Saturday, June 22, 2013

First Day of Summer


Turned a couple heifers out with the cows that hadn't been there before. Always exciting, as the pecking order gets sorted and much scuffling and scrambling ensues.

Cleaned the sawdust shed pen. I ran the tractor for feeding the bigger groups after running the wheelbarrow to feed indoors. The latter is much easier. I am too old to be climbing way up there.

The boss chopped and mowed and has hay ready to bale if the machinery and weather cooperates today.

Baltimore orioles fledged, a simple matter of fluttering out of the nest and floating over to the mulberry tree about twenty feet away. They look right now like giant gold finches, they are so very yellow. One flew right over my head, kind of heavy with the newness of it all. 

They don't need to move from there for a while if they don't want to, as there is a bountiful banquet which is feeding:

Cedar waxwings, a flotilla of grey catbirds, robins gone secretive after their spring on the stage, gold finches, purple finches, cardinals, house finches, starlings, the orioles of course, mourning doves, song sparrows, and who knows what all else. The tree is full of berries and the berries are covered with birds.

The boy is home for a bit, big news indeed. The biggest of all really. He arrived last night with his lovely girl friend, bringing strawberries she and her mama picked. Jam making in the offing today if weather, machinery, and outside...in the barn that is...influences permit.



Have a great start to the season!

7 comments:

joated said...

Sounds like a busy day ahead what with the baling, jam making and everything else. Hope everything goes smoothly and you can enjoy having the boy and his girl around to help out.

Woodswalker said...

A perfect portrait of a day on the farm. My grandparents had a farm with an orchard, chickens, and just a few baby beef that grazed the back pasture. And birds, birds, birds of every kind! I spent many summers with them as a child, and your posts bring memories vividly back to me. I can smell the quince/apple jelly boiling on the stove and taste the strawberries warm from the sunny garden. Thank you.

threecollie said...

Joated, it was frantic. In the barn til 9PM.

WW, you must have really enjoyed that! I love visiting my aunt and uncle's farm when we were kids. thanks.

Cathy said...

" . . .fledged, a simple matter of fluttering out of the nest and floating over to the mulberry tree about twenty feet away."

Wish it were as easy for our human kids.

Cathy said...

Oops. Thought I'd put this in the wrong aisle:)

" . . .fledged, a simple matter of fluttering out of the nest and floating over to the mulberry tree about twenty feet away."

Wish it were as easy for our human kids.

Terry and Linda said...

Love your photo! Nothing is as pretty as big fluffy clouds.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

threecollie said...

Cathy, at least our beloved human babies are safe from barn cats....lol

Linda, thanks, I keep trying on the sky shots. Nothing like you get out on your plateau though. Too many hills here.