Saturday, November 23, 2013

The piggly wigglys

I know, I know. I didn't post more stuff about the pigs. I took pictures, really I did! Just never got them uploaded. So now that they are almost three months old and enormous, here is all the stuff I never got posted. Enjoy!

From September 1st, 2013, Mama pig and her six piglets


A few days old:

Castrating the males with the help of our neighbor Bing.


The girls watch from afar

Getting ready to graduate from the barn

 Outside yay!


Friday, November 1, 2013

Hidden midden

Lured by a suspicious smell, Nathan pulled the tarp off the saw to reveal this marvelously elaborate midden.

A tidy pile of wood trim pieces. The trim patterns provide interesting detail for the eye while the light-colored wood brings an elemental softness to the stark metal background.

Another room that incorporates the trim motif. In a stroke of genius, the wood is now the hard element accented with luxuriously soft chicken feathers and a brand new jersey glove pilfered from the seat of the truck to bring the space together. It's like sleeping on a cloud - with boards underneath!

Next we move on to the green room - lavishly decorated with half a bale of the finest alfalfa hay. Sheer intoxication!

And finally a close up on the remarkable pantry, the absolute gem of the house. Making full use of the bounty of the season, this apple alter really creates a cozy home celebrating all the beauty of fall. Smaller embellishments of squash and carrots provide a pop of complementary color in this unique space. 

This one-of-a-kind home, recently vacated is now available for a new resident worthy of its' charms. Comes fully furnished. Very secluded and private with a charming fence of antique leg-holding traps to keep nosy neighbors (or yourself if you don't know where they are at) at bay. Meticulous cleanliness a must - no packrats here. If you don't own a vacuum cleaner don't even bother applying. Strict HOA rules. Co-op interview and approval required. Call today!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ooh take a picture of me with the big turnip!

I have a childhood memory of going out to eat dinner on vacation with my family. Nestled amongst his pile of french fries, my brother (who is maybe 6 or 7 at the time) pulled this super long fry from the bunch - like an abnormally, superduper long fry. It was even from a real potato skin and all. He pulls it up to his face and squeals with delight, "Oooooh take a picture of me with the big fry!" It is one of those family jokes that has stuck with me. Maybe the rest of the family has completely forgotten but I sure remember.

So when Nathan comes up to the house with this enormous turnip, I am delighted to squeal,



He was confused but busted up laughing anyway. 

Now, if only I liked turnips...

Sunday, October 27, 2013

October roses


We had a late burst of summery weather with temps in the 70s for two weeks. The roses don't seem to know or care that it is October.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Branding day

With many thanks to Celia for documenting the day through photos!


















Tuesday, April 9, 2013


We've been waiting out a few cows that are late to calve but the grass is growing and the herd is ready for turn out. It's branding season! Barring any crazy turns in the weather, we will be branding this Saturday April 13th.

What's he got in there?


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Special calf

Isn't this a pretty little heifer calf with her panda eyes and giant bat ears?


She's pretty unique in our herd


She has no tail. No, she wasn't born this way, she was attacked by coyotes. They tore off her entire tail and some of the tissue on her rump. When Lloyd and Nathan found her she was completely hoarse from bawling. Poor thing.

We washed the wound as best we could and covered it with a thick coating of pine tar since there is no way the wound could be sutured or bandaged. Pine tar has natural antimicrobial properties and works by coating the wound to keep the skin and tissue moist and clean while sealing out dirt and other contaminants. We gave her a round of antibiotics and turned her out with mama. In situations like these we just treat the wound to the extent of our abilities and hope for the best.


Luckily this calf is pretty tenacious and seems to be doing just fine. Here she is five days after the attack, alert and perky as she inspects my uncle Mike.


Still curious and friendly as she checks out Echo.

If a bobtail calf (as calves that survive coyote attacks like these are called) doesn't die immediately from shock or blood loss, the next challenge is fighting off secondary infections. Well, it has been 10 days or so from the incident and the calf is showing no signs of illness, so we are ready to turn Stubbz (as Nathan calls her) and her mama back out with the herd.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Hawk in a box

Look what Nathan's got!


This juvenile Cooper's hawk was camped out in the barn for a few days eating the quail that roost in there. After a joint effort between Nathan and the cat we were able to catch it and put it in a box for later release. As we are just starting our chicken season and our first batch of chicks will be tottering around in the grass soon and we have lost birds to this species of hark before, we decided that releasing the hawk far away from the ranch was probably a good idea.

Here's a video of Freda making her opinion of the hawk (which also hazes the laying flock) well-known: