Tima! Come Home!

In the mornings when it is sunny (and not too muddy yet) I let the kunekune’s Tima and Tane out for a walk.  Tane goes straight out to the South field. Tima heads the other way – down the drive right to the end and picks through the field in the East. There was corn in …

The Nod

Geraldine the peahen does this  very sweet thing when I call to her. I call her name. She gives a little nod, a dip of her head, then lilts her eyes to the side and tipping her beak she looks to me out from under her lashes  as if she had lashes.  A tilt of her head …

The POG

Poggy, poggy, poggy. How has this happened – we have had such a poggy winter. Though I am not complaining – I have not been Bad Cold outside once this year. You remember that cold that brings such pain to our hands and feet that I grimace and grit my teeth as I work until the cold …

Feathers Unfurled

STOP! Go no further until you have guessed whose feathers are in the Header Shot. Yes. Well admittedly that was not hard. Mr Flowers is officially strutting his stuff. And here is something you seldom see in the mash of pretty peacock shots in the Social media. A peacock From Behind!  A proud peacocks bottom. …

… to be a cow

A good day to be a cow. Nothing but lazing about in the sun, thinking about nothing. Ears up and head up when the tractor and the dogs and I bring their hay down to the back of the field. Breakfast in bed.  Lovely if you are into that kind of thing. I always throw …

Warm enough to walk

  Look at this sky! Yesterday was almost 40F (4C) and the sun was shining like a wide open smile so I walked between the barns, my stride lengthening with every step until each of my winter bones had settled down and warmed up into that hot liquid streaming canter. The dogs and I were in heaven, …

The Clutter Goes

I hate clutter. I have spent this week, once again, de-cluttering my wardrobe and my pantry and the desk and shelves and cupboards and both barns. As I have said to you a number of times I came to America with two suitcases of books, and journals and cameras and paintings wrapped in my clothes. …

Prairie Sky

We all work under a sky.  It is my luck that I have an enormous sky. My mother is the sky. Hard work is not a bad thing. A little winter cold is not a bad thing. And a little bit of hunger is a tonic for a body.  Hunger makes you want more. Better. It …

Sheila speaks. (audio)

Last night everything was quiet in the home barn, the wind had dropped, the birds were roosting  and the cows munched quietly in the background so while I put Sheila and the kune-kunes to bed under their respective covers, I recorded the discussion between Sheila (my big old Hereford pig) and I. Our good night talk. A …

Wild Focus

Sometimes I take great photographs.  It is important to know what we do well  and acknowledge it and I am good at composition. But sometimes all the images I take are rubbish. So, yesterday as I puttered about in the melting snow and ice,  filling all the water troughs  with the hoses and feeding my animals and …