Sunday, July 05, 2015

Love mah donkey! ...and my ponies. And my gardener.


I love SAUL! And he loves me. Or does he really love...


...my HAT!


He stole it off my head three times and didn't want to give it back!

Speaking of comedians...



My gardener is one! Yes, I have a gardener. I gave up dealing with the16 flowerbeds three years ago! This year I asked him to plant my veg garden for me. He did a magnificent job!


Those are sunflowers in the front. I asked for some flowers in my veg garden.



We had a cool spring and everything is a bit behind, but the hot weather has arrived so things should be picking up quickly!


Lovely purple cabbage (and gladiolas and beans!)


I'm counting on the bees to do a good job of pollinating everything!

And back in the paddock...


These two are so cute! Finney didn't steal my hat but he did seem to enjoy wearing it!


These two really love each other.


They met and bonded while in foster care last year. We had initially planned to take Esme, then Finney came  along. The OSPCA investigator convinced us to take him too, and I'm so glad she did!



They are my sweeties! And I'm training Finney so he can pull a cart. More on that in another post!

Hope you all had a great weekend and that my American friends had a happy 4th of July!



Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Happy Canada Day!



No, I am not beekeeping, because it is POURING RAIN on this holiday! This was last week. I was checking on my hives. Three of them were having issues with their queens (or lack thereof) but I seem to have solved the problem because they are all queenright now. My bees have been having a weird spring/early summer. I blame the cold weather we had in June!

Meanwhile, this is most definitely not a bee...


This freak show flew into our front porch yesterday and when I heard it, I thought a hummingbird had come in. This little bastard is a good inch long! I had never seen one before yesterday. Turns out it's a Tabanus atratus or Black horsefly, and it likes to take chunks of meat out of mammals (including the odd human. Nice of it not to bite me yesterday!)

Here's a video of one in Minnesota, although it doesn't do justice to the size of this monstrosity:




I'm guessing it has showed up because we now have equines for it to feast upon! I hope it didn't bring along too many of its brothers and sisters...

And on a cuter note...


Archie thinks the couch is awesome.


Soon there will be 15 cats in the house. Well, I don't know about Redford. He seems pretty committed to barn-cat life!

And here's my sweet Julius...


He is 15 now and doing okay, coping pretty well with the blindness he acquired last fall. Amazing how he gets around the house.


He's not grooming himself as well as he used to. When he was younger, this guy never had a mat on him. Now I have to give him a hand! I trim out any belly/chest mats as they form. This pic was taken just after he had a good brushing. I love this guy. Showed up one winter when we lived in Nova Scotia and never left!

And this old guy...


...is going well! Alex is at least eight years old now. We adopted him in 2007 after he lost his leg to a leghold trap and was taken to the Cornwall OSPCA. 

He had some company on our bed the other night...


Naomi, Honey and Archie! Archie only just started overnighting in the house. He likes it. A lot. Fortunately there seems to be kitty harmony. 


Honey sure knows how to relax!

We are planing to renovate our granary and build a studio upstairs, which will be heated and air-conditioned. Although I've always wanted studio space in there, I think maybe it may be an excuse to build a second house for the cats!!

Speaking of cats (because aren't I always?)...


Here's sweet Mootie! She loves to lounge on this barn windowsill.

And on another note...



...kale pizza with mozza, Gruyère, pine nuts and garlic. Our friend Shawn brought us a big basket of kale (mine isn't big enough to harvest yet!) and we've really been enjoying it!

Alas, on this Canada Day, the weather is not cooperating for gardening or any other outdoor activities, unless you like to shower in the rain!

Archie is hanging out on the front porch.


Isn't he handsome? He and Annuk just turned one!


This is what Archie thinks of the wet weather...




Time for a bath!

HAPPY CANADA DAY to all my Canadian friends, and to those who wish they were Canadian! ;)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cats, a frog, a pond and my cowboy

A few pics for you on this Sunday evening...



Annuk LOVES her daddy. Annuk is one of our Greek kitties and she's a real sweetie pie. I am thinking of Greece and my friends there. The situation in that country is quite dire right now which makes me sad, as it's a lovely place filled with lovely people. I hope things can be sorted out without too much suffering.

On a brighter note, the pond we had dug last year is going really well!



Here's one of the inhabitants...


A lovely Green frog. The pond is filled with frogs and fish already!

And here's my sweet Missy...


...with bologna tongue!

And my Greek girl Honey...


...just being sweet. 


And that's not a bird in the birdbath...



It's my Greek girl Daisy! 

Speaking of Greeks...


...Archie came to sit with me when I took a break from barn chores the other day! He is excellent company.

And these two Greeks...


...really like each other! Annuk and Honey... even though they are a year apart in age and never met each other in Greece, they act like they have known each other forever. They came from the same dump, where they were discarded as kittens. I wouldn't be surprised if they were related in some way.

And oh look! Feeding time at the zoo!


Outside, clockwise from bottom left: Redford, Buttercup, Honey, Daisy, Annuk, Emerson, Mootie and Pie. In the middle is Archie on top and Missy on the bottom! To think this is only 2/3rds of our cat population. :0

And speaking of cats...


We are having a stone wall built across the back of the garage and a new herb garden put in there. The cats think the newly-dug out area is the bestest litterbox/kitty playland EVER!


Archie loves it!



He's a real cutie.

Speaking of cuties...


...I adore this donkey!

And I like this donkey too...


(The bearded one!) Frozen hot chocolates (which I guess makes them cold chocolates!) at our favourite restaurant here, The Quirky Carrot in Alexandria.


And we had some hay delivered last week...


Pony and donkey food!


Meanwhile...


Pip wasn't too sure what to think of the barn door closing!

And somebody got himself a cowboy hat at the local tack shop...


Have a great week! It was like autumn here today, 15C and rainy. Ugh! Hard to believe it's nearly July!


Bee good!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Under each other's spell...

When Saul the donkey first arrived, he chased the cats quite a bit. I did NOT encourage the cats to go near him. I was having visions of cats flying through the air after a swift boot from a donkey! 

But Emerson in particular was undaunted. I'm pretty sure he's been visiting the donkey behind my back, because today I caught them up to this...



I think they like each other...










When Emerson was done loving up his friend Saul, he went to hang out under the stock tank...


The love that dare not speak its name!

PS: Saul's hooves are overdue for trimming. Now that he's settled in, my farrier has agreed to do his feet, but we have to coordinate with the vet because he'll need sedation. I'm hoping that over time, we can get him used to having his feet handled so that he no longer needs sedation for hoof trims.