The “girl team set to work on the raspberry patch, raspberry patch being a very optimistic description of what was a very overgrown weed garden. Why oh why can’t my plants grow as fast as my weeds can? In the distance we could hear the man team, Greg and ever enthusiastic Jasper creating yet another chicken tractor intended to house the ever growing and increasingly obese sumo chickens.The girl team set to work with a vengeance, weeds weeds and more weeds heaped the wheelbarrow. The chickens watched the activity expectantly, quivering wattles and sharp beady eyes charted our progress from behind the fence line. Chickens squabbled and the roosters mediated. All “roostering” activity was postponed pending the arrival of the weed wagon..and Mica, with Camera at the ready was ready willing and able to record the moment…once again from every angle, you’ve guessed it, from every angle right way upside down and sideways!
Due to our “back issues”, riding the horses has been an activity that we have eagerly anticipated but wisely ( I guess) postponed. This evening a very chubby Lady and an extremely obese Charm were saddled up. Sadly, Charm is apparently unaware that his body is currently not that of a rodeo horse and despite his unfit state made a short ride more than a little memorable. Beauty with attitude is a totally appropriate description and that horse is going to realise that the holiday is over. Charm is, from today going to earn his hay ration.
Gimpy, Greg’s favourite ewe has, for several days been a concern to us. In the early Spring Gimpy surprised us with a set of triplets which she nurtured whilst her own condition suffered. Gimpy has been assigned a place of rest where she can, hopefully recover her strength. Gimpy is not overwhelmed at her enforced isolation and even less overwhelmed with her swelling udder since the milky bar was closed down. Executive decision was made regarding the emaciated looking ewe and the girl team and the boy team set off expectantly to do a little "wild" sheep milking. Straws were offered for willing or not so willing milkers, carrot feeders, soothers and Mica, camera ready,( you've guessed it!) to catch the moment, right way up, upside down and side ways on. Apart from not being over enthusiastic about entering the milk stand and having a little shove and heave in, Gimpy was a star and almost got to relax and enjoy the experience. Mica also turned the camera over (temporarily) to Quatra and learned to milk a surprisingly docile Gimpy. Well done Mica!
Well, the cuckoo clock has cuckood, a friend in England is waiting for an update on the latest crisis, disaster or state of unrest over here on the ranch so I had better go and disappoint her. Alls well, we are FINE and with the help of our WOOFER friends getting a lot accomplished. Take care, keep well. M