27 August 2015

In The Deep Woods, Treasures

By: Jon Katz
Treasures

Treasures

Maria and I took the dogs into the deep woods. I woke up in a foul mood today, angry and down. I don't really know why, the Black Dog came and sat beside me. I hope he doesn't plan to stay to long. I was thinking of the deep and dark depressions I used to struggle through the waves of panic. When I feel this way, I think of the big dogs who shake themselves off in the rain, and I try to shake off the dark mood.

In the woods, Maria found treasures. i beautifully-preserved bird's next that  had fallen from a tree, several feathers, a larger turkey feather. I've walked and walked today, my legs are sore, my spirit a bit drained.

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Fate Alone: A Tough Herding Puzzle

By: Jon Katz
Herding Puzzle

Herding Puzzle

Fate spent another hour or so along with the sheep in the pasture this morning, I went out to check on her, and she seemed stumped. Sometimes the sheep hide next to the horses and donkeys, it's a way they have of avoiding Red, or trying to. Red doesn't put up with it, he marches right into the pack and moves them out, Fate wasn't so sure.

She studies the situation for a while, peering through the legs of the ponies and the donkeys, then she ran around to the left and came in from the other side. A good solution. She is enjoying her time in the pasture, I think. It is good to let her solve some problems by herself.

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Art In The Making: Schoolhouse Studio

By: Jon Katz
Art In The Making

Art In The Making

I stopped by Maria's studio to make lunch plans, and I found her in a corner working on a new quilt (hanging piece), an amazing donkey up in the right hand corner, a tree with a goddess in the trunk on the bottom. I am  not sure what it will ultimately be, but she is on an amazing turn in her work, it is exciting to see it.

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Late August. The First Leaf.

By: Jon Katz
Late August

Late August. The first lead, blown onto the back porch.

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Under The Apple Tree

By: Jon Katz
Under The Apple Tree

Under The Apple Tree

Donkeys are curious creatures, affectionate, independent, hardy and self-sufficient. They don't really shed their winter fur until August, and then in October, they start growing it back for winter. These days Lulu and Fanny look sleek and polished, they spend the hot part of the day either in the pole barn or under the apple tree in the pasture, munching on the ripening apples growing this year.

The farmers believe that if there are lots of apples on a tree, it means that it will be a harsh winter – the apples are for the hungry animals. Recent history has suggested otherwise, our McIntosh apples seem to grow out every other year, regardless of the weather. The donkeys love them, they hang out for hours, picking apples off of the low-handing trees, munching them off of the ground.

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