…the wheat is ripe….
…and now it’s gone….. they harvested next to our house yesterday…
….three boys were most delighted to ride in the combine and tractors….. Thanks, Millers!
…but all has not been peaceful and calm.
4AM …. SNORT, MOOOOOOO! BELLOOOOOOOOOW! Much mooing and running of hooves! (our bedroom window was open) And then the whole barn yard erupts in mooing, baaing, and more mooing. I’m really surprised the dogs didn’t start barking. Luckily they were locked in for the night! As you can see….. poor Scarlett found a porcupine trundling through the pasture…. most likely displaced from the wheat fields by the noise of combines and tractors. Randy, being the good husband that he is, got out of bed, put on his head lamp and went to see what the disturbance was about. He never found the pork-y-pine, but did see that Scarlett would need some attention come first light.
Evidently after her first sniff, she decided that the way to treat such a visitor was by trying to stomp it to death. And for her efforts, she received a leg-full of quills…. poor thing.
While Daddy was pulling the quills from her nose, Reid and Wyatt gingerly pulled the quills from her front leg.
In the end, not much damage was done to Scarlett, and although we didn’t find the porcupine, we think Scarlett may have gotten a few stomps in as we found a few quills scattered here and there later in the day.
And…. in other news…. much work has been going into getting the animals ready for the fair.
Here is Wyatt and Blackie…. Blackie that follows Wyatt everywhere (and still thinks she can come in the house whenever she feels like it)
And here is Reid and Black Beauty….. she’s a nice calf, but stubborn. When she stops…. she stops.
Keeping my fingers and toes crossed that all goes well at the fair in a couple of weeks!
(and that my sleep is not disrupted by another porcupine any time soon!)