Yesterday while outside enjoying a beautiful Colorado fall day, a beautiful little bird flew to the fence and was as happy with the weather as I was. Now, unless I’m mistaken, this pretty little bird is a woodpecker. As long as this woodpecker does his thing in one of our trees or even on a fence post, that’s fine. But we have a long home. He and I will be having words if I hear the pecking on the house!
We had several kids over yesterday to enjoy the animals we have on the ranch. It’s a great feeling being able to share what we’ve created with others after all the hard work we’ve put into it. I am blessed and thank God for it every night. For others to experience what we have every day, even if only for a couple hours, makes it all worth it. When we see the faces of children running around having a great time gathering eggs, chasing and petting chickens, petting the goats and donkeys, walking the horses, etc., that when we know that yes, it is a special place.
After months of waiting, even before they were actually born, my two miniature donkeys are home. An hour and a half drive up to just before the area goes off grid, sits a chunk of property where the owners raise them. Ella and Emma’s previous home was mountainous terrain with a barn that isn’t set up for laying down in. Fast forward to their now flat pasture home with a barnyard and their own stall to go in and out of as they want, which is covered in shavings for their comfort. Oh how I love them! Honestly, had I gotten them before the miniature horses, I may have thought twice about getting the horses at all. Ella and Emma are calm and laid back, easy to train, adorable, and smart.
It took a bit for them to get used to the horses and vice-versa. In the pasture everything is fine. In the barnyard with the stalls though, the horses, more like one horse, didn’t like having to share one stall with them. So unexpectedly, my husband and I had to separate the barnyard to give both the horses and donkeys their own yard and stalls. Everything worked out great and it’s a happy place. It’s also a very special place.