Monday, July 27, 2015

The Flock Gets a New Herdsire

We took a long drive out to South Eugene this morning to collect our new herdsire, Geroges, from Rick at Gamboling Goat Farms.  Georges is a St. Thomas, which is basically an old school St. Croix hair sheep.  The SC are all white, and any little dab of colours turns it into an ST.  Very hardy breed, excellent meat and I hope that he does great things with the meat end of our sheep operation.  Georges is about 3 years old, and a really nice ram.
 
They are also very docile sheep that flock very well, something that makes them very popular for stockdog trainers.
 
 Georges took control of his new harem quite handily.  That's him on the other side of the tree
 Shepherding his flock
 This was just a really pretty shot
 Such a dignified gentleman
 With Cassie and Char, Twyla's girls

 Willa (Kayla's daughter, black and white) and the rest of the Navajo-Churros
Love the little black spot on his butt!

Roar, Late July and Bored

More from Bonnie's magic Nikon
 
 'Hey, it's a trailer!!  They brought me more women!!  Good thing I didn't shave this morning.  Women like their men scruffy these days.  At least that's what I read in 'People' magazine.'
 The Mountain contemplates the hills
 'Okay, there's a trailer, now where are the women?'
 'Seriously, did you let them out and I didn't see them?  They're not in here'
'Fine.  Whatever.  I wanted women, you bring me a snot nosed young bull.  Figures.'

Bonnie's Cow Pix

I depend on Bonnie (JB Ranch Murray Greys) for my classy cow pix.  She never likes the ones I take.  She came by on Sunday to drop our fave gigolo Beau off after his encore tour of Southern Oregon and took some shots of course.  Not that the sun cooperated a lot; clouds and sun and it was difficult to convince the dark cows to run out into the sun for a shot when the sun made an appearance
 
 Beau returns, lookin' mighty fine for a long yearling
 Gerry
 Cy, above and below

 Lilly in a rare moment, standing still.  Oh those ears!!
Gerry contemplates life
Bert and Beau chasing the herd up the hill
This was hysterical - the James Gang was my first impression.  From left (big silver cow) Nellie, daughter Lilly, Cassie, momma Joy, Gerry and Cy

Friday, July 24, 2015

Nothing Less Melancholy Than This

The very first 'Li'l Sweet' cantaloupes!
 

And even better, filled with freshly picked 'Tristar' strawberries and 'Doyle's Thornless' blackberries!  Forget adding any refined or otherwise 'made' sugar, this was a treat so sweet that diabetics shouldn't even be LOOKING at the pictures!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Melonzilla

I knew this would be a disaster in the making....
 
Something so innocent and full of hope...
 ....has turned into a science experiment gone full on nuclear out of control

 Two 'Kakai' pumpkin plants.  Think I would have learned my lesson from one last year.  But those roasted hull-less seeds were sooooooo good!
 For the first time in 9 years, success with 'Sapomiel'!!  14 melons and counting!
 Not to be outdone, the sickly, tiny tomatoes I poked in the ground a month ago are loaded with fruit
And the first of the peppers!!

Caterpiller Capers

This fellow showed up one hot day and had a little snack on the vanilla butterfly weed.  Guess that's why it's called butterfly weed.
 
If someone knows what kind of 'piller this is, drop me a line in the comments box
 




Roar in Recovery

Roar's recovery from his foot surgery has been completely uneventful, thank goodness.  I'm reasonably sure we'd never have gotten him out of the trailer at OSU again, if we'd had to haul him back up!  Although he would probably be glad to see his fan club again.  Everyone at the Large Animal clinic was sad to see him go.  And no one can remember a single large animal that they felt that way about
 
 Man has to get his priorities straight.  Out of the trailer, hit the fly bag first....
....followed by his own personal bale of hay

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Give a Nut a Nut....



The video was destined for the dogblog but I'm still figuring things out.  Pretty funny tho - the look on Sybil's face is priceless.