The Giving Tree

Beautiful Tree

Beautiful Tree

This beautiful tree was incorporated into our goat area.  It provides much needed shade in the summer.  But this tree is much more than just a shade provider.

I have enjoyed this tree since I was 6 years old.  It is a tree that boasts splendor by it’s size and beauty.  Until 8 years ago it was surrounded by brush and fields and growing up we made trails to it to climb and play under.

Under the tree

Under the tree

After clearing the area for our goats, this tree was even more spectacular.  It is a “show piece” on the property and the goats and chickens enjoy it’s shade and leaves while the kids enjoy the rope we have attached to it.  They can strengthen their muscles  climbing it or relax swinging from it.

Boys, Goats & Chickens

Boys, Goats & Chickens

This is our “Giving Tree”.

Farm Living

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Goat house and pasture

Sometimes there are little projects that nag at you.  We have had a horse fence that needed mending for almost 2 months and we have some chickens who have taken up rooming in the goat house and needed a place of their own if they are to stay there for the winter.

Both of the projects were completed this weekend along with getting the snowmobiles out and tuned up, cheer practice, and 3 hockey games.  Add to that 2 trips to the mall to buy jeans and then exchange jeans, regular farm work with the animals, and some great burgers for dinner.  All in all a productive weekend!!

Here is a recap of our work.  I have a few little things to do like decorate!!!  But other than that, it’s now perfect for all animals to reside in for the winter.

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Farm helpers Chance and his buddy Graer with the man fixing the horse pasture

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Gutting the goat house to redesign

The goats were anxiously awaiting to see what was taking place in their home

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A new wall was designed to let chickens pass but not goats

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A cool old piece of cupboard that was a garbage pick was designed for a door into the chicken area

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The chickens were getting worried so decided to huddle under cover waiting to see their home while others decided to keep scratching for some lunch

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And inside the roosting area, feeding, area and natural nesting boxes were being put in place.  We will look for decorations as the days go on and find some fitting pieces to decorate their area.  So far they love their new home.

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Next up was cleaning out the snowmobile trailer and priming the sleds for the upcoming season followed with 2 wins of hockey games!!

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And now while everyone is asleep, I am having a night cap to end a great weekend

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Beautiful Sky

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Today was a very busy day mending a horse fence and re-doing the inside of the goat/chicken house for the winter and our growing chicken flock.  As the later part of the afternoon was setting in on a very overcast, windy day, it was a beautiful sight looking overhead at the big white puffy clouds highlighted by the bright sun trying to peek out!!

Fall in Buffalo, NY is beautiful this year :-)

My heart and soul horse

This is Bailey (registered name Mason D. Brown).  He was the first horse I bought after my horse of 19 years had to be put down at the very old age of 36.   I swore I would never get another horse after Sugar because it was so hard to let him go.   But as fate would have it, Bailey stole my heart and I had to have him.

It’s been 13 wonderful years!!  I have added 2 more to the herd over the years but I am forever thankful to Bailey for bringing me back into the horse world.

Heading out to feed them all now :-)