Wednesday, September 23, 2009
we have sunshine and wine
It rained most of yesterday, all night last night, and when I woke up this morning I hoped the sound I heard outside the open screen was not rain. But it was.
I had my coffee and tried to gear up for a mucky gray day with horses and donkeys who wanted to get out and graze.
Surprisingly, against all weather forecasts, the sun came out. I uncovered the hay, threw open the barn doors, and let things dry out while I did chores. And then left everything open so it could continue to dry as the day rolled on.
One time I thought it might rain, so I went out and took precautions, but it was a false alarm. The sunshine returned quickly and this evening I was lured out with a glass of wine and my camera, to see what might present itself.
First, Redford came out to join me and met Dickens along the way. Look at those donkey ears!
As you can see, they have become good friends:
Finally, they finished their hello and joined me at the picnic table:
Redford decided that if Sheaffer and Jack are vintners sampling apples, he is ready to sample some of the final product:
Then Dickens went for the wine:
By this time, Rafer Johnson appeared. He'd rather share a snifter of fine brandy with his mentor Sheaffer than sample the wine. Dickens can't help himself. He's a camera hog:
Meanwhile, over at the round bale, Redford illustrates how to be king. I love this shot because it shows Rafer Johnson's unique mane coloring - click on the photo to see his black "points" along the mane. And it shows Redford's snow white belly alongside his dark donkey cross:
My daughter took the camera and captured her pony and the sky:
And then her pony's handsome face:
All in all, a big beautiful day.