Here's my attempt to do something about this interweb crisis. Allow me to introduce Ozark and Isabelle:
They live on my uncle and aunt's farm in Nova Scotia. We've just returned from our family summer vacation in the Maritimes, so prepare for photo posts over the next little while. It is pretty tough to take a bad photo in the Maritimes...it is such a scenic part of our country! Okay, so donkeys.
Ozark is still getting used to his new stable-mate Izzy (witness ears back in top photo). Both of these cuties are rescue animals that now get to live a lovely life in a gorgeous barn and pasture, along with Bailey the horse (photo below). My aunt Karen is such a compassionate animal-lover and she's taking very good care of these donkeys. She recently lost her first rescue donkey Owen and everyone was very sad and missing Owen and his hilarious personality terribly. A farrier alerted her to Izzy, who was suffering terrible neglect. Luckily, Izzy recently got to come live at her new home and she's settling in just fine.
Look at that face!!! She's a character like no other. Karen's been trying to find out what kind of donkey grows hair like a llama. Apparently there is a very rare breed of long-haired donkey, but a large rescue centre in Ontario thinks it unlikely that Izzy is that kind of donkey, just because they are indeed so rare.
She likes to fill up her hair-do with dust.
Ozark seems mystified and rather embarrassed for her.
They both loved the love, though. I think Ozark's ears are back just to maintain his reputation. He really does seem like a sweet fella. We had such a nice visit - it was my first time seeing the farm since they'd moved there. D was all smiles because she got to ride around the pasture on Karen's horse Bailey.
I took a zillion photos because a farm is too good a photographic location to pass up! I rode and had my own horse all through high school. I miss being around horses regularly.
The chickens get to free range all day and bring themselves inside every evening.
This is the neighbour's old barn next door.
After our visit we drove to a well-known lobster supper spot in Hall's Harbour for dinner. The tide was high when we arrived, but dropped about 6' during the 2 hours we were there!
Here's B with our dinner. You choose your lobsters from the tank in the gift shop, then walk them outside to the boil shack where they are prepared for you. D couldn't quite reconcile the tank to pot scenario, so she chose to eat lobster mac & cheese instead.
I never imagined writing a post about donkeys with a side of lobster, but there you have it. More Maritime goodness to come. I hope you are enjoying your summer.