|Small garden snake found in woodpile.|
Lots of excitement on the farm the past couple of days! On Tuesday I moved 12+ ricks of stacked wood out of the driveway to open up the view to the gallery/studio building. I was aware that there was likely a snake in the wood since I had already spotted a shedded snakeskin on the top. As I moved through the pile, I came across a cute, little blue skink, a big, brown skink, and a small, harmless, garden variety snake. He was pencil thin and maybe one foot long.
|Copperhead found while moving woodpile.|
Luckily, I kept my distance and he was not inclined to become aggressive which I have heard some coppers can become. He eventually moved on and I was able to move the last six pieces of wood.
Then on Wednesday, while cleaning the horse stalls, we were swarmed by hornets that attacked! I suffered multiple bee stings and ran from the barn, throwing down the rakes. The horses began bucking and raring and generally going wild! I finally managed to get the horses and rakes out of the stalls and shut up the barn. I had to quickly clean out a side lean-to so the horses would have shelter and a place to eat their hay.
Later, after the hornets had quieted down, I crept into the barn stalls and inspected the walls for a hive. I found the opening of the hive through a crack in the wood planks that appeared to be built between a double kick wall. Later that night, after dark, I suited up in multiple layers of clothing and ventured back with a can of hornet spray. I have an organic farm at the side of the state forest so it is a very clean and pristine environment. I NEVER use any chemicals in the house, gardens, barn, and land - except - when dealing with a hornet hive which I had to do on one other occasion a few years back. I have heard several stories this summer of horses being killed by bee stings and I am not going to take a chance with the the horses. Or people!
By this morning, the hornets were gone and I was able to open up the barn and let the horses back in for their breakfast.