“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:

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Grace did extremely well with her first pedicures this summer:

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We had the occasional peeping Moo:

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We enjoyed many beautiful early mornings:

Early summer morning

…and the summer storms fondly remembered from my youth:

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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. ♥

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The Moo is in heaven here. How does it get any better when the world is your very own salad bowl?

She has free range of the entire farm, all the time. She coexists with the dogs. She coexists with the donkeys. She never gets penned up and she keeps her own schedule.

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She does insist, however, on being completely involved with all weeding and trimming projects. Seriously. You’d better believe she’s going to come running and screaming! when she sees the blue weed bucket.

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Some projects she prefers to tackle on her own. For example, she loves trimming the apple trees.

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She’s our good goat girl. ♥

We’ve been here for six weeks and it has felt like home since day one.

First day

We now have a porch goat:

Moo on her porch

Rain or shine, the gardens are lovely:

Garden after the rain

The herd has the farm’s best view:

Our first rainbow

Our snail races are exciting:

Snail races

Mornings are my favorite:

Morning


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As the crow flies, we live about a mile from the Maury River. Monday’s weather was beautiful, so we decided to explore the woods around our house with the goal of finding the river.

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We found it!

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You are witnessing Meggie Moo’s very first time on a riverbank:

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Evidence of otters?

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Evidence of beavers?

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I kid you not. We then turned around to see the Moo doing this:

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I suppose she thought the beaver was on to something…

Moo had plenty of exploring to do:

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And lots to smell:

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What a wonderful day.

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7.31.13 addendum: Okay, my bad. I didn’t take the time to write a narrative for this post, and in doing so, created some confusion. We’ve had Meggie, a.k.a. Meggie Moo, a.k.a. the Moominator, since 2007.

While she is now very sweet, Meggie hasn’t always been this way. I think she’s mellowing with age, and I think she really enjoys being around us now. She still really digs a good scratch.

We got a boatload of rain last Friday, and the barn turnouts ended up under water. It’s because of that we decided to bring Meggie into the backyard with the Hairy Hacienda crew… and she loved it. She’s still in charge… and the girls and Whisky didn’t mind one bit.

March 2011

A rare, quiet moment for Meggie Moo:

A tender moment between Momma and Baby Boy:

Ellsworth being an incredible big brother and officially welcoming Patrick into the herd:

A hug from Fergus. I will always cherish this photo:

The simple joy of taking Bernard for a walk around the block:

April 2011

Kassie watching squirrel television:

Patrick learning how to be a donkey and giving his very first hug:

Welcoming the ducklings to the farm:

May 2011

Donkeys and ducklings meeting for the first time:

Whisky romping in the Rio Grande:

The ducklings loving the lawn sprinklers:

One of our many donkey play dates. Oh, how we love our play dates:

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