Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fairy mushrooms...

We have been getting enough rain, finally, to even grow some mushrooms.

These were so big, I half expected to find a fairy underneath them...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

We have dogs...

I haven't been able to say that in over 20 years... we have two new dogs. Zack and Jack are their names and guarding sheep will be their job. We adopted them from the TX Great Pyrenees Rescue group and I just got back home with them. Luckily my friend Lesa rode with me up to Caddo Mills, TX to get them since Bob had to work. Now to get the boys settled in and introduced to the sheep, llamas, horses and cats.

Zack and Jack are 2 year old brothers and have had experience as LGDs (Livestock Guard Dogs). We hope that they will be able to protect the Tunis flock from the coyotes.

*** Follow-up*** 11-2-09

Though we really liked the boys, they just did not fit our needs because they would not bond with the sheep. We returned them to the rescue and will search for other forms of predator protection.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

AMHR Miniature Horse Nationals

Lots of gorgeous miniature horses are competing this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the AMHR National Show. You can watch it online! Visit and see the action going on.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Good info to know...Wasp spray as protection

Thought this was interesting and might be of use.

A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.

The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn't attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Bye, bye to Junior...

Here is a family portrait before we sold Junior... the white male llama on the left. Renee and Jeff McPeek came Sunday to pick him up to become a guardian for their new flock of Tunis sheep.

I know that they will enjoy him, he is such a curious guy who has the biggest, most expressive eyes!

What's new on the farm? Two more minis!

We acquired a gorgeous bay stallion, Easter Acres Bay Dragon, from our friends Priscilla and David Cox of Springtown, Texas. Priscilla's sister, Jan Easter of Easter Acres Miniature Horses had raised Dragon, who is sired by her Landry's Kajun Red and a mare we now own, Easter Acres Midnite Satin. Ironically, Bob has been using a photo of Dragon on his equine photography business cards (see previous post - Bob's New Venture back in March). We have always admired Dragon, and are proud to now own him. Priscilla exported Dragon to live with her in Great Britain a few years ago and he sired several miniature horses in the U.K. Luckily for us, when she and David moved back to the U.S. they brought him back with them. Along with Dragon, we also recieved NXS Dare Dreamer, they called her Goldie. Since we already have a Goldie... she will be called DeeDee. She will have a foal by Dragon next spring.

Our palomino mare, Locket was bred to him last year and we have a cute little filly we named Dragonfly.

She got to meet her "daddy" for the first time this weekend.