Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Some Chickens, A Farm Girl, Some Goats & Günder

Our open air barn has held up to the first storms of the season, to a frosty cold snap. Hens, goats, and bunnies all seem to be doing just fine. It helps me to see other bloggers posting pictures of their goats, and chickens, up to their ankles in snowdrifts... they look adorable and unfazed. Our critters stay dry, and out of the wind, and that seems to be all that's required. Actually, it's more like dry, sheltered, and extra-well fed.

We have had three green eggs, so far, and each new one has been as exciting as the first. We are still waiting on some dark brown Cuckoo eggs, and something from our Buff. Kamen came out of retirement and has laid four eggs! Four! She's such a dear and funny one. She still crows in the morning, she still rules the roost, and now she's stepped forward to show the new girls their business!

Our Tasha Tudor Goat and Ada Lovelace Goat have gotten so wooly, and fluffed out they could be mistaken for sheep. Funny looking sheep. Ada must have something in her family tree related to cashmere goats... her undercoat of fine, soft wool fits the description. Maria has been collecting a bit, but maybe we should be undertaking this wool harvest in greater earnest. She separates the coarse hair from the wool, and actually made a paint brush! They do love their brushing time.

It's not really farm news, but Mister Washburn Foo is still holding Christmas captive, at least the decorating part of the holidays. He cannot keep himself away from any surface, including the tree. Surprisingly he shows the least interest in the gingerbread houses, and those are holding up fine. His mischievous and plotting antics have earned him a new moniker... Gunter... Gundy, Gunder, Gunthy, Goonter, Günder.

Our farm girl will wake up any minute now, and she is sure to squeal with delight when she counts only three days of school left. She loves school... but hey! winter break cannot be beat! On her wish list for Christmas: a chemistry set, and horse themed accessories for her toy horses, and "... crafty, fun projects, new cards for Magic the Gathering would be fun too. Oh and one more thing could you get me a pumpkin pie to share with my family?" She's a gem.


Anonymous said...

What a sweet pictures your home life makes! I think the gifts your little girl asked for are precious, especially the pie!

Anonymous said...

Where do the bunnies live? Do they forage among the tall grasses? I always look for them when the goats and chickens are free ranging.