Tuesday, May 31, 2016

new parking area

The county made us paint handicapped parking lines in my driveway for the Boss Mouse renovation.  Looks so bad.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

I slept here

my napping tent on the back deck

Friday, May 27, 2016

walking man

almost any morning that I drive to Traverse City, I pass this man walking on the side of the road out of Kingsley.  I've seen him as long as I've lived here - he wears hunting orange and is always wearing earphones.  I'm sure he lives nearby, and must walk each morning to town and home or something

Thursday, May 26, 2016

and the rooster says

illustration from one of the Girlscouts who visited the farm a few weeks ago

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

and the orphans make 9

Some students from Kingsley High School witnessed a fox kill a Mother cottontail rabbit, leaving three orphaned babies. They managed to catch two of them, and left them at my farm for care.  They are doing pretty well - I made them a nest in the shower stall of my downstairs bathroom.  They've been here for 24 hours and I am managing to feed them milk with an eye dropper.  I estimate their age to be appx 3 weeks - I will do my best to help them make it to young adulthood! They are the cutest little creature you've ever seen

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

the predator

A fox took a chicken while they were free ranging last week, so I haven'y been letting them out unless I am outside to supervise. There was always a fox in the woods, and there will always be a fox in the woods. This morning the fox was camped out right beside the hen yard fence.  I used the best protection I have against him - Max and Cozy, who ran down and chased him off.  I can't blame him for being a fox, but I will make it as hard as possible for him to find another meal at my farm.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

the white-crowned sparrow

Had this handsome visitor at the bird feeder today

Saturday, May 14, 2016

bun bathing

Timothy isn't dead...he's sun bathing!

Friday, May 13, 2016

goodbye, old kettle

Last week we drove the old kettle down to a farmer in the thumb area of Michigan - it's been in my driveway for almost two years - he plans to use it to store feed corn and maple sap

Thursday, May 12, 2016

the rug sausage

Cozy says eat the edge off of Mommy's rug, then puke it up into an intestine-shaped, serpentine sausage.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

in her bed

Emma the barn cat says good  morning

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

a demi parade

the forsythia hedge bloomed this year, sort of.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

we love watermelon

chickens love it

and so does Richard!