Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I went out to feed about 7:30 this morning, and Chantilly had popped!

We have a new baby girl!

Sorry for the crappy pictures, will do better later.

Vet coming out shortly and we have the cow colostrum ready to go.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Well, Cria watch starts again.

Chantilly is exhibitng signs that she is ready to deliver.

Barney is the dad of this one. He is the one in the profile picture. You can't tell from that pic, but he is a gorgeous shade of dark chestnut brown. We are hoping for some color for this cria. Chantilly's first cria was white, but she was bred with Impact who is a very light beige and given that her mom is Caitlin who is well know for throwing white no matter who she is bred with, well, hell, I guess I don't care. I just want the delivery to go well, Chantilly to do well and to have a healthy cria.

Chantilly is the girl on the left in the pic by the hay feeder. She is as big as the side of the barn, LOL! Her mama Caitlin is to her left.

Chantilly is also the one with the cria laying pretty much on her. That is her very first cria, born last November. She proved to be a very good momma.

I would appreciate positive thoughts from my blogger friends on this delivery. After our recent losses, I am scared.

I will say that we have 2 quarts of fresh frozen cow colostrum on hand, fcuk that powdered shit!

Will keep everyone updated.

Friday, November 5, 2010


First thing, I want to thank everyone who visits my little blog for their kindness during the past few very hard weeks. Your kind and supportive words brought tears but helped me so very much!

The pics are from Shirley Plantation here in Charles City County. This plantation is the oldest family owned and operated business in the USA. SOOOO much history at this place that I can't even keep it all straight.

A couple of facts:

Robert E. Lee lived here for a number of years when he was young.

The ladies saved the whole plantation from devastation during the Civil War when the Union troops camped on the property after a battle at Malvern Hill (I believe) by helping the troops with food and care. They hoped that the same care would be accorded to their loved ones if they found themsleves in a like situation. The plantaion was neither burned or looted.

During some really hard times in the early 1900's, the plantation had fallen on hard times and the ladies were looking at losing the whole thing when they had a visitor buy an original painting from the family collection. It was a full length portrait of George Washington. It was okay because "he wasn't family."

That is why Southern Belles are referred to as "Steel Magnolias."


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

SPOT SULLIVAN 3/9/98-11/2/2010

We have had a bad couple of weeks here at Hummingbird Hill Farm.

Yesterday, I had to have my old Dalmation Spot euthanized and after the recent losses of Annie and Aran, it was extremely difficult. However, it was time and he was ready.

He went quickly and peacefully in our van and we brought him home and buried him in a sunny place near the house!

I know my dad was waiting for him.

I have had dogs all my life and, no matter what the situation, the end always rips my heart out, but I would never trade the love, affection and joy that these wonderful beings have brought me during my lifetime for anything.

Godspeed my darling Spot!