Here are the pictures to go with the post for March 16.
1 Both Alpacas, 2 Picchu, 3 Machu
While doing chores this morning, I noticed that the boys (our alpacas--Machu and Picchu) were staring at something. I suddenly realized that I left the gate into our yard open and they were contemplating escape. It would be from one confined space into another, but it would be different space! Yeah! I rushed over and closed the gate. A few minutes later I heard Libby barking and acting weird. I looked into the yard and there she was, trying to get the alpacas back into their field. She sat like a good girl when I asked her to.
The gate was open. Apparently, I didn't get it latched and the boys suffering from spring fever and very long locks tried a break. I didn't think they could hurt anything so we closed the gate and left them in the yard while we took the dogs for a walk. They (the alpacas) ran around for a few minutes, ate some fresh grass and then started exploring. When we got back, they were staring at reflections of themselves in the glass sliders of the sun room. They weren't happy! They could see two other alpacas in the windows- living in the house with us! How could we?
Spring is finally here! How do I know--the geese and ducks have started laying eggs! Oh boy! The first goose egg was in a hen's nest sitting on top of three little brown eggs. I took it and put it in the refrigerator (see above). She apparently didn't like it so she built a new nest. It is a massive construction that must have taken her a good deal of time. She went into the hay shed and pulled hay out of an unbroken hay bale. She took about a fourth of it for her nest. When I looked into it, I didn't see any egg, but there was one--the big white one on top of the pile above-hidden lovingly, I suppose in the hay. I stole it, too. The small white eggs in the picture above are duck eggs and the brown ones are chicken eggs.
Carrying the warm goose egg in my hand and thinking about all the egg in it made me start wondering why the term "goose egg" stood for "a bump on the head" or "nothing." After considerable research, the answer was not satisfactory. The term is used because a 0 on a scoreboard looks like an egg. In England, they say duck egg--to one up our British cousins we use the phrase "goose egg." And, I guess, a bump on the head must feel and/or look big. Hmmmm!