Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cue the Green Acres Music Again . . .

My last post was about farm projects not going as planned. It seems if there is one thing you can count on with farming is that things rarely go as planned. Farm equipment has a penchant for breaking at the most inopportune times.

I had just gone into my house to eat lunch on Monday when my phone rang. It was my Dad and he said he needed me to come get him because "he was broken down." I immediately wondered what in the world could possibly be wrong with his car as there certainly shouldn't be a problem with it. I asked where he was and he said he was by the pond. I still wasn't with it 100% in this conversation and I said "your car is broken down by the pond????" I instantly realized just how stupid that statement was as the only way to get to the pond is through the pastures. He said that his Gator had died on him by the pond and he needed me to come tow him in with my Kubota utility vehicle.

So I went back outside without eating my lunch. I got in the Kubota and then went and got the towing rope and the towing chain. Sadly I knew exactly where to locate both of these items since they get used more often than would be desirable. I drove through the pastures and worked my way over to the pond. My dad and three of the dogs were waiting to be rescued.

Trooper was wondering why they weren't going anywhere anymore; Bugle napped on the front seat

Bush hung out by the pond while awaiting the "tow truck"

My dad used the tow rope to get the two vehicles hooked up. All of the dogs waited around for us to get things moving again. Apparently walking was not an option to any of the stranded passengers. They simply waited for the Gator to start moving again and then loaded themselves back up.

Trooper and Bugle waiting for us to get this show on the road again

After the tow line was secured we started working our way back to the barn through the various pastures. We had almost a mile to cover to get the Gator and passengers back to where they started. I spent a lot of time looking behind me to make sure the Gator was still attached and following along properly. Everyone was in their usual positions, dad in the driver's seat, Bugle in the passenger seat, Trooper on the floorboard and Bush in the bed. The only thing different from the typical scene was that the Gator wasn't actually running! We certainly made quite an interesting visual as I towed my dad and three dogs through the pastures. I had the theme song for Green Acres going through my head the whole time, it just seemed so appropriate for the situation.

My rear view (Trooper on the floorboard is kind of hidden against Bugle in the passenger seat since they both have black fur)

We made it back to the barn uneventfully and the dogs were able to avoid (horrors) walking all the way back. It was actually highly entertaining and I was giggling the whole time as I towed everyone along.

The sun is setting earlier and earlier these days and I took a few pictures of the gorgeous fall sky as I was feeding this afternoon. Sometimes I forget to really appreciate the beauty that surrounds me every day.

In one direction I saw pretty shades of pink

In another direction everything had an orange tint

Aside from the emergency towing session things have been relatively quiet this week. Tomorrow is a farrier day so I need to wrap this post up and prepare my list. Farrier day is typically on Fridays but this week it is Wednesday. Tomorrow will be a very busy day bringing horses in and out of the barn all day. Our lovely weather is supposed to continue through the rest of the week, with more high 60's and low 70's with sunshine. Weather wise tomorrow should be a perfect day for the farrier and another perfect day to be outside with the horses.

Thomas introducing himself to MyLight's mom during her visit this past weekend
MyLight with her mom

L-R Bridget, Sky and Norman with Sparky the donkey behind them

B-Rad, Winston and Faune

Mr. O'Reilly and Lucky

The Big Boys grazing

Trigger and Homer
Ivan with Elfin behind him

Missy and MyLight


IsobelleGoLightly said...

I'd like to ride with your Dad in that little vehicle! What fun! We don't have anything like that here!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful sunsets here too - yours are lovely!

Nice to see MyLight and her person together.

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

OMG what is going on there? It's seems strange everything is stopping!! We've had beautiful sunrises! Can you tell us about MyLight? There's just something about that horse I like? I know I say that every time!! LOL!

ZionFarm said...

Haha! Such a great shot of you towing them all along. Your dogs are hilarious. :)

jane augenstein said...

Great pictures (did you find the sunset setting on your camera?) Hey, Green Acres is my theme song here on our farm! LOL And Murphy lives here too, whatever can go wrong will go wrong! Ahhh, life on the farm! :-)

RuckusButt said...

I love the dogs, especially Bush's good ol' hound face. And those sunrises...wow! Hope all goes well with farrier day.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Trigger is just really gorgeous with all those dapples! What a looker!