Jake, the New Muskovy

Welcome back from Fall Break!

I hope you had a great time over Fall Break! I had a lot of work to do. Some of it was in the farm yard, and some of it was in the sewing room. I didn’t teach guitar students this week, but I didn’t have a vacation because all the time I usually spend teaching guitar, I spent embroidering a beautiful Irish Dance dress, making Halloween costumes, and finishing a birthday present that was very late.

One of the things we need to do today is fix a fence.

See that cute face?
The goat in front is Serenity. The other goat is her mama, Annie.
Serenity is supposed to be on the other side of the fence from Annie because she
keeps drinking Annie’s milk.

Serenity is old enough that she doesn’t need milk anymore. She is supposed to stay on the other side of the fence.

Serenity and River are so sneaky that they know how to get through the brown gate. We’ve tried making sure it’s tighter so they can’t get through. We fixed a hole in the fence, too. They somehow manage to climb through the brown bars in the fence. Today we’ll put up more fencing so they can’t get through.

It seems as if no matter how much work we do, there is always more to be done on the farm!

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We got a new drake this week. His name is Jake.

Can you tell what kind of an animal a ‘drake’ is by watching the video? Can you tell if it is a boy or girl by how I’m writing about it?

Did you see and hear all the roosters? Oh, boy! Many of the chicks that have hatched since spring are roosters. We only need one rooster on the farm, so we had to catch the other roosters and give them to someone else. We got rid of 5 roosters yesterday. We still have 3 more roosters to catch and get rid of.

Here’s another video of Jake. You’ll have to be very quiet if you want to hear him because Jake is very quiet.

What kind of noise does Jake make? Can you hear a quiet ‘hiss’? That’s the noise that Muscovy drakes make. A drake is a boy duck. A girl duck is called a duck.

Jake came to our farm because he was the only duck on his farm, and he was lonely. He used to sleep with the cows because there were no other ducks for friends. Now he has a duck friend, and some chicken friends. Jake’s friends all have feathers now so he is much happier.

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Here’s a good picture of our boy turkey. A boy turkey is called a Tom turkey. He has beautiful feathers!
How many turkeys can you see in this picture?
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Have you noticed that some mornings are cold? Have you been wearing a coat to school some mornings? When lunch time comes around you wonder why you brought your coat because it got so warm?
That happens a lot in the fall.
Some mornings I find Midnight  in her cozy spot staying nice and warm in the barn.
She doesn’t look very happy in the picture, but she is a nice cat, unless you are a mouse.
If you were going to tell a story about Midnight, what would it be?
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Here’s another picture that you could write a story about.
That funny chicken is always riding the goats!
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Here are a few photos of the projects I worked on in the sewing room this week.
This is the front of the dress I worked on.
This is the skirt of the dress I worked on.
This piece goes on the back of the dress.
I’ll see if I can get a picture of the girl wearing the dress next week. 
She won 3rd place on Saturday!
I hope you have hobbies that help you learn and grow. I hope you have hobbies that let you create new things. I know children who love to build with Legos, they create robots! I know children who draw and paint. I know children who dance. I know children who play musical instruments. I know children who play sports.
All of those hobbies are wonderful ways to learn and grow!
Have a wonderful week learning and growing and working hard!

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