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Animals and Tractors!

Sunday Stroll

Today we took Joshua to the farm to visit with his grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and animals.

Enjoying the warm sun during coffee break outside

Meeting Vinny

Meeting Isabelle

We kept our distance from the llamas, they spit!

Big blue tractor

Working on the orchard tractor with the boys

Meeting Dukie.  I think he might be a little jealous…

To see who else is strolling today, visit the Quiet Country House.

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Jealous Neighbor

Moo…

Visitors!

Moo?

Apples!

Moo!?!?!

Nah-nah!

Be polite and share!

Moo!

And they all lived happily ever after.  The End!

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Homemade Local Pizza Party

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  • bacon- our pig
  • clams- farm raised by Ed and his brother
  • tomato, scallions, herbs- our garden
  • cheese- made in New England 
  • dough- homemade

I meant to make homemade ricotta for the pizzas today, but instead I visited with the horses and swam in my parents’ pool.  When I got home I made the dough, but once it was all mixed together, I got a call from my mom asking me to come help bring Annabelle and the baby up to the barn, since a thunderstorm was coming and my brothers weren’t home yet.  I left the dough, got poured on, got stuck in the barn for about a half-hour since the lightning was so close.  I kneaded the dough when I got home, but it was still kind of flat.  Even so, the pizza was yummy.

And by the way, we named the baby horse Isabelle.

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Horse Tales

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I’ve decided to write about the horses I’ve known and loved in a new feature: Horse Tales.  We’ll start with an introduction to the horses who currently live on the farm.

whinney

Whinney is a miniature horse.  Her full name is Mini-Whinney, and she’s not a pony, she’s even smaller.  I’m not sure how old she is, but she’s getting up there.  Her talents are scratching on the fence and eating grain from happy children.

bill

Bill is one half of our Dapple Gray Percheron team.  He’s a draft horse who specializes at pulling hayride wagons and eating hay.

vinny

This is Vinny, the other half of the hayride team.  He sometimes has an attitude, but Bill keeps him in check.

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And of course you know Annabelle.  She’s a Shire, another draft horse.  We don’t have any regular sized horses at the farm, only the mini one and the giant ones.  Annabelle and Whinney have become their own little herd and like to spend their time together during the day when they’re in the same pen.  We expect Annabelle’s foal to arrive in a few weeks, since she has started to produce milk, and we can’t wait for the new little Shire to arrive!

Future Horse Tales posts will include stories, pictures, and memories of horses past and present.

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Just out of curiosity…

… if you were getting a draft horse or a team of draft horses, what names would you choose?

There may be a horse in my near future…

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