Good news on Gertie and Gustav the Canadian Geese, they didn't elope to Canada and they didn't end up in a hunters freezer, Gertie was very much in evidence this morning, much to the annoyance of the resident (and uninvited) Gander. This morning Gertie, honking loudly did her "fly by" over the barn roof before the Shires had even had their hors d'oeuvres, settled impatiently with Gustav in the field facing the barn waiting for the big horses to come out to play. As we walked through the farm gate Gertie took her place in the procession, resolutely waddling almost under Quests tail. When she began to loose ground, (goose waddle being no match for a Shire horse going out to pasture pace) and Lady the Shire mare began to make ground Gertie flew a few feet and settled on the road again. The resident gander took to the air to defend his nest and valiant Gustav followed suit. An aerial skirmish between the hostile gander and our two guest geese ensued but Gertie played her ace and, followed by Gustav waddled into the pasture under protection of her "defense ( defence) team". Gertie is apparently a really smart confused goose !
Well, it's time for me to go, a bunch of tummy clocks are marking time and the animals are making their way to the pasture gates. It's almost time for the second shift. Diane leaves tomorrow to return to England after two weeks on the ranch. she says that it takes a week to recover from jet lag...it will take her a month to recover from hard labor at the barn !!! Thanks for your help Diane, safe journey home. Take care, keep safe, M