Oh it's wet. It's muddy. It's milkshake thick and uphill treadmill at a run workout type muddy. It's 'pull your boot off as you go" muddy and it's nothing to laugh about. Ha.
And yes, someone (Dad) did walk out of his boot when attempting a quick move to block a cow the other morning. Funny how when your socked foot hits the mud, getting the cow out of the pen suddenly become a low priority. First priority becomes looking frantically around and to see who noticed! Unfortunately, this time, none of us got to see it, but the mental image is always great.
Snoozing in the sun.
Eve had a good one the other day too. We were slogging through the mud, grumbling and snarling at the slop, on our way to check the milk cows. All of a sudden I hear a quiet and resigned 'oh no' and look back to see Eve sitting down right down in the mud. She had slipped, crossed her legs up in front of herself and then actually ended up sitting on the rock she slipped on. Because I'm such a nice person, it didn't even occur to me to take a photo before I helped her up. Dang it, missed opportunity.
Speaking of the milk cows, we have a new arrangement. My friend and fellow rancher lady picked us up our new addition in Williams Lake and of course we have named her Evie. She is almost as patient with the calves as Black Velvet but really just seems confused with life in general. I'm not sure if she has never seen sun or what, but she sure sunburned quickly. Everywhere. Really. Ouch. Eve was thinking we could make some sort of bra and undies for her, but nothing we could come up with brought less than laughter, so we are hoping for some cloud and working on making a pen with more shade. There are 5 calves currently having a grand time with full time access to two Holsteins.... life is GOOD! The cows are pretty happy too (I think...who can really tell?) with their own delicious bale, water tubs, nice shavings to lay on, lots of grain and wee babies to love/put up with.
No more twins. Yay! I think we still need another milk cow.
AND, I finally get to talk about something besides calving!! Our good friend Ken has come up to make me a trade......he wants my Haflinger pony Percy Sunshine for his wagon team and we've done a swap for a gelding of his. Eve and I went to catch Percy from the herd today and separated the brood mares out as well. I didn't get many pictures as we were quite busy enough, but here are a few. The horses are all look patchy as they start to loose their winter hair, but they are in great shape and feeling foxy! Was so wonderful to get on the back of a horse for even a short time.
Ripper, Roan Guts, Jelly Bean and Porn Star. On hindsight, I think I took a photo of all the worse names in the outfit.
Ripper, Rocket, Tiny (Roan Guts, Kramer and Ducky behind)
Take care all,