We hardly ever have cold weather which has it’s advantages in the winter. Last Thursday night we had very cold weather move in which brought a freezing sheet of ice everywhere. Our farm did not get as much ice as other areas, but the cold surely did make us take notice. We had a icy glaze of ice everywhere which is a nuisance when trying to keep the animals fed properly. Cowboy has spent the last three days feeding hay, cubes, grain to the cows, donkey’s and goats. He had to spread a thick layer of hay in the barn and keeping the tanks unfrozen is always fun. We have several tanks in which goldfish reside so we cannot use heaters to keep them warm. The goldfish can live through frozen tanks, but not heated water. In the summer they keep all the galvanized tanks clean thus our reluctance to heat the tanks! Today cowboy picked all of the ice and dumped and the animals all have fresh non-frozen water at least until tonight.
The farm is still frozen, however today the temps will start the thawing process. We are ready for warmer temps and we are ready for sunshine. Farm chores are definitely harder when it is cold and icy.
Here are a few photos of the farm with the dusting of ice which looks like snow, but really isn’t. Cowboy snapped all of these while working using his iPhone.
Here are a few additional Colorado photos I wanted to share from my girl's trip to Colorado Springs. These views were all taken in Garden of the Gods. Pikes Peak is in the background of all three. The last photo was taken on a mountain drive to the divide which was an amazing drive and scenery. … [Read More...]
Have you ever visited Garden of the Gods outside of Colorado Springs? Visited Colorado Springs a couple of weeks ago with a friend. We had a fabulous time in Colorado. The weather was beautiful and nice and we were able to visit all the places I love. One of my favorites is the Garden of the Gods. I picked a few photos to share with you. A group of kids had a balloon … [Read More...]
Hoping you each have a wonderful day filled with family, friends and lots of yummy food! … [Read More...]
Visited Colorado a couple of weeks ago. This view was on a mountain drive from Colorado Springs along the mountain range. What a calming and spectacular afternoon drive. Fall was everywhere. The leaves were beautiful. There was a dusting of snow and as we drove higher into the mountains the ponds were even frozen! I cannot even describe the beauty and serenity... … [Read More...]
I was gone this last week and came home to find my sweet goat, Steve, had passed away. He was very young and I was so sad because he was Orphan Andy's best friend.... It is always hard. Really hard. Cowboy said it was very touching that the day Steve woke up really sick the donkey's all stayed right by him as did the other goats. It is really sweet how perceptive animals are and how they … [Read More...]
My dear friend lost her Sundance (Golden Retriever) in April. Sundance was a very special rescue who brought special love into their lives. A few weeks ago my friend, again, brought a special rescue to come live a happy life at his new forever home. Meet Chase! He is a tri-colored Aussie who was rescued in New Mexico at a city welfare mobile unit. This sweet dog has not had a safe and secure … [Read More...]
Jeff is our old man and we are crazy about him. All the animals love Jeff. He is friend to all the goats and donkeys. From the day Orphan Andy (donkey) lost his mom, Jeff has served as his "mother". Andy sleeps next to Jeff. Jeff is a sweetheart and we really love and enjoy him. Such a special goat. … [Read More...]
Finally got in that special summer lake weekend only it was in October! My friend and I headed for her sister's house a few weeks ago for a few days of lake fun! We had three days of shopping, eating, boating and swimming on the lake. What a perfect time we had. We all should get a badge of courage because I can assure you that the water in October is not as warm as in August. Swimming in October … [Read More...]
Beauty nearly every single evening. "The brightness of the day, The crimson of the sky, How fast they fade away!" C. F. Alexander (Taken from an old vintage postcard) … [Read More...]
Here are a few headshots of the little donkey's. They have been enjoying grazing green grass in our corral. We use water sprinklers at night so the donkey's and goats will have a little green grass. Our pastures have been very dry this summer and this is a nice treat for them. Patty and Lilly stay together most of the time. They are extra close and it is so sweet. Patty is the sweetest mom and … [Read More...]
On Saturday we had a new arrival. Ever so cute and precious as all newborns are. The mom was happily grazing and allowed me to check out baby and to sit and love it a bit. It always makes for such a blissful and happy day when we have a new healthy little calf. Baby was born early Saturday or maybe during the night. Isn't she pretty? Mama finally came to check on us and to see what in … [Read More...]
The fall Prickly Pear cactus all have beautiful pink buds which makes for a beautiful view. Of course, cactus are literally a thorn in any farmers side and not a plant that anyone wants in their pastures. Never-the-less we have more than our share! My daughter in law remembers picking the buds as a little girl and helping her grandmother make jelly. I looked up recipes on the internet and thinking … [Read More...]
Got a few shots of the cows earlier in the week. They are all on the move and enjoying the days being a little cooler. Loved this photo! She had her baby hidden in the bushes, but did not like me being around. This little group was on move to water. I LOVE this girl. Number 35 really loves me and she always seems to love the attention when I am taking her picture. She has lots … [Read More...]