Saturday Special

Donkeys Having Fun

We own two miniature donkeys. The two of them are used as protection for the goats. Miniature donkeys will attack coyotes, and alert everyone that there are coyotes or danger on the farm. One of the girls is pregnant. Since we know she is a proven mother, we decided to add a baby donkey to the herd.

The two girls were added to the coral of the goats just recently. We had them is separate but neighboring corals so everyone could get used to each other before we added them in the same pasture.

They have fun together, especially when they are eating their grass. Hannah, is the black one throwing the grass on Ellie. Ellie is pregnant, and will carry her baby for one year.


Family Friday, Genaolgy

Jacob Harley

According to family legend Jacob was sent to America as a tax collector for King George. He was a in a “common law marriage with Mary Adkins, and had seven children. As the Revolutionary War was beginning he was called back to England and did not take Mary or his children back to England with him. When he died he left money to Mary and his children, but they would have to go to England to collect the money. The money was never collected, so they never received any money from him or his family. the Adkins name was passed on to the family.

Jacob, was born as the Earl of Oxford about 1730, Jacob would have been the son of Edward Harley which was the 3rd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer.


Never A Dull Moment

Our family has been living on our farm for about one year and a half. Everyday there is something happening, never a dull moment. Our chickens are free range chickens. They are antibiotic free, and run and play all day. Anyone that tells you that they only eat veggies or grain, feed them only veggies or grain. Chickens are like little prehistoric beings, they have so many vocal sounds. I imagine dinosaurs sounded the way the chickens do. The chickens run around and eat bugs, and I have even seen them go after song birds that try to drink their water.

The donkeys sometimes want to roam the whole 40 acres, but since there are gaps in the front I don’t want them to run all over the place. They are the protectors of the goats, so they need to be in the same coral as the goats. The donkeys will go after coyotes, and stomp them…so the dogs can’t be too close to the donkeys.

donkeysOn the days they do get out of the stall before I have the lead on them, I have to call their names and follow them all over until I catch them.

The goats are so adorable, and cause the least amount of problems. They do want to jump up on people so they can visit up close and personal.

Just the other day I was taking the dogs for their daily run. They run the whole perimeter of the 40 acre farm. Then they run back up to the house, or at least that is what they usually do. As they were coming back up the road, a coyote ran toward the creek bed. One of the dogs went after the coyote, and the other one looked back at me with a look…Mom, I gotta go with my sister. Off they went, I walked through the creek bed looking for them. Yelled their names, took the Kabota out looking for them. Took the car out to look for them. Yelled for them from the top of each hill.

Finally, after the 12 hours one of them arrives at the door. I made her some farm fresh eggs, and blew on each piece before I fed it to her. She was lying on her side as she ate each piece. The kids did not want to give up looking for the other dog. They would call her name, and they swore they heard her crying. It was really dark…we took the Kabota to the location where my son said he heard her crying. We went to the location, and there she was pacing back and forth. He lifted the barbed wire fence to allow her to come into our property.

This is day two of them being home. Since their escapade I have not heard any coyotes around, and the dogs have been napping most of the time. Like I said there is something happening everyday…never a dull moment.

Terreni D' Oro Tuesday

Skipping Through Daisies

This post includes graphic images that may not be suitable for younger people….

People believe that country life is so romantic, but there are times that it is pretty horrible. Don’t get me wrong, 98% of the time, I love living out in the country. The part I don’t like is the death of our animals. These last past weeks we have had so many animals killed by coyotes. UGH!

We started off with 95 chickens, and 12 ducks, 2 geese, and 25 guinea hens. I will not have any more guinea hens. We started with 5, for the first round. Four of them died before they made it out of the nursery. A couple of them broke their necks trying to fly up through the screen, Two of them got out of their habitat, and got into the poison. 🙁 We had one left, that got to go out with all the chickens.   In the meantime we got 20 more guinea hens. We had them in their own big house. Fed them, watered them, cleaned their house regularly. It was time to let them out of their house. The first night it was time to go back into their homes, we had to round them all up. There were two that took off, and just as one was going back to the house…an owl swooped down and took off with it. It was so close I could feel the wings flap in from of me. Then another owl come out of no where and snatches up the other one.

