Getting ‘er Ready…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doing some maintenance

 

Making some replacements

 

Getting some "expert" help

 

More help?

 

I think these boys are doomed to an agrarian life.   ;0)

 

 

 

 

Storing Up…

It’s hard to believe that summer is leaving us fast behind.  With fall just around the corner the guys here have been busy hauling hay for all the various creatures here to sustain them through the winter.

Finally home well after the sun had gone down...

Finally home well after the sun had gone down...

 

Mark

 

Reaching

 

 

Sawyer bucking bales...

Sawyer bucking bales...

 

The barn with hay again...

The barn with hay again...

 

 

Stack of hay...

Stack of hay...

 

What every farm needs or maybe what every 16 year old boy needs to do?

Hard Work...

This is what every farm needs or maybe it’s what every 16 year old boy needs to do? ;0)
What would haying be without a little hay ride?

What would haying be without a little hay ride?

Their only about half way done and we need about another 6 tons, but their getting closer.  The hay is absolutely beautiful, a nice alfalfa grass mix that’s very leafy and I’m sure the sheep will do very well on it this winter.  Tori also was able to help by driving the pickup while the guys threw hay into the back, she did a good job.  She was even able to throw her dad off the trailer while going down one of the hills on the bumpy field when she got going a bit too fast and helped redistribute the hay a bit on the trailer…  But hey that’s what learning all about right?  ;0)
Thanks to CJ for all your help the other night-you definitely saved Mark’s shoulder by volunteering to help us and to the Krantz’s for their wonderful help too.  Thanks to the Vo-Ag Center for the beautiful hay.

Sticks and Stones and didn’t break his bones…

but trying to catch a lamb tore the ACL in his shoulder.  :0(  Saturday morning the sheep were needing to be  moved across the road to their new pasture.  After Mark and Sawyer had the paddock all set up they started to move sheep.  The move involved going through the main gate into the pasture and into the driveway where they can mow down the ditches.  The gate was removed but the sheep remembered that that area was hot, so they were a little reluctant to move through it.  Eventually though all the sheep found their way to greener pasture with the exception for Esja and her new lamb.  Everytime they were even close to the gate she would veer off and run away.  So in the process of pushing them toward the gate, the lamb ran into a corner and Mark decided to try and catch the little lass with the thought that if he had the lamb, mom would follow.  So he ran…and reached…and the little lamb was in his hand but catching speed so he dove for her and piled up on his shoulder.  All he could do was hold his shoulder and I see he was in a lot of pain.  All his little helpers came running up all wide eyed asking if he was ok.  Being the tough daddy that he is he rubbed it off, smiled and said yep!  A few minutes later he was on the 4-wheeler turned a corner and we all watched his ride go forward while he fell to the ground.  He didn’t have any strength in his arm and wasn’t able to stay aboard when he took the corner. 

The sheep all moved...

The sheep all moved...

One of Mark’s previous students was getting married that night and Mark did not want to miss it despite being in a lot of pain.  He didn’t want to go to the emergency room and be told nothing was wrong and miss the ceremony.  The wedding was so very beautiful and the rain even held off despite the dark clouds that loomed all day.  The bride and groom held a sand ceremony, where three viles of sand where mixed into one.  One represented by the bride, the groom and God.  When they were mixed together the pastor told us that this is the way God sees our marriage,  it would be impossible to sort out those individual pieces of sand and now the three were now joined together forever.  It was very sweet.

We only stayed at the wedding for just a little while and eventually headed up to the emergency room.  He ended up having some x-rays done that determined there were no broken bones and that he had torn his ACL.  He was sent home with some pain meds and a sling and has to make an appointment with the orthopedic doctor this week to see what the extent of the damage is.

Mark lying low...

Mark lying low...

  He spent most of Father’s being pretty still and that about drove him crazy.  Mark is not one for sitting around when there is alot to do…he tried to go out and weed some strawberries and soon found out he couldn’t do much of that without his shoulder hurting.  We did have a nice day though, we had Mark’s dad and brother over for lunch and my brother with his boys and my folks came over for supper after my dad was off of work.

Showing my dad his bees...

Showing my dad his bees...

The kids were too cute pampering and wating on their dad, so even though Mark didn’t get his strawberries weeded he did get some much needed rest.

The crew pampered their dad all day...

The crew pampered their dad all day...

Friday Farm Daze…

Catching up on this last week…
The remains of a Red Star hen after the fox got it...

