Friday, July 25, 2014

Cows and sunflowers

Well, I guess you really can't see Jake pulling two wagons of hay back to the barn, but he is just starting up the driveway taking some grass hay from the neighbor's field up to the barn.  Needed to know how to use the zoom.
This is all of our cows, but it is too far away.    Maybe now I will learn to use the zoom on my phone camera.   There is only one calf in the picture, and he looks like a white spot.  So far we have six calves this year.   They were born my favorite go out to the field and there they are.
Girls   -    5,   boys   -    1.     It is the first time we have had a ratio like that.   They are all cute, red and white Hereford babies.
This is one of the volunteer, bird feeder sunflowers.    The big leaves are courtesy of the cows.   They lent their manure to growing that beauty.   As you can see, the flower in the background doesn't have leaves like the one in the foreground, nor is the flower as big.   Ahhhhhh.......the benefits of some good fertilizer.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Beautiful days of July

July is being nice to us right now.    I love these warm summer days when you can have the windows open and hear the birds singing and feel a gentle breeze and hear an occasional hum of an airplane or helicopter and the continual hum of the tractor out in the field making hay.  The best thing about it is that I can work outside without getting wringing wet from the heat and humidity.

This year's cherry crop was much smaller than last year's.   I am happy as long as the tree doesn't die or stop producing.

This is my rose garden before I replaced the old fencing that was primarily intended to keep the dogs out of the luscious (to them) soil.   The soil comes straight from the cow pasture.   Go figure!

This is my rose garden today after the new fence.   I hope it was worth the money.   I sure do like the looks of it.  It is not as tall as the former fence, and I sure hope that that "jumping dog", Lady, does not decide she needs to jump into the roses.

This is "New Day" a beautiful yellow rose and a few weeds on the left side that will be gone by evening and one orange moss rose.   I love moss roses, too.  My grandma always had them by her back door.

This is the well known "Peace" rose.   It is yellow with a pink tinge around the outside with the vinca vine hanging down behind it.   Mom always had those in her window boxes.

I know--- nostalgia city.    Oh, well, it makes me happy.   Hope you are enjoying your day as much as I am enjoying mine.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Meet Lolly and Lily

                              This is Lolly.   She was born late Saturday or early Sunday.  

                                This is Lily.   She was born late Monday or early Tuesday.  

Yes, I know it is late to be having calves.    We are just having to "deal with it".    So far, all is going well.   These two were born my favorite way.    We did not know it was happening.    We weren't even sure which cow was Lily's mom.   We found that out yesterday in the late afternoon.   We moved the calf up by all the cows, and her mom came to claim her.    When we had found her earlier in the day, she was outside of the fence, and none of the cows were nearby.    Both calves seem to be doing well.

The calf names this year will all be starting with the letter "L".    In another of my senior moments, I thought that the year "14" brought to mind Louis the fourteenth.    Hence the letter "L".  I know, dopey, but I think it will work for me.

I don't know if you can notice, but there is a low spot that runs through the cow pasture.    It is washed out in several places, and the hills around it are steep.    The calves love to sleep in the bottom when they are young.    Both of these girls were found sleeping curled up in the grass.   We had to wake them up to take their pictures.    They are even cuter when they get up with their spindly little legs.   They will be hard to tell apart except that Lily has just a little brown around each of her eyes.

Now if we can just get through this whole calving process with no unpleasant events.  My fingers are crossed!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Shake and Bake and "Ah" Helped!

The old "Shake and Bake" commercial is a joke around here.   The little girl stands there and says, "Shake and Bake, and I helped" in her lovely southern accent.
It came to mind when Jake needed help with a strip in the new planting of oats and alfalfa.   It was bare right down the middle of a strip where the planter must of had a "senior moment".   So WE replanted it.    Can't believe that I helped.  I had to ride on the back and make sure the small amount of seed was going out through the holes to be planted.    It will take about a week to see how we did.

If you want to be a Badger, just come along with me.       The other night when Jake and I were driving to Sparta, I saw a badger alongside the road.    It seemed unusual that he was so close to the road.   Jake backed up the car, and the badger played "hard to photograph".   In the picture, if you can enlarge it enough, you can just see the stripe on his face and his eyes.    When we went by in the car his whole body was out, and he turned around because he was excavating by the side of the road.

This was Jake's first live badger sighting.   I have already seen two badgers walking by the side of the road as I was driving home from a job I had.    They were just ambling up the gravel side by side on the other side of the road, and I was able to slow my car down and follow along with them until they decided to go up the embankment and disappear.    Also, Roger, the man who hunts our land, has seen a badger two years in a row.   Two years ago a young badger walked under his tree stand, and last year he caught a full grown one on a trail cam.    SO......if you want to see a badger, just come along with me.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


     Today everyone was granted their freedom.    With such a small number of sheep, I can keep them close at hand when the lambs are very young.   All the better to snuggle on them.  They have had a small outside place to race around, but this morning, I let them out into my limited pasture where they will live for a while.   The major challenge for the lambs was the stumps in the middle of their area.   As you can see from the second picture, only one has conquered it, so far.    I know the others won't be far behind.    It surprised me that it wasn't Calla (white feet) that was first.   She is still by far, the leader of any kind off wild activity.   Gotta love that girl!
     The ewes paid no attention to what the lambs were doing when faced with a pasture that hadn't been grazed for several days.   They hadn't forgotten what to do.   The lambs went from one activity to another, eating, running, climbing, and exploring.   I will keep a close eye on them for several days.   They can get into so many unbelievable situations.

   Just one cow picture.   If you look closely, you will see that one young cow decided that it was not big enough to have a place at the table.   Being resourceful, it climbed up on the wagon.   I have no idea just how that was accomplished, but it sure was a surprise to us.  It is not easy to see, but if you look closely you can see the deck of the wagon is just behind the red gate and then a pile of green and then a black and white cow.    She does not belong there!
And a great big thank you to the Shetland people who contributed to my little darlings:   Kelly Bartels, Becky Uttecht, Karen Valley, Nancy Krohn, and Garrett Ramsey.   Without their wonderful animals, I would never have had these five wonderful little lambs with their very special fleeces.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Juni B's twins!!! Oh, yes, TWINS

Oh,  yes, Juni B had twins, and just what I would have wanted, except they could have both been ewes.    The babies reversed their parents' colors.   The boy, High Ridge Juniper, is black, and the girl, High Ridge Jasmine, is gray.   They are tiny compared to the other singles.    They weighed 5 1/2 and 6 pounds last night, but that was after seven hours of nursing on mother's milk.   As you can see, Jasmine even duplicated her father's spot.   Placement is a little off, but I think it is cool.  They both have beautiful curly coats.

That does it for lambs for this year.   The total was four girls and two boys.   Sure am sad to have lost that first little girl.  All seem to be doing fine.   The first two have become fast friends the last couple of days, but Mulberry has a real hard time keeping up with Calla Lily who is a whirlwind.

Yesterday was a day to remember.    Todd took his PA exam.   Juni had twins.   Found out Tom (my first husband's sister's husband)  is battling a disease.   Agonized all day about the vet coming to treat a young heifer............only to find the vet was a former acquaintance and the bone was healing and the calf could return to the herd.   (Going to keep her in a pen and stuff her with good food.)   I was glad when the day was over because I don't know how many more things I could have handled.   More pictures of the bouncing baby lambs will follow in days to come.