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Do A Deer

If I had The Sound of Music on DVD I would so be watching it right now! I am sure Jason is down on his knees in thanks that we don’t have that movie on DVD, because he would be forced to listen to me singing along with Do-Re-Mi a few times. I have had that song in my head since this afternoon. I was scrubbing the trough in the Big Boys’ pasture and I noticed as I stood up for a break that their group seemed a lot bigger than usual. I carried on scrubbing the trough and while I was waiting for it to fill up I took a better look at things.

Well, their group was bigger than usual, in fact up by a total of three. They had three deer right int he middle of all of them happily grazing away, as were the horses. They were all very comfortable with each other and clearly this was not a new thing. I’ve seen deer grazing with the horses before but I’ve never seen them so relaxed, especially with me just a few acres away.

However the really neat part was when the boys decided it was time for their daily runabout. They have a good gallop around their 40 acres at least once a day. The big boys are a younger crowd and they can get pretty frisky sometimes. What made me watch in awe and amazement was the three deer ran with them. The deer weren’t running away, but running right in the middle of the pack. It was amazing and really beautiful to watch.

When I was relaying this to Jason tonight he wasn’t impressed at all. His response was “yeah, when I bushhog back there those deer don’t even run from the tractor anymore.” So I guess this group of deer consider the farm to be their home and all of the residents to be their friends. It was an amazing sight to watch those deer streaking across the pasture with the horses.

I just googled the lyrics to Do-Re-Mi so I could post them here. Now everyone can have this song running through their head!

Doe, a deer, a female deer Ray, a drop of golden sun Me, a name I call myself Far, a long, long way to run Sew, a needle pulling thread La, a note to follow Sew Tea, a drink with jam and bread That will bring us back to Do (oh-oh-oh)

Maria and Children:(Repeat above verse twice)

Maria:Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do So-do!

Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me. I could kill myself for not having my camera!! It was such a busy day that I never even bothered to take it out of the house. If only I could have gotten some pictures or video or something of the deer running along with the horses. I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it that A) it happened and B) it was incredible to watch.

Faune and Winston

Sebastian (in the flymask) and Lightening conversing over the fence. I think Lightening is saying something along the lines of “hey, there is something different about your face. I can’t quite put my hoof on it . . . ”

Bridget and Traveller

Mr. O’Reilly

MyLight was curled up in a ball napping

Then she moved into dead horse position for awhile

When she decided it was time to get up she rolled, including sitting up and doing the Elfin dogwalk, to roll on the other side

Teddy with Snappy behind him

Grazing under a pretty blue sky

Leo, Ivan and Chance

Lucky grazing while Clay enjoyed a nice roll behind him

Lexi with Bridget behind her

We’ve been a bit worried about Jo’s weight. We think she is in a growth spurt but decided to start weighing her regularly. Jason first weighed the empty cooler.

Then it was time to put Jo in the cooler

Poor Jo, she is usually quite brave but being lifted in the cooler made her nervous when it tilted. She fainted and fell out. I was too traumatized to keep clicking and capture it on camera. It can be tough being a fainting goat.

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