As of 9 am today, Midnight Calico Farm is 5 years old!
It’s been an incredible ride…
From the very first picture I ever posted here…
The day my Dreams came true.
Everything I worked for, for 41 years.
My Original 3…including the bestest mare ever.
Daphne came home on Hallowe’en.
She was so itty bitty then…we were sure, based on those paws, she was gonna be a monster sized dog.
But personality and Farm Dog heart enough for a 200lb dog!
First ever Christmas pictures with the horses…
Little did they know this was the beginning of a looooooong line of seasonal photo shoots for them.
The day Astrid joined the herd…Sable welcomed her with her whole heart, while the Paints were their normal bitchy selves.
It all settled down, in the end, and Astrid was eventually welcomed by every one.
Whoooo…our first experience with country winters was a doozy!
In 2015, The Kid took many of the Yule pictures…including this wonderful one.
I’m not a fan of pictures of myself, but I ❤ this one.
My and my Girl.
2015 also saw these 2 little jerks join the family…
Nancy (sitting) was abandoned with 3 other siblings by one of our barn cats. In the wee hours of the night, we lost one of the babies, but Nancy and his brother Robin and sister Sophie grew into healthy trouble making cats.
Robin and Sophie went on to a friend’s home, where they are still catered to like the cat gods they believe they are. 😉
And Miss Daisy Mae…
Daisy Mae was only supposed to be in the house long enough for socialization and then back out to be a barn cat.
I never wanted 4 indoor cats.
Somehow though, that damn little weasel managed to convince the whole family she belonged in the house.
She became The Kid’s Yule present that year…
This guy was my favorite barn cat.
We all know how much I ❤ the black and white ones…well this guy loved my Cookie.
I’ve said it often, I’m positive they were lovers in another lifetime.
My heart broke when we lost him to a coyote.
Fall of 2016 saw me really honing my style of photography…it all started with the image above, the search for the light and creating dreamy images.
Good Gods…the 2016 Yule photo shoot…
So, I had this idea of pretty horses standing next to a pretty decorated Christmas tree. Based on an image done by another equine photographer, I was looking for clean and pretty.
Instead, I got pure and utter mayhem.
Because this ridiculous horse wouldn’t wear a Santa hat.
She insisted she oughta eat a decoration, and Hubby had to chase her to pull the fucking thing out of her mouth…
This shot is epic.
This shot is wholly and completely our lives…trying for pretty and clean and easy going, but nope.
Chaos and mayhem.
Which led to my new personal motto:
“Embrace the Chaos”
And that has led my photography style ever since.
Lake Midnight and Sable swimming with the geese…
That’s our pasture under water.
Happens every spring for a few weeks, then it grows so fast in some spots, the mares can’t keep up with the grass.
As long as we have some high and dry spots, everyone does real well until the Lake recedes.
4 years of Farm life, I turned 45 and once more, my Kid captured an amazing shot of my Cookie and I together.
This one was from my birthday photo shoot.
Oh how happy I was with this Remembrance Day shoot. That yellow ribbon in her tail was so perfect, and after making sure it wasn’t going to eat her, she ignored my when I clipped it into her tail. And then, when she cocked a hip and looked at me over her shoulder, I swear I fell in love her all over again (that happened a lot though. 😉 ).
Oh, how I wish I had known what was coming 2 days later.
I never would have left her side.
By the end of January 2018, I was finally considering picking up my camera again.
But February saw these 2 celebrate a birthday…
17 for our Kid and after some discussion, we assigned Sable the same age and birthday.
Now they can celebrate their day together.
April 2018…for the first time ever, I allowed chicks to live their first couple of weeks in the house.
Won’t be doing that again.
However, these 18 have gone on to grow into lovely birds, who do whatever the hell they want. They free range the yard, even though I clipped wings. They eat many, many grasshoppers (fine by me!) and they even come back to the coops at night.
Sadly, many are roosters, so, they’re destined for Freezer Camp, but that’s okay. We’ll keep 1 nice boy to go with our eggies and the few hens we got in this bunch should lay green or blue or olive coloured eggs. A nice mix with our brown egg layers.
Our biggest Baby got real sick.
And, we didn’t know why…after over $1200 in bills, she’s seemingly healthy again.
She still has the lump on her TMJ, and because it’s extra bone growth, likely always will.
So, she’s an officially retired pasture puff.
While she can wear a halter, she can’t wear a bridle because it puts pressure on the lump, and we are taking no chances in it getting worse.
Finally, the last picture I uploaded on this blog…
Now we look ahead to the next year of Farm life and where we want to go…
There’s always plans and ideas and hopes and dreams.
I hope all y’all will stick around with us to see how things go.
We’re considering adding back a 4th horse. One day, when the right one comes along.
We’re looking at changing up meat chicken growing so we can do bigger rounds of chicks earlier, and more often.
We’re learning ways to improve the garden production.
And, there is the hope for a milking animal.
It was supposed to be the next animal after the horses, but here we are, 5 years in, and we’re still buying milk.
One day though…
Sharing with Brian’s Home for Thankful Thursday…