Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

Farm Visit

Posted on | June 28, 2011 | 2 Comments

The best thing about being a farmer is having friends that are farmers, too.  Because every farm is different.  So just when it becomes unbearably boring to stroll through your barnyard or wander through your garden,  you can head off to your friend’s place.

Where the goat kids come with floppy ears and legs long enough to let them nibble your chin…

finding nesting ducks is like a challenging game of I spy…..

…and the turkeys live year round, instead of just May to November.

There are tadpoles to catch in the pond.

At least I hope they’re tadpoles.  Because they seem big enough to grow into Plesiosaurs, which might wreak a bit of havoc with my plan to raise them in an aquarium on the deck.

The cherries are ripe, prolific, and, amazingly, have not yet been discovered by the starlings.

Which means in the time it takes to catch 8 tadpoles, I have enough fruit picked for cherry smoothies for breakfast in the morning.

Best of all, my friend is a serious and professional farmer.  Just like me.  Just like me, he has a policy that all animals on the farm must have a purpose.  After all, we can’t be wasting time, energy, and, most importantly, feed bags on animals that don’t contribute to the overall profitability of the farm.

So I’m sure there’s a reason for the, um, peacocks……

…and Buddy, the African Watusi.

Maybe the same reason I used to have a blind lamb.  And still have pony that refuses to pull a cart.  Being serious and professional is kind of overrated.


2 Responses to “Farm Visit”

  1. Erin
    June 29th, 2011 @ 5:54 am

    Absolutely love it! We all start out “serious and professional” – but then we fall in love with something and just can’t part with it “just because it doesn’t earn it’s keep”! 😉

  2. Diane
    June 29th, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    Oh how I have missed your writing!! So glad you are back sharing your life! My deepest sympathy over the loss of your Ray-Ray and Applejack. I can not begin to imagine my life after losing one of our 4 legged friends, our chickens are our friends also, and we mourn over the death of even these. Here is to hoping you have a wonderful fun filled summer!

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