A couple of days later the kids had a football game they wanted to attend. I took them to the city, and my husband was on chicken patrol. He locked up all the chickens, and he was getting ready to lock up the guinea hens when an owl rips the face right off one of the guinea hens. The rest of the guinea hens take off, and there were only two left. One of the two had his eyeball hanging out of his head. The next day around 3PM the other two were gone, no where to be found.

We are not sure what happened to the goose that is no longer around. It is hard to believe he would just up and leave. We saved his life when he was very young, and he was the protector of the ducks. The two geese and the ducks hung out together all the time. We know that one of the ducks was gone when we got home from a football game one warm evening. Then recently three of the ducks were missing. Here is what I found one day…

duck head Some of my favorite chickens are the silkies, and at one time we had 9, and now we are down to three. Our last white silkie was killed just the other day.

silkie deathThese two deaths have been some of the last ones. I have started patrolling the area where the chickens free range, and make sure that one of us are outside when it is dusk so we can lock everyone in their house. We also do a count.

As much as I would love to skip through the daisies, real life also has some sad times.

Museum Monday

Pompeo Massani

This is one of my favorite older paintings. One of my favorite subjects is reading, and writing. I have many paintings of men and women reading and writing. This one looks like a Nono anyone would love. He is sitting at his desk with his ledger in from of him. He has a map behind him, and a calendar. Could he be a travel coordinator? His index finger is stained with ink, and he wears a thick gold band on his pinkie finger. The wrinkles on his face are like a map of where he has been, and the life he has lived. His blue eyes are shadowed by his caterpillar like eyebrows. The bend of his glasses tell us he has had those speckles for a very long time. The black and the white in the center of the painting keep the eye moving, and picking out more details. The red in the foreground keeps you eye from wandering down below the painting. Massani, has pulled off an exquisite piece.         P Massani

Saturday Special

Farm Views

Gucci cuddles up with her favorite blanket.                                  Gucci

Vermicomposting, worms eat apple cores, shredded paper, coffee, banana peels, and green waste.IMG_5001  Heating up the compost.IMG_5003

Just as the dew has set in the morning on a feather.


Our donkeys, Ellie and Hannah.IMG_7313

Misty, is one of our female goats.IMG_7315

Fresh oranges and lemons from our trees.IMG_5005

Pine needle tea from our Stone Pine Tree. IMG_5013

The bees are still happy in the field. IMG_5090

The ducks are a little in shock. They just lost three buddies in one day to the coyotes. Although, it is beautiful on the farm, sometimes some sights are not so beautiful. I did have a photo of the duck head. The coyotes left the head behind the pond. I found it later, and took a photo of it. The circle of life is truly lived out here…you see life and death. Death is sad, but it happens on the farm more often. IMG_5097

Family Friday, Genaolgy, Happiness Project

John Lathrop (10th Great Grandfather)

10th Great Grandfather

John Lathrop was born on December 20, 1584, in Etton, England, the only child of Thomas and Mary Salte.

He was Christened Eton, Yorks, England.

Rev. John Lothrop evidently entered first Christ Church College, Oxford, for according to Foster’s “Alumini Oxonienses” John Lowthroppe of Yorkshire, aged 16 years, was admitted a pleb of Christ Church, Oxford, October 15, 1602. Thence he went to Cambridge, where according to Vennn’s “Alumni Cantabrigienses” John Loothrop, Lathrop, or Lothropp, who was baptized at Etton, Yorkshire, December 20, 1584, son of Thomas of Etton, was admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s College in 1606 and to that of Master of Arts in 1609.
Is 1624 Removed to London, England & was pastor of a Congregational Church conducting Separatist services surreptiously; April 29, 1632 arrested with 43 members of the church and imprisoned for 2 yrs. May 3, 1632. At a conventile at the house of one Barnett, a brewer’s clerk dwelling in Blackfriars, the minister was one John Latropp, and among those present were Pennina Howse (Hannah House?) and Sarah Barbon. His first wife died while he was in prison.
He and some others were released on condition of leaving the country.  Came to Scituate, Mass, aboard Griffin, arriving September 18, 1634, and soon after organized a church at Scituate. “So many of us as had been in covenant before” united January 8, 1634/5 and others were added shortly. He was admitted from Plymouth Colony February 7, 1636/7. Two years later he, with the principal part of the church removed to found the church and town of Barnstable. His record of the two congregations was copied in 1769 by Reverend Ezra Stiles; the original having since been lost, this copy has been printed by the Historical Genealogical Society in Registers IX and X. Mr. Lothrop was a man of deep piety, great zeal and large ability and undoubtedly the inspiration for the emigration of a large contingent from the Weald of Kent who settled in Scituate.
His will dated August 10, probably Dec. 8, 1653, bequeathed to wife; to eldest son Thomas, to son John who is in England, son Benjamin, daughters Jane and Barbara, to each of the rest of his children, both his and his wife’s. An ancestor of FDR, U. S. Grant and George Bush

