Monday, March 30, 2015


Mike went to a scion trading and fruit tree grafting event at Cal Poly last month and collected a bunch of dormant buds. Here, an elephant heart plum graft is now leafing out on our Santa Rosa plum tree! #fruitsalad #backyardorchard #frankentree


Betsy finally got her cast off and is getting around fine 6 weeks after breaking her leg. The vet said Mike did a great job of setting the bone and casting her. #mininubian #dairygoats

Sunday, March 29, 2015


Scouty's not just good at finding snakes, she also discovered our very first new bamboo chute in the bamboo forest! #shelties #bamboo #ranchlife

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A big one

Lil Scouty just went crazy barking off the back porch and when we went to see we found this creeping in the back yard. She's the best snake alarm we have here at the ranch. After our intern's dog took a dry bite from a rattler last week, we think that little sheltie has earned her keep. We released this gopher snake in the orchard to help with the devil squirrels and gophers. The vet said people are coming in left and right with rattlesnake bites so we are happy for the help Scouty! #ranchlife #shelties #californiagophersnake

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bath house

The hard part of building the new bath house is done! Digging 6x6 footings in bedrock and running a water line under it all was quite a chore. Now for the fun part, building an outdoor shower and bathroom with composting toilet. #roughingit #livevicariously

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Not even April and our apricots and almonds are as big as olives. #backyardorchard #ranchlife

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015


I walked up on the hill and guess what I found. Eunice with her brand new twins, a boy and a girl!

Saturday, March 14, 2015


A fresh salad courtesy of the garden and our free range chickens. Yep, the yolks are really that color #nofilter #homegrown

Friday, March 13, 2015


Bamboo shadows from the inside of the luxury tent. #roughingit #ranchlife

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Our intern, melissa, surprised us at dinner with some fresh fromage blanc made from a goat she had just milked.#goatcheese #doesntgetfresherthanthat


Jones really has to look for his sheep in this tall grass. #bordercollies #sheepdogs #thegreengreengrassofhome

Monday, March 9, 2015


Barely into March and they are already out. At least this is one of the good guys. Time for rattlesnake boosters for all the dogs. #californiagophersnake

Sunday, March 8, 2015


I don't know how he managed it but Mitzvah got very creative with his tattoo ink the other day. He goes home today! #nigeriandwarf #kiddingseason

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Soul Man is sold, man! One day old and already assured a great life as a herd buck in the central valley. He should bring fine dairy characteristics to his offspring based on his momma. #mininubian #dairygoats #youvegottobekidding

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hello world

Hello world from our two newborns. Check out the soul patch on this little guy. He will be for sale as a buck or we may keep him as a pack wether.  #mininubian #stcroixsheep

Ups, downs and a surprise

Ups, downs and a surprise. Covergirl finally kidded this morning. She had two boys but one was stillborn. The remaining one is very handsome but still pretty weak so we will have to hang out with him to help him on his feet. Mike was able to get him on the teat for a big drink and is playing the audio book Lonesome Dove to get him used to people voices. Then, when melissa walked up from the lower pasture she noticed Daisy standing there with a little boy of her own! We didn't even know she was pregnant. She doesn't have much milk so we will need to watch him closely too. #mininubian #stcroixsheep #whatswithalltheboys

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Empty nest

The herd just got smaller. This morning, Clarence and Magi went home to a place just a couple of canyons over. Just now, we loaded up Festivus and Auldy to go to their new home as herd bucks in Arroyo Grande.  #nigeriandwarf #mininubian #emptynest