Sunday, August 28, 2011

Oaklawn Farm

I finished up a pair of socks for Hubs. These ones were stared August 3 and finished on the 24th. I used 2.75mm needles, 64 sttich vanilla sock pattern with an eye of partridge heel, the yarn is Gedifra Fashion Trend Sportivo, Ravelry details here.

One of the girls at work had a birthday on the 19th, she turned a whopping 22. She's a Harry Potter fan, so I whipped her up a Hermione Cable and Eyelet Hat. The yarn is Kertzer Northern Worsted in pewter, started August 15, finished the 18th, Ravelry details here.

We took the boys to Oaklawn Farm Zoo on the 19th. The animals were a lot more active than they usually are. It had absolutely poured out for about 15 minutes before we got there. Then the sun came out again (it had been a sunny day, it was just a big, passing rain cloud), and it cooled off, the animals like it, I guess.

This place used to be the home of Rutledge, the world's heaviest lion at the time. He died in 2007. I put my hand up by the cast of his paw print to show how big his paws were. It was funny, although he was huge he wasn't the pride leader, Lambert was. He tried to overthrow Lambert on different occasions but never succeeded.

Big tortoise, coming through. Don't know where he was going, but he was in a hurry, lol.

They've got three kinds of lemurs, these two were quite entertaining.

This horse was comical - if the kids weren't feeding her grass she took her front foot and kicked the fence repeatedly til they fed her again. I thought she was going to knock the fence over, she did it so hard. I took a video of her, should have uploaded it here.

I love goats, especially little ones. I could have taken this little one home.

They have a couple of alpacas, too.

They were in with the goats, and this little guy was eating the straw and grass out of the alpaca's wool, lol. One way to keep clean, I guess.


Even the big cats were active. I'm glad there was a fence between these guys. There were a male and a female black panther next door to some tigers, one being a very large white tiger. They didn't look like they were exactly getting along. The white tiger was batting at the panther through the cage, there was a lot of growling going on. (Sure brought people running to see what was going on!) The panthers would have had to tag team the tiger, though, he was twice the size of one of the panthers. They're gorgeous, though - I love cats big and small!

I caught this jaguar in a yawn, lol. Big teeth!

The other jaguar was giving the evil eye to a serval in the pen outside of the owner's house clear across the yard. He was making all kinds of weird noises.

This is what he was staring at -- a very cranky serval. She hissed and hissed and hissed some more. Must have been having a bad day, lol.

There were lots of other animals there, too, but I'd have fifty pictures here if I posted them all. There will be lots more pictures to follow in the next post or two. My BFF was here for 11 days, so I'll have some pictures taken during her vacation.

Today Hurricane Irene is passing through. We have a wind warning and a tropical storm warning. So far today it has rained some, nothing torrential yet like the forecast says, and there's no wind yet. I guess it's mostly supposed to hit this afternoon, and the major wind gusts tonight. I'm worried about my trees -- I have one that always seems to lose a big branch or two during hurricane season. I've been debating where I should park as well -- either driveway has big trees all around. Oh, well, I have insurance!

Happy knitting!


Blogger Wanderingcatstudio said...

Love the big cats! The goats are cute too. My grandparents use to have a goat - he was so funny and sweet.
Hope Irene isn't too bad for you guys.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Donna M said...

Great pics of the farm and all the animals! I don't think I have ever been there.

Love the hat BTW.

6:36 PM  

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