Moose River Farm Blog

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Fantasy Farm Shopping, 2017

     Happy New Year,
     It's time for my fourth annual Fantasy Farm Shopping tour, brought to you by the cold and endless white landscape of the Adirondacks.  Just after the holidays I begin to long for good weather and green grass.  I am not alone.  My six month old goslings have been cut completely off from their daily fill of vegetation.  Hay chaff and alfalfa cubes are making due at the moment.  If the sun comes out at high noon, I do indulge them by filling one of their kiddy pools with tepid water so they can bathe.  It's a small token of luxury.
     My three baby goats who are also six months old have grown thick full coats that appear to be keeping them insulated in the bitter cold air.  At night they instinctively snuggle close together for additional warmth in their deep hay bedding. 
     The horses and donkeys demonstrate once again their ability to accept the cold and bare it.  All I can offer them is protection from biting wind and as much hay as they can eat.   
     The thought of leaving our farm in search of milder weather conditions is tempting but not really what I crave.  However, perusing listings that only 2% of the population can afford is kind of soothing.  The mood is ruined when I begin to wonder who will dust the chandeliers in the barn or mow the forty-two acres of grass?  How much does hay cost in Wellington since you can't really grow it nearby?  Who cleans the pool?  Actually, who has time to sit by the pool when thirty stalls need cleaning?  Back to reality I am jolted where there is plenty of time here at home to clean stalls.  With horses, donkeys, goats and geese milling about the barn on these harsh winter days, there is plenty of incentive too.  Enjoy!

For your dreaming pleasure...

Ocala, Florida

Rabbit Hill, $10,000,000

Ironwood Farm, $7,500,000

Haras Santa Maria, $6,950,000

Czech Mate Farm, $2,700,000

Wellington, Florida

Skara Glen Stables $45,000,000

Saddle Trail Park property $10,000,000

Although I wish the white would turn to green...

....spending time with my hooved and feathered family.... a joy, no matter what the weather is.  

Monday, September 5, 2016

Brought to You by the Letter G...

     Good Morning,
     Summer vacation is coming to a swift close, now only a few hours left.  It's been a relaxing recess of extended sunshine and rejuvenation.  This year it was made extra special by the addition of baby goats, goslings and an incredible transformation in the garden.  Nothing marks the passing of time more profoundly than the growth of baby animals.  Despite a few episodes of heartbreak along the way, I couldn't be happier with this next generation of pets.  The following is a pictorial journey of the past four months.  The pictures prove once again, that living things are simply amazing, not to mention a joy to behold.  Enjoy!
Baby goats, Hazel and Audrey were selected from Nettle Meadow Farm in mid May.
The tiny doelings were only two days old when I brought them home.

They took to bottle feeding fairly well...

...and introduced themselves to the residents of the farm.
The month of May played icy tricks with the weather... the little girls had to live in our house.
Due to their feeding schedule...
...they attended school every day for the first week.
It was a happy time.
At a month old, Hazel became very ill and died, leaving Audrey all alone.

Two new baby goats named Pearl...
...and Ivy arrived to establish a herd for Audrey.
They were tiny too.

The two new kids provided much needed company for Audrey...

...and for me too.

The goats have touched the lives of so many.

Meanwhile, a gaggle of goslings arrived one day in the mail...
...while another hatched in our incubator.
Their first swim was in a dish pan.
Eventually, they graduated to deeper water.
Oh how quickly goslings grow!

Colored leg bands permanently identify each one.  Green is Vivian.

When the "kiddy" pool became a tight fit... updated spa with lounge deck was installed.
The most impressive transformation this summer... 
...took place in the garden.

Chickens patrol the perimeter in a dry moat, gobbling pests along the way.
  At summer's end, sunflowers reach for the sky and garden bounty awaits a fall harvest.
Thank you summer for such glorious gifts that soothe the eye and fill the stomach.  May winter be kind to us until you return next year.