These two are fast friends. They are Frieda and Keetah, so perhaps that was the start of their connection. They also have matching coats. Frieda rubs on Keetah often, there is no threat emanating from this big girl. Keetah did live with a cat before coming to live with us. Murphy, the cat, went to live with my son and has helped their very nervous cat calm down.
I got the bread making thing rolling again after a week of store bread. It was a high of 52F degrees yesterday, which helped prompt me. I tend to slack off on bread making over the summer. Somehow heating an oven doesn't have the same feeling for me when it's godawful hot and humid. Mark got happy when he saw the loaf cooling. He's so easily pleased!
Speaking of Mark, he spent all of yesterday and will do the same today, lopping saplings along the pasture fencing. We've always had to control the woodlands desire to spread but we have noticed a marked difference over the past eight-to-ten years. It's almost uncontrollable. Softwood trees like our warmer, more humid weather. It's a lot of work for him.
The geldings got their first two hours on pasture yesterday. I have to let them get accustomed to grass, I cannot do it as gradually as is advised because there are too many of them, but I give it three days, increasing the time on grass by an hour per day. If there were fewer of them or if I had much more pasture land they could just be left on pasture and get used to it gradually, but I don't so they can't. When they are settled I will start the process with the mares. My stallion gets to do it the easy way, as he has a pasture to himself which is large enough his grazing won't affect the grass growth. It was much more work when I had up to forty horses here! Yes, I was not sane.
It's 49F degrees and cloudy, not springlike at all, unless we are talking Minnesota spring. Which we are, so never mind. I lit a fire last evening and will again tonight. I don't want to run the furnace. Which as I write this I hear it, so, yah.
I think I'm going to make soup for lunch. We have a crusty bread, it's chilly outside and Mark will have spent a morning working outside. Sounds like a good plan.