2012-07-13

Winter thinks it's Spring?




Hey it's um...Spring already...or so right now it seems that way. Just had a chat to my friend Sue before. She tells me her work is up to its ears in new born dairy calves. Looks like the dairying season is going to start earlier by about three weeks at least in our area. I've been hearing the cries too of new born lambs from next door. Lambs usually are born in mid winter anyway.



We've had very warm weather for the last week, which makes a change from the mud and rain we usually end up with.


The Terrorist is back home again. The boys shoved her back through the gate ,but I wonder how long it will be before the little toad heads off again back under that darned fence which we can't seem to keep secured. she's almost the same size as River now who turned 6 years old on July 10th.




The Terrorist will turn 4 years old on July 29th. Maybe she'll be here for her cow birthday or she'll be too busy making her escape again over to Terry's place - again.



Ranger looks like one of those fat little Thelwell ponies at the moment. He's very round and very very furry with his winter coat. We've turned him and the old man out for a while until the ground dries up. Nothing worse than riding in muddy chopped up paddocks on a cold winter's day.



I took a photo of these rather spring looking flowers I think they are Jonquils. They have a gorgeous scent as well. The animals don't eat them any way so they come up every year untouched. It's nice to see so many this year.

Errm.....we will by pass the subject of the above said Striped Unit who stuck her claws in my hand yesterday. I got this filthy look as I passed by with the camera. She was not impressed. I am being currently glared at from another location while I'm writing this.

And here's something to check out thanks to Lisa over at Timespanner she put me onto the Odd Australian History Website. Have a read about a townships First Hoon it's hilarious

2012-07-10

Feeling a bit sheepish?

I know I was after I ended up tripping over the kid's shoes the other morning. I accidently stepped on the cat's tail when I was in the process of trying to stop myself from falling over. Result cat claws in leg. Ouch! While on the subject of sheep I did this over the last couple of days. I haven't done many farm animals - even though I do live on a farm. It's the first and only artwork of a sheep I've done so far. They aren't my favourite animals, but for subject matter they do make nice portraits.


On a less pleasant subject, one of the cats tried to bring her latest kill inside one of the girl's bedrooms. Fortunately Michelle closed the window before Dream could deposit this rather smelly and nasty little stoat, she had somehow caught. We don't see them often and it's the first time I've seen one of the cats catching one. The kids weren't sure what it was, just as well I told them not to handle it. Stoats leave a very unpleasant stench if they're caught. Dream the cat dropped it - she didn't like the smell of it at all. I took a photo of this horrible little pest mainly so everyone can see what a stoat looks like. They kill off our native birds, so trapping them isn't a crime here in New Zealand. The Department of Conservation considers these pests as Enemy number 1 - they done that much damage. You can read more about them on the DOC website here.

If you're interested in history of any kind then check out the Colonial Film Database. It has a range of fascinating footage from the British Colonial Period. Everything from Royalty visited the Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924, to elephants in India and scenes of Africa, Australasia and other parts of the former British Empire. Worth checking out. You can view the archive here.