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One of Them Must Be Pitied

My old girl, Henny (almost 8 year old Black Australorp) is slowly losing status on the totem pole. She’s not top bird anymore — Nutty has taken over that position. So lately Henny and my 6 year old Wyandotte Pansy have been hashing it out as only chickens can.

Also, Henny has adopted my seven guineas as her babies. Where they go, she goes; if they make noise, she’s gotta make sure things are A.O.K. Interestingly, the guineas seem to have completely accepted her as mom and protect her.

This arrangement doesn’t play out so well though, as I discovered today.

Pansy’s been challenging Henny’s authority a lot today and they got into a good number of squabbles, which caused the guineas to gang up on the old Wyandotte. Twice I had to go outside and break it up. The second time I found that the guineas and/or Henny had torn out a bunch of Pansy’s feathers… and that definitely does not bode well, especially since a dear friend of mine went through a similar scenario in which her guineas severely picked one of her young cockerels and completely scalped his back end.

The one good thing is Pansy and a couple other lawn ornaments have a special appointment soon… So she’s going to live in the barn until then. Plus she went and got bumblefoot in BOTH feet, so it’s just as well, since she has a bit of trouble walking.

Ah well. It’s hard to decide which bird should be pitied most… Henny, because she is being demoted from her rank as general, or Pansy, because the guineas are ganging up on her and she’s got bumblefoot.

I could pity them both, I suppose…

First Guinea Egg!

It is indeed! My very first guinea egg! They are a little under 5 months now, and with it being so late in the season I was not really expecting to find any eggs. Hopeful, but not believing. Imagine my surprise when I checked the spot in the barn that the chickens use (instead of their nest boxes) and found this alongside a fat Sexlink egg!

I Didn’t Fall Off the Planet!

Here I am again… very, very behind in posting. Ah well. Life happens.

A couple days after my last post I went on a week long bike trip with a group of 165 other people. We biked from here in Otsego County, NY all the way up to Wescott Beach on Lake Ontario — 189 miles!

It was AMAZING.
Completely amazing.
I’m definitely going back next year.
It’s kind of hard to put all the stuff I want to say in just one post…… But in short it was quite possibly the best week of my life so far and while I’m glad to be home and all that, I can hardly wait for next year to be back with everyone. We have so many wonderful memories, from singing songs about our butts being sore to gazing at the countless stars and the Milky Way to going out for ice cream with one of the mechanics. We played a few pranks, we got in trouble, we danced in the rain, we sang in the dark, we got sand in our sleeping bags. We got drenched in the thunderstorm and some tents flooded. We sweated and stank all together and toiled our way up those inclines (NO HILLS!), then coasted gleefully down the declines (no hills = no down hills). We had a polar swim at 7 AM when the beach was closed and we had some pretty intense volleyball games. (Well, not me. I just watched. hehe) We shared troubles and concerns, we shared life changing experiences, and we had some deep spiritual talks. And I don’t think that’s all there is to say but for now that’s good.

 

When I got home I realized I’d been functioning on adrenaline for the whole week and I crashed. After my crash I went to the NYS Pony Pullers’ Association Championship Pony Pull. If you’ve never been to a pony pull, you’re missing out on something amazing.

NYS Pony Pullers’ Association Championship Pony Pull 2012

 

Each of the bars (on the sled and in the pile, lower right corner) weighs 75#. The pull ended when the team pictured above pulled 5300# 10 feet – 3.5 feet shy of a full pull. The only other team able to move the 5300# weight could only move it 5 feet.

 

Also I’ve started a Facebook page for my photos. Currently it’s just a pet page, to see if I get any audience for my photography. If anyone’s interested it’s Larksong Photography.

 

Other than all that, I’ve just been busy in general with my job, critters and garden harvests.

 

I might get a Photo Friday up this week… We shall see. :)

Photo Friday!!!

You read it right! Photo Friday is back this week. Here are a few of the pictures I took with my new camera. I haven’t quite figured out all its quirks, but  I’m lovin’ it so far. Super pleased.

Aspen

Icarus

The garden is thriving now that we got some rain!

Lazy old bean of a cat….

Milkmaid nasturtiums! They are beautiful but don’t have quite as much fragrance as the orange ones.

This camera captures color so vividly <3

Two of my pullets enjoying the sunshine

A red maple in town (and more vivid colors!)

Cream soda on a humid day… Lovely way to cool down.

Another lazy feline…

 

Photo Friday may be up again tomorrow!

Oh yes, oh yes!

I bought a new camera and it should be arriving today, so hopefully tomorrow I will be able to post some things for Photo Friday. Keep an eye out!

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