Friday, June 29, 2007
One exciting thing this week, Jeff is home for a few days. He brought his cat Elroy to stay with us while he goes to Florida on vacation. Elroy is a sealpoint Birman from the last litter we raised.
I'll try to post a photo of him soon.
Monday, June 25, 2007
This is our trusty unicorn, he stands guard in our driveway. Jan and Chuck Easter, very dear friends of ours, gave it to us as a "farm-warming" gift back when we moved to the Axtell area. It's hard to believe but it has been over 9 years!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
"The Land of Milk and Honey"
Our church, Canaan Baptist, is hosting the annual meeting this weekend for our division of the North American Baptist Conference. Canaan is a small country church near Crawford, Texas that was started by German settlers on October 25, 1891. My great-great-grandfather Engelbrecht was one of founding fathers.
Today, we had a ladies' luncheon in the fellowship hall and decorated with the "Milk and Honey" theme. We used lots of yellow sunflowers and bees, and decorated with milk cans and bottles. A tasty salad and fruit plate was served followed by a delicious apple cobbler and ice cream. Yum!You can visit our church's website at http://www.canaan-baptist.com/.
On the way home this afternoon, I passed this pretty field of REAL sunflowers. The foreground of Indian Blankets and Horsemint added some more colors.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
The pear-apple tree (we never figured out what they are) is loaded. The fruit on this tree is shaped like an apple on the bottom and a pear on the top. It tastes like an apple but has the grainy texture of a pear. Whatever it is, it makes delicious pies.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
The Tunis lambs love to follow him around, much to his dismay. He also plays catch-me-if-you-can with the stallions sometimes. He has a kink in his tail now, because one of the boys obviously caught him.
The orange and white cat wandered up a few years ago. Inky finally allowed him to come in the breezeway to eat. He was really wild at first but one day he had a change of heart. We think he had a near death experience, maybe with a coyote and decided people were the least of his problems. He's still a tomcat and has a huge head, that's how he came to be named "Punkinhead".
Friday, June 15, 2007
After the rain we were blessed with this beautiful sunset.
This morning there was a heavy dew on the crape myrtles that are heavy in bloom right now. I took this photo against the sunrise.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Horsemint is a Native Texas wildflower, also called lemon beebalm, it has citrus-scented leaves. The flowers grow in clusters about an inch apart on a stem. This plant loves heat and dryness so it grows good around our place. It was used by Native Americans as a tea and supposedly replaced tea during the time of the Boston Tea Party. I've heard it is a natural bug repellant too.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
This beautiful female fox (vixen?) visited my cousin's house Sunday at lunch. While we were preparing a potluck lunch for us, she trotted up to eat the outside cat's food on the porch.
Steve (my cousin) says she will only come when "Domino" the cat isn't around, she is afraid of her.
Monday, June 11, 2007
The breed has a lot of Bengal influence. I really liked the contrast of the stripes on this particular cat.
Another new addition in May was the solid white Turkish Van cats. I also was presented with a couple of examples. They were very nice in type.
Other breeds at the Ft. Worth show that we don't see very often were the Egyptian Mau and the American Wirehair.
Kade Wilson Smith is 7 months old and his parents Karla and Randy Smith were also celebrating their 12th anniversary. Twin siblings, Kenzie & Koby participated in the dedication too.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Here is a photo of two sets of twins nibbling on a crape myrtle bush. That's Ruffles, Rick Rack, Raquel and Reba (l-r).
Luckily I found that the crape myrtles are non-poisonous. Unlike the oleandar bush I have to keep them away from. The lambs also love rose bushes. They keep ours pruned on the bottom.
I found a helpful and informative link about poisons to animals.
Monday, June 4, 2007
We found our lucky "Star" in 1995, and he has continued to live up to his name. Though his show career didn't begin until he was an eleven-year-old, Star competed in everything from halter to obstacle, jumping and costume and never let us down. At the AMHR Nationals in 1996, he was awarded Reserve Champion Senior Miniature Horse Stallion and National Champion Amateur Miniature Horse Stallion. He received his Miniature Horse Halter Hall of Fame Award in 1997, a truly proud day for Unicorner Farm. Star is retired from the show ring now and is enjoying life as the "Top Stud" at Unicorner. He is 23 years young.