Ooh, you might notice that someone else talks in the parentheses. That is my sister, Pepper. (No, Super Pepper the Daredevil, the ONE and ONLY!!!) That's enough. (NOPE!!) Oi.
Hi y'all and welcome to today's post!!! So, our old greenhouse used to have some kind of plastic sheet for a roof, it looked like a Ziploc bag, cut the blue part off, then made it a sheet, not a baggy, and enlarged by maybe x5000, that's what it'd look like. Well, a super hard storm hit, and, you know, how the generic zippy bags are super weak, and break like saran wrap? Well, since the storm was so severe, it broke like a zippy bag. Which means that for a week or so, there was a big hole in the roof. So, we got hard serrated plastic from Menards, corrugated metal, and foam insulation (also from Menards, come on, accuracy!) and fixed up the greenhouse to be more sturdy than ever! It is about 5x warmer than normal temperature, which is great, because it is STARTING TO GET COLD!!!!!! Honestly, I'm not ready for cold! (No one cares about your stinkin' opinion!) Anyway, thank you! Ooh! By the way, the picture is of Ginger's colorful carrots! I love how big they are! Compare the size of the carrots to the white and red coffee mugs and they are pretty big!
Hi ya'll! So, do you guys remember Big Old Mean Old and Veronica, the Black Orpington chickens I talked about? Well, we go downstairs to check on the succulents we have in the window, and, can you guess what we found? We found our rooster in the window! Apparently, Paisley scared him onto the ledge to get to that lower-level window, and he fell right in! Luckily he is okay, and he is perfectly safe! No, I don't have a picture, but I wish I did! (For the record, I blame that on you.) Me? Why?
On Other Farmstead News...
Tink and Fancy are back in power. The tennis balls aren't working well enough to keep them from headbutting, so they knocked Pika out of the mantle of goat queen. Luckily, they are still scared of me, and they won't headbutt me and my sisters.
We don't know why, but yesterday, two more Buff Orpington chicks died. We also found out that one of the chicks can fly out of the bin and into the pen, but, she can only fall into the little area were the tile meets thee studs of the pen, causing a little pocket to form. We are down to 4, but the others are perfectly happy little chicks that are great and happy enough to try to launch themselves onto my finger. They are adorable, and no longer are 2"x 2" balls of fur. Now, they are about 3" from beak to tail, and about 2.5" from talon to forehead. They are adorable!
Thank you, and stay tuned for tomorrow's post!
Hi ya'll! Okay, so ever since we got the chicks, I have adored how cute they were! They are little, teeny, weeny, female buff Orpington chickens that are maybe 2 inches wide and tall. They are ADORABLE! I started feeding them, but it eventually got tiring, since I don't take care of the animals in that area (I do), I take care of the animals outside of that area (the female goats, horses, Secco and Dolce.) So, Pepper took over, and I got more time to play with Cinnamon! Although some have tried flying out of their little bin , they aren't developed enough to do so, as in they don't have enough feathers to fly yet. They actually come out of their eggs with almost a fine, thin, yellow "fur", if that makes sense. They develop orange-ish feathers as they grow up! It's quite fascinating! Anyway, thank you so much for reading, and see you next time!
Today is a school day for people and animals all over the farm! I've been doing school for about a week now, but today was Pepper and Ginger's first day of school! When dad gets home from work, he does puppy school with Paisley, and she knows sit, stay, come, and shake, and is currently working on down! Alphie started "Pepper's Riding School"yesterday and he is getting... hold on, Pepper's giving me his "grade sheet" (Yes, I give Alphie grade sheets!) a straight A+!!! Secco and Dolce run track with me, when we let them out of their area for a bit, and the ducks do tag whenever we come in. They run really fast for a few little ducks! Sadly, they don't ever want to be "IT".We found out that Pica is strong enough for Ginger to ride, so she's taking "Ginger-lifting" classes! Our electives are: Ginger: Ballet and Piano! Pepper (me, the awesome!): Robotics and Recording Studio! Saige (The nerd): Piano, Recording Studio, and Ballet! We're going riding on Alphie later; that's his test! We are hoping that he won't freak out at the sight of me, so I could possibly ride him in the future. I'm scared to death of that horse. Why? He enjoys stepping on my foot with his 500-something pound hoof. Anyway, although I haven't rode him (yet), Ginger has rode him with Pepper, and she loved it. Thank you so much and stay tuned for the next post!
