George and I spent a week with family and all the critters in Up-state NY. It was a joyful visit because our 93-year-old mom had flown in from Germany to see all of us one more time. Of course ‘one more time’ has been her reason to travel such a long way several times before and judging by her excellent condition it is very likely that there may yet be another ‘one more time’.
Since our last visit Charssada has become home to more lucky animals. The chicken flock has increased to a good size and free range egg production is in full swing.
Here is one of the ten bachelor roosters who had to be given away because of in-fighting and other unmentionable behaviour:
Once the bachelor roosters were sent to their new home, much-needed tranquility returned to the chicken yard. Here are a few pictures to show the flock’s rooster calmly watching over his hens:
Here he is, the rightful leader of the flock!
The four-legged population also saw the addition of two draft horses who had been waiting for adoption at a horse rescue. They had arrived at the end of winter and were already thriving under my sisters watchful eye and her excellent care.
Meet the new boys Teddy and Willy:
When Teddy first arrived his hind legs were so weak that he dragged his huffs on the ground, but now they are strengthening steadily and he is able to walk freely up and down the hilly pasture. Both horses needed their huffs trimmed and Willy’s oversized molars had to be shaved down to enable him to chew his food. The farmer who had raised Willy and worked him hard for 20 years never took care of such things and consequently Willy was severely under weight.
Meet Jessie the woman who trims huffs the natural way, showing of her muscles after the work was done.
When I saw the scars Willy has from pulling his farmer’s plow for 20 years, and learing that the farmer tried to extract the last bit of money by offering the worn out horse for sale for the price of meat, I had to wonder about the depth of the farmer’s depravity and greed. It is my firm belief that a society that lacks compassion, lacks humanity, in the end is doomed to fail.
Yet for Teddy and Willy, the story continues on a happier note. Under the watchful eye of my sisters love, life at Charssada Farm is truly good.