. I got to ride Quest, it was AMAZING…more next time.
Take care, keep safe, M