The “formation eating team” aka the Gentle Giant sheep have moved pastures. The little lambs have grown enough for us to allow the flock into a larger field with a rippling creek and belly high grass. Our woolly moms spend lazy days under the shade of the sprawling Willow tree while their sprightly offspring chase endless shadows…. and each other up, down and all around their idyllic Spring pasture.
Our new equine guests, almost black, almost Friesian, Mariah and dappled grey Chelsey have settled comfortably into ranch life over the past week. Watching both mares rolling in the dewy Spring grass or calmly sleeping under the soothing warmth of the sun has reminded us that we really do have our own little piece of Heaven…right here on the Ranch.
In another pasture, chestnut Paso Fino, Tonto, previously despondent and inconsolable over the disappearance of his re homed pasture mate Misty has a new lease of life with veteran bay Mr. Cooper whose long time companion, old T-Bone recently left us for his place in Horse Heaven. Tonto has apparently experienced a new lease of life as he gallops, head tossing, mane and tail flowing through the deep green grass.
Greg’s young right hand man James, has experienced several epic first experiences over recent days….under Greg’s careful guidance, James has met the challenge of the nail gun, the intimidating wood chipper and the big ranch quad. Young James, new to ranch life, quietly encourages Sirloin the red Dexter steer, he has befriended the ewes and talks respectfully to our flock of laying hens. Tiger the tabby barn cat is frequently found wrapped around Jim’s shoulders and Luke the Australian Shepherd has found a new, gentle friend. Thank you Jim…looking forward to many more new experiences over the coming months.
Well, the past weeks have been a mixture of sadness, joy, relief and despair. We have lost old, cherished friends and we have gained wonderful new friends. We ask for prayers for Mom Sikora and Mum J both battling serious health conditions and we are thankful for everything that we cherish in our lives. Take care and keep safe, M