Monday, April 16, 2018

Early Srping Ice Storm

Hello dear friends, the weather forecast last week predicted a significant storm for us this weekend.  Originally we were expecting up to 60 mm of rain but as the temperatures have been hovering around freezing in the end it turned out to be a 2 day ice storm.  At the farm we received quite a combination of freezing rain, ice pellets and even some snow.  Now the temperatures are hovering just above freezing and it is raining.

I hope that you enjoy the photos of the confused birds that have much to say about the weather!  We kept our feeders topped up over the weekend so that they would have lots to eat.

Let's all wish for more springlike weather soon!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Looking For Signs Of Spring!

Hello dear friends!  According the calendar we should be experiencing spring so I thought that I would take a little walk around the farm to confirm that spring has actually arrived.  😩  The temperatures have been much colder than we should have at this time of year and last Friday we had about 10 cm of snow.  There are a few glimmers of hope!

I love mosses in the garden.

Some daffodils are breaking through the ground.

This looks like a large stone but is actually a big puffy mushroom.  

The rabbits have been very bold this year.  We have had rabbit tracks on the verandas that wrap around our house.  Their boldness astonishes me considering we have 3 large dogs.  Perhaps noshing on my tulips is worth the risk.

It must be spring if we have a robin?

The maple by the little garden shed has buds.

More moss.

This pin oak tree always holds its old leaves well into spring.

Yellow crocuses.

This purple crocus has papery petals.

Lake Ophelia still looks cold although most of the ice has melted.  A heron made an appearance last week and we have a pair of Canada Geese that have stopped by as well.

There are about 25 lambs in the barn.

A particularly porky lamb.

We use marking paint to identify lambs and their mothers.  This allows us to quickly identify if the lamb is a single or twin, and the colour of the paint allows us to match which lambs belong to which ewes.

Our farm renovations are continuing.  We are doing the work ourselves and it is amazing how easily other more pressing issues seem to push the renovations to the side.  We are slowly making progress on our kitchen and I am working the second guest bedroom.  Optimistically I hope to have some updates soon!

~Thank you for visiting~

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Abigail Moves To The Farm!

Hello dear friends, after the last sad post I wanted to share some great news!  We now have a new addition to our family....Abigail!  After a great deal of thought and research we found a German Shepherd breeder that we trusted and were able to bring home a beautiful 17 week old puppy.  Xena's name at the farm is Abigail, or "Abby".

Many of our friends know that we are very partial to German Shepherds.  We have had many over the years at the farm and all of them have been rescues although we have had some other dogs here as well.  So many dogs over the years...Hercules, Ophelia, Tessie, Carrie, Sasha, Bailey, Kodiak, Jessie, Drakk, Holly and finally Willow and Lucy.  All very beautiful dogs that had a challenging start to life but through serendipity became valued and cherished members of our family.  Now we have finally brought a beautiful registered puppy into the family! 

All of our beloved pets that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge are still with us at the farm.  Each has its own garden and statue. This is one of the many benefits of being in the country.

Introducing Abigail!  She still has floppy ears and is absolutely adorable.  It has been many years since we have had a puppy in our home and we have had to do some quick puppy proofing.  She has a lovely personality and is inquisitive and outgoing.  We are happy that she fit in so quickly. 

Abby arrived yesterday so today was her first full day experiencing life at the farm.  It was a sunny but cool day and Abby enjoyed spending time outside with her adopted sisters. 

Willow, Lucy and Abby have all adjusted to each other quickly.  Willow is our oldest lab and seems to have taken a motherly interest in Abby.  Lucy is a little less certain but once outside they enjoy running and playing together.

The area around the farmhouse is fenced and gated.  Yesterday we kept Abby on a leash at all times but today it was quickly clear that she wanted to be where the other dogs were so we removed the leash to let her run.

We would like to teach Abby to work with the sheep as Kodiak and Drakk did before her.  Today she is being introduced to the sheep in the barn.  She isn't too sure what to make of the sheep and they are not sure what to make of her!

So much to see and do!  So many new sights and sounds...yesterday was sensory overload but today she is taking things much more in stride. Today our ears are facing "left"!

