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Sights from around Crooked Acres.

The Robins are everywhere right now.

Rooster stomping over to see WHAT in TARNATION is going on.

Another rooster.

This Golden Polish is by far our prettiest chicken (in my opinion). I love her coloring. She’s a couple of years old now, and her head feathers seem to be slowly turning white. Which just makes her prettier! We call her “the Rock Star.”

Meredith Grey is appalled at this treatment.

“Sir, unhand me!”

“I SAY, unhand me!”

I love to get shots that show how much smaller Gracie is than George.



Happy pups.

“Pups, look at me! ME! Good, Gracie! Now, George, look at ME, not off in the distance like you’re having deep thoughts. Can’t I get one shot of the two of you BOTH looking at me?”

Apparently NOT.

Last Fall, the pansies in the pot on the front porch seemed to be about dead, so I tossed them on the compost heap. Which apparently brought them back to life – I should repot them and put them on the front porch again!

Baby pears. God willing and the creek don’t rise, maybe we’ll actually get some fruit from our fruit trees this year!

Mister Bluebird likes to hang around the back yard.

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You’ll pardon all the pictures of the babies nursing, won’t you? I took, literally, over 100 pictures while this was going on, and it was really hard to whittle them down to the best ones. I could sit and watch baby kittens nurse FOREVER.



Maggie’s clearly thinking “I blame YOU for this.” What can I say? They get kind of excited when they realize I’ve come into the room!


“Seriously, I could use a mani/pedi and a massage.”


I wish they stayed this little and had those amazing blue eyes forever and ever.


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Coltrane’s on the other side of the ditch that separates the back forty from the front part of our property and he doesn’t appreciate having us so far from him. Who’s going to pet him?!

(I’ve mentioned this before, I’m sure, but I have some new readers recently, and wanted to say that the area of our property that I call “The back forty” is about two and a half acres (our entire property is 4 1/2 acres). It’s where the chickens and George and Gracie live (there’s a big chicken coop and at one point Fred actually built a big, solid dog house on the back of the chicken coop, which the dogs refused to use. It’s now the maternity coop. When weather gets bad, the dogs can go into the big coop if they want to. There’s also a rain shelter on the front of the coop. Of course, most of the time they prefer to hang out in the middle of the field. Rain doesn’t bother them.)


2010: Jake sniffs Bolitar.
2008: Note that Momma Kitty is kneading the air, and in the background, the little gray tabby’s got her paws in the air like she just don’t care.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



4-21-11 — 13 Comments

  1. Sooo much to say!

    Golden Polish – I laughed when I saw her pic! She is lovely and interesting to look at.

    Even before I read your comment….I said to myself, “Awwww…smiling happy pups!”

    I threw out a plant once too….and it lived and thrived where I tossed it. So, I planted it right there in that spot. I know you can’t do it in your compost pile…but maybe near by. Sometimes THEY decide where they want to live. LOL

    There is no such thing as too many pics of nursing baby kittens! In the first pic, did you notice the little one upside down? πŸ™‚

    I agree, I wish they could stay babies like that forever…. πŸ™‚ Little pipe-cleaner tails slay me!

    Have a great day, Robyn. Thanks for all the pictures and starting my day off with a smile!

  2. These pictures were so fun to look at! I love seeing all around and the other residents. πŸ™‚

    Man, Maggie sure has her paws full with that bunch. So many wiggly kittens!

  3. me too on the Smiling Happy Pups! and the lovely chickens! and the adorableness of nursing baby kittens! Im just SO un-original πŸ™‚

  4. That Golden Polish is amazing! She looks like a super old school gilded age chick with a marvelous feather hat and handmade overcoat.

    I am loving the slow-mo sproinging up of the baby ears on Maggie’s brood. One day they’ll just be — bloop! — out.

  5. The look on Maggie’s face in the fourth picture down when the whole family has bellied up to the bar is hilarious.

  6. So many great photos! Yay!!

    (Is the Golden Polish the Victorian version of the Angry Muppet?)

  7. WOW!! Where did you get all these fabulous chicken breeds?!?! They’re wonderful and so healthy and so proud and gorgeous!!! Oh I think I’m in love with your array of chickens!!! Lovely!!!

    George and Gracie are big bears disguised as doggies! LOL!! They’re lovely!!

    Awwww kitties galore!!! Awwwww!!! They are thriving!! And yay for Maggie!

    I hope Coltrane got across that ditch to you all for his cuddles! Take care

  8. Your Golden Polish looks like the ultimate church lady — love her, the pups, Maggie and her handsome black feet and, and of course, her brood. Looking forward to your next instalment of Rufus, Alice, and all the other ham fans. Thanks for the vision of Paradise!

  9. But if they stayed this little, Robyn, you’d miss them climbing your legs stage and the resulting, most attractive AAA road map look for your gams! ;-D