Joy the baby donkey was a week old yesterday, so we stopped by Southlands Farm to see how she was doing.
Lenny let Peanut and Joy out of their stall. The baby has long legs and tiny hooves. She has discovered what fun it is to buck and prance.
I held her while Lenny gave her some eye medicine. For those of you who are knitters, Jeanette designed and knitted the Icelandic sweater out of Lopi yarn. She made the hat in a modular design in cashmere, silk, and merino wool.
Lenny opened the gate so Joy could meet the goats and sheep for the first time. I sat on a bucket next to the feed trough and sketched her.
Billy the goat came up to nibble on my sketchbook and shoelaces. You may recall that Billy was the model for our creature design class last summer. Now he has a thick coat of fur, and he likes it when I scratch him on the back of his neck.
Here are a few video clips to show you how well Joy has mastered her legs.
If you would like to donate something to help support the Gentle Giants 4H Club of the Southlands Foundation, which Joy is a part of, please use the Paypal button at left, and I’ll pass on the funds to Lenny. He’s got a lot of mouths to feed.
By the way, Dan Gurney (musician on the soundtrack) will be performing with all-Ireland champion Dylan Foley at Club Passim in Boston, MA on Sunday, January 3rd at 4:30. He wrote the piece "Buster Takes a Walk" after a dog, but it goes with a donkey, too. More about the gig at Boston.com.
Previously: Christmas Surprise, Goat Day at Woodstock School of Art.