A View from Sierra County

Small town life and politics, lots of knitting, and travels with and without my five burros

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Location: In the Sierra Nevadas, United States

I blog about rural living and social issues, and the creativity that comes from knitting, as well as post random pictures of the Sierras and my burros. "In order to be an artist, one must be deeply rooted in the society" - Simone de Beauvoir


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

A Special Day in Donkeydom

Kathy has asked after the burros, so I thought I would feature them this evening. Spring is our donkeys' favorite time; the grass gets long and goes to seed and we tether them outside of the usual fenced pastures to feed and enjoy this special season. The weather is still mild, otherwise being out in the sun would be pretty intense, even for a donkey.

This week, DH rigged some barriers to give the four used to being outside of the fences a chance to roam about the back side of the property, under his occasional supervision. Donkeys are herd animals, and like to keep tabs on each other, but could also just as easily stage a mutiny together and head up the road to so-called greener pastures; luckily his system has proven effective so far.

He was unable to coax April, our semi-wild burro from the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge to join the rest, until today. She is not halter-trained yet, although approachable and finally over her year-long shyness of us. She was very intimidated by the fencing (which is usually electrified at the top) and even though she had seen the others go in and out of gates time after time without harm, would not try until today. I am a bit nervous to let her out, but very proud of her bravery, and how she simply followed her stablemates, her son Assteroid and buddy Rose, back into the pen this evening. April is the only chocolate-brown burro, and the shaggy little one, her son Assteroid, was born here shortly after her arrival and will be two years old next week (I think this will call for some carrot cake!).

Rose in front with April behind her

Everyone enjoying the spring greens

Assteroid munching on spring grass


Blogger Stacie said...

Assteroid! Hee hee hee! I'm with the burros, spring is good!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Ruinwen said...

The burros look so sweet and happy!


2:41 AM  
Blogger margene said...

It's great to see the grrls!

5:05 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

{sigh} okay, spring is here! The burros are grazing, all's right with the world!

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Funny... I just filled a request for duck pictures. :)
We keep thinking that someday when we have sheep, a donkey would make a nice companion/guard animal for them. James wants a helper with some of his woodswork, too, and has already pre-named the donkey "Skidder".

They are such beautiful animals!

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Oooo, they are gorgeous and cute!

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Imbrium said...

Aren't they sweet?!

9:48 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

What sweet faces!

9:49 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Thanks Birdsong! They are so peaceful looking. I need a new desktop photo, so thanks, Im going to use the middle post I think.

I love the burro updates!

Did I ever tell you that my grandma, from Ireland, always told us about their one burro, Luggy. Luggy only had one ear. (Lugs are ears: as in: the big LUG. If you have big ears in Ireland you have big lugs.) Anyhow my whole extended family calls burros Luggy's. pronounced : lou gees.

8:08 AM  

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