March 8, 2009
It was another
gorgeous day today! Tony did a lot of little pen
maintenance items like resetting hook & eye latches on
gates so they match up again. He reset some top rails
and he reset the door to the Gardens. All these things
are effected by the winter and ground heaving. Minor
adjustments have to be made to set everything right
again... just part of the fun of living in wetlands.
pitched hay out of the barn and cleaned things up a bit.
When I finished Isabel came outside and wanted to help.
We both went into the Gardens, me with my wheelbarrow
and she with her little one. I brought my big tools, she
grabbed her smaller ones. Together we raked out Lilly
and Piper's pen and cleaned it all up real nice. I did a
tiny bit of cleaning in Barney and Jessie's pen, but it
only needed it around their little house. Spencer &
Penny's pen looks perfect, so we left it alone.
We both filled our
wheelbarrows and rolled them over to the landfill pile.
It was a lot of fun--some good Mommy/daughter time. I
told her I would add her to our Volunteer page on the
website and she was very excited about that. She loves
to collect eggs and fill up feeders and water buckets,
so it's about time I do that. I want to get a good photo
of her with her tools working though. She is a hard
little worker. She even helped me dig around the gates,
so that they swing full-open again. Our grown-up
volunteers won't even do that much!
the pen cleaning, she disappeared inside the house and
then came back out to the barn with her homework, drinks
and Winston and Mr. Pearl's peas. We have been
duck-sitting W&P this week and their new momma packed
them lunch bags filled with peas for each day they are
here. So while I played with the boys and fed them their
veggie snacks, she worked on her homework as she sat in
her chair next to Dutch. Look at those little toes!
Winston & Mr. Pearl:
As if that were not enough... the Goose Run is pretty
muddy (all the pens are this time of year), so I brought
out a kiddie pool and filled it for them to clean up in.
Ay yi yi... what a lot of trouble that caused. Mac had
to swim in it first, of course... I mean that goes
without saying. Then his second hand man, Lewy, went for
a swim. Then Joop! hopped in and when he was done, Fanny
hopped in--which meant Mac had to get right in there for
his whoopie-making. Then Lewy got in with them and said,
"Me next!" and surprisingly Mac did not chase him off.
Mac did fight with Joop! though, and I later realized
that it happened when Mac tried mating with Jett (we are
still torn over whether Jett is a girl or boy). Jett
didn't like it either, so I stepped in and removed Mac
from the pool. Then Joop! laid his neck and head over
Jett to reassure him... err... her... oh, I don't know!
But it was really sweet.
The only one I didn't see get in the pool was
Victor-Victoria (formerly Violet). He kept walking up to
it, but selfish Mac kept jumping in the pool, keeping
him from having a turn (but I'm sure he eventually did
when we weren't around). They had so much fun in there,
I had to refill the pool three times before calling it
quits. They all looked much cleaner and were certainly
very happy about the whole thing. Don't worry, goosies,
your new pond is coming soon!
"MY pool. Mine, mine, mine! Everyone else, get in line!"
Victor-Victoria "Vic" waiting for his turn while selfish
Mac hogs the pool
Photos of Jett:
It's like "Where's Waldo" ... can you see all six geese
in this photo? Lewy is nearly invisible, way-way-way in
the back. Oh, give it up... he's too hard to find unless
you know exactly where to look. But there's Mac...
dominating the pool again.
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