Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A Very Outdoor Wednesday

Until we moved to the farm, I was a die-hard city slicker.
Well, as much as a small town southern gal can be citified. I wasn't into Manolos or martinis, but I kinda liked houses with tidy lots, no scary critters, and, above all, I had to be within spitting distance of a bakery.
Before we moved to the farm, we bought three donkeys, and, since we were (as far as country life is concerned) in a pre-Green Acres mode, without a horse trailer or way to transport the donkeys, Mr. Gordon delivered them.
Three years later, we have five donkeys. I may have mentioned them before, but in addition to Zeus, there's Hera, Juno, Apollo, and Homer. They look out for the pygmy goats and sheep, doing their best to keep the bad critters away.
They have come to associate humans with vanilla wafers.
Bandwith was grilling a pork roast, and the donkeys came up to investigate. Zeus, the chief donkey, can be quite moody--a clown one minute...

angelic the next.
The other four came up to see if we had any vanilla wafers, and of course we did.
Zeus head-slammed them away.
Apollo says, No can do. Want cookie!
It's funny. You can think you are citified, always on the edge of the heebie-jeebies, but then you discover you are braver than you thought. Here is the thing about farm life: the enormity of the natural world puts itty problems into perspective. The ever-changing sky is a grace note.

We keep our boots lined up on the porch, ready for the next adventure.


To return to Outdoor Wednesday and view the great outdoors, courtesy of our gracious hostess, Susan, please click http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/

56 comments:

  1. The donkeys are so cute and funny! I'd like to have a few animals like that someday, but alas, for now, I'm stuck in citified Virginia Beach.

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  2. I just loved seeing the farm from your perspective. Your photos are as always gorgeous. You even made the donkeys look good. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  3. Oh I just want to kiss those velvety snouts. Do they like that? No? Okay I will just bring them vanilla wafers.
    But really how could you not kiss that mug.

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  4. I love this post...the donkeys are sooooo....uuuuhhhh....donkeylike....I know they keep coyotes away so they're very good to have...Thanks so much for the "scenery"...I also posted some funny animals today...so please visit...

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  5. Your donkey's are so adorable. I hear they are marvelous creatures. What a great change in lifestyle you made. Your farm look wonderful.

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  6. The picture of Zeus "clowning" made me laugh out loud -- I probably looked like his twin at that point!

    Your farm looks so beautiful.
    It reminds me of what my aunt used to say after she was widowed and chose to live alone in the country (friends and family wanted her to move to town):
    "When I walk out on my porch in the morning and look across the fields, it's the closest thing to Heaven I've seen so far."

    Bill @ Affordable Accoutrements

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  7. Those donkeys are just too cute. My grandfather bought a donkey for his grandchildren when I was just a young think. Half of us wanted to name him Pokey and the other half wanted to name him Peanuts, so he became Pokey Peanuts. He shared the pasture with a Shetland pony named Trigger. I grew up in the days of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

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  8. Great post! It makes me wonder if I could ever live in the country. I know how many days I long to leave the rat race of the crazy city, especially not living within walking distance like a downtown area, and always having to time things depending on rush hour! Hmmm... someday some quiet retreat I hope. Thanks for the glimpse of your outdoor living. Jan

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  9. they are just adorable with their velvet noses and personalities!!! have a great week Girl!!!

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  10. Those are the most adorable little faces! I love their silly expressions and sweet eyes. And I love that they enjoy 'Nilla Wafers.

