north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen , 11:41 AM GMT on April 26, 2012

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07:10, 53F, calm and chilly. roosters crowing, songbirds subdued. yellow dogs at back door. deer and fawn in donkey woodlot.
last night when I was filling the sheep water, I watched several deer come out of the live oak woods to the south of the farm, jump the barb-wire fence and graze around in the south pasture where the cows were in the morning. when I went to feed the donkeys, there was a mashed area in the sand where the donkeys had rolled and right through that smooth sand was a set of tiny hoof prints.. a fawn.
11:00, warm, shed my sweater. trying to get to work but tree down on a fence. lucky me, it just missed the boundary fence. had to remove branches but not a tree. inner fences I can work on anytime but boundary fences are top priority, esp. with the guard dog gone. working on getting dixie to fill in. thinking I need a new maremma but there don't seem to be any pups in florida.
11:30, low 70's, WSW wind 5 knts. medium tide at CK.
spent most of the day in meetings about a new data sheet and procedure on describing sites in the field. never got to give the vegetation presentation. did get a trawl put together. the facilities manager was trimming trees by the boat yard so I got a small load of oak, cherry, and red bay branches for next years firewood.
16:20, high tide at #4 bridge. no ducks, just brown pelicans. heading to the cow town for supplies. mid-70's. had a terrible chicken burrito at hardees but the chocolate malt was good. got groceries, gas for the truck, and feed.
18:10, 74F, sunny. unloaded wood, feed and groceries. all I can get now is oat hay and I'm running out of coastal bermuda. will have to hit the hay guy again but the last hay I got from him was pretty dry.. anticipating a difficult month for forage for the stock. can't just feed them oat hay. there is some grass in the pasture but not much and if I don't supplement their feed they will eat the pasture down to nothing..
20:30, 66F, calm. waxing crescent moon above the oaks. venus below. dogs all barking. put frontline on everyone under 85 lbs. then walked them all in the moonlight. I was the only one who appreciated it.

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About marsHen

marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.