August 10, 2012

Friday Follow-Up

This week:

-- I spent half an hour one cool morning spraying water on two of the horses. Ella and Splash love water, and were up the hill while I was filling the water trough. I pointed the hose up in the air and let it rain on them; they moved around so that it fell where they liked it best. Then I squirted them with a spray of water, and finally washed off their dusty legs. They enjoyed every second of it, and even pushed each other out of the way so they could get into a better position. I stopped when they got too pushy, whereupon they both walked over to a sandy spot and rolled vigorously. So much for their "bath".

-- Working in the mornings before it got too hot, I've finally finished the work on the "new" temporary goat pens and the old lean-to shed. On Wednesday morning when my friend came over to ride with me, we moved the goats and "their dog" Julie to their new quarters. It quadrupled their space, plus it opens to the back pen which is even bigger, and they now have some browse available. I still want to redo the back pen's fencing, but it will work for now.

-- I have reserved a pick-up truck-load of hay from Mr K, who lives down the road several miles. On Monday I was going to go get it, but the truck battery was dead. Hubby fixed that, but there are still other issues; we think there's a short somewhere. Mr K is holding the hay for me until it's running again.

-- Hubby was stung by a scorpion for the first time. At least we know now that neither of us is allergic to them.

-- I'm watering the fruit trees regularly, but I'm afraid I'm going to lose both the peach and the nectarine trees. I've doubled my efforts there, watering them even more often.


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