    When I was little, my friend Helen had a burro named Jose. I can remember crawling up and down a steep hill trying to catch him when he didn't want to be caught. Her brother was the one who could get him to mind. Jose was a one man burro. ;-)

    Love your beautiful view and your pets, Gollum. This post made me smile, and I'm going back to look at Apollo. It's a toss up, but he might be my favorite.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  11. Hi Michael Lee! I was hoping for critters and was not disappointed! I love your donkeys! They seem to each have their own personalitites. I love the shot of the boots on the porch! When can we see some goats??? lol You know they are my favs! I hope you are having a great week! I still tell people about your goats and the call to On-Star!! lol ...hugs...Debbie

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  12. HeeeeHawww!! I love the donkeys. They are just precious as a donkey can be. You can see such attitude with this group of critters. Thanks for sharing, as this is a wonderful Outdoor Wednesday. Please stop by and say hi. Country Hugs, Sherry

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  13. I bet you get a kick out of them. Not literally, of course.
    What a cute post and you have some beautiful property.

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  14. Great pictures. I have heard that donkeys can be funny animals. Beautiful property.
    Glenda

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  15. Never knew donkeys could be so cute. My 93 year old Grandpa has goats and donkeys too. They just started about 3 years ago in Ada, Oklahoma.

    Nature is the best entertainment!

    Christi

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  16. I grew up with donkeys, but ours loved their cigarettes instead of vanilla wafers. They would chomp down on those cigarettes as fast as my Dad could pull them out of the pack. Can donkeys get lung cancer? Somehow, v. wafers seem healthier!!! Thanks for the memories. Sally

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  17. Oh my, I loved all the pictures and the story to go with them, and I was sorry to see it end. All those faces are so precious. I was hoping to see a picture of them getting the vanilla wafers! ☺ Diane

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  18. What cool donkeys you get to enjoy daily! And your farm is gorgeous!

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  19. Your donkeys are so cute and animated! I'm sure they keep you entertained.

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  20. Aah, it looks like you are having alot of fun in the country. Great pics of the donkeys!! They make me laugh! Hugs ~cindy s~

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  21. Love the photos!! Who knew Donkeys like vanilla wafers! I learn something everytime I visit your blog. I always visit but don't usually leave a comment, but I do LOVE your blog!

    Thanks for sharing...

    Lou Cinda ;)

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  22. Oh, dear Gollum .... you have the sweetest and most profound way of putting life into perspective for all of us - city folk - country folk or any kind of folk!

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  23. I lived in the country for years, but I've been stuck in the city for the past 25 yrs. I would love to be back out in the wide open spaces. The donkeys are great fun. Love your place. Hugs, Marty

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  24. Your donkeys are so, so cute - I just love your farm! And you!

    If those boots were lined up like that here in Museville, you'd have to give them a good shaking out before putting them on... black widows loooooove that sort of home. I found out the hard way. :/

    Happy Wednesday, dear Gollum!
    xo Isa

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  25. Haha --my daughter had to come into the room to see what I was laughing at. Your donkeys! Oh how cute are they?

    Gorgeous last picture ... thanks!
    Cass

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  26. Joan@applejacklane.blogspot.comJuly 8, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Aw, you've never lived until you've "cut your foot" once or twice while walking in the fields with the animals.

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  27. I would love your adventures with your sweet funny critters! What personality they have. Posing for the camera and begging cookies! Love it!
    Brenda

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  28. Talk about a donkey in need of a good dental cleaning:) Those photos are the cutest and make me laugh out loud. Each seems to have a personality of his own. I love the photo from the porch. What a beautiful place to live and write.
    Joyce

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  29. You live a storybook life. These photos are so amazing, and I think the boots lined up on the porch are symbolic of your life. I love that you don't take it for granted and that you appreciate and enjoy all of the wonders of living where you live. laurie

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  30. Vanilla Wafers?? Those donkey's have good taste in cookies.

    The one showing his teeth make me laugh. Great Outdoor Wednesday post!

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  31. I'm still smiling from those donkey pics. :)
    D

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  32. Ahhh, that is some beautiful property you have there & those donkeys are just so cute. No wonder you love them!

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  33. * Love that you have REAL "space/LAND", Michael~~~~ y'all can enjoy the freedom of nature at its best (!), and I simple ADOOOORE ZEUS ~ is he t-h-e BIGGEST "PERSONALITY/CHARACTER" or WHAT?!?!?

