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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Speaking of animals that won't work ...

On thursday morning, Feb 4th, Bo came for a visit. Pint sized and full of personality, she was very keen to have a guinea pig until I almost placed one in her lap.

Munchy was a bit too big and wiggly so we negotiated to have her alongside Bo on the seat. I got down in front of them both and reassured her that Munchy wouldn't hurt and was very gentle and that you could feed her.

Well that was enough info for Bo, she was very happy to take a green bean and see if this little creature really would eat... ...which of course it did. For those of you that don't know, guinea pigs are like little chaff cutters, they just keep munching until their is nothing left and stop still when they've had enough.

Bo was delighted and began to talk with her new friend and check her out, a pat, noticing her little eyes and ears, her legs... ...more pats and lots of chatter and needing to know she was alright. Bo insisted in getting down to eye level to look into her little face to ask each question she did. 'Are you alright?' 'Do you want more?' 'What's your name?' ... ... with guinea pig squeaks for answers all along.

Once the Munchy had her fill of beans and wouldn't take another bite, Bo was very disappointed. 'It's not working, it's not working', she let us all know very clearly.

I explained to her that guinea pigs only eat until they are full and then they just to stop. This made no difference, Bo was disappointed that the best part of being with her new friend Muncy had stopped and let me know she could 'go back now'.

I picked up Munchy and put her back in the cage and as she settled in home under Bo's watchful eye, it dawned on Bo that her fun was over. The moment she realised, she looked straight at me with an indignant, 'Hey, give me back my monkey.'

The week we went from a swelter on wednesday, to a light drizzle and sultry morn on friday. Walking in the back paddock then, with not a soul insight for a good while in the rain with the children was a total delight. Their happiness was that fact that we could.

farm 03.02.10

Hot steamy and heaps of fun, so much love and friendship here

farm 04.02.10

Ava and Winston found each other great company and big strong Winston, found half bricks and huge sticks to carry and re-arrange and Ava was right their along side enjoying doing the same...talk about work hard!

farm 05.02.10

We all walked for miles, climbed, played and enjoyed the mild drizzly day. Dawn full of joy, Elodie enjoying her friendship with her. George taking in this amazing place he was at, Daisy in happy delight and Magnus his usual gorgeous self.

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