This little pig went “wee,wee” all the way home!

takispigwagon1Everyone has a job making sure the animals are cared for after the tour!

Little legs

The puppies are now big enough to walk around, but it is still faster to be carried!

puppy love

puppy love

1,2,3- here come the lambs

Ph new lamb pics May 2013 042 web Ph new lamb pics May 2013 047 webOur first lambs arrived yesterday- first one from one ewe, then we found two from the next and, finally, triplets from a third!  Today they enjoyed getting used to this world on a lovely Mother’s Day.  When it’s time to go anywhere, the ewe tries to keep them close to her and they do their best to toddle after her.   If one of them falls behind, she makes a low sound like she is clearing her throat and they call back until they are reunited.

 

 

This little one got separated from his mom when the group was on the move and ran toward us, just in case we were the mother he was looking for!  We didn’t have the correct  answer to his high-pitched question, so he scrambled off in the other direction.

Spring Babies

Spring migscrooge mcduck webht be late, but that doesn’t mean the baby animals come any later than normal! First to arrive were the puppies; our mother dog, Rosie, decided to have them right beside the milking stand in the barn. That was okay, none of the goats had had their kids yet, so we didn’t need to do any milking.

Not for long, though. The next thing we knew, one of the goats, Bess, had had her two kids; one black, one white. We named them Salt and Pepper. (Surprise!) Not long after, her daughter Mustard had a kid, he was white and had long ears.

All the baby animals are eager to get outside and play, but this year we need children to keep them out of puddles and snowdrifts, not something we have to deal with every year!

A late spring does mean the maple syrup comes late though, so we were excited to have fresh syrup on our pancakes this morning for the first time this year.syrup jug web

Dreaming of green

June 2012 T P lamb in cloverThis lamb is now an expectant mama sheep that can’t even remember the taste of fresh clover!  I don’t know if these children can remember it, either.  Here’s to spring!!

up close with the horses

There is something awe-inspiring about being this close to a draft horse.  And the kids who decide to feed her a handful of grass really get a test of their courage when she leans up and her soft lips open over their offering.  What a relief when she gently lifts up the grass off of their palm!

 

Duchess

the hayride

imagine the crunching, munching sound of cows grazing

During the hayride, everyone gets to see the cows up close.  There are a couple of dozen beef cows with their calves.  Our tractor driver will answer questions about the purpose of cattle and how they are handled on the farm, as well as “where do cows come from” and “why are cows so big”.

Apart from us and the cows, it’s pretty quiet down in the pasture along the river.  And across our neighbour’s fields, we can see for miles out to the prairie horizon.

website “transplantation”

We’re updating our website format to allow us to interact with it more regularly, and hopefully, with you as well.  You may see some things that aren’t quite “right” while we adjust and experiment.

Thank-you for a great season!

Monday, July 30, 2012

We are grateful to all of our visitors for a great season. We enjoyed meeting so many people who were interested in our farm and our family. It has been a pleasure. Now, as the tour season is over for 2012, our family is moving on to other projects- yard and house improvements, putting up feed for the winter, some holiday time, putting food in the freezer, and -I hate to mention it- school. We are blessed to be able to have this old-fashioned rhythm to our life with our family. Thank-you for your part in it and we look forward to visiting with you again in 2013. Have a great summer and fall, everyone! Chuck and Danea and kids

Born on Canada Day

Exactly 40 chicks were hatched on time or slightly early and were settled under their heat lamp by yesterday evening. All of the unhatched eggs were given that one last overnight chance before the incubator would be cleaned and reset today. This morning, there it was- one tiny, scrawny late-comer fixing its bead-black eye on me. He’ll catch up within a few days, once I teach him to eat and drink with the others. Sometimes, it’s easier to learn to do things when older ones are showing you how it’s done. Happy Canada Day, everyone! Come see this little guy on Family Day tomorrow.