Kate is really growing, isn't she? She has that classic teenage look to her - lanky, giant growing nose (we're thinking she should be called Pinocchio), and her fur is becoming curly and less soft. She's also showing some awesome herding instinct!
The spring rains haven't come to western Massachusetts, like so many places in the USA. I am seriously worried about how the lack of rain is going to effect the local veggie farms, our hay crop, and our garden this summer, never mind the well which is our only source of water. It usually runs dry some days during a normal summer. Not a lot we can do about it.
Our sheep in the front pasture have a couple natural spring fed sources of water. They are basically holes in the ground that have been dug out and fill with water and frogs' eggs. They make great watering holes for the sheep and the dogs love to lie down in the mud and cool themselves off. No wonder it is impossible to keep our house clean.
When we moved here 12 years ago, we did a lot of renovation including buying an American Standard low water use toilet to replace an old water guzzling things. From the first day it was installed, we hated the thing. It was prettily styled (might as well have a nice looking toilet) but the darn thing never flushed properly. After 12 years of living with the non-working thing, I decided to go in search of a replacement, even though when I bought it I thought I was buying it for the duration of our time here. Our friend Mike is a plumber and he tipped me off that Toto makes a well-designed low water use toilet. So meet our new toilet...... Her name is Guinevere. She is cute, isn't she? A one piece beauty making her easier to clean.
And she flushes beautifully! What a relief that after 12 years of hating the works in that new/old one, we have a toilet that works. It's a little thing but it's making for a good day here on the farm. And now I won't have to explain the country plumbing issues to the knitting guests who come to the farm this summer and fall. Thanks Mike!