Wednesday, February 20

Farm Photo 2/20/08: Our Resident Weather Girls

Dolores & Daphne Check The Temperature

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  1. That would make for a great X-mas card next year:) Great picture. Your site is great. I love checking in to see what's happening on the farm. Wish I had one of my own.....maybe someday.

  2. Tee hee - I was just going to comment about how I thought this would make a wonderful winter greeting card! Someone beat me to the punch...but maybe we're on to

  3. those are just beautiful donkeys! Their coats have lovely colours and they look snuggable!

  4. How did you get those two lovely ladies to smile like that? They really do look like they are smiling! Guess it's because they have their gorgeous winter coats on to keep them warm.


  5. AWESOME picture!!

  6. now that's a photo i'd have framed. that is so cute - and the tiny icicles!

  7. I love your photos, and look forward to each new posting to see what's going on now! Thanks so much :-)

  8. Oh that is wonderful, good eye for photos as ususal :) Thanks for sharing again. I want eye make up that looks that good.

  9. Those two are just so sweet. Thanks again for posting such great shots.

  10. So adorable! I have a donkey calendar at work - you should seriously make one. I would buy it.

  11. They are so cute, I want to pet them !!!!

    Have a good day,

  12. Hey, Josie's idea has real merit! With your photographic ability and the farm's never-ending supply of flora and fauna, you could sell calendars like hotcakes. (Mmm, hotcakes) I would buy one in a second too.
    Those girls need some ear-scratching. I think I would be content to stand there with them all day no matter what the temp.

  13. What a shot! At least they are dressed for the weather at hand. How is Dan?

  14. D'oh! Now *I* want a donkey! Darn you, FarmGirl! :-)

    And the girls really DO look like they're smiling. Happy donkeys!

  15. I love this shot! So cute.

  16. Lovely girls.

  17. I am in total agreement with the donkeys - cold weather requires treats to survive and snow definitely triples the minimum daily requirement! Stay warm FG and the picture is excellent card idea.

  18. Oh PLEASE tell me that life on a farm is not just what we see in your lovely pictures. I am thinking of throwing in the towel here in suburbia and you keep tempting me. You know that book you are writing (you are still writing in ALL your spare time?), well could it include a "how-to" section? Or maybe a list of things and personality traits that are needed to survive? (I am only half kidding.)
    Love your pictures.

  19. I forgot to ask...Is the fur by the girls head and ears as soft as it looks?

  20. I am new to the blogging world and have been inspired by your wonderful example to start my own. Thank you so much. I also want to thank you for that great Emergency Chocolate Cake recipe! Very good and moist. I enjoy your photos too.

  21. Let me add to all the wonderful comments on your pictures! All of them are so great! Thanks for sharing them. Love your blog!

  22. Hi Everybody!
    Thanks so much for all your great comments, kind words, and wonderful enthusiasm for my photos. One of these days I really hope to create some greeting cards, calendars, etc. and have them available for sale - it's something that's been on my Really Need To Do List for a couple of years now. Unfortunately a bunch of other stuff has been on that list, too! But your encouraging words are really inspiring me. Thank you.

    Hi Stephanie,
    Well until you have your own farm, you're welcome to e-visit ours anytime for all of the fun but none of the work!

    Hi Paula,
    I definitely think you're on to something. ; )

    Hi Sam,
    I just love their colors, too. And yes, they are very snuggable (snuggleable?) : )

    Hi Teresa,
    The smiles might have something to do with the temperature not being as low as they'd thought. Or it may have been the treats I'd just fed them over the fence. ; )

    They really do have wonderfully expressive faces. They're always making me smile and laugh. They're actually a couple of hams.

    Hi Anne,
    Thanks. Hope you and your critters are all doing well.

    Hi Maya,
    Yeah, I was tickled when I realized the icicles had come through so well. All these years in Missouri, and I'm still amazed by icicles. They're so neat.

    Hi Sherry,
    Thank you for taking the time to write. : )

    Hi Alanna,

    Hi Andylynne,
    And it's non-smearing eye makeup, too - even in ice storms. ; )

    Hi Daisy,
    We definitely do cute well around here!

    Hi Jean,
    They really are both sweethearts - and so much fun. I'm just thrilled to have found them - and brought them home for Dan!

