“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

The Calm Before The Storm

Quite literally, that is exactly what yesterday was - the calm before the storm.

After a week of late evening and early morning trips to the barn determining the amount of sleep we could get, we took yesterday to "sleep in"... arriving at the barn just as the sun rose above the horizon, instead of long before that time.  Moonie has a week off of his chemo ointment, so without that schedule to follow, we felt quite decadent lying in bed for an extra bit of time.

As for calm - it was a silent morning, cold and frosty, but, no wind, no birdsong.  The only sound was the distant braying of our two donkey girls... an every-morning-sound that is triggered by our raising the garage door.  We headed out to do the usual morning chores, but were keenly aware that there were extra things needing to be done in order to be prepared for an impending snowstorm.

We walked the horses up to the upper pasture, where Sid and Shirley were happily grazing in the adjacent pasture.  

Seeing our herd, Sid began running and bucking and rearing up... quite happy to have some company.


With the backdrop of a dramatic sunrise, 

our little herd took off galloping and kicking up their heels, 

but soon settled down...

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