My how things change.
With March just around the corner I decided
to look back and see how things looked
during our first spring here on the farm.
These pictures were taken all during
the month of March 2010.
In September 2009 we bought our
She was a Miniature Mediterranean Donkey.
A friend of ours had offered to give us one
but when that never materialized
we decided to buy Phoebe.
She was 5 months old.
At the end of December
our friend showed up with the male
that he had promised us months earlier.
He was a stud!
Because we are softies we couldn't tell
him 'too late'....so we kept the donkey
and named him Eeyore.
Along came March.
Unfortunately our fences were no match
for Eeyore's determination
to visit Phoebe
but since she would not be old
enough to breed until she was
around 3 years old
we decided to have him castrated.
A couple of weeks later
Eeyore and Phoebe
went to live on a large farm
where they could be together with
lots of pasture
and strong fences!
Towards the end of March that year
Hubby and I were in a 'farm store'
and overheard a lady complaining to the
store clerk that they had just been in the
store with their 12 year old Grandson
and his friend.
Behind their back he purchased a chick!
She told the clerk that she wanted to bring the
chick back because they had no place to keep
a chicken. The clerk said 'sorry...we don't
take chicks back'.
The lady was ticked so I whispered to hubby
"should we buy it from her?"
Since we had 63 new chicks coming a few
days later he said to go for it.
The lady was so happy to find a home
for the little fellow that she wouldn't
take any money.
So 'Spring' came home with us.
Unfortunately Spring was a Cornish X
and was destined to live a short life.
It may have been short...but it was a good life.
The very next day was the first day of spring.
We had a snow storm!
Two days later the snow had melted
and the chicks arrived in the mail.
Most of the chicks were Buff Orpingtons.
Yellow fluff balls!
Their days were spent eating...drinking...pooping
tearing from one end of the trough to the other...
Sometimes they wore themselves out so much
they fell asleep standing up.
The remainder of the chicks were
Hard to believe this little fellow
would grow up to look like this!
While the chicks enjoyed their cozy warm
shelter in the garden shed
the older chickens were able to finally
enjoy the barnyard.
The barnyard was Eeyore's domain
and he decided that the chickens were
NOT allowed on his turf.
He chased them every chance he got.
The day after Eeyore and Phoebe
left the farm....the chickens
had the barnyard all to
They were happy chickens!
FYI ...see that long building?
We sold it that summer and this time
last year...it was down and hauled away.
Hopefully if we get some rain this summer
we will have some good pasture grass
growing there :)
The end of March meant Shep was 8 months old
and Lizzy and Olly were 9 months old.
Shep had a blast trying to chase the cats.
Olly would run but Lizzy...well
she NEVER backed down.
She stood her ground and then some!
End of March sky.
2010 was a good year for rain but
last year we were in a drought.
Hopefully we do better this year.
Above is our nearest neighbor
as the crow flies.
Two years ago the fields across the road
from us were yellow.
This year they are green with winter wheat
shown below in January 2012.
We'll be keeping our fingers crossed that
this March will be a good month
with lots of gentle rain.
If all goes well the grass seed we sow
will take root before the heavy rains hit.
After all....April is Tornado season
here in Kansas!