Saturday, July 31, 2010

A Bit Better

But I Opted Out Again

I may yet decide to go out to lunge a horse or two as there is a breeze and it actually feels kind of nice.

My knee is a bit better, though, so that's good. If I put the braces on, I might be OK for some exercise. I didn't try to swim, though, as it still hurts. Maybe tomorrow.

More pictures for your entertainment in the meantime:
  This is what is still left of the huge tree the treemen took down. The trunk is at least three feet diameter. Someone needs to take it for firewood, or I am going to have to carve it into lawn furniture.
Here are the turkeys again in the paddock. This time there was no baby with them. I hope nothing happened to it.
Toby, disguised as an alien. He just kept coming towards me as I tried to take the picture. Hence, the close up. *G*

Tucker was in the barn, behind a barrier, so he couldn't get closer. This is the face that got Chance all upset the first time the Boys wore their fly masks.  Personally, I think he's kind of cute.

And for the grand finale:

I think this is the second brood of barn swallows this year. There are at least two nests with babies and this one maybe has four. The little clever critters ducked into the nest when I appeared. I used the zoom from the door of the tack room so I really wasn't threatening them, but they already have the instinct to hide.  My barn has at least a half dozen nests at this point. While they do make a mess below they also eat a lot of bugs, so they are welcome. And I do adore being scolded by Mama and Papa when I go in to feed.


  1. Swallows are such a great addition to the decor and their swooping flight at dawn and dusk is unique.

  2. Anonymous7:57 PM

    Love the "masked men"! We also have a second brood of barn swallows in one of our sheds - I'm a big fan of the swallows as they eat so many mosquitos.

    Glad the knee is somewhat better, but take it easy.

  3. Cute mask pics! Have you ever seen the silly masks with the sunglasses or huge eyes! When I drive past a paddock with a horse turned out wearing one, I always laugh. So cute!

    There are a ton of swallows in our barn too. All the horses are desensitized to them now, they swoop at them and cause a fuss, and there are tons of nests! I don't know how many broods have been raised. They make a mess though, but the little ones are so cute. There were not any I remember last summer, but the bug population has gone down considerably this summer and I am certain it's because of them - I hope they return next summer!

  4. I am glad you are feeling better! Your boys look very smart in their fly masl and sheet ;-)))

    We also have lots of swallow in our barn.
    They must like horse-yard.

  5. Glad the weather has relented somewhat, take it easy on that knee though.

    Love the 'alien' photos, and have to agree as much as swallows can be messy they do hoover up bugs and likewise I love to her them 'scold'. Our family are pretty cool with us though and use our horses as perches!

  6. i think most stables/barns have swallows!

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