2. Other than a few light showers last weekend, the weather has been dry and warm. The ground is hard and dry so, on Wednesday, I moved Jackson out to the donkey pasture. He loves Lucy but she herds him and Pistol around all day. Pistol is benefiting from the exercise, looking trim and healthy, but Jackson is gimpy on his best days so it isn't good for him. Tex is also big on herding Jackson around so Jackson is stuck with Tuffy and Finessa. I slipped the halter off and Jackson dropped his head to the grass and began eating. I sat in a chair and watched him for a long time. He was so happy, it made me happy just watching him. Tuffy walked over to say hello and Jackson tossed his head and snaked it at Tuffy who promptly retreated. A small brown bird rode on Jackson's rump for awhile and the geese watched him from a safe distance.
|Jackson is loving life -- with the geese, donkeys and ducks.|
3. We lost a chicken last weekend. She was one of our new hens, only a year old. I found her laying beside the feeder inside the hen house when I opened the door in the morning. There was no sign of trauma and she had been acting absolutely normal. Sometimes chickens die for no apparent reason at all. We are putting this loss in that category.
|My snapdragons are going nuts. One of my favorite flowers.|
5. Last week I switched out my closet from cashmere sweaters and wool jackets to cotton and silk; I took the duvets off of the beds and replaced them with summer quilts; the pond in the donkey pasture has shrunk to a puddle; we've added fly masks and fly spray to the morning routine; and this morning the Canada geese were gone.