Wednesday, July 1, 2009

broken camera and one man down

I came home from work to the sounds of thunder. Not too far south of the farm the sky was lighting up. I had to move fast if I wanted all the animals taken care of and stay dry in the process. I did my best and was able to feed, water, collect eggs, move out to pasture and stake out my kingdom of the animals. When the night's chores were done I chose to meet the rain on the porch with my guitar. I sat there strumming my Sunburst Epiphone AJ (an affordable knock off of my dream guitar: the lovely Gibson J-45) and sang. I had a rough day at work, and singing in the rain did just the trick. If I was playing a J-45 I'd still play to the storm. Just louder. She'll deserve louder.

I do not baby my instruments. They're draft animals too.

I also broke my camera. New photos are on hiatus till I get another Kodak.

Sad news: Lost a few birds, including the original CAF-VT rooster, Rufus Wainwright. (That's him on the YouTube video graphic on the right hand side of this blog.) No trace of him, just feathers in the yard. I don't know if it's a hawk, yote, fox or dog that took the ol' boy...but he will be missed. He did a good job taking care of the ladies before the young guns took over from last springs (supposedly all-pullet) chick order. I also lost a few hens from the pick-up last Friday. A little bit of entropy as all this rain takes over. You'll have this.


Blogger Rhonda Jean said...

sorry to hear about Rufus and the girls. You get that with chooks as you well know.

I'm still coveting your strings and waiting patiently for mine.

July 2, 2009 at 12:51 AM  
Blogger The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

My condolences for your loss of Rufus.

Please keep writing - even without pics. We're there with you.

July 2, 2009 at 7:01 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. Missing chickens is really sad. (Coming home to find dead ones all over the yard is even more sad.) Doesn't sound like dog to me - they usually kill them and leave them. And you must have really big hawks if they can carry off a rooster! I'd go with coyote. This might be helpful -

July 2, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Artful Gathering said...

So sorry to hear about your chickens and your camera.. Keep on writing! I look forward to your blog. Makes me smile... and my heart happy... thanks, Dawn

July 2, 2009 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Conny said...

Well, that's not something you want to walk into at the end of a crumby work day. Sorry that happened to you. Hmmmm.

July 2, 2009 at 10:57 AM  
Anonymous RenĂ© said...

R.I.P. Rufus. :(

Bummer about the camera too. I have your photos as desktop wall papers on all my computers. I really like my Cannon CoolPix and it wasn't terribly expensive. I hope you can replace it soon, I love seeing the farm porn.

July 2, 2009 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Jerry said...

An important comment on entropy and finding balance.

Thank you.

July 2, 2009 at 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry about Rufus. I've enjoyed reading about him. And the camera, oh my! I didn't even want a camera when my husband surprised me with my digital 4years ago, but now I can't live without it. I'm happy with it even though it's getting "old" as technology improves with higher pixel counts, etc. I won't replace it unless I have to.

July 2, 2009 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger R Dean said...

So sorry to hear about Rufus! I'm sure he led a wonderful life living on your farm! Hated to hear about the camera. I'll miss the great pics!

July 2, 2009 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Rachel B. said...

What a shame about Rufus. I bet he will be missed drearly.

July 2, 2009 at 9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgot to say, please keep the blog writing going, even without pics. We'd miss you terribly if you quit! I NEED my Cold Antler fix on a very frequent basis. It helps keep me weeding, hoeing and yes, even practicing my fiddle. I'm still having trouble with Lynchburg....maybe you meant I'd be doing Run Johnny Run by the END of July, huh?

On another more positive note, however, I've enjoyed my first ever home grown snap peas and green beans! I ate some of the peas out-of-the-pod that went further on the vine than I'd planned. I've always hated "peas" but I like them still in edible pods. Just found out, though, that I like the shelled baby peas raw. Imagine that! They will be fine in my salad. Thanks for encouraging us to grow food. I had no idea the pleasure it would bring.

July 2, 2009 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Peter Bradley said...

Sorry to hear about your chickens. I am in NH and have lost chickens to Fisher Cats and Bobcats in past years. Good luck with the rest of the flock!

July 3, 2009 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Dancing shepherdess said...

Try and find out what's taking your chix. If not, odds are they will be all gone- once preds find easy pickings, they come and get 'em until they are gone.
My brother just lost dozens- to a bobcat.

July 4, 2009 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Fruitful Harvest said...

Sorry to hear about your birds~
I hate when that happens:(

I love your blog!
Come say hi sometime~


July 6, 2009 at 12:44 PM  

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