The chickens are very exciting.  Let's see if we can herd them!

They are so much fun!

No chickens were harmed during this session.😉    Abby has chased them but has not shown any signs of aggression.  The chickens will no doubt be plotting their revenge! 

We have two cats in our home.  Abby has met Horatio and thinks he is fascinating.  Unfortunately he doesn't feel the same way about her.  Abby is not comfortable navigating the staircase to the second floor so has not yet met Chantalaria, our other resident cat.  Chantalaria has been carefully assessing the situation from the top of the stairs and is reserving judgement.

It has only been just over 24 hours but we are already in love with our newest fur-child.

Thank you to everyone for visiting and have a great week!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Remembering Holly

Hello dear friends,

We have had a very sad week at Carogil Farm.  Last Sunday our sweet Holly crossed the Rainbow Bridge to be with her brother Drakk.  I have a few photos to share that will remind us of the wonderful life that she had here at our farm.

It is hard to believe that Drakk (pictured above left) and Holly (centre) arrived at our farm in 2009!  At the time our very pretty Jessie had just passed away and Kodiak (on the right) became quite depressed.  After consulting with our trainer we were advised to find another dog to keep Kodiak company but within an hour of that conversation our trainer called back to say he had not one but two dogs for us!  As it turned out, Drakk and Holly's owners in the city had decided that they were too busy to look after them and had just called the same trainer looking for help in finding them a good home.  So as is always the case here animals become a part of our family in the oddest of ways.

Holly and Drakk were very bonded to each other and were half brother and sister.  Drakk passed away almost one year ago and Holly has missed him.  After Kodiak passed away we adopted two yellow labs but while Holly tolerated them she really never bonded with them after Drakk's passing.  Dogs go through a grieving process just like humans do.  Some of our dogs have gone through a depression after losing one of their pack members.  Holly didnt show signs of depression but we believe that she missed her brother very much as they have spent their entire lives together.

Such a very pretty girl!  She was also quite big at just over 40 kg and very strong.

The area around our home is fenced and the driveways are gated to prevent our dogs from getting to the road.  Here Holly (left) and Drakk (right) are on a lounging break.  This area is particularly good for keeping an eye on the road and advising passing strangers  and people on horseback to keep moving! 

Holly loved the snow and was not bothered by the cold.  Both she and Drakk loved to play in the snow and when they wanted to rest would just lay down as long as we were outside with them.  When we go inside the dogs always come inside too.

This is a recent photo.  Both Drakk and Holly developed Degenerative Myelopathy, a devastating condition that can affect older dogs.  German Shepherds are prone to the condition which causes weakness in the limbs and ultimately an inability to walk.  We have learned that reputable breeders will test for the DM gene before breeding their dogs but unfortunately there are many other breeders that do not know or care to consider genetic conditions in their breeding programs.  Clearly the breeder that produced both Drakk and Holly did not any testing.  For those that are buying pure bred puppies it is so important to check into the reputation and practices of the breeder to ensure that they are not perpetuating health issues in the breed.

In the meantime our labs Willow and Lucy are adjusting to their fur family being somewhat smaller.   Over the next few weeks we will consider options for introducing another dog into our family so that Lucy wont be alone when it is time for Willow to leave us.

Thank you for visiting.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Feeding the Birds

Hello dear friends, our bird feeders have been very busy this week! The temperatures are much below normal for this time of year and we have about 15 cm of snow at the farm so the birds are enjoying a selection of seed at the various feeders.  At this rate we need to refill all feeders every 3-4 days.  

The little red barn bird feeder is outside our kitchen window and provides a great deal of enjoyment for me while I wash the dishes or prepare meals.  Another feeder is outside our living room window with other feeders installed on posts or trees around the property.

Cardinals are always a welcome sight.

We have had 3 mourning doves cleaning up the seeds that other birds toss to the ground.

This is a very rare bird-dog.


The blue jays are aggressive feeders and toss much of the seed to the ground.

 A colourful woodpecker.

 I was surprised to see a rabbit under the feeder.

I love chickadees.

And junkos.

Thank you for visiting!