Partake

Astrid and Max

β€œIn those vernal seasons of the year,
when the air is calm and pleasant,
it were an injury and sullenness
against nature
not to go out and see her riches,
and partake in her rejoicing
with heaven and earth”
~ John Milton

Flat Astrid…basking in the spring sunshine.

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Prolific

“…an artist who creates
lots of work
probably experiences
prolific days and
slower days”
~ Buffy Sainte-Marie

100% truth.
Which is why it’s nice to have images that I haven’t edited yet both on the hard drives(s) and the memory card.
I don’t always get a chance to get out, camera in hand.
Life is incredibly busy this time of year, y’know?
When I don’t I can still share images from the FarmYard…

The SuperModel of mares…

Covered in muck and manure, only half shed out, lying in a pile of straw and she looks like a model…that mane blowing perfectly in the gentle breeze, ears to me and looking right at the camera.
That Sable is a photographer’s Dream!

Eyes closed, basking in the sunshine…

*sigh*
So. Damn. Pretty.
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Thwart

I swear, Mother Nature is working to thwart my spring building plans.
Or, maybe I’m just too antsy to get things going.
Ultimately, I think it’s a mixture of both.
Weather wise, we’re a good 10-15 degrees cooler than normal for this time of year. Which means there’s still frost in the ground, and we still have a lot of snow to melt.
I’m waiting to move last summer’s duck house into the garden.
It’s frozen to the ground right now. :/

Once the duck house is in the garden, we can put up the fence around the garden. There’s 2 reasons for this fence…because I want to use the adult poultry to weed and feed the garden before planting. Ducks, I have learned, are awesome at killing and eating any and all plants they find.
So, I want to put them to use cleaning up the remaining weeds from last year. Like I’ve always said, the only animals around this Farm with no real job are the horses. They get to eat money and be pretty. Everyone else works.
The other reason is cats…I’m hoping a fence will keep them out. A freshly tilled and planted garden is just too tempting for lazy cats who don’t want to go to the pasture to make their daily deposits.
And I’m tired of cat poo in my garden.
Fingers crossed the fence will help.

Once the poultry are moved to the garden, I get to give the coop a deep cleaning, install some hardware cloth in the bottom and then we put chicks in there.
Both eggies and a first round of meaties.
The plan is (and goodness knows, things rarely go according to plan, but I keep trying!) to get 2 different varieties of brown egg layers (10 of each) from the hatchery we buy our meat chicks from, and then to get 15 easter egg layers…which, if I’m understanding chicken things right, are a barnyard mix who lay colourful eggs.
I just want a little bit of pretty colour in my egg basket. πŸ™‚

And then, near the end of May, when the weather (hopefully) gets back to normal, the year’s pig babies will come.
*sigh*
It’s hard to have patience when there’s so much to do, and yet, the time to do it isn’t quite here yet.

In the meantime, here’s a few pictures of the mutt…just because her excitement and exuberance with a jolly (no longer) ball makes me smile…

It once was a ball, I swear!!

The 55lb chewing powerhouse destroys all…including horse toys.

Sometimes she slows down enough for a posed picture…not very often though!

And then there’s this one…

Oh how I love this boy!

How can one not smile when face to face with a cat napping in the long grass and sunshine? ❀

Sunrise, Sunset

Hey friends.
How are y’all doing?
I know posts have been sparse.
Sorry ’bout that.

We’re getting deeper into mud/puddle season.
Before we’re into full on mud season, we’re trying to move some snow away from the equine common areas, fill holes with straw, and make sure everyone has their hooves done. I really hate when mud season messes with their trim schedule… 😑

I’m still fighting my camera.
The urge to shoot has been…lackluster is the best way to put it.
And yet, I’m trying to force myself out into the farm yard with it.
Watch the side bar, because I’m trying to put up images on Instagram on a regular basis…or you can follow us over there.
Cookie’n’Cream Photography

In the meantime, the WordPress photo challenge for this week caught my eye…

Rise/Set

Ahh, now I do love me those early mornings, watching the sun come up and capturing the mares doing what they do best…being horses.
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Paints in the morning sunlight.

Sable enjoys the warmth of the rising sun…

Cookie practices her unicorn poses as the sun rises.

Astrid

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And those times I’ve caught them in the setting sun…

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Ruby

Cookie

The original 3

Hopefully, I’ll have more to share as I get out more and more with Spring.
Bear with me, friends.
I’m still adjusting.
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Uncompromising

I won’t say
I’m uncompromising,
but
I won’t compromise
just for the hell of it.
~ George A. Romero

I love this.
I completely agree with this.
In my opinion, compromise is 2 parties *both* agreeing to give something of value, to have their needs/wants met.
All too often, of late, “compromise” is a word used to tell folks “sit down, shut up and do as your told”.
That doesn’t fly with me.
When faced with people like that I become uncompromising.
Obstinate, even.
But then, I have been known to be stubborn…a bit mulish even…
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Probably why this Girl and I connected…eventually.

Pair of stubborn old nags who had to learn how to compromise to get what we both wanted.
I like to think it was worth it…
I hope she would say the same.
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A Story in Pictures

Sometimes, I have to be a wee bit sneaky to capture the mares being silly.
Fact is, all too often, they hear the camera and they stop whatever it was I wanted to photograph.

For example, this series.
I had to take my shots through the back screen door…and, as you can see, Astrid was still focused on the door, instead of playing with her equine sisters.







I’m not sure exactly what the conversation was about (I have my suspicions, based on Ruby’s faces at the end πŸ˜‰ ), but it makes for an interesting pictorial story.

Restart

Today seems to be one of those days where I need a restart
Trying to get my brain engaged enough to get things done, and brain just ain’t having anything to do with it.

Ruby has the right idea…
A nap in the sunshine oughta help!

Start by doing what’s necessary;
then do what’s possible;
and suddenly you are doing
the impossible.
~ Francis of Assisi

Yeah, a sunshine nap is just what the Spirit needs…