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Archive 12 - July 2006 - The arrival of Spirit

The arrival of Spirit - July 2006

It's a boy! Oh, what fun we have been having here at Enchanted Garden. In Archive 10 I explained how Tinkles and Panache came to live with us. At this time, we did not know that Panache was pregnant. A few months later I noticed that her stomach was looking different. When she started to show an udder, her pregnancy was confirmed. I spent weeks checking her udder for clues as to when we could expect the baby. Every night I felt her tummy for little baby kicks, and to my surprise I sometimes felt big kicks. I had a vet staying with us for three nights and I explained to Panache that this would be a good time to have her baby, with a vet and a doctor on call, things could hardly go wrong!
I have heard that when there is wax on the teats then you know the baby will be due within the next day or two. Once this would happen I planned to sleep in the stable, to witness the birth and to be there for Panache should she have any complications. Every day I told the children that the baby will be here soon, but nothing happened. The one night that I thought she was not going to give birth, that was the night that she did. With no wax on her teats, her vet gone and her doctor and midwife fast asleep, she did it all by herself, and she gave birth to the most beautiful and perfect little colt. We decided to call him Spirit. Since his birth he has had a constant stream of visitors. He has given so much pleasure to old and young. On his first outing to the paddock even the guinea fowl came to have a closer look at the new arrival. Dot and Tinkles were not too bothered with the new baby, but Tinkerbell went crazy, she so desperately wanted to be near Spirit. After a while she did settle down. We play with Spirit in the paddock and in the stable, he is so cute. Panache has given us a very special gift.



Archive 1 - May 2003 - A visit from the Black Eagle
Archive 2 - May 2003 - Puff Adder visits
Archive 3 - June 2003 - Black Eagle visits again

Archive 4 - July 2003 - The story of Victoria
Archive 5 - August 2003 - Jackal Buzzard in the stable; Victoria causing chaos
Archive 6 - October 2003 - The goslings arrive
; Victoria,again!
Archive 7 - December 2003 - Tuscan's arrival; the Owls
Archive 8 - March 2004 - Victoria's obituary
Archive 9 - June 2005 - The Rooster and the Chicken
Archive 10 - November 2005 - Panache and Tinkles
Archive 11 - December2005 - Samantha produces 3 goslings

Archive 13 - January 2007 - The Red Hens
Archive 14 - February 2007 - Coco arrives
Archive 15 - December 2007 - Christmas and Wedding Bells
Archive 16 - January 2008 - Trojan, the new Great Dane