July 20th, 2008

lookin' good

Another exhausting day

A Rhode Island Red henImage via Wikipedia
Today was bifurcated. After the standard horse and chicken care, we spent the morning working on fencing and getting the upper pasture ready for horses. In the afternoon [info]prettypammie  went shopping and ran other errands. I took Q to the Loudoun County Fairgrounds where the 4-H Poultry Club was setting up cages for their exhibits in the small animal barn. I've been one of the few fathers at most of the regular club meetings. I remarked on this, and never really got much of an explanation. I finally found out when the dads show up...the week before fair when there are power tools to play with! It was actually pretty comical. The carriage bolts had been pounded in and out of the setups so many times that many had to be re-threaded forcefully. The holes and boards had not been made with a jig, so you had to use the matching boards and stands. Some of the marks have rubbed off over the years, resulting in some pretty wobbly chicken-cage stands [at least until the appropriate swaps were made]. Q had a good time riding in the back of the pickup truck from the storage shed to the barn.

After that, with heat indices over 100 degreees, the only one with any energy left was Q.

In any event, we're really looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the fair. Please let us know when you are going, as we will be in and out--but Q would be thrilled to talk to you about Ms. Frizzlehead, his Rhode Island Red on exhibit, if you catch up with him there.

To get the schedule of events, check out http://www.loudouncountyfair.com.

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