Most of the time the farm is our exercise, entertainment, a source of beauty and learning. Unfortunately there is pain, when the animals are ill or have to leave us. Each animal, bird and even the bees are special in his or her own way and we grow close to them over the years and keep them here until they decide to leave. We have had to deal with broken limbs that will not heal, sudden death unexplained, tragic accidents, hives absconding or queen death. The difficult times do pass and the overall joy the farm brings prevails.