Martha's blogging pups, Francesca and Sharkey, have created a gallery of all Martha's pets now and through the years. But let's hear from them:
Welcome to our photo gallery. Not only are there adorable pictures of us -- Francesca and Sharkey -- we also have some great snaps of many of our friends on the farm.
Martha really loves her canaries. Sometimes so many babies are born that she gives pairs of them away to her friends. Once, though, she found that she gave away all the males, which are the ones that sing. (It's very difficult to tell male from female canaries.) So she had to get a new batch.
Martha has kept chickens for years, which provide wonderful and colorful eggs for the farm. These little peeps represent 22 different breeds, including Speckled Sussex, Mille Fleur Bantam, and, of course, Araucana, whose gorgeous blue eggs Martha has made into an instantly recognizable signature.
In the summer of 2008, Martha decided to give "cow-sitting" a try, and hosted two miniature Hereford cows. They look just like regular-sized Herefords, but are about half as big. By late fall, Dandy and Clover, as we came to call them, returned home where they had indoor shelter for the winter. Everyone there was amazed at how fat this pair got. Who knew that a diet of grass and dandelions could pack on the pounds! This is Dandy, the male.
Martha is a big supporter of animal adoption. When she learned that ARF, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, had two Blue Point Himalayan cats, she had to pay a visit. Sure enough, she adopted both Miss Snowflake, whom we call Snow, and Sir Frost, shown here, whom we all call Frosty.