magicmarty wrote:Gonna be a warm one here today. Get out the shorts and short sleeve shirts. Summer is really here!
Ah, I knew I made a mistake, jetting off to Norway. Most days still require long underwear. But very little rain -- they are "crediting me" for bringing clear skies from California.
Several of the animals who spent the winter in the barn have been set out "to summer pasture". That is, the fields and woods where the public can see them. I can watch the camels from this office window -- a weird sight among Norwegian birch trees. The tiny but friendly "white eared silk apes" seem to be staying in their display building -- a bit cold outside for them. The display building is more like the warm room in the barn.
This place needs an unspeakable amount of work. Fences are falling down, non-code electric cords are frying, some of the foot paths are mud holes. But if anybody can bring the place up to snuff, I guess my brother can. And there is competent help as far as business expertise goes; just not enough manpower to rebuild fences and so forth a fast as desired. (My brother is the "animal expert" of the team.)
The new dam for the duck pond was built in a rush -- -- it leaks like a sieve, so we "officially" have no duck pond. Haste makes waste. The ducks and larger weird birds will have to stay cooped up a bit longer.
There are several kinds of mountain sheep and goats. Some that are called Mufflon (might be a nickname -- no idea of English name) are verrry pretty. A small kind of goat (African?) are escape artists. Those big horns feel almost magical to the touch -- very smooth. Of course, you have a bit of a wrestling match on your hands.
Big buck deer of some sort wants to fence with me, but I have no antlers to match him. A moment later he eats out of my hand again. Good fun.
A few more days of this circus and I'll be home in Clearlake again.