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To foaling season that is! And MayB decided to start things off just right today (February 29th!) with her safe arrival of a beautiful colt! Please help us welcome her new baby boy….we think he is just splendid! Beautiful soft, loose curls and the neatest black and white markings, including a fanciful blaze and an almost all black tail. But just take a look at those unusually colored ears, and he is oh so sweet. This heavy boned boy is already a show stopper and what a special day to be born! Thank you MayB (and Spirit!) for another incredible foal! Curlies February and MayB's new colt born February 29, 2016 668Curlies February and MayB's new colt born February 29, 2016 671Curlies February and MayB's new colt born February 29, 2016 677Curlies February and MayB's new colt born February 29, 2016 684Curlies February and MayB's new colt born February 29, 2016 686Curlies February and MayB's new colt born February 29, 2016 692Curlies February and MayB's new colt born February 29, 2016 705Curlies February and MayB's new colt born February 29, 2016 757Curlies February and MayB's new colt born February 29, 2016 770Curlies February and MayB's new colt born February 29, 2016 773Curlies February and MayB's new colt born February 29, 2016 795Curlies February and MayB's new colt born February 29, 2016 801

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*Queen and her filly *Magnolia

*Queen and her filly *Magnolia

 Not a phrase we use often here in Texas. We are generally always willing to take more – even when we have had plenty. God has blessed our area with lots of rain these last 6 weeks, and we are grateful!!! There is a little “bounce” in most folks’ steps these days – even the ones that are not farmers – for our area relies a lot on farming.  We have done our own bouncing around our farm….and singing and smiling, and trying to make the most of our moist land.  I learned how to drill grain. And I LOVE to drill grain! The men in our family will be hard pressed to keep me out of the tractor seat next fall! We put in some winter wheat so the Curlies will have some green forage this winter…..they love it when we do that!  I also broadcast Marshall Ryegrass and Crimson Clover seed over most of the winter pasture land that was not drilled.  All three varieties are coming up well and looking great! I’m sure these will be a welcome addition to the hay we will be feeding this winter. There’s nothing like getting a green “smile” from a Curly in late January!

Our sweet *Mallie Berndtie

Our sweet *Mallie Berndtie

And we brought in the last of the hay. The skies were threatening rain, but a wonderful hay crew helped us out, and stacked 560 beautiful bales neatly in our barn. Thanks guys! My father-in-law was running the baler, Charles on the rake, and the hay crew coming right behind them as soon as the bales were dropped. It was a beautiful sight to behold, and if you have ever gotten to haul hay – you know what it does to you – somehow it just makes you feel good all the way through, even if muscles are aching…..and that wonderful smell is sweetly invigorating!!! I love bringing in the hay!!!

*Mikade ~ sooty buckskin extraordinare!

*Mikade ~ sooty buckskin extraordinare!

The huge manure pile got turned. I won’t go into any details here, except to say that it is going to be a LOT of organic fertilizer!!!  Some fences and pens got spiffed up; I planted some bluebonnet seed along the drive and on the hill across the creek; the pig got out….twice; daffodil bulbs went in out front; the new mint varieties are growing well; our two at home kids have kept us busy chasing football, cross country and church activities…….

Starling ~ a lovely grulla filly!

Starling ~ a lovely grulla filly!

 I blew out 46 candles – my wicked family just had to put every one of them on there – it was a small inferno; and the Curlies, wow! have they ever kept things hopping!  Painted Princess is now at the quarantine, and will soon make her new home in France! Congratulations Aline and family!  Our beautifully handsome Aren Daego is now at home in Pennsylvania – thanks Riana!

*Stag Creek Magnolia

*Stag Creek Magnolia

We hear updates that Crow is being ridden in the mountains – can’t wait to see photos!  And the babies are starting to curl! Wow, I LOVE it when those winter coats start coming in – curly or not……they always look so “mustangy” with their winter coats on…..I just love it when they look like that!  All the cloudy and rainy weather we have had lately has them starting a bit early this year it seems.  Yesterday was “bright and fair”, so I got some newer photos of some of the youngsters…..those are what you see here.

Happy trails!

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I don’t know if you have ever gotten to experience a newborn foal –7-21-2009 548 2 but wow! they are just like newborn babies – constantly amazing you with their sweet ways. And one of the things I love seeing the foals do…..is sleep. That’s right – sleep. They start by lying down (usually after visiting the milk bar a few times), and then that head gets heavy, and starts nodding down to the ground….and then they just melt over into a flat puddle on the ground. I say flat, because, within their first weeks, they are so “narrow” if you will, that when lying on their sides in the grass, it is difficult to see them unless you are7-21-2009 584 2 pretty close. I can’t tell you how many times I have been out checking on our herd, and I can’t see where the newborns are – you know they are somewhere in the vicinity of those watchful dams, but until you get closer, you don’t know exactly where. As you get nearer, sometimes you will see a little tail flick up above the grass…..”oh, there you are!” …..but isn’t it interesting that God designed them to be “flat” when sleeping…..not only can we not see them – but they are invisible to predators too…..no chance of 7-21-2009 590 2anything stalking them out when they are so vulnerable – especially not before mom can have a say in the matter. So, I admit it, I am intrigued by sleeping foals! Watching their little nostrils flare in and out, seeing a lip get hung open on a grass clump as they laid over, and those little ears that flick naturally if any fly attempts to land there……I think it is all pretty cool stuff!

 

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Stag Creek Magnolia

Stag Creek Magnolia

She’s here!!!! Queen delivered a healthy beautiful baby girl this morning ~ Stag Creek Magnolia! She is like a new ray of light for the farm – a lovely golden palomino and covered in curls! Well built and frisky, this young lady will be fun to photograph as she grows. She has hazel eyes, a perfect star, and her mane and tail are the same coloring as her coat – just a neat little girl all the way around!  She will no doubt be a sweet one too – Queen is famous for throwing exceptional temperaments, and all of Mister’s foals have had great minds and quiet dispositions.

Magnolia tries out her legs on her first day!

Magnolia tries out her legs on her first day!

Creamy curls!

Creamy curls!

Congratulations to her parents *Warrior Sue Queen and *Tall Trees Misdemeanor!

Welcome to the world beautiful foalie!

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