Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sunshine

We seem to have had a lot of grey days this winter, but over the weekend we finally got some beautiful sunshine...


The dogs had a blast this weekend.

It has also gotten warm, so all the snow is melting (which is a disappointment for me, because I like to play in snow!)


Chloe loves nothing more than to go under that gate and eat manure.


The goats are enjoying the sunshine too.


Geoff fell asleep sun-worshipping.


But Chloe and Dodger can play all day! Gigi isn't running around right now because she was spayed last week and isn't supposed to run around like a lunatic at the moment.


Dodger stalking Chloe.


Chloe is ready!


And off she goes!


I swear she has whippet in her blood.




These Jampups sure have z a zest for life.

I did take some pics of Gigi the day before her spay (she is doing great! Monty was neutered the same day and they are all recuperating well.)


She has the most amazing ears!


Chloe and Gigi are good buddies but boy, they play hard!


Nice fangs, Gigi!


And we have been driving Jimmy... he is an old pro at this!




Such a good little pony. He is a 15-year-old blue roan Shetland. I'm so glad we adopted him. 

Hope you are all having  a great day!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Winter goings-on

Some days the footing has been lousy, other days it has just been too cold to ride. But we've still managed to get out...


My nose is red from cold, not drinking.


Love my Mr. Handsome. 

Love this guy, too...



Oh look, hay in my messed-up hair again!

Saul is always a perfect angel for our farrier Steve...



He is incredibly good. Offers up his feet, and stands perfectly still the whole time!


Roo is good too. I think he's trying to figure out how to get to the hay bags in this pic.



Here are the birds enjoying some of the latest veg and fruit haul from Nav Canada (who donate two bins of fruit and veg scraps and salad bar leavings to me twice a week!) Really fantastic people there. The pigs got some of this bounty too!

Meanwhile, in the kitchen....


Pretty sure Honey is giving that filthy look to a dog! Mimi is more dog positive. Chloe is obsessed with her for some reason, maybe because they are both black, or because Mimi is ridiculously tolerant of puppies. Chloe likes to come up and put Mimi's head in her mouth, or her leg or her tail... she tries to play with Mimi the way she does with Dodger and Gigi. When Mimi has had enough, she hisses at Chloe, or jumps to a higher surface. Her restraint amazes me.

And we don't allow cats on the counters...


At least, we didn't until my life went to hell in a handbasket. You can tell when the dishwasher has just been on, because all the cats congregate on the warm countertop over it! Here we have Mimi, with Pip underneath her, then Honey and her sister Daisy, Annuk, and up on the windowsill is Mootie.




Daisy and Mootie looking pleased with themselves for snagging a dog bed.

And outside...


...sadly our water hydrant for the goats has frozen. So I hauled some water down today. Those 5-gallon jugs are frigging heavy. I can carry them but the whole hill down to the pasture is a snowy, icy mess and I didn't want to break my neck today. The first water run went fine!

The second...


... not so much! We had a messy freezing rain/ice pellet storm the other day that put a thick hard crust of ice on the snow. Really hard to walk on. I lost control of the sled and off it shot down the hill!
No water spilled, though, and in the end it was easier than dragging the sled.

Winter,  I just love it. Or so I keep saying! :)



Monday, February 06, 2017

Jamaicans in the snow

Sigh.. have been trying to get a blog post up for over a week... not enough hours in my day, and the older I get, the fewer hours I seem to have. I have at least managed to meditate for 31 days in a row using my Headspace app. I really it and it has gotten me into the habit of a daily ten minutes of meditation, which seems to be all I can manage right now.

We are having fun around here, though. The Sunday before last, we had another snow fun day here with horses and skidoos and inner tubes, and kids on skis and snowboards being pulled over jumps in the snow by riders on horseback! Really fun to watch.


Crazy fun! If I were only younger with more flexible joints...


Everybody had a blast.

Including the Jampups!


Look at Gigi's face!


Chloe (pink coat) and Gigi have really bonded. 


Hard to believe these dogs are from Jamaica, isn't it?


Put on some coats and they are happy to play outside for hours.


The three of them get along amazingly well. It is wonderful to see.


They all had very rough starts to life in Jamaica. Dodger was hit by a car and found by the side of the road with a broken leg, left for dead as a tiny puppy. Chloe was so malnourished, she couldn't walk when she was rescued. Gigi was found at about 6 weeks of age, separated from her pack and wandering the streets alone!  

The three of them are amazing survivors.


It is great to see them happy.


They have such a zest for life.


They play hard, too!


If only I knew how to get burrs out of polar fleece.... 



Don't worry, these two are best buddies and play like this all the time. :)

This past weekend, we had our 5-year-old godson over. His first sleepover with us! He was good as gold and lots of fun. We played checkers on these teeny-tiny game boards... I really need to get a proper checkers set for Ben's visits.


Ben lives with a cat and four dogs. He REALLY loves cats, though.


And Dodger finally got worn out! Those are dog toys at the top right... I know that one on top looks a bit dubious, LOL, but really, it's a chew toy! I swear!

Have a great week. I haven't forgotten you! Just trying to get my life under control.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Crazy cat lady... and dog lady... and goat lady... and...


I got this shirt a while back from the awesome RCTees. Now all I need is one of those pink, er, kitty hats to go with it (and cover the unruly hair!)

Last week, two new additions arrived at the farm!


Say hello to Salt and Pepper the pygmy goats.


Pepper.

They are a lovely pair of goats who needed a new home. Their owner treated them very well and wanted to find a good place for them. We are so happy they have landed here! They were born on Valentine's Day 2012 and are brothers. Pepper is the bolder of the two, but they are both sweet and friendly.


And they fit in like they've always lived here!

Meanwhile...



The cats have been keeping warm!


As have the dogs! I was reading my book this afternoon when Dodger snuggled up and fell asleep like this. :) 

And here is the beautiful Naomi...



And Gordon with Gigi, his little princess. Our friends bought Gigi a collar and tag that say "Daddy's Girl"... bahahaha so appropriate!


I always finding her sleeping on heat vents. I think she misses the Jamaican climate. She is about 5 months old now. I take her to puppy class every Saturday morning and she is doing great, except she has not mastered "sit" yet! Apparently it's not something Jamaican street dogs really need to know. But we're working on it. She's a little sweetheart, this one. She was meant to be here and Chloe adores her.

 Speaking of Chloe...


Stealer of hearts, destroyer of homes! Good thing she's cute. We're lucky if we make it through a day without her chewing something up, and that's with me crating her when I leave her. She is incredibly fast at stealing things off counters, out of pockets, you name it! I'm hoping she'll grow out of this. She does have 10,000 toys and bones, but apparently that's just not enough for her!

And last week, Gordon celebrated his birthday. He took the day off work and I pampered him. We also went for a short ride...


...there is a lot of ice and crusty snow on the ground so we just went across the field at a walk and back. We are supposed to get a snowstorm Tuesday that should fix up the lousy footing here. I have been walking like a penguin for a week now because of all the ice around the farm. I have only fallen flat on my face once, but there have been many other close calls. I really want a good snow dump so we can ride our horses without worrying.

Hope you all had a good weekend!