Day: September 7, 2014

Sunny Sunday

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday was one of those beautiful fall days when the sun is just right – the temperature just perfect – and the breeze delightful. Add to all that my enjoyment of September’s gardens!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAround here many people call these tall yellow flowers ‘outhouse flowers’. Once upon a time I did look them up – and know they had a name … I’ll have to find out again. They create a great yellow wall beside the backyard paddock.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe other plentiful thing out there today was FLIES!! Good thing donkeys have swishy tails. I just wish that ol’ Paco would let me spray his legs with repellent… We’ve been working on it. I can sometimes rub it onto his legs with a sponge. However, Bella has taken it upon herself to scramble under the barn/stall gate … so I haven’t been able to get Paco on his own for a few days. Ede was out there after dinner creating an addition to that doorway. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOnce I spray Darby and Bella, and then sponge the repellent onto Rosie … Paco is the only ‘target’ left. They cover his legs!! 8(
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABella spent a long time this afternoon following Darby and Rosie around. She would shadow them as closely as she could manage until they put their noses to the ground … Then she would zoom in and try to ‘get’ whatever they were finding that was good to eat. At first I thought, ‘Oh … look … Bella and Rosie have really bonded …’ Then I realized – nope – Bella is trying to steal whatever goodie Rosie is munching on! Bella has more particular tastes than the others … She isn’t all that keen on carrots – LOVES sweet grain – LOVES the greens that grow on the END of carrots … When the other jennies are munching on pignuts … (from the hickory trees) Bella just can’t seem to get what she is supposed to bite on.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI think part of the incentive for looking around a little more at what else there is to eat is the experiment that we’re doing with the hay bags. I’ve always left them open at the top. I just kept feeling guilty/mean/stingy … when I would attempt to use them properly.  Ede pointed out that the only difference between the bags I tied completely shut and those I left open was the amount of hay on the ground. True that … So today – all six bags were secured and tied. AND they had no problems emptying them over the course of the day. They really did eat more slowly, play and wander more often, and spilled MUCH less. So far … seems the evidence is suggesting closed bags are a good option. (I’m not convinced yet that they would be as good an idea on a COLD winter day …)