Once upon a time my sister's farm was a place of retreat for me. I used to go up there and hang out with them. It was the type of place that I could go to without any need to talk if I didn't want to. It was quiet, peaceful, serene. This is a picture Jill took from the top of their hill, just outside their barn. That's Rico, one of their old horses. He's very sweet. He loves other animals - cats, chickens, goats, dogs. He seeks them out and tries to become their horsey pal.
Once upon a time Jill & Al had a quiet household with lots of space for my peace-seeking soul and lots of opportunity to have my dear sister all to myself if I felt like talking her ear off. No more. But with good reason. I am not complaining.
Aren't they sweet in their Easter outfits?
And here's Onyx, the most sociable and loving barn cat you've ever met. He ain't complaining about the new crowd either. This is what a cat in pure bliss looks like. He has all his claws, he needs them to do his job of fending off strays, catching mice, fighting with coyotes, and being the general Barnyard Badass. But he'd never use them on a little kid squeezing him.
And here's another new addition to their barnyard world, Puppy Mona meets Goat Sweet Pea. Mona is a French Brittany destined for training as a part time bird dog, full time house dog.
I miss my sister and her little farm.