Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sunday Fun—Child’s Play

So often it's the simple things in life that make me smile and give me that “aaahhh” feeling, and that's certainly how I felt on Friday when a friend and I visited the children’s farm at a local park.

We were greeted by this peacock, who had stationed himself above the entrance and seemed to be keeping a close eye on the comings and goings.

The two resident alpacas had recently been shorn. This is Thor, who’s doing his best to look dignified, and failing miserably. I really wanted to give him a hug and tell him not to worry, it’ll grow back!

The highlight of the visit and the real reason for going to the farm in the first place was the newest member of farm’s family—a two-day-old donkey. This is a picture of baby Elliott getting a snuggle from one of the farm workers while his over-protective mama wasn’t looking.

And then there’s Sweetie, the Vietnamese potbellied pig. Sweetie is the farm’s self-appointed poster girl. Her slogan: life is good.

Sweetie, you got that right!

Here's to a putting a little fun in your Sunday :)


Anonymous said...

Oh Lee, the pictures! From the regal to the, well, poor Thor!

And Sweetie, now she looks like she knows how to have a good time!

I love the gorgeous colours of the peacocks and the dignity of peahens, but I can do without their cries. They're so raucous, but in a mournful way, not fun.
Artist Emily Carr wrote a story called The Heart of a Peacock about a bird that lived in Victoria's Beacon Hill Park. She could hear his calls from her house. It was not a happy story, as I remember.

Perhaps peacocks need to pay attention to Sweetie's lesson about Zen.


Lee McKenzie said...

Poor Thor, indeed. He was putting on a brave face though :)

The cry of a peacock sends shivers down my back! These peacocks periodically make a break from the farm and venture into nearby residential neighborhoods. Imagine glancing out your window and seeing half a dozen of them in your back garden.

Iden Pierce Ford said...

Great photo!!!

Lee McKenzie said...

Thanks, Iden! But my photos can't hold a candle to yours!