Sunday, January 5, 2014

Mr. Murphy's Hay Farm

Meet Mr. Murphy's pet bull...



Is he not the sweetest, most gorgeous bull ever?   He weighs 2800 pounds now and will weigh 3000 when fully grown.  He was born here on Mr. Murphy's hay farm. 

Shortly after Poppy and I moved into our little log cabin in the woods in 1989, we got busy and built a small fenced-in area and a tiny barn.  I wanted a pet sheep.  Poppy got me a black sheep.  Shortly thereafter, I met Mr. Murphy.  At the time Mr. Murphy owned a sheep farm and sold a little feed on the side. Buying feed one day I asked him if he would sell me a baby lamb.  He did.. So these were my two sheep...



Eventually, we gave both sheep back to Mr. Murphy. Sheep need shearing!  We tried! What a mess we had!  Makes me sad to look at them.  I had dreams of shearing sheep and spinning yarn.  I've had many dreams over the years that didn't work out.  Like a milk cow.  I want a milk cow!  Poppy says we need a farm for stuff like that. :)

Mr. Murphy got out of the sheep business and started a booming, very busy, "Murphy's Hay Farm".  You can buy just about anything farm related here.  There is a constant line of trucks and trailers driving through to be loaded.



I have always loved this farm.  The farm is beautiful in the summer when the grass and the trees are green.  Like everywhere  this time of the year, Mr. Murphy's is dull and grey. There used to be sheep and little lambs, cats and kittens everywhere!



Supposedly we have rain and very cold, single digit temperatures coming in by Tuesday...7 -9 degrees!  I wanted to take that "not so great" bale of hay I bought for the goats last week and put it in the chicken house to keep the chickens warm. Also wanted to fill all the nests with soft hay, and then buy the goats a better quality hay to eat.  Mr. Murphy sells that better quality hay. You can actually see green in the bale.  The goats love it...it's like their own little green grassy pasture!

While at the farm, Mr. Murphy said "walk out back and look at my pet bull".  At first, Mr. Bull would only peep out  from behind his shelter.  He's a mess.  Wanted us to think that he was shy!...



Thanks for stopping by.  Oh, Mr. Murphy gave us the name of a farm near by that has miniature donkeys for sale...near by!!!  Will keep you posted!

Love,
Henny penny

  

15 comments:

  1. The Bull is a handsome devil!
    I love the smell of hay..all sweet and cosy smelling.
    Jane x

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    1. I love hay too! Gosh, I would love to live on a real farm!

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  2. That is a nice looking bull. What is name? I love the picture of him peeking out from behind the shed.

    Love Vicki

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    1. Vicki, this is funny. As soon as I posted this I thought about your bull. What was his name? Joe? He was a big, good looking bull too. I forgot to ask this bull's name. A young guy working there called him Bully, trying to get him to come out from behind his shed.
      Love,
      Henny

      I am eating a cup of ice cream now but boy, tomorrow is Monday and I am straightening up!!! :)

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  3. Whew, that is a lot of bull. I'll stick with donkeys:)

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  4. Thanks for finding my blog, because now I love yours!
    I know what you mean about some dreams having to go by the wayside -- all part of accepting life as it is, I guess...

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  5. Oh, thank you and welcome! You have such a nice place. I love reading about your donkeys. I sure like your tractor too...something else I have always wanted! :)

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  6. Dear Henny, Love that Bull! Isn't he handsome! Looking forward to see if you make the trip to see the miniature donkeys.. Stay warm...XO Terry

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    1. Hey Terry! I'll have to say, I was a little nervous walking up to the fence to see that bull! I have a feeling we may get that donkey soon. :) Love, Henny

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  7. Miniature donkeys?! That's the ticket! Move on down toward that dream!

    Victoria in frozen Indiana

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    1. I agree! I think a donkey would do it! Oh, I'll bet you are freezing there! Some of that terrible cold is getting to NC now!

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  8. Dear Henny,
    The bashful bull peering around the building is priceless! These little stories make me want to visit N. Carolina and the places you write about. We may do that this year! I hope everything around your cabin is OK after the big cold front. Weather people on TV are calling it a Polar Vortex. Like the duststorms we always had in Phoenix, are now called Haboobs. Guess there is a catchy name for everything in Weatherland.
    Stay warm and keep the animals cozy,
    Pam

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  9. Dear Pam,
    The bull peeping around the corner was my favorite picture too. I hope you do get to visit NC this year. If you get anywhere nearby, Lynn and I both would love to meet you. Most of the names they put on these strange weather systems are new to me! :) Take care.

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  10. I always wanted to raise sheep too...but you need a barn and pastures. We have woods:)

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