Whistling Ducks Farm Belize
Experiences and fun stories from a farm in Western Belize in Central America, by two gringas!
Friday, October 29, 2010
And another sssssnake ...
This time it was a relatively harmless snake, a cat-eyed snake. But please, not in my KITCHEN!
Our friends Claudia and Franklin, who arrived at the farm on Tuesday, are staying in the guesthouse for a few weeks with their lovely Irish setters, Rembrandt and Queeny. They get along ok with our dogs, although Molly is still acting a bit bitchy. Well, if she would consider Rembrandt as her future boyfriend ... this might paint a different picture. On one photo I did see her eyeing him ... so maybe she will get over her jealousy soon and feel ok with him.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Hurricane Richard mows down trees at Whistling Ducks Farm
Luckily, this was the most damage it did: lots of fruit and other trees got destroyed when Hurricane Richard steamrolled through Cayo on Sunday night. All people and all dogs, horses, cats and chickens are fine, but the yard and gardens were heavily destroyed. Monday morning, Gilmar and David, equipped with a chainsaw and rakes and wheelbarrows, did a lot of cleaning up, but there is still lots to do ...
The plum tree ...
The Front Yard
The area around the "Tipazebo" (combination of Tipi, Palapa and Gazebo)
Chinese Art while Hurricane Richard rages
Happy at the Happy Farm - 2 weeks
Happy is putting on weight daily because she eats like a small hippo :-) Finally, she is looking like a puppy is supposed to look like: round, not square. Skin is still rather bad and she is a bit feverish at times, but all in all feeling good, vet is not worried. Happy now has her own dog run AND a dog house - not living in it yet, though, she still needs to get healthier. We have a cute video also, which I will upload later!
Proud Owners of Whistling Ducks Farm
Monday, October 25, 2010
Rattle Snake at Back Porch
Glad that our Ms Molly is so attentive! She ran in circles and barked at something close to the house, which I realized after a while was a small rattle snake, deadly poisonous! Gilmar and Robbie managed to shuffle it into a glass container, it got shown around to neighbors and finally ended up being made into some medicine, also by one of the neighbors!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Happy at the Happy Farm - 1 Week
More pictures of Ms Happy. She has been here a week now and is doing a lot better! She has her own collar now, her own food dish ... and she will have her own dog run next week.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Stray Puppy "Happy"
Yesterday, Robbie and our neighbor Williams caught a stray puppy that had been roaming the streets for a while now. She is an extremely skinny, about 3 month old Female. She was in our chicken coop, eating the chicken feed ...
We gave her some water and food and put her in the art studio. The vet came in the evening and then again today, to give her shots and vitamins. Gilmar gave her a flea and tick bath. She is suffering from malnutrition mostly and we hope we can bring her back to have a good life.
We are calling her "Happy", hoping that this is what she will be after we take care of her.
Her condition is heart-breaking ...
Blaze of Dust with WDF Brand
Now that we had a few dry and not too hot days, it was the perfect time for Gilmar to brand the youngest of our horse family, Dusty's daughter, Blaze of Dust. She is a beauty who loves to run and is already almost as tall as her mum!
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Some of our horses had a crazy day today. Two of the girls, Gilmar's race horse (who "left" the stall, of course without permission!!) and Ms Dusty, got everybody running around the field, save for Wiley and Stardancer who decided to stay in the cool spot on the hill. Everyone came home safely after Robbie whistled at them. She is not a horse whisperer, but a horse whistler :-)
Expressive Drawing in the Hobby Lobby
We had loads of fun today in our art studio, the Hobby Lobby, doing expressive drawing on huge canvases. Our horseguy Gilmar joined in as well and we all enjoyed it tremendously. We sure have to do that more often!
Almost finished ...
Can you find the fish???
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Yesterdays dinner: baked chicken breasts, basted with ginger, garlic, pepper and teriyaki sauce, sprinkled with honey and sesame seeds, with a flavorful coconut ginger sauce, and tomato pea basmati rice.
Thanks for the quick pix, Robbie!