Snakes and Ladybugs

Snakes and Ladybugs

It’s that time of year again. Normally we rarely see rattlesnakes. We know they are there when it is warm. But in May we see several a day and I start my relocation campaign. Any rattlers seen around human habitations and workplaces get moved a good distance...
Wood Heat

Wood Heat

Wood processing for heating is a big part of life here at the ranch. Most of our heat comes from the surrounding forest.   The “Boneyard” before splitting. Everybody get’s into the wood processing and stacking. Just another wood stack. Nearly...
Animals=Injuries

Animals=Injuries

We are not sure what happened here to poor Aspen. Possibly she was kicked by Cali. All the horses were sweaty when we discovered her injury. We had just returned to the ranch. It’s also possible that an animal was chasing them and Aspen ran into something. We...
Tree Planting (and replanting) Day

Tree Planting (and replanting) Day

We planted a few apple trees to replace gopher, rabbit and deer destroyed trees and replanted at least 24 trees in baskets to protect them from our huge gopher population. Silas with a hole to be proud of. Two Sardines in each hole. Ricco had to dig too. Mike Kumpe...
Kunekunes finally arrive!

Kunekunes finally arrive!

Dorset, Stoneleigh, Confit and Upton the Kunekunes arrived today. We are excited to have them sharing the ranch and look forward to them raising little ones. Upton is the lone boar amongst the sows. Click on any picture to enlarge. The grand arrival! Eating was #1 on...
Oyster Mushroom Success!

Oyster Mushroom Success!

Wow, We are looking forward to tasting these mushrooms in a couple of days. This has certainly been a fun experience and not too hard. The whole family was amazed how quick the fruiting bodies formed once they were ready. We should be able to get a couple more flushes...