Tuesday, April 17, 2018

How to Tell When It’s Spring in the Pacific Northwest

You wake up and find your garden art has dandruff

Even the daffodils are cold

You spent all day the day before, getting the garden beds ready to plant

At least you zipped up the mini greenhouse.  Didn’t matter, the baby lettuce all died anyway

Below freezing.  Again.

Which means that there must be newborn lambs, because the ewes only lamb when it’s raining/snowing/freezing/3 in the morning and doing all of the above

The trade off is tons of gorgeous bulbs bursting forth, bringing smiles to the faces of everyone who sees them.

The greenhouse is groaning, it’s so full, and I just keep moving more seedlings off the heat mats and into the greenhouse to harden off, hoping that eventually, I’ll get a chance to get them out before the stockdog trial season starts in May!

Happy spring, everyone!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy 2018!

Flash, first calf of the season, arrived late New Years night.  Here, the 4 day old poses with big brother Ethan, momma Millie, and daddy Roar lounging in the background

Hours old

Monday, December 25, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Light Up The Night 2017

Entry to the ranch, 2017

Who says Santa has to use a sleigh?

Ready for the season!

Downtown Corvallis 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Posing for the Camera

Testing whether or not I can post from the new iPad, so here’s a couple shots to enjoy!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bunkzilla - The Move!

So.  Now, we had to somehow move this beast from the garage where it was built, all the way through the north pasture, up the hill to the gate, into the south pasture, and back down the hill to the final destination.

It took several phases to ease it out of the garage and get it set so that Dale could stick the forks under it, but finally, it was underway.  I walked on ahead, ready to take some candids when it fell off the forks, and/or open the gate.  As it was, Dale expertly carted it over the hills and thru the valleys until he made the gate.  Then, it was all downhill from there.  Once in place, we went back to the barn for two bales of hay, came back, and loaded it up.  A small glitch - the door slides the wrong way for the placement of Bunkzilla on the downhill side of a hill - was temporarily fixed with a scrap block of wood.  A more permanent fix is already engineered and will eventually be implemented.  The tarp is a temporary fix as well, until the roofing is ordered and installed.

This morning, Ruffie and Danny stood in front of it munching away.  Success!!  

Bunkzilla - The Build!

It was time to tackle a project long overdue.  We've needed a way to feed the cows in the south pasture in all weather conditions.  We had just a plain ol' plastic half pipe style bunk for a few years, but once things like hay and pellets got wet, the cows wouldn't eat it, and it was a mess.

If you can't tell by these pictures that this bunkzilla was built by an engineer, for feeding big, hungry and sometimes itchy cows, go get some glasses.

We'll show the move in the next post.

 Really Big Red with load #2 of wood.  It would make two more trips before we had all we needed
 The base laid out.  Treated 6" X 12" runners
 Every project needs a manager.  We only hire the best
 Base complete

 Junior project managers observes the PM inspecting the inside

 Managing to be in the way, mostly
 Dale's clever sliding door idea.  Load the hay without having to undo the bales and piece them into the bunk from the front
 Runner base for the sliding door
 Sliding door closed.  Manager seems to be okay with it.  Hard to tell

 Sliding door completed