Friday, February 18, 2011

Mini mule breakout and a Bumble.

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Hi everyone!
Miss May here.
What you are about to read is going to be shocking!!!!  
I just want you to know that I had nothing to do with it.
I was just an innocent and cute bystander.

This is proof of a mini mule (and donkey) breakout.  

I found these cute little tracks all the way down the road toward one of my "special" places.

Otis did it!!!
He opened the gate and made us follow him.
You know that I would never leave. 
Not even for one of those really good donkey biscuits.  
Do you have one of those....biscuits?

You know that you did it Otis.
Admit it! 

I get no respect around here.
Just because I was smart enough to open the gate and take the others on an 
adventure.....I am now in trouble. least I brought them back home. 
Safe and sound in the front yard.
I have not quite figured out how to open the gate from the yard side to let myself back in
without being noticed.
When I do.....ha ha ha....I am out of here. respect.

Some interesting tree roots.

The snow is almost gone!
It has been so warm for the past week.
We are all enjoying this little break in the cold weather.
I only hope that my plants to not start coming out.

Scatter has taken up residence in my faux bois planter.
She has a scratch on her face from a recent encounter with.....RATZILLA.
This particular rat (which was the size of a small dog) has been making huge tunnels
under the horse's rubber stall mats.  
Excavating like a little bulldozer.
Driving us crazy and destroying everything in sight.
It even laughed at us when we put traps out.
It took one of the traps and chewed it up and spit it out. 
We even tried sticky traps and a live trap.
The only thing we caught in the live trap was Scatter (she was NOT happy).
He became so brave that he scoffed at us when we spoke of firearms.
This rat was a legend in the world of rats.
Notice I said WAS. 
Thank you Scatter for your hunting ability and bravery. 

Bumble had a really bad day this week.
First she had a bath...Only she liked that, so it was the single highlight of her day.

After her bath and plenty of resting and sunning...we went on our usual evening walk.
All was well until we reached an obstacle in the trail.
Bumble is usually a very graceful and alert kind of girl.  

The obstacle in the trail was a limb that had fallen from the wonderful high wind we had last week.
Zippy easily jumped over it and being the picture taker that I am, I got on the other side
of the limb to wait on Bumble.

The poor little thing jumped a little too soon and.....face planted right there in front of me. 
She was very upset and embarrassed.  

It took her days to recover from the ridicule.

She even gave up jumping.

Opting for the safer walk around method.

Ha ha ha...
(in case you are wondering...this is a snow flattened and preserved giant pumpkin from last year)

Zippy tried to entertain Bumble to cheer her up.
Poor Bumble however did not even smile.
She really showed no interest in being cheerful.

She had just lost some of her brilliance and vigor.

She did not even chase Scatter.

Interesting tree within a tree.

This tree was tangled into a knot.
Natures artwork.

Kind of dangerous in the woods these days.

This large beauty was leaning against another tree.
Barely hanging on.

You can see the base of it here.  
Looks like it was hollow and just twisted off from the wind.

Another really interesting hollow stump.

Loved this giant.

This tree had a weird growth sticking out of the side.

Oh wait......that's Zippy.

Ha ha ha.

I crack myself up sometimes. 

Scatter trying to help Bumble recover.

Gus wishing his old pal felt better.

Bumble still upset and sad.
Base of the giant tree above.

Tree bark from a beautiful and very large locust tree.

Bumble still sad. 

Huge burl.

I would estimate it to be about 30" wide.
I will have to measure it sometime.

Could it be???

Is Bumble cheering up???

She is looking a little better.

Zippy snapped him up after Scatter took care of the problem.

He took off with that stinky thing and I am actually running beside him trying to get him to 
let go.  

He did eventually drop it. 

Another giant.
Excuse the shadow of my large head.

Wild grape vine.
It looks like Bumble is really feeling better!!!

Oh no!!! 
Here it is....the limb that cause all of the heart ache and embarrassment.

Will she even try???
Can she make it across???

Her muscles are tense and she is checking it out....

As graceful as a gazelle!!!!

She made it!!!!
All is well with the world.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Just pictures and a painting.

This is one of my "magical" places. 
I go here to wind down from whatever the world has handed me for the day.
A place where I can just go and relax for a moment.  
I guess that is why I have so many pictures of it. 
A place where I can think of nothing, except for how beautiful it is.
To appreciate life, nature, my dogs (that is if they are not in a disagreement over a deer leg), being thankful for natural places, people, things, 
and...just being.
I think everyone should have a place like this.
Even if it is in your backyard or even in your house.
It could be anywhere.

A place where nothing else matters.
A place that makes you happy.
A place that makes you smile.

This rock is near my magical place.
I guess it is magical too. 

The sky was so pretty the other day.  
We still have some snow.
It is interesting to see where all of the big drifts end up. 
View of our house/barn combo. 
Very convenient during bad weather.

Love this interesting arrangement of roots.

We have a lot of trees growing over rocks or trees that incorporate rocks.
It reminds me of a slow version of "The Blob".  I was just a wee child when I saw that movie.  
It really scared me. 

Took this the night of the Super Bowl.  
It was a "little" windy and ha ha....I did not have a tripod.
You can pretend like you live on a different planet and you have many moons.

Here is Miss Bumble showing her friends how she can curl her tongue.  

Here she is looking like she is interested in something.

Here she is looking even more interested.
I wonder if I took enough pictures of her this week?

Check out this wild grape vine.
We have these things all over the place.
You can see how large it is by comparing it to (of course) Bumble in the background.

There are also lots and lots of stacked rocks around.
We grow rocks here.

New painting.

Here little deer.....I want to chase you...
(Just to ease your minds.....Zippy may chase a deer for about 20 feet before he is left in the dust
and loses interest)
I think he has more fun just locating a deer. 

Bumble is not a deer chaser.

Her little legs will not allow such foolishness.

She is more of a poser.

Spreading her beauty around for all to enjoy. 

She will try to track down Mr. Raccoon though.  

They have a rivalrous relationship.
Who can make it to the tree first?

Waiting to be let in for the evening.
Eco is making a face behind the tree.

How can you not love that little grey barn?

Bumble modeling in front of the neighbor's stream.
Just look at the way she artfully sticks out that tooth.
She really is a professional.  

Beautiful ice formations on the creek. 
Bumble missed out on this one.