Wednesday, February 22, 2017

More animals in snow

Sandy had had just about enough of Roo the other day!!:)


This is Ella, my friend's beautiful Friesian/Paint horse who is boarding here.


She is lovely and has a very sweet personality.







Quite the beauty queen!




"Did somebody say CARROT!?" Ella loves her treats!




Poor old Saul looks like he needs a good scrub! 




I took this while Ella was hanging out on the snow-covered mountain of dirt in the paddock.


Meanwhile, in the goat house, Genny was relaxing.



Bambi, being cute as per usual.






Bambi's son Pierre.




Pierre and his maa-maa




Sweet little Bert the Alpine goat.




Pepper the Pygmy goat.





Pepper and his brother Salty. They both turned 5 on Valentine's Day!





Penny's daughter Annabelle. Definitely not underfed!


Finney and Sandy heard the word "carrots" too!




Dear Saul.





Fluffy Jimmy!

And here's Sandy having a good roll...








Feel better, Sandy?




Jimmy


Esme


Love this gal! She is blind in one eye. Sweet as can be and very fluffy right now!



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! :)