A week later, as I put the ducks and geese away for the night I did a head count. We were missing a duck. I counted again. Yup. We were missing a duck. I went to the house and told Andrew, immediately we were outside whistling for it, listening for any sound that could signal that the duck was just slow in finding its mates. Nothing.
The reality is that the coyotes, like other animals, have been effected by the drought. The mice have tried to set up house in my house. So far, people 3 mice 0. We don't play around when it comes to mice. They may seem cute, but one mouse can eat 25 pounds of food a year. With the number of litters they can have in a year, it can quickly multiply the loss of food. I personally hot-glue an almond or peanut to the trap. Gets them every time. I used to use peanut butter, but the mice can be crafty and lick it off without triggering the trap.
The rains have finally come. My grass now is green/brown instead of brown with a hint of green. I may have to cut more frequently this month. But I will cut grass and be grateful after so much dry and hot weather.
|Arliss found a praying mantis on a recent walk|
|one of my favorite views... east hayfield facing west.|
|Rufus was nose to nose with Princess and just couldn't figure out why the "dog" didn't want to play with him!|
Today I made 8 loaves of zucchini bread for friends and family. Of all the vegetables we planted the zucchini has been the most successful. The house smells amazing.
I leave you with some pictures from the wonderful world that surrounds me. I am grateful. Farm life is hard work, sometimes with few rewards, but the beauty around us, the sweet breezes, the wide open spaces, and the feeling of satisfaction when you have worked hard and completed the tasks for the day-it makes it all worthwhile.
Enjoy the pictures and know we send lots of love from the farm.
|Sunsets out here seem to be more breathtaking than the last one|
|this garter snake met its Maker... but at whose claws, talons, or beak?|
|Arliss checking out the dead garter|
|wild camomile grows all over the farm|
|last night's sunset after the storms had passed|