BYC Café

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by KingOfFools, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    17,531
    3,267
    461
    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    October is historically the driest month in the year for us, and this year, the extended dry spell has been a blessing. Almost all of the ground in my animals' paddocks is now above water; there are only few puddles of standing water visible. I'm not sure how much may still be in the wooded areas, though. The mosquito situation is horrendous; I just heard the bug truck go through the neighborhood, and I know Vector Control has been trying to get away from spraying for years (preferring to go with the mosquito fish and BTI to deal with the little bloodsuckers before they get airborne). Normally, the bug trucks make their rounds after dark, when the air is relatively still and the bugs most active; if there's a truck going around spraying in the middle of the morning, they must be running it pretty much 24/7!

    We got about half an inch of rain yesterday, not too bad. We'll probably get a bit more before this system gets out of here; the less the better, as far as I'm concerned. The Cape Fear Fair and Expo opens this weekend for a 10-day run. Like a lot of the smaller fairs, they struggle a bit every year; I've been volunteering with them for quite a few now. The "fairgrounds" got sold by the county long ago; the fair is set up at the county airport, and the area doesn't drain very well. Skirting puddles on the midway is one thing, but when the whole thing is a quagmire, it gets nasty. We've had years when a small river ran through the animal tent during a downpour, and even times when some of the stalls wound up underwater for days.

    The company that owns the rides is based in a small town near here, and our fair is their last stop of the year. For the last few years, they have come here right after doing the North Carolina State Fair - obviously, we can't compete with that, so our fair is deliberately scheduled so it doesn't have to. At this time of year, the weather may be hot, cold, a little of both; no telling!

    Things will be rather quiet in the animal tent this year - North Carolina has a prohibition on anything that would put birds and people in close proximity in any sort of numbers due to the bird flu concern. So, no poultry of any kind will be exhibited, and they were easily half of the animals entered. Some of my rabbits will be going, and my minis - Betsy my mini mule has been there for so many years, it would hardly seem like a fair without her! Though after this year, she may not be speaking to me for a while . . . . Y'see, we've had a Halloween Costume Contest in the animal tent for many years. I couldn't get my kids interested in it until last year. Well, this year, BB2K and I are entering the minis, and I've been working on their costumes. Not hugely creative, I'm afraid - we're going with a "My Little Pony" theme. Blondie will be Fluttershy (the pink hair dye is supposed to be temporary; if it doesn't come out easily, she may have a pink mane and tail for quite a while), Syd will be Twilight (I am not going to even think about dyeing the whole animal purple; though we are going to attempt the pink and purple streaks in her mane and tail), and Betsy . . . . Betsy will be Spike, Twilight's dragon assistant. In a way, she gets off easy - no dye job, just a blanket (she's worn blankets many times) and a headpiece. If she'd worn a flymask before, it would be easier . . . . This could get interesting.[​IMG]
     
  2. Mtn Margie

    Mtn Margie Overrun With Chickens

    3,076
    1,421
    301
    Apr 7, 2010
    CO Rockies - 8600ft up
    That sounds like a lot of fun! Knock their knickers off!
     
  3. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Bunny, will you let just anybody watch the 1st time you dress up Betsy?
    Good Luck!!
    Scott
     
  4. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

    40,252
    30,721
    856
    Dec 12, 2013
    Wyoming
    Bunny, I'd love to see pictures of your minis all dressed up in their costumes!
     
  5. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    17,531
    3,267
    461
    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    [​IMG] You know it - when even a small mule doesn't like the look of things, she can put up a big fight! But I don't think I'll have much trouble getting the costume on her; Betsy and I have been together for 9 years, and we understand each other pretty well. Keeping it on her . . . . that's a different issue.[​IMG]

    But unless someone manages to break my phone, there will be pictures.[​IMG]
     
  6. Mtn Margie

    Mtn Margie Overrun With Chickens

    3,076
    1,421
    301
    Apr 7, 2010
    CO Rockies - 8600ft up
    Yes pictures!
    My DSx2 stopped by for lunch today and I made them chili because it was so windy and cold and they were doing a mitigation job on a property "with a view" up here. It was nice to hang out for a bit.
     
  7. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Good Morning, Its a wonderful Thursday.
    [​IMG]

    Have a nice one!
    Scott
     
  8. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

    40,252
    30,721
    856
    Dec 12, 2013
    Wyoming
    Morning Scott & everyone! I did enjoy my coffee this morning...if fact I enjoyed it so much, I might have to have another.
     
  9. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

    33,100
    28,160
    801
    Feb 9, 2015
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Go ahead and have another NFC. I'm on my second diet coke. DH on vacation this week, so we stayed at out camp, which is an hour drive to work for me, but hey, I'm such a good wife.

    Morning all!
     
  10. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

    40,252
    30,721
    856
    Dec 12, 2013
    Wyoming
    Funny, I was taking a sip of my 2nd cup of coffee when I pulled up your post WV!

    Hope that drive is a nice one (you're such a good wife) [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by