Thursday, November 28, 2013


Turns out my decision to put the portable fence around the turkey fryer was a good one... #raisingaruckus #thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New fencing

The goats are trying out the new 1/2 acre pen we just fenced off for the sheep and hogs. #crossfencing #livestock #ranchlife

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Vet bills

Another expensive foxtail removal. Nella consoles Rizzo after her successful surgery. #vetbills #LGDs

Egg hunt

When you have free-range chickens, you can expect to find eggs just about anywhere. #polish #ranchlife

Sunday, November 24, 2013


Nella 's the sweetest dog you'll ever meet... But I'll bet you ask for a formal introduction before you come through that gate. #newsheriffintown #Anatolianshepherds #noriffraffaroundhere

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Green thumbs

Rizzo and Lester doing a little gardening with the azalea mix I brought home. #jerseygiants #Anatolians #greenthumb

Friday, November 22, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

John Deere

Spent all afternoon going over this little beauty with a fine toothed comb and tried out all kinds of implements. It's a 1998 JD 870 and tomorrow it will be delivered to the ranch with a box scraper and post  hole digger! #myachingbackthanksyou  #nothingrunslikeadeere


Score! Look what we happened across on our way home last night from the feed store. A 1978 2-horse trailer for hauling our critters. Now we can order our hogs and bid on that mini-donkey at the livestock auction with confidence! #ranchlife #haulinass

Monday, November 18, 2013

Vet visit

Had the vet out today to vaccinate and certify the herd. Clarice set a great example by going first. #goatfarm #ranchlife

Monday, November 11, 2013

Surprise delivery

Surprise! Look what the stock trailer delivered today. A pair of pregnant ewes. We should have babies by February! #stcroixsheep #needmorefences

Sunday, November 10, 2013


Score! Our neighbor was culling her orchard and offered us over a dozen crabapple trees, two cherries and four Osborne prolific figs. Looks like we'll be digging some holes this week. #backyardorchard #freetrees

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Russell Dunbar

Russell Dunbar, the little Casanova. #buffminorca #backyardchickens #cockadoodledoo

Friday, November 8, 2013

Dumpster service

Another dream come true... No more dump runs! #thelittlethingsinlife #modernconveniences

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fire in the sky

The sucky part of being a farmer is that you get up before sunrise every morning... Unless that sunrise looks like the one we had today.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tug of War

Jones is scrappy but my money is on Ruckus. #tugofwar #bordercollies #Anatolianshepherds #shelties

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Giant is right!

Up to 18 eggs a day now. This Jersey Giant one buried the needle on the egg scale.

True Ameraucana pullets

Moving our 8 week old true Ameraucana pullets out to the main coop today. #backyardchickens #dontcallmeeasteregger #blueeggs

Sunday, November 3, 2013


our girls love to play "king of the hill" 

Bare root order

We are fortunate to live near Bay Laurel, one of the big online bare root tree nurseries in California. They can get just about anything we want so here is our wishlist for this winter. Since we are local, we can pick them up in December rather than waiting until March for them to ship. As you can see, we are adding a bunch of new apples and hope to dabble in cider making. This will bring our fruit tree count up to 90!

Belle de Boskoop Apple on M111
Cox Orange Pippin Apple on M111
Calville Blanc Apple on M111
Peter's Honey Fig
Orange Quince
Pineapple Quince
Arkansas Black Apple on M111 (ours died of drought)
White Pakistan Mulberry
Ashmead's Kernal Apple on M111
Golden Russet Apple on M111
Hudson's Golden Gem Apple on M111
Pink Lady Apple on M111
Pink Pearl Apple on M 111
Spitzenburg Apple on M 111
Yellow Bellflower Apple on M 111
North Star Dwarf Cherry on Mahaleb
Montmorency Cherry on Mahaleb
English Morello Cherry on Mazzard
Burgundy Plum on Citation
Chocolate Persimmon
Ambrosia Pomegranate
Improved Brown Turkey Fig (squirrels killed ours)

Saturday, November 2, 2013