Wednesday, June 26, 2013


The solstice sure did bring summer in with a bang so I finally broke down and set the fan back up in the barn.    It's a BIG hit.  I know it looks precarious, but it is anchored down a lot better then it appears in the photo and my herd is not the sort to fiddle with such things now that Gabe is no longer here.

I haven't discussed it with Emma yet, but I think we are going to have to instigate some Donkey Diet protocols.  I don't think that is going to go over quite as well as the fan.

And what did Tessa think of the fan, which she had never seen before?  I'll let her tell you....

"I'm not coming out until Fall!"
I haven't mentioned it to her either, but some Pony Diet protocols are coming as well.

As for me, well I need a diet too, maybe I should start a Fat Farm.  I sure do know how to grow that well after all.  In the meantime, I went swimming in my pond!  It was bliss, but WOW! is that water COLD.  I guess those springs feeding it are a lot more active than I realized.  I sure hope all my little catfish didn't go in there and freeze to death.


  1. How can your posts just keep getting better and better! Tessa. What a hoot.

  2. from the photos of the previous post they both look fantastic, you could compare to the scoring sheets. Are they free feed? You try the hay box again, smaller holes. Where were the critters when you went swimming? Did the donkeys see you go in? I have always been curious what they would around water like that, lets say to cool off. SOme horses love to get in ponds or stand in creeks to cool off. I take it that is has gotten hot and humid? I am installing a barn ceiling fan in the run-in shed. It's 96 here today!Di

    1. Those photos are actually a few weeks old, Emma has definitely put on a few pounds since then. I think her weight is OK (bordering on mildly chubby), I just don't want her any heavier. They are on pasture now and that is a lot trickier to limit. I take them walking around the pond, but they don't show any interest in getting close to the water. They were in the pasture while I was swimming. The weather has gotten very hot and humid with T-storms every day.

  3. Thanks for the big chuckle at the pic of Tessa and the fan :) Mine is hanging (with nylon baling twine) at an angle from the rafters, because Romeo would have it in pieces in minutes. Yep, it's HOT all righty. Big dislike.

  4. We have a couple that need to lose weight. Having a donkey over weight is not good for them but I'm sure you will take the best steps to take care of that.

    Our donkeys are in a section of deep woods doing what they do best, cleaning up the underbrush. They look nice and sleek!

  5. It's a good thing I don't live with you - you'd have me on a Person Diet protocol in no time! However, I would gladly jump in the pond with you!!

    Nancy in Iowa

  6. I always feel for animals who are outside in the summer. I'm sure yours enjoy their fan and some shade :)

    We laughed about the donkey and pony diets. We understand as our family seems to like fat pets, too.

  7. Oh the joy of the summer diet, we are going through the same issue! The gang are all looking prosperous and no matter how far we walk or ride the pounds just keep piling on.... by the end of winter we might get back to the trim animals we once had!! Love the fan, looks like your equines know just where to stand and enjoy :-)

  8. Bella and Dollar are both parked in Living Room in front of the fan, I should go join them.

  9. Ahh, the blissful pond inauguration sounds wonderful (maybe except for the COLD part). I like how you protect the cord with that tube thing... and wonder how long before Ramsey reaches behind the green lid to turn on the fan himself ;)

  10. Hmm, no danger of catfish nibbling your toes in the pond, no?

    Love the fan photos.