Monday, October 27, 2008

A Donkeys Tale.....

EEEEAWWWWWW! Jasmine here. I thought I would try doing a post on the Wrensong blog. Let me tell you it's no easy feat typing with a pencil in your mouth. And we won't even begin to discuss the difficulties of operating a camera!!

I personally feel that Tammy just has not given me enough blog time, so I thought I would give you a little tour of my day.

My main job besides giving Tammy the pleasure of brushing me, picking out my feet and skritching the inside of my ears, is to keep an eye on a flock of silly sheep.

They are usually way too energetic in the morning for me, and they race on down to the lower pasture. I myself, would rather get in a leisurely roll, take my time stretching and soak up a little sun. Living here in the Pacific Northwest we have to soak up as much as we can!

Those noisy, obnoxious, guineas like to gather right by where I sleep at night, and they are usually what wakes me up in the morning. This morning after their noisy greeting they settled down into a guinea pile and were quiet for a little while while they also soaked up some sun.

I usually stand on the hill, as it gives me a good view and I can watch the sheepie goings on down below.

I've been noticing that the trees are changing colors and the air is getting colder at night so I have been growing my nice winter coat in.

FINALLY, Tammy comes down from the upper barn that she calls a house (she really needs to get her priorities straight), and puts out some hay for me. Unfortunately I also have to share with the sheep.

Tammy thought it would be a good idea to get these metal troughs to put the hay in. For some reason she thought it would keep the hay cleaner and there would be less waste. She forgot, however, to explain to the sheep that they were not supposed to stand IN the troughs while they eat.

I find it really irritating that I have these fuzzy bodies in the way of getting a good mouthful of hay.

After we've had our fill we usually rest up top before heading down to the pastures again. To tell you how silly the sheep are they even let chickens sit on their backs while they chew their cuds.

These sheepies that are all lined up with a rooster on one of their backs. It reminds me of the story of the Musicians of Bremen. 'Course they are missing the star of the story, a donkey.

"Will someone PLEASE get this rooster off my back!!???"

Chickens will perch on almost anything that stands still for very wheelbarrows.

Fortunately I'm such a active donk that I don't have to worry about perching chickens....hey! what in the heck do you think you're doing chicken!!???

After we have rested and digested a bit we'll head back down and graze on a different pasture.

Later, Tammy will return for another feeding and I feel it's my responsibility to make sure no sheep is left behind.

On our way up the hill we go by these strange really BIG birds that are in a big pen all of their own. Their names are Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers because Tammy thought it looked like they were dancing when they would run around.

Every now and then I will stop and chat with them. Sometimes I tell them a good joke. Ginger has a really good sense of humor and laughs but Fred is kind of a stick in the mud. I personally think he should have been name Fred Mertz after Fred and Ethel on the I Love Lucy Show (no I'm not that old but they DO have re-runs!)

After we eat,it's time to settle down for the night. It doesn't take long for me to drift off into donkey dream. It seems like I have just fallen asleep and then it is time for another day in the life of a donkey.

YAWN!!! That was kind of fun, I'll have to post again another day!!


Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Cute! Is that Bevin in the trough and laying down? If so, she sure has lightened up! I'd love to see a shot of her fleece at skin level once in awhile so I can see the progression if she turns fawn like Valentine. I got Valentine when she was almost two, and her son is no longer here, so it'll be the only way I'll get to watch!

Nancy K. said...

What a delightful post! I laughed out loud at the sheep in the feed troughs ~ so much for keeping the hay (AND the fleeces!) clean...

Beautiful photos.

I'll look forward to hearing more from Jasmine

Amy - "Twelve Acres" said...

How nice to meet Jasmine! I like the day in the life of a donkey. Sounds like something I could get used to, all except for the chickens roosting on my back! Oh well, that's chickens for ya!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

lol! You had me laughing, Tammy :)

Critters that have:
rested and digested,
no sheep is left behind,
Musicians of Bremen,
sheep in troughs,
chickens on backs,
guinea piles,
emu sense of humor,

and donkey dreams!

What a wonderful post.

Thanks for the smiles :)


Eve said...

Jasmine you are one smart donkey! I'm thinking you could teach a thing or two to one of those "Critter Farm" donks if perchance one comes to live with you! Maybe Danni could take a guinea or ten off your hands!!!
Give Tammy a big sloppy hug for me!!

Pamela said...

What a great post! I loved the shots of the chickens perching everywhere and the sheep in the feed trough. Brilliant!

Kara said...

I loved your Donkey's Tale! Great post. What a cool donkey.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Hey there!

You've been tagged!!

Come on over to play :)


sugarcreekstuff said...

Jasmine, you sure are a beautiful girl. What a collection of animal you have. That pic with the chicken on your back was a crack up!

shadow mountain jacobs farm said...

Oh Jasmine, you're good. Watch out Tammy, she gonna take over your blog. What a lovely day to take pictures. It's fun to see all the animals together like that at your place. I bet the sheep liked their backs scratched with those little chicken feet :-)

Ishtar said...

That was hilarious!

Grammy said...

I would love to be at your place. It looks like plenty of entertainment,
it is so wonderful to see them all get along.

the7msn said...

I love a farm where everybody gets along. Jasmine leads a very interesting life - no boredom for that girl! And for her to put up with chickens on her back - that's one special donkey.

Janet Roper said...

Jasmine, I love your post. You are very talented to do all that you do, plus post on a blog. I'm looking forward to hearing more from you!

Karen B. said...

What wonderful pictures, Tammy! Jasmine is indeed a very lucky donkey to be in your care. Your scenery is absolutely stunning. Oh, the life of a donkey...

Linda B. said...

Thanks, Jasmine. I hope you'll post again!

Jenny Holden said...

lol, I enjoyed this read thanks. Jasmine is great, I'd love a donkey :o)

Garrett808 said...

what a SUPER post. Your great photos, photogenic animals, and the way you have with words is such fresh air for me. Thanks!

Ruth said...

These animals are so vivid I can almost hear and smell them!

Have you ever tried a flickr account? There are so many good groups you can join and post your farm animal pics.

Claire said...

My llamas have invited Jasmine to the next meeting of SLICE (Secret Llama Intelligence Collection Enterprise). Their latest meeting minutes were posted a couple of days ago and they do invite her to read them. They are most intrigued by the chickens, which they strongly believe to be guinea pigs...