    Hi Josie,
    I love the idea of a donkey calendar - and a guaranteed sale. Thanks!

    Hi Stephanie,
    One of the best things about Daphne and Dolores is that, unlike Dan, they are total huggers. They let me snuggle and nuzzle them all the time. It's great!

    Hi Greeny,
    Okay, now I want a calendar full of hotcakes. ;)

    Hi Vickie,
    It's amazing how thick their coats get for winter. Actually, it's more amazing to see them slick back out in the summer. Dan, especially, looks like a completely different donkey in winter than he does in summer. (Click here to see what I mean.)

    Speaking of Dan, he's doing just dandy. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Though he would definitely prefer less snow and ice and lots more lush green grass!

    Hi Miss Kitty,
    You should get a donkey to keep that herd of cats of yours in line. You know miniature donkeys are really small. Like backyard size. I bet Myrtle Mae would love some barnyard company!

    Hi Julie,
    I have this photo as my desktop background right now, and it's fast becoming one of my favorites. I took another one of them looking at the camera that I'd planned to post, but Joe saw this one and said he thought it was better.

    Hi IGO,
    Great to hear from you!

    Hi Linda Sue,
    Oh, of course you would take the donkeys' side when it comes to treat allotment!

    Hi Kristin,
    Rest assured, life on a farm (or at least this one) is definitely not just what you see in these pictures.

    While it's my goal to accurately portray what life is actually like here (yes, the scenery is really beautiful, but I'm the first to admit that the weather in summer sucks), I edit a lot of stuff out, both when I take photos and when I tell stories or share farm life tidbits - for various reasons.

    For example, we really do live in a falling-down shack, which is why you never see any pictures of our house.

    And the biting insects in summer are truly horrible, especially the ticks. I spend several months each year literally covered with dozens of itching bug bites (I once stopped counting when I got to 68 bites on one ankle) - but I don't mention that kind of stuff a whole lot simply because I don't want to come across as whining. We have so much to be thankful for here - like the fact that summer isn't 12 months long! ; )

    I'll also add humor to my complaining, as I did when I wrote one of my very first blog posts, That Outfit Could Kill You. It helps that a lot of stuff that happens around here seems really funny - eventually.

    Other times I won't tell the entire story, simply because it's too depressing or graphic. Bad things happen when you raise animals, and I've shared some of those - like two years ago during lambing season in Hearts & Rocks & Numbers & Thoughts and Shepherd's Nightmare. I don't write about every animal we lose, though. When I wrote last year's Mother's Day story, The Tail Of Two Mothers, I didn't include the fact that the same morning I found one of Alison's seemingly fine, two-day old twins dead for no apparent reason - and that I'd spent the last few days ministering to Annette's huge newborn ram lamb who ended up dying the next day. They weren't part of the story I wanted to tell, which was the joyful one of Snugglebunny adopting one of Rosebud's lambs as her own, though they certainly were part of that day - and it was a really tough and stressful and sad day. But it was a really wonderful one, too.

    Of course part of the reason I don't share everything that happens on the farm is because there simply isn't time - probably because I get so carried away rambling and babbling! ; )

    As for a 'how to' section on that book I'm supposed to be writing (now just where is all that spare time of mine, LOL?), you can probably pick up quite a few "how not to" tips in the stories I wrote about my early farm experiences - you can find them here.

    As for personality traits that are needed to survive on a remote farm (especially when half the time you have no clue what you're doing), I'd say the top two would be a love of solitude and nature - and a great big sense of humor!

    As for the girls' fur and ears being soft - the answer is a resounding yes! I just love their ears. They're so big and furry they sometimes seem fake. And they even let me fondle them! ; )

    Hi Farmer Jen,
    Congratulations on becoming a blogger! I love hearing that I've inspired someone to start their own blog - and bake a chocolate cake! ; )

    Hi Alice Grace,
    Thanks so much - and thanks for taking the time to write. : )

  23. I just need to look at this photo before my days begins and it gives me the feeling that everything will be fine. Great shot!

  24. That's a very sweet photo!

  25. Dolores and Daphne have to be my favorite picture...just perfect!!

  26. I just saw your picture and thought "that would be a beautiful card" and several other people had the same idea! They are beautiful donkeys!


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