Photos of our garden and yard, taken early this morning. The robins are starting a second brood.
The garden and working in it makes me very happy. I love it that the robins are sort of overseeing the whole thing.
Of course Sam, my old goose, is really the boss. She especially loves to eat dandelion greens and will take them from my hand. She knows that "Look it!" means here's something to eat. Geese are smart animals-I've had geese for about 35 years, and have experinced very different personalities and degrees of 'smartness.' Some are always going to have an attitude of 'You will never tame me. I only tolerate you. Give me some corn to eat.' And other geese will be yours to hold and love and be your companion much like a dog with feathers. They seem to know you will not hurt them, and that lack of fear helps you "communicate" even more with that goose. Of course, many other animals have that trait. You just might not expect it from a goose, but it can be there. Other geese will always be clowns, and there will be the trouble-makers that you love, but they will always be trying to out-wit you and perplex you.
My Mom says I had geese on my bassinet lining when I was a little baby, so it has been a life-long love for me. My greatest challenge in raising geese over the years has been to tame the ones that seemed so afraid of me. For this die-hard introvert, I have learned a lovely lesson. Rejection is only temporary; love will win out in the end. Don't ever give up on l o v e.