November 15, 2014 – Today, we had a family portrait taken in the new scarves knitted for us with love by Charlotte and Addie. Two roosters, 24 hens, and five ducks arranged easily in a relaxed, yet dignified pose using Yoga Rock as our backdrop. I think our colors will pop splendidly against the gray and white flecks of the granite boulder.
Waffles set up the camera on a tripod and used the wireless remote to trigger the shutter. After every shot, she’d run back behind the lens and check the image that was captured. Finally, when she was satisfied that she had nailed the perfect shot, she told us to really let our combs down. The candid snapshots that followed are hilarious!
Everything was going so well, that we ended up taking all the pictures we needed for the upcoming year. We each had a head shot taken to hang on the visitor wall of the brewery. Then came the photos to go inside the Chicken Citizen Patrol Handbook. After that, the bantams lined up for their pullet camp yearbook pictures. Next, best friends and those romantically inclined – (specifically, Peaches and Francis and Tim and Betty… Tim and Hattie… and Tim and Gertrude the goat.) That’s right! We invited our friends from Mrs. Turner’s farm to join us. I was thrilled to have my picture taken with Sawyer and Peaches, but also Rosemary the dairy cow. She’s been such a great friend.
As we were finishing up, a quiet shower of snowflakes danced in applause around our heads. We were overcome with holiday joy and anticipation. We gathered once more, this time in front of Mom’s office window. With wings and legs linked, we swayed back and forth as we belted out that holiday favorite, “Deck the Halls with Bras of Holly.” (I can’t really picture Holly the kitten in a bra, but then again, she is a cat and felines are unpredictable.)
We spent the rest of the afternoon sharing hot tea and warm snacks on the back steps of Coop #3. All in all, it was a five-star day!