I've been remiss in not letting you see what is happening around me as the summer grows to a close. I shall not complain about the weather we have had as of late because we at least have gotten some rain. Scary thunderboomer rainstorms. Run for it the drops will knock you out they are so big rainstorms, the wake you up with light and sound rainstorms....but we'll take what we can get. It is late but a happiness, none the less.
As you can see from the sidebar, I have signed up to do a couple of blog parties and in preparation for such we called on our friends at MBF for the use of their lovely farm to do our photo shoot. Wow, talk about unexpected adventures.
We got to see our "old" friends, the longears of MBF and all the loving and scritches that entails. Then check in on the progress of the newest donkey in the herd Miss Gracie Belle. This 10 year old has had quite a life as a wild donkey and now she is living in Donkey Paradise with our beloved Justina and Don. Miss Gracie Belle has settled in quite nicely and is sharing all of the joy at the farm. Well, all except for the racing around like Da Boyz...she is more the "yeah, you guys go ahead I'll watch kinda girl....just like me....tee hee. She's beautiful and has the softest eyes while watching what's happening.... Won't be long until our GK the donkey charmer will have touched GB's nose and befriended her too.
Then we got to meet Leonard. It was not planned but I guess even squirrels need attention and he wanted us to see what a good provider he is for his family. Check out those cheekies filled with sunflower seeds. Leonard is a gardener of sorts. Seems as though he plants sunflowers everywhere he goes....kinda like a miniature Johnny Appleseed only in his case he would be Leonard the Sunflower Giver...even if Don and Justina would rather he left the gardening to them.
On our visit, Ry of course riled up the donkeys and they ran and then he ran and then well I'd had enough and told Ry to go play on the driveway and not the pasture, which he did. I wish I would have gotten a picture of the expression on his face as he came tearing back to us in the pasture with the news that he had just spotted a snake and to come quick... People, I haven't done anything quick since '97 but I made an effort and of course by that time...darn we missed the snake. I just want to send a shout out to the Goddess and say, thank you, thank you for my old legs. I don't hate snakes, I just don't want to be up close and personal with one.
And now to the pitbull hummingbird that has taken up residence on the north side of my house. This is the faery garden and we usually spend lots of time there leaving pressies and feeding the turtles. Not so much since the muscle and mouth moved in.
I have a hummingbird feeder there and then around on the back porch too. This little guy is adorable and full of bull. He has appointed himself head hummingbird in charge of "oh no you can't drink outta my feeder". Runs all the hummers off and chases the bumblebees if they get too close too. He is a regular bad ass and fusses the entire time. The grands hear him and are sure he is cursing at the other birds. He has thumped me a time or two as I go about my business. It's a funny feeling having a tiny little thing pecking your head. He even went after one of the turtles for walking on the sidewalk under the feeder. Rabid I tell you. The really odd part is he isn't one bit timid when we are at the sink looking at him through the window (sorry, I took the photo through the not so clean window) and usually stays there on his dead sunflower branch until it is almost dark. He's a dedicated watch hummingbird. I will miss his antics when he and the others move south soon.
So there you have a view of the animals that have entertained us in the last few days of August.
Be well, smooches and squoozes and if ya need um scritches, Oma Linda