I felt like being in the movie "High Noon", four of the big rowdy boys starring me down and watching every move I make, it was a little bit intimidating and I was still on the other side of the fence lol. Well I climbed over the fence and there they stood, Panne and Indiana were off to the side, minding their own business, Chullo ( the one with the ears partially back) decided food was more important than people and Nugget ( the one beside him) stood like that the whole time I was in there, not moving a muscle. Of course the two big boys Apollo and Cocoa came to check me out, but not without trying to fight it out who will get to me first. Well I was sandwiched between the two big boys by the fence and petting both of them, but they decided I should only give one of them my attention and they were biting each other and positioning each other to kick out, well sorry boys I don't like being in the middle of your little fights over my attention, so I tried to walk away, but Cocoa kept following me, I guess Apollo got tired of it and took off to the feeder. Nugget still standing there just watching lol. I tried to take a few pictures over the fence but it was nearly impossible with Cocoa at my side, every time I moved so did he and tagged along, and if my hands weren't on him, but the camera I just got this big nose push in the side or back to change my focus. Needless to say... I didn't get that many pictures....well at least not of the ones I needed yet. While giving Cocoa his little butt scratch, Chaplin came over to investigate and so did Gemini, one of the minis. So I got a few photos of them, cute but not really suitable for what I need them for....but here they are anyway...
Chaplin, as you can see Cocoa's behind right there too.
Chaplin, he is such a funny boy!
I think this is Gemini, but not really sure...will explain later why I'm not sure.
But whoever it is, it's cute as a button and nosy as can be.
I stood there by the fence inside the gelding paddock for a while, with Cocoa following me every step I took and making sure he was getting the attention he needed and of course no problem to obliged to that kind of a demand. lol. I don't think I cuddled with Cocoa that much ever before. Then it was time to move on and since Cocoa decided to join his buddies at the feeder I had no problem getting out of the paddock. I made my way down to the mule paddock, to get some pictures of the ones I needed from there, I pretty much needed body shots, but omg those guys looked horrible and you couldn't even recognize what colour they were, so there went that plan. We had such horrible weather the last few days, with being mild and muddy that they just seemed to be enjoying mud bath all over and on Jimmy for example, who is white, well there was not a white spot on him, lol. Of course standing in the garden paddock, I got to snap a few pictures of one of my favourite girls, Juno. She loves to hang out there during the day, Tibet was also out in her little enclosure, getting some fresh air.
Juno..Isn't she pretty?
Tibet closeupAfter spending some time with the girls there I went down to the barn, but first I spotted my other favourite girl, Orly. She was hanging out with Katie, the goat. Katie was trying to snugged up to Orly, giving goat kisses, or so it looked at least...
but Orly got fed up very fast with the smooching goat and back went the ears.
and out came the teeth....
but Katie was determined to get to Orly and be close to her and here is what happened....
...but wait this is not the end of it....in her attempt to chase the goat away and Orly's maneuver to turn herself around so she could give Katie a swift kick, Katie got stuck under Orly's belly and Orly slipped on an icy patch in the lane way and both went down on their knees with Katie blocking Orly's fall and being underneath Orly. Of course they both got up as if nothing had happened and continued to annoy each other. While all this was going on Callie and Cocoa, the goat were munching on Adam's discarded Christmas tree and Gordon and Werther, the sheep, were munching on some free hay stack in Windy's paddock and thought they were in heaven.
After all this distractions by the donkey antics I finally made in inside the barn. Chantal and I decided to get out to the main herd and she would help me find the donkeys I still needed, three white ones, and the four minis. Well we found two of the white ones really fast and I took some great pictures of them, and I even could tell them apart. Woo hoo. Then on to the mini family which was mingling at the far feeder, so we walked up there. Now even that they are always together it is hard to get a separate shot of each of them, I needed face and body shots, so well a group picture will do for the face shots, I can always cut out the ones I need and leave the rest, or though I thought. Hmmm well plan didn't work quite that nicely...because when I got back to the office to work on them, oopsy they all looked the same to me, didn't help that all of a sudden the other three mini girls were mingling with the family.
Who is who?
Now if they would all be lined up in front of me I could tell who is who, but just from a photo without comparing and eliminating possibilities, it's a little bit harder. Even from the single body shots, the differences are so minor, that they are hard to tell apart....e.g. Looking at both mom and daughter Katy and Marci, Marci's crest is more fallen than Katy's, so that' how I can tell them apart if they are right in front of me, but from a picture it's hard to tell whose crest is fallen more.
Last one to take a picture of was Odin's brother Loki, but he was busy chasing down a donkey girl and so we chased after him. And we made us walk for our money that's for sure, from feeder to hill to feeder, and even around the feeder, he just didn't want to waste time with getting pictures taken, but then he finally stood still and I got fairly good picture of him. So I hope I got them straight now....oh I am so confused by all these white and mini donkeys. Arrrghhh.....!
The rest of the afternoon was spent in the office working on the profiles and printing them out, almost done...woo hoo!
I drove home in a little mini blizzard and visibility was next to nothing until I crossed the highway, there was no snowfall on the other side at all. I got home to a house full of presents from a dear friend (thank you again) and flowers from my kids. How nice.
I made myself a nice dinner and enjoyed the rest of the day with peace and quiet. So I can definitely say I had a great day. And thanks to all of you who left me comments and messages with wishes for a happy birthday.