“The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.”  ~Henry Beston

We had a good summer at Morning Bray Farm.

Summer pastures

The herd loves their new farrier. Pedicures long ago stopped being an inconvenience for Ellsworth:

Ellsworth pedi

Grace did extremely well with her first pedicures this summer:

Grace pedi

We had the occasional peeping Moo:

Peeping Moo

We enjoyed many beautiful early mornings:

Early summer morning

…and the summer storms fondly remembered from my youth:

Summer

Pineapple weed

I had the gardens I’ve always dreamed of:

Summer garden

Butterfly bush

And, now…

“It is a delightful pastime to sit in the pleasant sunshine of autumn, and gazing from this little spot of free earth over such a landscape, let the imagination luxuriate amid the thrilling associations of the scene!” ~H.T. Tuckerman, San Marino

Autumn

We hope all is well in your world. ♥

Advertisements

It was yesterday afternoon. A spring thunderstorm had just passed through, the sun was shining again. It was time for Harriet’s afternoon alfalfa cubes and I ventured down to the barn.

I was attempting to move one of the donkey feeders and let me tell you… it’s slicker than snot on these here hills after a good rain and, well, I fell flat on my face in the mud and manure.

I was shocked. And I laughed.

I don’t know why, but I took a picture with my phone. Maybe it’s because Don wasn’t here and I wanted to show him photographic proof of my rite of passage. The only thing is, I apparently don’t know how to take a proper selfie. Here’s what I got:

donkey concern

Yup, that’s my hand. Covered in mud and poop.

But look at this:

Ellsworth

I laughed again when I saw it up close. My beautiful boy Ellsworth, worried about his mamma after she fell down.

How can you not love donkeys?

♥ ♥ ♥

Imagine my delight when I visited our blogging friend Christine’s site – Garybuie – last week to find this:

Whispering Donkeys by Christine at Garybuie's Blog

Drawn by Christine from this photo of Bernard and Ellsworth taken back in 2010:

bernard-and-ellsworth

And this:

Whisky by Christine at Garybuie

Also drawn by Christine, from this photo of Whisky taken last year:

whisky3

Beautiful, right? Christine is self-taught, and has discovered that animals are her forte since fur and feathers satisfy her love of detail. How I wish I had even fraction of Christine’s talent.

If you would like to commission a portrait of your pet, you can email Christine at garybuie@btopenworld.com.

Hello

♥ ♥ ♥

Bernard and Ellsworth1

Bernard and Ellsworth2

Peas and carrots happy. ♥ ♥ ♥

Bernard

Ellsworth

♥ ♥ ♥

From right to left: Bernard, Ellsworth, Nigel (Patrick in the background). I had just arrived home from work last night as a man was walking his dog past Morning Bray Farm. The boys were spellbound.

Nigel Ellsworth Bernard

Beautiful Harriet has been with us for a little over a week now.

Harriet9

Not a lot is known about her history, but her rescuers think hers was more a case of neglect than one of abuse.

Harriet1

Don and I are certain that Harriet hasn’t spent much, if any, time around other donkeys. She spent her first couple days here seemingly terrified of letting any of the herd get near her.

Harriet3

Harriet7

Despite that everyone was eager to make her acquaintance…

Harriet6

She much preferred spending time with Don or me.

Harriet2

On Christmas morning she decided to join the herd for breakfast. This was huge step in the right direction for her.

Harriet

As herd leader, Ellsworth has been particularly interested in Harriet.

Ellsworth and Harriet

After getting over their initial differences, they’re now seeing how much they have in common.

Ellsworth and Harriet

Ellsworth and Harriet2

Ellsworth and Harriet3

♥ ♥ ♥

“It is easier to change a man’s religion than to change his diet.”
~ Margaret Mead

“He’s getting chunky.”
~ Dr. D

Ellsworth’s expression when I told him we would have to talk about this:

Poor Worth. ♥

We celebrated Ellsworth’s birthday on Thursday.

He couldn’t believe this cake was his!

As always, the birthday boy got the first bite of cake.

Meanwhile, Patrick made his cutest faces ever.

As if that wasn’t enough flattery, Bernard started too.

“Look Patrick, here’s how to make a goober face. Mamma thinks this is adorable.”

And Patrick made a goober face too.

And then everyone had cake.

Bernard and Ellsworth. Like peas and carrots.

♥ ♥ ♥