Alphie, our 19 year old gelding pony, used to be a "party pony". What that means is that he used to go over to other kid's birthday parties, and let them ride him while his old owner would lead them with his lead rope. However, when we got him and Misty, he hadn't been ridden in over a year. Yesterday, with Pepper pretending to be Super-Pepper the Daredevil, he was ridden! Pepper had me give her a boost onto his back, and she figured out, that if she pulls his mane to the right, he will go right. If she pulls his mane to the left, he'll go left. If she pulls both, he'll stop, and if she pulls harder, he'll go backwards. Funny thing is, he won't go forward unless I'm pulling him. So, later, Pepper plans to have me walk him down the vineyard with her on his back, and have me ride him with Ginger holding onto me with Pepper walking him back up the vineyard. She seems to be so sure, it seems flawless. Me? I'm not so sure. Anything could happen. Anything. One trip, one slip, and Ginger and I go flying! I'm kinda overly cautious (Kinda? -Pepper) when it comes to things like that. I'll probably try it though. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow! Thank you, and stay tuned for tomorrow's blog!
So, you know how I said that "Fancy and Tink are the MEANEST GOATS IN THE WORLD!!!" (See this blog post by copying and pasting this URL code: https://monaciellocellars.weebly.com/blog/our-family-of-4-legs-well-the-ducks-have-2-but )? Well, On Sunday, September 9, our dad came up with a solution to the problem! He decided to duct tape tennis balls to Tink and Fancy's horns! They are absolutely hilarious! They were later ambushed by horses who wanted to have an apple, which completely coincidentally is the color of a tennis ball, and they lost their precious backscratchers. Aww. They did manage to take it off yesterday, but we fixed that with...? Can you guess? MORE DUCT TAPE!!!!! It's been fine since then. As in, in the past night. It is truly hilarious! On other Monaciello News, we found that Alphie, a former Party Pony, is great with us (by us, I mean Pepper and Ginger, I'm too scared to) riding him, as long as someone is leading him with his leash, also called a lead rope. I ended up being the one who leaded him (Pepper's lucky I even considered it). Later, I will make a full post about it. That just about it! Thank you so much!
This weekend was great! So, what happened was:
We welcomed Pika to the herd of goats! She is a registered, purebred, Nigerian Dwarf goat with the sweetest personality ever (besides DORIN!!!)!
We got 6 Buff Orpington female chickens, which are the orange-ish variety. We absolutely love how small and cute they are!
We went to the Paw Paw Wine and Harvest festival, where Ginger got an apron with a doll's tea set included, Pepper made a small bottle of sand art, and I got a small Coco-Cola cup with little wax pearls to make a DIY vanilla sugar scented candle!
We enjoyed our weekend so much, and hope that we can do it again next year!
What did you do this summer? Maybe you took a vacation, or went to the theater to see a movie, or spent the summer in a lake house. Our summer was VERY eventful! Let's see what happened!
That wraps up most of our summer! Thank you and be happy!
Okay, well I have been talking about our animals a LOT, and last night, I just thought you should get to know them! Even though they are a bit hyper, I couldn't ask for better animals! (If you haven't clicked Read More ad you are just browsing, click read more and find out about our various animals!)
This Labor Day weekend was exceptionally eventful! We fixed the "Lonely Dori" problem by introducing a pure-bred Nigerian Dwarf goat named Cinnamon! Although she is becoming a victim to "the meanest goats in the world", Dori and her are just beginning to warm up to each other. They are both developing a grudge against the other two, though. When we went to get Cinnamon, we learned that goats LOVE animal crackers! Who knew, right? I am particularly excited about Cinnamon's arrival because being a disbudded goat, she can't hurt my little baby Dori, who is only about 6 months old, AND, since she's pure Nigerian Dwarf, I can show her at the annual County Fair!!! Yippee! We are getting ready to bottle our 2017 wines, so very excited about that! Okay, let's back it up. It's 2018, and we're bottling 2017 wines... are we late or something? No, we are not. I learned recently that you date the wine by the year the grapes were harvested, in this case, fall of 2017. Thank you, and stay tuned for the next blog!
Hi! I'm Saige, and I enjoy Marvel and DC movies, family comedy and action movies, books, and I love writing! and my father Giuseppe is an award-winning winemaker. He grows our grapes, as well as purchases them from other local vineyards. Although I'm not old enough to drink, I enjoy assisting my dad with his wine, from planting the vine, to bottling the wine! I will hopefully be able to share with y'all our day-to-day story. Thank you so much!
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