Good morning! Another sunny and breezy (take that mosquitoes!) day here. Ede captured these shots this morning. I don’t usually get to see the forlorn look on Paco’s face when the jennies get first dibs at the carrot bowls. 8)
However … all is well when he finally gets me all to himself and gets his carrots hand fed. That way we get to have some good talks first thing each day!
Meanwhile – Ede headed out to the woods to be on the lookout for last night’s donkey patties.
Our winter sleds work just great to haul manure along the pathways …
… and to deliver the goods to the compost bin. The jury is still out but I think having the closed in compost has made a difference to the number of biting flies here so far. It’s not the most ‘attractive’ sight … I do harbour thoughts of spray painting it all … but then I wisely find something else to think about!
We have electronic bug zappers both in the front yard and in the paddock. We have both noticed a great strategy that Paco uses …
… when he is being bothered by a fly he nonchalantly walks over to the zapper – stretches his neck and head up tall – and then waits for it to get captured and ZAPPED! I swear he smiles, shakes his coat and then walks back to his favourite sun spot.
The fans are working great in the barns – and we’re expecting two KONK bug repellent sprayers to arrive at our local farm feed store this week. They automatically ‘squirt’ a dose of repellent every few minutes into the air. The black flies seem to have disappeared and the mosquitoes are … dare I even write this … not as bad as some other years.
The May burst of flowers and leaves is in full swing. Our white lilac smells great.
The sunshine and breezes filter through the woods more easily now.
Although the mature trees have a great canopy …
… the herd is doing a good job of munching on all of the saplings and bushes. It is so lovely out there. I have to admit that I am a fan of this cooler spring weather. I’m not much good in heat or humidity. It looks like a quiet day around here.
When summer is coming
When summer is near
With the trees oh so green
And the sky bright and clear
And the wee birds all singing
Their loved ones to woo
And young flowers all springing
In the may morning dew
The Chieftains – The May Morning Dew
Take care everybody!