Friday, April 27, 2012

A Border Collie Goes Underwear Shopping

We've told Gem the BC time and time again - briefs just do NOT do it for her.  She's got an undie fetish - if we miss the hamper, she's got 'em.  However - we did NOT put these on her, she put 'em on herself.  Maybe she is smarter than we thought

Hoke the Aussie is way embarrassed by Gem's antics with Dale's undies, and we don't blame him

Hungry Hummers

Now accepting donations to purchase sugar to feed these monsters thru the season.  Four feeders, dozens of little sugar-sucking monsters and a 25 lb bag of sugar a week.  Entertainment value - priceless

Love the backing up move here!  Wonder how many G's he's pulling about right there

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Spring Swing

You know the weather is turning nicer when Dale breaks out his swing

Zinger, a Young Gentlebull

At just over a month old, gentle Zinger is the perfect gentleman.  He is really starting to shape up nicely!

With his pal Joy the heifer, doing a little grooming for her

Zazu, Too Cute

Three days old, and ready to meet her siblings and aunties out in the big pasture, tiny Zazu and her momma Sapphire enjoy one last morning in the maternity pasture

Posing with the ancient 'Gravenstein' apple trees and old pears trees in full bloom

Taking a page from Liza, Zazu is sure the camera must be something to eat

Since it wasn't nearly as tasty as she thought, she heads back to the breakfast bar

Zamora, Stud Muffin at 7 Weeks

Zamora at 7 weeks is already thinkin' he is as big a stud muffin as his daddy Roar.  It's so very hard to take pictures of black bovines, and especially one that is a bit camera shy.  I can get all the shots of his butt I want, but try for a face shot while he's standing is a different story.  Since he was mostly going up and down the hillside, couldn't really get a decent side shot either, but just imagine a thick, solid, long body with great heart girth and you get the picture.

Trying to call the ladies like daddy does


Zoomie, 6 weeks, and her baby half sister Zazu, 3 days.  Zazu is out of Sapphire (Morgan Rivers Xpensive) by JB Roar.  She is Sapphire's first calf

Baby stalking.  Gotta love Zoomie's butt!

Momma Sapphire makes sure that Zoomie plays nice with tiny Zazu


Millie (Cabin Fever Miss Millie, Cabin Fever Derringer X EKY Silver, 2006 dun cow) poses against a dramatic sky.  Millie is Zoomie's dam (JB Roar)

April Calves

Since I've been getting a lot of calls about calves, decided to go out and get some updated pix of the gang.  Not ideal weather - somewhat rainy, windy, cool and cloudy - but at least the flies were at bay, unlike the past few days when it was 'hot' (for us) and sunny.

Scooby (dairy steer, Dawn's replacement calf), Zamora (standing) and Zinger, typical young boys, lounging around, waiting for something to get into

Zinger, posing nicely as usual, Zamora, Zoomie and Joy the heifer

That big ol' fat nose belongs to Liza, the camera you-know-what.  She bugs me continuously when I'm trying to take pictures, bumping me with her head, demanding attention, and as you can see, sticking her nose in the camera lens when she doesn't get what she wants

Tiny 3 day old Zazu gets some love from Liza the freemartin heifer, who sadly will never know the joy of having her own baby

Zinger (dun) and Zamora

Zoomie at 6 Weeks

Zoomie loves the camera.  She'll pose anytime, anywhere, doing anything.  She makes it easy for me, except there almost always seems to be background problems, like cows with dirty butts or trashcans or big cowpies.  So, out of a bunch, these came out the best, not for lack of effort on Zoomie's part.

Riley at 21 Months

Dale and I took a rare day off yesterday to have a late lunch down at King Estate Winery, and on the way, stopped by to see Sybil's bro Riley (Lee).  Reminded me very much of a red tri Ho Dog, with spring-loaded back legs.  Riley is more comfortable on two legs than most people I know!

Anna shows Riley's ability to stand on two legs longer than I can

Total Ho Dog here, same look and everything!

Those eyes sure are stunning in such a dark red face.  And, he's lightened up a bunch according to Anna and Leslie, going into spring shedding season

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Spring has Finally Sprung

Sometimes, it just takes awhile up here for Mother Nature to remember that it's technically been spring for an entire month.  But when she does remember, she rewards us richly.  The past two days have seen temperatures reaching into the 70's down in the valley and today, for the first time this year, right here at the ranch.  Trees are leafing out and blooming, bulbs are bursting out all over, the grass is growing, growing, growing, the lambs are frolicking in the warm sunshine and the sky is the bluest blue you've ever seen.

Yep, it's good to have a reminder than while the rainy season is not yet over - Memorial Day is the traditional end to the rainy season here - we do get some nice days to enjoy working outside every once in awhile.

The gap to the left of the flagpole should look like the right side of the pole does - crammed full of yellow and red tulips.  And directly behind the flagpole there should be a shimmering wall of Dutch iris.  However, the voles took care of the bulbs before they ever got going.  I did feed them a very special treat; hope they enjoyed it as much as they enjoyed my bulbs, but probably not, at least not shortly after they ate it

Ho Dog poses in the lush spring grass and flowers in front of the homestead, with the blooming crabapple and ultra blue skies

Clusiana 'Lady Jane' species tulips.  They look like peppermint candies

The sad gap