Rain, Sunshine, and Llama Alopecia

September 28, 2010

After a couple days of rain. . .

photo of frog

Raindrops keep fallin' on my head. . .

… this morning we woke up to fog which burned off to reveal a sparkling fall day.  The weather is cooler, the sun is shining brightly… it’s my kind of day!

One of the roosters stood on his favorite gate and flapped his wings a bit. . .

picture of rooster

A little warm-up exercise

Then did a little crowing to greet the day. . .

picture of rooster crowing

Good morning to you!

He was not impressed with my presence.

photo of rooster

"What 'cha looking at?"

The sheep were out in the main pasture enjoying the sunshine.

photo of sheep

And our little goat went out to join them.

photo of red doe goat

Our llama, Keira, also went out to join the party and graze in the sunshine.

photo of 2 sheep and 1 llama

Enjoying the sunshine on a cool fall morning.

And how about a closer look at my poor llama girl. . .

photo of llama

A bald spot here, a bald spot there...

Yes, my poor sweet llama is losing her hair.  I’d totally freak out if I hadn’t seen this before.  The sheep in front of her had a rough pregnancy once, and I wasn’t sure she was going to make it.  Lots of TLC and meds, and she pulled through… but she lost all her wool.  She was a pink-toned sheep with a little white fuzz.  Trust me, they look a lot different when they’ve lost their wool as opposed to being sheared.

So here it is, getting cooler and my poor llama is losing her hair.  We may have to get her a blanket so she’ll stay warm this winter!

Friday’s Farm Fotos

August 20, 2010

The Fridays keep coming around way too fast!  My weeks never seem to be long enough to get everything done I want to get done.  Oh well! 

At any rate, here are a few pictures from around our little farm this past week.  I’m just putting them up in the order they came out of the camera!

I saw this critter one day as I was walking back from the mailbox.

green frog

A haven from the snakes?

Maybe he was just looking for some sunshine, or maybe he figured out it was a good place to keep an eye on any snakes hanging around.

There are still lots of Eastern Swallowtail Butterflies hanging around on the Joe Pye weed.

yellow and black butterflies

Butterfly Cafe

Here’s our silly lady llama getting a drink from the water hose while The Farmer tries to fill up one of the drinking pools.

black llama drinking water

Well water is nice and cold!

You can see Toby, the farm collie, in the background hoping The Farmer will turn around and spray water at him.  Keira wants sprayed too in this hot weather.

black lama

Shower Time!

And I can’t resist taking more pictures of butterflies when I walk by the pond and see them.  This one is a female Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly.

black butterfly

A sip of nectar by the pond.

It’s easy to tell the black ones are females, but harder to tell which yellow Swallowtails are male and which are female!

Here’s our female goat and a couple of ewe sheep hanging out under the big oak and walnut shade trees in the back yard.

goat and Shetland sheep

Shade tree air conditioning!

And lastly, here’s a Blue Jay I saw at the birdbath this morning.  I don’t often see them around close to the house.

Blue Jay at bird bath

Getting at drink at the local pub.

And there you have it, another week on the farm!

As far as I’m corn-cerned. . .

July 21, 2010

Our male llama can be somewhat of a pig.

He loves to reach as far as his neck will allow over fences and chow down on the tender leaves of my trumpet vine and honeysuckle vines, not to mention my lilac bush and rose bushes.  And he also loves to munch up on my sedum plant in the rosebed.

This morning I threw out some corn husks and old ears of corn for the chickens.  So who did I see scarfing down a whole husk?

Piggy llama

I'm gonna eat the WHOLE THING!

Yep, Mr. “I can eat anything” was determined to chow down on the entire corn husk all at once.

llama eating corn husk

I've almost got it!

And he managed it too.  What a pig!

And our little goat decided to nibble on some of the corn husks. . .

goat eating corn husks

Tasty stuff!

At least she didn’t try to eat the whole thing at one go like Samson did!

Goat Loves Llama

June 21, 2010

Yes, our little goat is still sweet on our llama.  I guess she figures he fits in the tall, dark and handsome category, so why not?

THERE you are Handsome!

She especially likes to bug him when he’s resting.  He’s easier to reach when he’s down I guess.

Ahhhh, you're so sweet.

Most of the time Samson tolerates it.  Maybe he likes having a little buddy.  But sometimes he gets a little fed up.

Can't you do something about her?

Maybe she just likes to pester him.  She is kind of ornery, and always seems to be looking for ways to stir things up.

Yep, she’s an instigator!  No telling what she’ll decide to do next.

Children on the Farm

June 3, 2010

In this particular instance, GRANDchild on the farm.

Ellie and her parents are headed back to Canada.  In fact, she and her Dad flew out of Nashville yesterday and made it home about 9pm last night.  Ellie’s mom is driving the car back, so it will be a while before she makes it all the way home, especially since she’s stopping in Minneapolis to see friends.

It’s been really great having them one non-stop flight away, and I took full advantage of it to go see them several times this spring.  But it had been well over a year since they had last visited the farm.  In fact, it was February 2009, and I have a post with pictures from then in “The Cutest Little Cowgirl.”

Ellie and her dad went out to help with chores one morning.  Not being around animals very much, Ellie isn’t too sure what to make of them.  She was willing to throw corn out to the chickens and watch them come hustling up, and maybe even liked the baby chickens.

And she was fascinated with the peacock strutting his stuff and rattling his feathers to make a racket.  Now when we ask her about what the peacock does, she shakes her head to imitate his ruffling his feathers, which is pretty funny.

But the llamas?  Well, gosh, they’re BIG!  Although Miss CrankyPants Keira is fascinated with little kids and was on her best behavior, Ellie still wasn’t too sure about this much-bigger-than-her critter.

Ellie and Keira, the llama, checking each other out.

It was okay if Daddy wanted to feed that furry monster, but just don’t get TOO close!

"Dad, are you SURE that thing is safe?"

Even with lots of reassurances, Ellie wasn’t buying into the idea that wooly critter was safe.

"Look me in the eye now and tell me the truth!"

Then when our nosy little goat joined in to check Ellie out, that was just too much for her!

"GET ME OUT OF HERE!"

Having animals trying to sniff her and nibble on her, and just getting up too close and personal was a little much for Miss Ellie.

She much preferred the company of  “Hey Ewe!” . . .

"This soft critter is more like it!"

We sure enjoyed visiting, and it’s rather sad to have them so far away again. 

But Ellie did great with her surgery and subsequent therapy.  She’ll have more therapy this summer, then starts school in the fall.  Wow.

Grandchildren grow up much too quickly!