I saw my first barn swallow this week, but by the looks of the nest I saw in the barn this morning, they've been back a bit longer than that!
I've taken the sheep to the lower pasture a couple times now, which requires haltering as many as I can to get the whole ewe flock to follow me through the arena to a new area. This gives me the perfect opportunity to halter-train lambs, because they want to stay with the others regardless of the contraption on their heads. Once I get everyone else busy eating grass, I work with the "victim(s) of the day" a little more.
Here is Bonny, in halter and on a lead for the second time. She is such a smart little girl; both times she fought the halter for awhile then came up right up to me. I, of course, scritch her all over and tell her how smart and beautiful she is, then remove the halter and let her go join the flock.
This is Barrister's third time in halter and on a lead. He is much more dramatic and vocal, demonstrating his displeasure with lots of head-bobbing and tail-wagging. His new owner plans to show him at Black Sheep Gathering, so we obviously need more practice!
These are the latest two iris to open. Yes, they are adorned with raindrops; we've settled into another cool, wet stretch here. For that and other reasons, we opted out of a Memorial weekend horse-camping trip.
That today's report from . . .