Children of JOHN LATHROP and HANNAH HOUSE are:
7. i. THOMAS7 LATHROP, b. Abt. 1612, Eastwell, Kent, England; d. Bet. 1706 – 1707, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts.
8. ii. JANE LATHROP, b. Abt. 1614; d. Aft. 1658, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts.
 iii. ANNE LATHROP, Baptised: May 12, 1616, Egerton, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England; d. April 30, 1617, Egerton, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England.
 iv. JOHN LATHROP, Baptised: February 22, 1616/17, Egerton, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England; d. July 19, 1638, Egerton, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England; m. (1) HANNAH FULLER; m. (2) MARY HEILY/COLE, January 18, 1637/38, All Saints, Wandsworth, Surrey, England.
 v. BARBARA LATHROP, Baptised: October 31, 1619, Egerton, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England; d. July 19, 1638, Egerton, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England; m. JOHN EMERSON, July 19, 1638, Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts – by Miles Standish.
9. vi. JUDGE SAMUEL LATHROP, b. Bet. 1622 – 1623, London, Middlesex, England; d. February 28, 1699/00, Norwich, New London Co., Connecticut.
10. vii. JOSEPH LATHROP, b. Abt. 1624, Lambeth, London, England; d. October 09, 1700, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts.
 viii. BENJAMIN LATHROP, b. April 11, 1624, Baptised: December 24, 1626, Eastwell, Kent, England; d. July 03, 1691, Charlestown, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts; m. MARTHA GOODWIFE.

 ix. BARNABAS7 LATHROP110,111, baptized June 06, 1636112,112,112,113; d. October 26, 1715, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts; m. SUSANNA CLARK116,117, November 03, 1658; b. 1641, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts120,120,120,121; d. September 28, 1697. He was an assisstant at Plymouth, and one of the first counsellors of Massachusetts after its union with Plymouth under the charter of William and Mary 1692.
x. ABIGAIL LOTHROP96,97, baptized November 2, 1639; m. JAMES CLARK102,103, October 07, 1657104,105; b. 1636, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts106,106,106,107.  She died before 1664. He m. (2) widow ALICE NICHOLS 1664. Abigail and James had; Andrew, b. 1639 m. Mehitable Scottow; James b. 1636 (?) m. 1657 Abigail Lathrop; Sussana, m. Barnabus Lathrop.
xi.  BATHSHUA LATHROP, baptized February 27, 1641; died January 8, 1722/3 in Dorchester, MA.
xii. JOHN LATHROP, b. February 9, 1644, Barnstable, MA; d. September 1727 Barnstable, MA, at 83 years of age. He married MARY COBB in Plymouth, MA, January 3, 1671/2.

Throwback Thursday

Sweet 16

Here I am at 16. I just passed my Lifeguard Training class. It was too late to get a job with the city, but I did get an offer that I could not pass. The residential camp that I attended when I was younger ask me to Lifeguard for them. One of the college students bowed out, and they needed a replacement. I packed my bags, and was ready to start my adventure as a lifeguard at camp. Once I arrived one of the counselors was having issues with the inner city kids. They asked if I could step in for a few days as a counselor. I took over, and ended up being the counselor for the 11 year old girls. There would be 10 girls at a time, for two weeks. We would go hiking, swimming, boating, horse back riding, everyday. We did crafts, archery, and sang songs…lots of songs. We had closing ceremonies around the campfire, and every two weeks we would cry for those kids leaving. 16

Most of the other counselors were college age kids. My sister and I were the youngest people that were in charge. On days off we would go to Bloomington, Indiana., and hang out with other college kids. On nights that we were off we would go into the freezer and gather up peanut butter and chocolate chips, mix them together and make our own homemade “reese peanut butter brick”. There were parties that were not sanctioned 😉 they were pretty fun. We often would go “sailing with the captain”. Yes, I know I was only 16, but it was the 80’s. That is all I will say about it.

We may have been poor, but we sure had some fun.