I had every good intention of starting the ABC Along in early January, but somehow here it is, the very last week of the month, and I am just now getting to it. January has been all about finishing up December for me, and I have managed to finish up three major knitting projects in the past few weeks, but I do wonder what it will mean for the rest of the year if I am already almost a month behind!
Many of my dear readers have cats to feature prominently on their knitting blogs when things lag a bit; not me. I DO have a cat, but she is semi-wild and strictly an outdoor grrl.... and doesn't consent to posing for photo shoots. No instant fodder around here. What I DO have to offer that is totally unique, at least in my Blogland experience, is BURROS!!
Assteroid is the youngest of the three burros currently living here at Slate Range Camp. He will be four years old in May and was born right here...
His mama, April, is a wild grrl who was born on the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge in the northeast corner of California. She was very pregnant when she arrived here, but our burro expert and rescue operator, Ginny Freeman, was convinced when she trailered April over to us that it would be another month before she gave birth. I went out a few days later to discover this fresh young one... a very pale grey and looking like he must have fallen from the early morning sky... hence the name.
Of course, being our very own homegrown burro, he is very special to us... he has been a 'pocket burro' from very early on, and his training started with imprinting to us his first day (though Glenn almost got a serious kick from mama when he accidentally got between her and baby within the first hour of birth).
We have halter trained him, but donkeys need more time for their skeletons to fully form and are not to be ridden until after age four, so more advanced training has waited. I don't know if he will get much taller, but he certainly will begin to carry a pack saddle in the coming summer and maybe even learn to drive a cart!
Just in case you were wondering (and Kathy isn't the only burro fan out there... you all know who you are!), the burros DON'T like the snow... they bray in order to convey their disgust with the cold, wet stuff and really would prefer the drier conditions of the desert... here, Assteroid is on the far right, his mama April in the middle, and Rose, the oldest one we have now (she is 11) is on the left... they are enjoying some extra grain to make up for the cold.
Next up will be details about TWO finished objects off the needles yesterday... whoo, hoo!!