The remains of a Red Star hen after the fox got it...

We have a puffy Buffy (Buff Orpington), ready to set.  She's even puffy when on the occasion she gets out to eat!

We have a puffy Buffy (Buff Orpington), ready to set. She's even puffy when on the occasion she decides to go out to eat!

Which leads to a happy rooster, normally he's kept away from the ladies cause he gets so mean and the boys will not go anywhere near the hen house!

Which leads to a happy rooster, normally he's kept away from the hens cause he gets so mean and the boys will not go anywhere near the hen house!

Plants waiting to get into the garden this weekend.

Plants waiting to get into the garden this weekend.

Narcissus blooms...

Narcissus blooms...

Dark sunset...

Dark sunset...

Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Cabbages planted and nicely mulched (2 rows of 12/row each)

Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Cabbages planted and nicely mulched (2 rows of 12/row each)

Strawberries weeded and getting big with blooms, need to mulch this weekend.

Strawberries weeded and getting big with blooms, need to mulch this weekend.

Hummingbird caught in the house and released back outside...

Hummingbird caught in the house and released back outside...

An assortment of Eagles circling above...we had four all at once yesterday!

An assortment of Eagles circling above...we had four all at once yesterday!

 

Oats coming up in the pasture...

Oats coming up in the pasture...

Friday Farm Daze…

Catching up on the week…

 

Sisters and best friends...

Sisters and best friends...

 

The making of Smores...

The making of Smores...

The start to a beautiful thing...

The start to a beautiful thing...

 

Teigen and Dash hanging out...

Zayne and Dash hanging out...

 

A brief glimpse of the sun...

A brief glimpse of the sun...

 

Enjoying their new freedom...

Enjoying their new freedom...

 

Sawyer and Hayden going through the slush...

Sawyer and Hayden going through the slush...

Dugur keeping his vigilant watch...

Dugur keeping his vigilant watch...

Mom's are fun jungle gyms...

Mom's are fun jungle gyms...

Tori's Indian Runner Duck...

Tori's Indian Runner Duck...

Only one more left!

Well it’s official…. we only have one more ewe left to lamb!  Today Ragna had a nice set of lambs, one moorit ewe lamb and one black ram lamb.  Of course as seems to be our luck,  the weather was once again blowing and throwing slush down upon us…

Sawyer enjoying the blowing slush...

Sawyer enjoying the blowing slush...

 

Ragna’s first lamb, the moorit ewe came out with no problems…

Breve, seconds old...

Breve, seconds old...

Mom dried her off and she got up nursed a few times…

Breve all dried off...

Breve all dried off...

 She weighed in at 6lbs 10 oz.  and is so cute, but aren’t they all!  Then we waited and waited and waited for her brother to make his appearance.  When we were finally able to see him it wasn’t his front legs…or his back legs… just his muzzle and tongue!  Bummer! So of course the first thing I did was to call Mark and see where he was at, and it just so happened he was leaving work and would be going by the house.  But he wouldn’t be their for a while…so today was a first for me, my first official dig in to try and fish out legs.   Hopefully you can feel the excitement…cause I was definitely excited…can you feel it yet?  Me neither!  Anyway it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, the ewe on the other hand…I don’t think she appreciated me elbow deep into her.  After a few long seconds of feeling around and not finding anything, I had to take a deep breath, close my eyes and…be patient.  I then finally found one leg and pulled it up to where it needed to be and then I was able to find the other leg and move it too.  Then we let her go to push on her own…a few more seconds one leg presented with the head and we were able to pull him the rest of the way out.  He was a trooper and breathed right away and mom finished the clean up and filled his tank.  He was a bit bigger at 7lbs. 14oz. and of course very cute too!

Bistro, or Beast for short...

Bistro...

 

The pair with mom...

The pair with mom...

 

Dugur likes to watch too...

Dugur likes to watch too...

 

Only one ewe left!

9 ram lambs:9 ewe lambs

Spring Rain…

We received a much needed spring shower yesterday.  It dribbled on and off for the most part of yesterday, even leaving enough to form puddles and germinate the oats that Mark had no-tilled into the pasture.  It never ceases to amaze me how green everything looks during and right after a good drizzle…

Winter Wheat up and going...

Winter Wheat up and going...

 

The various shades of green around here...

The various shades of green around here...

 

A cool tree bud...

A cool tree bud that opened up after the rain...

Still snow on the mountains...

Still snow on the mountains...

What will come today?

What will come today?