Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Oh Happy Day!

This past Saturday was a beautiful calm sunny day.....then the skies turned black and we got hit with driving rain and hail. All the animals ran for cover....so did we. Later the sun came out and we slowly made our way outside again to check on the garden and jump puddles. I noticed a puddle in the chicken/goose pasture so I lead the goslings out to it to see what they'd do. It wasn't very deep but they seemed to like it. Then Pricilla took off skidding across the water on her belly! Hmmm I wondered what she'd do if she could get into a pond....so yesterday my 'farmboy' got on the tractor and used the backhoe to dig a little pond for them. It's not too deep as we don't want to have an accident with the chickens. I pulled the hose over and filled it and then brought the goslings over. At first they didn't do much...I didn't blame them as it was a muddy mess ...not exactly what I'd call call a 'pond' with nice clean water and grass growing around it. It was a MUD HOLE. Well...what do I know.

Pricilla was the first one to step in the water....then Percy put his toes in....then the preening started. Oh boy did we preen! And we preened and preened and preened.

 I figured they weren't really interested in the 'pond' after all...they were more interested in their 'looks' than the water. Finally Pricilla walked in until her feet came off the bottom...then all HELL broke loose!

She was SO HAPPY....she started diving and swimming around so fast that she was scaring the chickens who had come over to watch and the cats went up tree's to get away from what ever monster was in that water.

 LOL 'Farmboy' and I just stood there and laughed....she was in 'pond heaven'!!!

Percy finally got in but he didn't get as excited as she did...at least not then.

Finally Pricilla got out and started preening herself again and I guess that was Percy's chance to have the pond to himself. He started swimming and spashing diving under the water...he just couldn't get enough of that water on his feathers!!!

 Oh My where 'we' happy!  Just before all the action started I ran into the house and got my camera...I'm so glad I did. If geese could smile I'm sure they'd have been grinning from ear to ear. I know 'farmboy' and I were.

Finally it was time to head back to the coop for a bite to eat and a rest.

It was a good day.


Joelle said...

How cute, they look like they had a fabulous day. Love how they take time to enjoy the little things.

Catherine said...

We published at the same time! are those goslings
from Beatrix Potter's stories? It sounds like it, tomorow is the market where we can buy goose, hen...when i see you i really want some again! but i must repair the henhouse door before, because of my ennemies the foxes! my three little rabits are growing and at night they come and see us at the door!have a nice day

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

This post was just plain heart warming and left me with a glow! I hope it lasts all day long!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Joelle...good to see you. Yes they certainly do know how to enjoy the simple things in life...they had a blast! Thanks for stopping by again. Take care.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Catherine! I wish I could write like Beatrix Potter LOL...it would certainly make some things easier to post if I had her talent for writing that's for sure. I hope you're able to get chickens and geese and ducks again one day...I'm sure you miss the entertainment. Aww you'll have to try and take pictures of your little bunny visitors for us. Have a wonderful evening. Maura:)

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Mona...good to 'see' you! I hope that glow stays with you too...good luck! Hugs back to you...have a wonderful day. Maura:)

Flat Creek Farm said...

Maura, thanks for the smiles! Just the sweetest post! I needed that :) -Tammy

Pondside said...

That was so much fun to read! Isn't it wonderful to watch the action in a pond? I love it when our ducks splash and flap wings on the water - just joyful!

Laura..DancesWithTeddyBears said...

Adorable! Thanks for sharing such a happy time!

Rural Revival said...

Maura, This is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen! I'm glad you went for your camera too. What a couple of sweeties!! I will be smiling about these two all night. : )

Country life doesn't get much better than that!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Tammy I'm glad we made you smile, it was a fun post to do. I hope you've had a good Tuesday...thanks for dropping by!

Pondside one day we'll have a real pond for them to swim in...for now this is filling the 'bill'! ;)

Laura I'm glad you enjoyed the post!

Andrea I'm glad this post made you smile...'farmboy' and I had a good laugh at how much fun they were having...they were having a blast! You're right...country life doesn't get much better than that! I hope you had a wonderful day.

Thank you girls for stopping by today..I'm glad we made you smile. Take care. Maura

Ann said...

I'm so glad that you had your camera!! Those are some awesome photographs and they certainly brought a happiness to me this morning!
Thanks so much for posting and sharing.:)
The Tattered Tassel

Da Momma said...

Thanks for posting these. Those little goslings are adorable. And they do look like they could be laughing right out loud! No wonder you and "Farmboy" are so entertained! Keep enjoying them and I'll be back! Scufty PS - Wish I could figure out how to change my name on this site!

Beatnheart said...

Oh Maura, You are doing so great..and look at all those comments and followers...Your gonna be famous!!! its true, your blog has a unique charm of its own and so does your writing...Don't change a thing Sweetheart..You have a beautiful way of writing and your photos are really, really good.. I love these animal (bird?) posts.. It helps this city gal feel just a little bit better...Love you, Cynthia

Cathy said...

I read your profile and I am so jealous...you are living my dream! I would love to find alittle cottage in the country and fix it up and live a differsnt style of life. Life in the big city is getting old and I m so ready for a change!

I love all of the pics on your sidebar...they are calling my name;)!



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