Another winter closing in on us so blog material will be a hot commodity when it pops up. We have been very busy trying to 'winterize' as much as we can, which means I have not been taking my camera out with me. It is amazing! We get so much more done when I don't have it with me...altho I find myself say "DOH! Wish I had my camera out here!" quite a bit. :-)
Brian and I went on a date...seems like it has been forever since he and I could just go mosey around doing a whole lot of nothing and enjoy it. We did not make it to the Rutledge Flea Market last year, and there was one more left this year....so we went. It is hard to explain the Rutledge Flea Market...it isn't like your great big acres and acres of nice stuff, then after the weekend they pack up and leave. Here there are a lot of 'stores' that have been here for YEARS and YEARS, and well, I like to call it the red neck flea market. This is not meant as a slam - we love it! You never know what you will find here. In addition to the permanent 'stores', people do bring in their wares and set up in the back of their pick ups, under pop up tents, and some out in the open if the weather is nice. There is a section in the woods where people sell hunting dogs, and other related items. This time there was no horse stuff. Bummer.
This morning it was very chilly and breezy, so some of the vendors had their fire pits going. It was an awesome morning. I was so glad we got there early.
I really don't know what the percentage of two legged travelers to 4 wheeled travelers are. There are 4 wheelers, golf carts, and sometimes scooters to haul people around. Most are very polite but you still have to be careful...some aren't. Just after I got thru growling about the 4 wheelers this cute little couple goes driving by. Aren't they adorable? I love how she is holding on to his waist...I bet he drives a pick up truck and she sits in the middle and holds his hand while driving. :-)
People bring their pets with them - they are here the whole weekend so why not? This little goat had horns and her own box to jump around on....oh, and sleep. She was very social and loved to play.
She was all about rearing and doing the head butting thing...watch those little pointy horns! She seems to aim them just right so they poke ya! When her 'Mom' came out of the store area, the goat made a b-line to her...she wanted potato chips!
These people pulled their trailer with an old Studebaker pickup...I will post pictures in another entry. For some reason I am having problems loading some pictures.
One of the cool signs on the outside of a building...
Playing with the stuff....
A view from the 'street'....
Another mode of transportation...I thought this was cute! Love the spare tire on the back.
These two were a hoot! When they would stop, the chihuahua would take his goggles off. They traveled all over the grounds...
I am lucky to have a beautiful garden where I work....it is a great place to walk at break or at lunch. It is free to the public and so many people take advantage of this beautiful place located in town. The squirrels are a plenty around here....this little guy was chewing something in the upper corner of the gazebo.
This one was mad at me. I just walked into the gate and it chattered at me, then ran up the tree and chattered at me again. I really don't know why he was so angry. Maybe he was flirting?
There are walking paths thru the garden...this big tree that started losing leaves caught my attention...
Here is my view when I come out at lunch....the gazebo is a popular place to sit and relax....I got caught out here in a rain storm one day. It was so bad the rain was blowing thru the gazebo...I finally ran for it and headed back to the building. I was soaked. If I would have waited it out, I would have been out there all night. The quick moving storm stuck around a while.
I try to keep my cube at work happy....I have plants and frogs. :-) This is one of my shelves....
And here is another.... I also have a lot of pictures hanging on the wall. They consist of many of the photos I post on the blog.
Then there is life at home...they say that home is where the heart is, and for me that is very true. I am very lucky...I am happy.
A beautiful sunrise one morning...
Epona and Tripp are wondering what I am up to....
Epona then sends Stormy over to check it out...he and Tripp and discussing what the crazy girl is doing behind the scenes....and why isn't she bringing any treats? (Don't let them fool you...they got their treats!)
I tried putting Wyoming out with the big group a while back, but he got back in with Tandee and the donks. I decided if he wants to stay that bad, he can stay there. His personality has changed so much over the past year. He is more curious, more social, he looks like he is smiling when he is being nosey, he is in our business when we are out working...What is funny about this picture is the gate panel is attached to another panel that is attached to the barn. It has no purpose except to hold the food pan for Wy and Batman. When he peeks at me this way, it always looks like he really thinks he is behind a closed gate...
Wyoming on the left and Boom on the right doing what they do best these days....eat eat eat! Wyoming started getting his regular color back the more groceries he got. He sure has shaped up nicely! He is filling out too...can't wait to see how he looks in a couple of years. He will be mature by then.
Early morning self portrait time. Ajax the burro was more than happy to play my games, but Boom just isn't impressed.
Batman, me and Wyoming....they know how to have fun!
I tried to get them both in at the same time...but when one would sniff the other would move...Batman and Wyoming are buddies. Then again, Batman is buddies with everyone...especially if there is food involved, and Wy shares his dish with Batman. Batman is 1 1/2 yrs old now! Wow!
We tore out some old fence and put up a temporary pen that is attached to the garden area that is full of weeds and grass. Yeah...great garden year...but not for humans. :-) Red and Halo are not looking good so we put them in this area and we are feeding them different stuff. They still don't like being separated from the group, but it has to be done for now. Once they are back to normal, they can go out. They do have their own feed pans...but they still like to share. They eat out of one, then they head to the other one. As long as they get along I don't care how they do it.
Batman thinks he is starving ...... TO DEATH! ha ha! He knows he can stretch that mini neck just a little bit farther and get a hold of Red and Halo's food pans.
We are trying something new....the Big Bale Buddy! Brian found a couple of reviews on them. The goal is to waste less....they eat the bale down and the Bale Buddy lowers with the bale. They are guaranteed for a full year against tearing, etc. When it rains it goes thru the fabric. We do have it sitting on a concrete pad - next time we will put it on the ground to test that. So far it is doing great - the bale is 1/2 way down. I will get a picture when I get home before dark...oh wait, that won't be until when? June????? Okay, slight exaggeration from a cranky person who misses an evening of light...putting my happy face back on now....I will get a picture very very soon. :-)
Boom not happy that I am a weirdo with a camera.....
I love shots like this - the ones that just happen.....the canopy is clear but the skyline above it is swooshing....
Ajax and I early one morning.
Wyoming and I....he thinks if he closes his eyes I will go away....wrong....not done playing yet. Hee hee!
One happy llama! Ha ha!
Now let me tell you about this....one evening we had the horses and donks in the yard, and Chase is part of that group. It was time to go back to their area and usually Chase is the first one to run after me when I have a feed bucket. Everyone came in except for Chase....we started hunting for him and this is where we found him. He was STUCK!!!! He layed down and got his body below the round part of the bale and he could not get out.
Brian had to get the tractor and move 7 bales out of the way so we could get him out. I am surprised Chase did not spit on me...I took a bunch of pictures and he was MAD!
I would not say that things are boring around here...they have just been busy and since it gets dark early, kinda blah. I am thankful that the temps are still bearable - I can still hang out in the barn a while. I do like to be half way prepared so the pink coveralls are ready just in case...
Hope everyone is doing great!
Until later....Karen and Tripp who is thinking about Levi. :-)