Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Lassie moment

Upon investigating the geese out in the orchard raising a ruckus, Scouty, in true Lassie fashion, alerted me that Timmy had indeed fallen down the well. #familyreunited #goslings #shelties

Friday, May 30, 2014


A Memorial Day surprise! Jesse just had two blue-eyed babies, a boy and a girl. She wasn't due for a couple more days and when Mike went out to check on the other they were already out, cleaned up and dry. #goodmom #youvegottobekidding #nigeriandwarf


Vet was out to disbud the kids yesterday and everyone is recovering nicely. #aintgonnagetstuckinthefencenow #nigeriandwarf

Fired up

We started curing the new pizza oven this morning! It still needs some cosmetic finishing but the working parts are all "set in stone". #fornobravo #800degrees #pizzaoven #woodfired

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hot foot

Jones was chasing rabbits so hard on our walk that had to douse his smoldering feet as soon as we got back. #bordercollies #beatingtheheat #GreatPyrenees #Anatolianshepherds

Day 2

Jessie's twins got to spend part of their 2nd day napping out in the yard under a big oak. #nigeriandwarf #youvegottobekidding #2daysold

Out of the nest

Look who's out today. #partyoffive #weedgeese #ranchlife

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Ah, so that's why the gander got all in my business this morning when I went to check on Lucy Goose... #goslings #nature #ranchlife

Monday, May 26, 2014

two more...

two kids born on the ranch this afternoon
a doeling and a buckling
they both have blue eyes and are looking strong

according to our calendar jessie wasn't due until well into next week
she must have been feeling a bit competitive with miss kay!
we had moved her over to the nursery pen, but hadn't been keeping her in the barn.  this afternoon, mike went to check on the other kids born last week and was surprised when he saw jessie cleaning up a couple of babies of her own.
these two goats have had no drama deliveries and seem to be bouncing back quickly.

we will be naming these two shortly

Saturday, May 24, 2014


Moving a storage bin is easy with Mike's early birthday present. #forklift #johndeere #farmaccessorizing #ranchlife

First apricot!

Just enjoyed the first apricot ever grown at the ranch, an early harvest Gold Kist! #awesome #backyardorchard #hardworkpayingoff

Honey, I'm home

Two new boxes of honey bees arrived today and we just finished getting them all settled in to their new homes.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

the perch

our little chicks are old enough to be outside, but not quite big enough to go into the main coop.  they have a bit more growing to do.  we also have both meat and egg chicks,  that we will separate in the next month or two.  the meat chicks will go out in the orchard to continue to grow, and the egg chicks will begin to learn to use nesting boxes and automatic waterers.  but, for now, they are all in the area we normally use as our goat nursery.  there is a large barn and plenty of space for everyone (and then some).  chickens love to perch and roost.  this spot is apparently a perfect one, as it is always full when the breeze starts to lift from the north.

Saturday, May 17, 2014


Just look at how big Daisy has gotten! As you can also see, Millie has shown herself to be a very protective mom. #stcroixsheep #dorpercross #lambs

Friday, May 16, 2014

Snake wrangler

She is officially a country girl! #snakewrangler #californiagophersnake #longwayfromLA

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Side by Side

With all the room they have, harley and zsa zsa still prefer to hang side by side

Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Weiner Dog

It is hard to believe this girl is celebrating her 13th birthday today. She races after rabbits at top speed and can hang with all the big dogs on the evening hike. She loves being a ranch dog and her favorite chore is washing the dishes..especially the bacon pan. Happy Birthday WD! 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Hats are in!

Our embroidered VR baseball caps are in and available for purchase! The design includes our ranch brand and trademarked slogan on the front and goat icon on the back. Fully adjustable with a brass buckle. These are the best quality hats we could find and were created right here in the USA. Just $15 (tax and shipping included). Payment available via Paypal. Get yours now!

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Sunday, May 4, 2014


Found this nice 4 1/2 footer on her way to the pig pen where she would have been a quick snack for ol' Harley. I gave her a free lift to the orchard and sent her right down a devil squirrel hole. She was at tame as a pet. #gophersnake #oneofthegoodones #verminator

Saturday, May 3, 2014


Most of our big Pines are full of woodpecker holes... and many of those woodpecker holes have acorns stuck in them. #wildlife #woodpeckerfarm #squirrelingaway

Thursday, May 1, 2014


OMG look what just happened! We've been worried about this huge old woodpecker holed dead pine since we moved here and tonight it toppled right into the driveway. Luckily no one was under it. It fell from the goat pen across the driveway and into the pig pen but it looks like the only damage is the corral rail. Guess I know what I'll be doing tomorrow...  Making stump chairs! #closecall #luckyday #timber

Picking cotton

After 2 straight days in the mid 90s, cotton was begging for a haircut. #sheared #GreatPyrenees #cooldo