Wednesday, August 28, 2013


We let our peahen, Watson, out a couple of days ago and she has stuck around so it is almost time to give Sherlock his freedom too.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Under the mistletoe

I'm pretty sure this is mistletoe blossoming in many of our oak trees. Any botanists out there care to comment? #parasiticplants

Friday, August 23, 2013


With no rain at all, this summer has been especially brutal on our 100 year old blue oaks. While some are barely green enough to provide shade, a few have produced acorns for the next generation.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Guinea keets

We moved the guineas outside to their new habitat. I think they are very happy to be out of the brooder.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Swedish ducks

Did you hear the one about the Dane and two Swedes? Our Swedish Black, Ole and our Swedish Blue, Lena.

Saturday, August 17, 2013


The garden HOA came over to inspect the new Manzanilla olive tree we planted this morning while Ruckus ran security.

chickens for fly control

kitchen scraps have an after-life on the ranch.  they are divided into chicken snacks and compost.  the compost bucket sits outside the kitchen door, until it is full enough to bring to the compost heap.  about a week ago, the bucket was laden with flies and i covered it tightly, as we already have a war going on with house flies.  a few days ago, i lifted the top to toss some 'overdue' veggies in and noticed a heap of maggots in the bin.  yes, i know, gross.
i promptly brought the bucket out to the chickens and gave them the opportunity to feast on the little buggers, before i added the remaining compost to the heap in the garden.
they loved it! and i loved it! those maggots would have soon been flies
natural pest control
live and in person

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Snip, snip, snip

Snip, snip, snip.   Everyone is sleeping off their surgeries this afternoon and doing just fine. The anatolian are not quite 5 months and weigh 55lbs! Scouty the shrimp is only 14.

Monday, August 12, 2013

We've got company

Almost every weekend someone calls asking to stop by. This Sunday was no exception. Here is a shot of our guests playing in the goat pen with Clarice and the gang.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

a saturday drive

yesterday we went for a very long drive
through the country
along the coast
and all along
the pups
as if the WWF
were running auditions in the back seat

Friday, August 9, 2013

New ranch hand!

New ranch hand! Today we picked up our new border collie pup. He is from very strong working lines and is already showing "eye" so we hope he'll be a great asset for moving the goats and sheep. He was one of the puppies our friend brought to last Sunday night's outdoor movie showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark so of course we had to name him Indiana Jones.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Yak free zone!

The yaks are shuttled off the trailer and into their new habitat. That's our ranch in the background so they didn't have far to travel. #theregoestheneighborhood

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Good bye Yaks

Getting ready to send the yaks to their new home across the road at the neighbor's place

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

growing still

yesterday was incredibly busy. we started early with the chores, filling water bowls, topping up feed, making sure fences are secure...running energy off of Scout. ....And by 9 we were on the road.
we are in the process of purchasing and relocating a dairy to our property.  a dairy with lots of moving parts, allowing for a bit of moving and shaking during its relocation.   we dropped by its current site to pull out the mobile bits and pieces and secure the big pieces of equipment.  as luck would have it...the sellers {of the dairy} were using it to make sheep's milk ice cream. the freezer {which is soon to be ours} was filled with forgotten pints; chocolate, mint, honey, coffee, blueberry....
...we were offered a few pints to take home
...which we did, gladly
pretty yummy.
less fat that your standard fare--which gives the flavors a real chance to shine
i think the coffee might be our favorite
sound good to you?  you should check them out
Negranti Creamery

Our days are balanced with his and hers

the dairy

our next stop
His...all His

We have chickens mostly for the eggs. Our chickens will lay white, blue, green and peachy colored eggs.  The color of egg is determined by the breed.
Sometimes, people do some interesting cross breeds that lay olive green and dark chocolate brown eggs.

they are extremely rare.
...and also a slight obsession of Mike's
he has been doing side dealings and having hush hallway conversations, with someone named Yvette, for weeks

yesterday we met Yvette
after a quick tour of her operation, she handed us a cardboard box
full of 1 month old chickens
Copper Black Marans
A full box, that sat for 30 minutes on my lap, as we made our way home
a box, while practical {they will lay eggs}, is really about genetics for Mike

to be honest--i have no clue
the two of them {mike and yvette} rattled off a whole litany of ifs and whens--a genetic meshegas, while i admired the shade trees.
want to talk about ice cream again?

what about goats?

our "mother herd" is almost complete.  We have both nigerian dwarf and mini-nubian goats in our herd.  But...until yesterday, we were still looking for a couple more mini-nubians.  our third stop was a his and hers moment.  something we both had interest in.

we picked out two new babies, learned that our nubians {with the exception of one} all come from the same herd line, and milked a goat.  the kids are too young to take home just yet, so we left with a car empty of caprine, but  heads full of ideas on how to diversity our herd genetics.  the evening was consumed by cruising the internet for studs.  and believe me, it wasn't a magic mike moment by any stretch.