2016 with Blue Skies Ahead

Happy New Year Everyone!

January 1st of 2016 surprised me with a nearly perfect blue sky.  Having spent weeks overwhelmed by my Season of Gray, the blue sky was the perfect antidote to my melancholy, and, in my own humble opinion, barn chores under the blue sky were the perfect was to start the new year.

First thing, I wandered out to one of the back pasture to check on a tree fall that one of my neighbors reported to me.  Their tree; our fence.

It pretty much destroyed that section of fence, but it’s so big that no one is going anywhere over, around, or through it.  I don’t have to worry for a while.  (I told Jeremiah that we should chainsaw it in interesting ways and leave it as fence…easier than hauling it out.)

The llamas and ponies followed me to the back pasture and set about munching on whatever they could find while I studied the tree fall.  It was picture perfect.

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Llamas and ponies in the pine tree pasture
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Kismet Standing Guard
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Dude llama (left) and Violet and Slash.  (Lovely little rescues, all three.)
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Reva (left front) and friends.

Later, checking on the big horses, I was greeted by my four monsters watching me from over their hay bale.

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Cinco, Morana, Vinny, and Candi watching me walk up

That evening, our first sunset of 2016 was stunning, hopefully a promise of a better year to come.

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I can’t believe I get to live here. Also, for the record, no filter.


2015 was a hell of a thing in my world; I was not sad to see it go.  Here’s to a better 2016 for all of us!
P.S. – This is my 100th post on AlmostFarmgirl!  Thanks to everyone out there for reading.  (You guys are my favorite.) If you’re looking for an additional way to follow the adventures at the ranch, I have a facebook page for AlmostFarmgirl as well.  I use it to post videos and some photos that never make it into a blog post.  (Just the other day I posted a video of my llama herd lined up and following me into the back fields, before that a video of what it looks like when two mini ponies and three llamas decide it’s time to PLAY!)  Follow facebook.com/almostfarmgirl. I’d love to see you there.



10 thoughts on “2016 with Blue Skies Ahead

  1. Congratulations on your 100. Love what you are doing. And how you’ve figured out a way to get your Facebook page to support it. Great pictures.

    After Hurricane Charley in 2004, someone I knew at the time had a tree fall in her backyard. They had a sculptor friend of theirs come over and carve the wood into a beautiful sculpture. Like they say, when you’re handed a lemon, you can always make lemonade.


  2. Congratulations on 100 posts! We have the entire west fence down and parts of the north fences down from ice storms beginning in 2007. We had just cleaned up and patched the north border when that ice storm came through here on Thanksgiving. So we start over… it’s life on the farm, eh? 🙂


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