|Judy with baby rabbit|
|Mama Rabbit watching ...|
|One week old baby|
|Debbie meets "pups"|
|Debbie meets goats|
Our next visitors were Jenn, Eloise, and my nephew Andrew, who is spending this summer, after his high school graduation, working in Virginia, and living in one of the guest houses at Jenn and Ben's. The Virginia climate is a little different from the San Diego climate Andrew is accustomed to. Interestingly, when I asked him whether the humidity was hard to get used to, he said that the humidity didn't bother him but it was the BUGS he was having a hard time getting used to. Still, he seems to be enjoying his time here, and we are certainly happy he was able to come out to the farm for a day.
Eloise was thrilled to see all of the animals, but, for reasons not completely clear to the adults, she was frightened by the rabbits. The goats did not scare her, nor the chickens or the dogs...just the bunnies.. Thank goodness Andrew was there to protect her from those cwazy wabbits!! After all of that excitement, she just had to take a nap in Gami's bed.
|White oreo bunny|
|Eloise petting black oreo baby|
|Eloise scared by baby rabbit|
|Eloise meeting baby goats|
|Feeding the chickens|
|Feeding the goats|
|Fruit and Veggies to go|
|Clouds en route from DC to Los Angeles|
|First Class is nice|
|Business class is nicer - Los Angeles to Sydney|
|Or... LAX to LAX....|
Our flight canceled and rescheduled for 25 hours later, we were put up for the night in a local hotel....we checked into our rooms at 4:30 AM PDT, 27 hours after I'd started my day.
The next night, the flight went off without a hitch. A mere 18 hours and two flights later, we arrived at our destination, went directly to the hotel and washed up and then off we went to the office.
|Oh good... this IS Australia I see out the window this time..|
|Sydney coming into view|
|Canberra, Australia from the air|
|Spring is just beginning in Australia|
|I love their crosswalk signs|
|Mural painted on wall|
|Our hotel in Canberra|
On the other hand, I didn't have to do all of the hard work of keeping the farm running during that week. Joe did his share and mine, and I returned to find he'd even managed to make good headway on the ponds expansion. He somehow fit that into a schedule of taking care of the more than 80 animals that require attention, at least twice per day. I'm not sure which of us is more tired after that crazy week. August has brought more expansion for the farmette. Joe built more rabbit hutches to accommodate the growing babies and built more pens to house chickens, goats and dogs. We've also had the unpleasant experience (more than once this month) of discovering a chicken that has been injured by one of the dogs. The chickens insist on flying into the dogs' pen and one of the dogs has managed to "play too rough" with them. Joe can now add to his Jack-of-all-trades list, "emergency vet," as he has stitched up injured chickens. So far, everyone that was injured and rescued, has lived....and they still fly into the dogs' pen.
We think we have determined that Blue is the culprit, and we have now separated the dogs, so that we can work on training them better. Together, they are very hard to keep "on task." They have afternoon "play time" together and evening "run time" together and, so far, the separate quarters seems to be working out for them AND the chickens.
|Joe playing with dogs... chicken playing chicken|
|Evening run time and training session|
|Building new rabbit hutches|
|Installing new rabbit hutches|
|New inhabitants of new cages|
|Joe examining hurt bird|
|Three bunnies, taking a rest|
|Creating pad for new Pen|
|Back pond before expansion|
|Expanded back pond|
|Another view of back pond|
|Front pond expanded|
Otherwise, not much has been happening here.... except picking fruits and veggies, making jams, jellies, and preserves, mowing, weeding, milking goats, etc., etc., etc. It was a good August.
|Melons, Peppers, Tomatoes, Kolrabi|
|Judy Milking Sally|
|Deer eating melons|
|Mr... strutting his stuff|
|Eggs... with one MONSTER egg|
|Grapes and blackberries|
|Osprey in tree|
|Ruby with pine cone|
|Counting baby bunnies|
|Ruby watching chicken|
|Praying Mantis enjoying fig tree|
|Baby chicks are growing up|
|Wild turkeys love the grapes and blackberries|
|Baby deer love them too|
|Hail, Hail the gang's all here... turkey 'hood|
|Grapes and black-eyed susans|