    'nilla wafers are one of M*Y faves, too... (Oh dear, and I H-A-V-E behaved like an "____" (ie: ZEUS) on occassion, but maybe that's not SOOO bad after all!!!)~~~

    Thank you, sweet friend!
    Love, Linda *

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  34. I was going to say the donkeys were the highlight of my visit - but the sheep, goats, dungeon and pillow closets were pretty cool too! Not to mention the company.

    Always love seeing pictures of your critters.

    Your donkeyless butwantone friend,
    Allison

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  35. Love the donkeys! What character they have! Beautiful wide open spaces...gorgeous view. Thank you for sharing.

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  36. My all-time favorite post on your blog! The donkey photos are priceless and I love the boots on a misty morning. Right up there with the pioneer woman, I'd say!

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  37. Husband's parents had a weekend farm and on it lived the donkeys -- they certainly are interesting creatures and there is nothing like waking up at daybreak to the braying of those animals!

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  38. The donkeys are so funny and cute! They really are good "guard critters", but I had no idea that they liked vanilla wafers! The view from your porch is just amazing. What a beautiful place you have. Kathy

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  39. Ahhhhhhhhhhh... I just loved this post, Michael! It must be amazing to have all that beautiful land and wonderful to have all those beautiful critters. I just wanted to jump through the computer and land right next to Zeus. Although, I would have given him some of the pork too. LOL

    Justine :o )

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  40. LOL!! Those are such happy, smile inducing pictures! I love your donkeys!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!
    Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

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  41. You know me, I'd love to be back out in the country. Donkeys and all. ~ Robyn

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  42. I love the boots lined up on the porch. Your pictures are wonderful and I loved seeing the animals--Does Zeus need a good flossing? :) Great post!

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  43. You are one blessed Lady.
    ~D~

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  44. Blogging is so wonderful. We get to come and visit, almost like mini vacations each day! The donkeys and the foggy morning with the boots all lined up for a wet-grass walk left me all warm and fuzzy inside!

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  45. Darling post Michael, loved it..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  46. What a lovely pictures of the donkey's. They are my favorite farm animals. Thanks for sharing.
    Annemieke

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  47. Your farm gives me a peace of mind kind of place. I know from seeing the boots that it's not. Have a great week-end.

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  48. Awww they are all so darling.. My daughter would be in donkey heaven there. She is trying her best to get us to get a donkey, she wants to show it for a FFA project. We're leaning more towards something a bit smaller.. like a fainting goat.
    Debbie

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  49. They are funny! We have deer, wild turkeys, etc, and that's enough for me. I have to fight to keep them from killing my flowers and vegetables! (not the turkeys or pheasants, just the deer!)
    And they are eating things this year they never touched..like my roses...grrrr!
    Enjoy your animals!

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  50. I just swoon when I see the marble railings around your porch. Your home looks so lovely. Your donkeys just crack me up. Would they defend my cat by keeping the bigger critters like raccoons at bay? Maybe I need a donkey. Every night I bring Babaje in the house for fear he will tangle with a coon or skunk. Poor guy, He just loves it outside.
    Have a great weekend and thanks for hosting Foodie Fridays.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  51. Great photos!

    Your donkeys are way cool.

    That last photo is so serene.

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

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  52. Your property is so beautiful! I know I would love to live there!

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  53. I want a farm so badly so I can have my horses with me! But I know if I move to a bigger property, I'd most likely have quite a zoo!! Love donkeys and for sure I'd have some goats. I'd love to have chickens but since I have an English pointer and my daughter has a lab, that just wouldn't do : ))

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  54. What a wonderful and inspirational post! I am a city girl, but a my city is a small town in the middle of the rural south, so I understand that all it takes is a little scratch of the surface to find our "country" selves. :D Jewel

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