Monday, August 6, 2012

segue. urban flowers to the Bucolic.

This is the lower pasture at Codman Farm.  Opal, the donkey follows the sheep when they go down to graze.  They are her only pals. She has room to roll in the grass and there's lots to eat.

Opal ignored me for about twenty minutes.  Unlike us, most animals don't mix socializing and eating.

I took lots of photos of her.... eating.

See the fly in the corner of her eye?  When she finally stopped eating and came over to greet me, I managed to wipe the moisture from her eyes with a cloth.  This discourages flies who actually drink from the moisture and cause infections.

While I was brushing her, she and the sheep were alerted by something from the barn and they all herded back up the path.

I wish she had a fly mask.  I wish she would be seen by a farrier: her hooves are splitting and are just short of curling.  I offered to sponser her in return for spending time with her,  but the farm's overseer didn't want  someone being in the pen with Sean, the male sheep.  It's breeding season and while Sean is very engaging, he's strong and bossy.  Opal lives with them, so there's no opportunity to halter her, teach her to lead, or see if she'll lift her hooves.
So I groom her through the fence and worry about her health, and try not to rock the boat so I can provide her with some help and attention.

I'm in the process of designing a centerpiece for an  Improper Bostonian photo shoot.  No wedding this weekend.


Alicia said...

what a nice white donkey!
I have write a little word for you "chez moi" :)

An Urban Cottage said...

Why do they have her?

The sheep photo is beautiful.

Noelle the dreamer said...

Reading about the lovely donkey made me think you chose the right path! At least this way, you can keep an eye on her! I truly hate to see cruelty to animals! Nasty people!
Keep us posted please!
No bunny photos lately?
Lovely bouquet by the by!

Jen said...

You are so sweet. It must be hard to be diplomatic.

marlowe said...

Opal is so lucky to have you, dear! And you have a way of working magic, so that gal just might get a bit more than a brushing through the fence!
Kiss you.

Bow Street Flowers said...

Noelle - thought about taking photos of Petals today, but had to make deliveries. More coming soon.

flwrjane said...

Trade kitty snaps for bunny photos!

love that urban bouquet in sunny yellow!

poor lab terrified on new kittens#no sleep tonight.

xo J.

Amanda (Small Acorns) said...

Opal is so lucky to have you watching over her. She's so lovely - I can understand why you worry. There is something about donkeys.