Yesterday morning, January 1, dawned beautifully here on the farm. The sunrise was breathtaking, so I rushed in to get the camera and photograph it. I was out doing the feeding but had to make them wait a few more minutes for hay so that I could share the colours of the sky with my blogosphere! The camera never does justice to sunrise, but you can get the idea. I hope your New Year's Day dawned beautifully for you too.
Today it is sunny again, but still cold, at 2 °C or 23 F. I still enjoy my morning time with the animals, no matter what the temperature. The worst thing right now in the farmyard is the ice. We had freezing rain here while we were away, and this has coated some areas quite thickly with ice. It is very difficult to walk on. Kelly put some sawdust down on it from the wood shop because we don't want to put salt on it (it's on the grass and besides, I don't want the chickens eating rock salt). That helps a little. The chickens, on the other hand, had me in stitches this morning. When I put out their scratch feed, the mad dash to where I had scattered it led to the "Hens on Ice" show. While trying to run towards the scratch feed, they all lost their footing on the icy surface and kept tumbling around in a chaotic heap of feathers and feet, some of them on their bottoms, some on their sides, and some scrambling across others to get to their morning treats. What a crew. Nobody was hurt of course. It was just so funny to watch them sliding every which way!
The angora goats that we rescued a while back (the ones that we washed) are doing very well. They have not returned to their former grubby selves, and continue to be mostly white. They are hesitant to approach me, but when I have a bucket of goat chow, the temptation is too much. Here, the adult female feigns a lack of interest.
"What on earth do you mean when you say 'Here's trouble'? We are completely innocent!"
"I'm sorry Mum, I got a bit muddy on the side of my face. Please don't put me in that big white water vat again."
So here's the thing - they haven't got names yet. All four angoras are girls and very soft and cuddly. They need soft cuddly names. Any ideas?