Archive for the 'Farm Stuffs' Category

Lovely Autumn Day

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

This is what I did today: watched Saucer and Dan pull the pumpkin wagon out to the pumpkin patch at Olson Farm in Damascus, This is one of my favorite autumn treats!

Love to see them trotting up the hill. It’s quite a workout for them!

July 14-16 – Getting in da hay

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

My neighbor around the corner has been busy haying for the last three days. I love watching them, love the aroma of the fresh cut hay. I always love it when there are no cars behind me so that I can take photos of the whole thing.

First the hay was cut (no photo), then after a few days, it was raked into rows for drying.

After drying, it was baled up. My neighbor used to make the rectangular bales that used to be so popular. Nowadays, more and more farmers and ranchers are making these round bales.

It took a couple of days for all the hay to get baled; I wish I’d had the chance to just sit by the side of the road and watch the baler. But today I did see the bales getting loaded onto trucks. This young man was sitting in one of the trucks, waiting for a few more bales to get loaded. I bet he was using his cell phone, unlike farm boys before technology came along who probably used the time to take a nap, seeing as how they’d probably been up since before dawn doing the milking.

When I came back from town, the truck was gone, but I saw others off in the distance.

The hay got baled just it time; it was looking like rain all day long today.

July 1 – Aloha ʻoe e Puakea

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Seems like we’ve been having more of our fair share of saying aloha to beloved pets. Today we said it to Puakea, one of our sweet Maremma Livestock Guardian dogs. She was twelve years old, and for all this time, along with her sister, Pikake, has protected our sheep and goats from marauding coyotes and other varmints.

Today we took Puakea to the vet because she was getting so thin, and Dr Haveman diagnosed her as having a very large tumor attached to her spleen. He was very candid with us and said that Puakea’s chances for survival were not great. So we decided to do the kindest thing for her and the hardest thing for us… and we had him put her to sleep.

I drove up to Bellingham to get her twelve years ago when she was just a three-month old puppy. She’d been raised from Day One with sheep and goats, and after being introduced to Lani, our grown Maremma and spending about a week in the barn, she was out guarding our livestock. Lani showed her the ropes, and at three months of age, here she is, looking out over her domain, watching for danger. This is my favorite photo of her.

Here she is again as an adult, still watching over her flock.

Aloha ʻoe, our faithful companion. You will be dreadfully missed.

June 7 – Pasture mowing

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Ricky, the horse we’re boarding, had terrible allergies last year from all the grass in the pasture. He got the heaves really bad and we thought we were going to lose him, so now we get the pasture mowed.

Rayado, Paul, and Titus had been napping under the fir tree, but when they hear the noise, they came out to see what was going on.

And now, for your viewing pleasure to really get a feel for it, here are a couple of videos!

One more, close up. This is a very bouncy job!

May 22 – Pīpī

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

I was on my way home from the Post Office and saw this peaceful scene. I quickly stopped da kawila, backed up a bit (love the quiet country roads with no traffic!), and took this photo, especially for AFK, who I know will love it.

April 27 – New life times two

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

One of the ewes around the corner from us had twin lambs a couple of weeks ago, and I was lucky enough today to get a photo of them. They’re not always near the fence, but today they were.

It was good to see new life in the midst of my sadness about Hinahina.

April 18 – Cuteness and a scare

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Today was an interesting day, to say the least. And I didn’t get a photo of the most scary experience, either.

This afternoon Nolemana called me in a panic; he was down at the barn and saw that Ricky, the horse we’re boarding, was lying on his side, back legs up and over the watering trough. He thought Ricky had had a stroke.

I got in my car and rushed down there and saw that the problem was that Ricky had gotten himself cast (by rolling and scratching his back too close to the trough) and that the trough needed to be moved so that he could get his legs under him.

Nolemana got a big bucket and scooped enough water out to move the trough, then pulled it away from Ricky, who was able to get his legs and feet in the right position to get himself up.

Whereupon he shook himself, trotted out of the corral, and had a nice long pee, then bent his head to graze on the nice green grass.

Silly boy.

At the other end of the scale was total cuteness. I’d taken my laundry hamper da kine to the laundry room and when it was empty, Kalakoa decided to jump into it. Ho da kewt!!

April 17 – Matching critters

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

As I was leaving for The Gathering today, Rayado the llama and Ricky were pretty close to the fence, so I thought they’d make a good photo for today. One of our Jacob sheep is lying under the tree in the background, and the other is behind Ricky. One of these days I’ll get them all close together!

April 15 – Turkey in the straw

Monday, April 15th, 2013

I hesitate even posting a photo today because of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, which just sickens me. At the same time, I don’t want the people who set up the bombs to have any power over my creativity, so I’m going to post the photo I took.

It’s tax day, among other things. I saw this guy along a country road near here, and he graciously let me take his photo to commemorate the day. He even gobbled at me several times… it was hilarious! He had a bevy of girls around him, too. Chickens, but girls nonetheless.

11 April – It’s lambing time!

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

I love seeing new lambs! This one was just born and lives around the corner from us. Just a few days old, it’s already grazing on the new spring grass with its mom. Ho da kewt!!

April 8 – To catch a thief

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Just found out that it’s not okay to relocate them. So we will stop immediately and get feeders that they can’t get into.

The squirrels have been getting into my bird feeders, the little varmints. Not okay. Bird seed and suet are too darn expensive to feed them, and they also chew up the feeders. Definitely not okay.

I know that lots of people think they’re cute and have all this amazing agility (the agility part is true), but I don’t want them here. Therefore, Nolemana sets out a humane trap, with peanut butter on the trip lever. We have caught a few squirrels this way and we release them somewhere else in a treed area where they can go bother each other. We try hard to get babies on their own or grown ones before baby squirrel season arrives. We’re not mean enough to deprive babies of their mothers.

For awhile, we are freed from the squirrels’ thievery, but of course, nature abhors a vacuum, and in a month or two, we have to go through the routine all over again. But right now we’re in the middle of a catch and release phase, and today I took this little trickster’s photo. Just don’t tell me he’s cute. He’s really nothing but a thief.

March 23

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

I just love living in a semi-rural area. Within a half mile of us, there are horses, cattle, goats, and sheep. And these beauties, who live just across the road for us.

Here a moa käne (rooster) shows his girls where to find the tastiest stuff to eat. The other day when I left the house, one of the girls was out in the middle of the street. A car was coming toward them; we both stopped and I shooed the silly moa back where she belonged. The other driver and I waved to each other as we each went on our way.

This rooster was keeping his girls where they belonged!

The Answer

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Warning: graphic intensive!

Well, Kikue wen come da closest to wat wen happen on Tuesday morning. Okay, I’ll try not to talk pidgin, but when I get excited, kinda hard not to. It just happens. (more…)

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

On the way to the second part of Government Camp, I found this!


Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival!!!

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Whoo hoo! Tomorrow is OFFF! Fiber! Yarn! Llamas! Sheep! Color! Friends! Fiber! Maybe even a camel! I stay going! Been waiting all year for it! I love the environment, our small county fairgrounds filled with so much eye candy I can hardly stand it. Julie and I stay going together. Let the games begin!! See you on da odda side….

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

One of my favorite blogs is Chickens in the Road written and photographed by Suzanne McMinn. It’s a fantastic combination of farm life, chickens, recipes, humor, and great photography, I’m always glad to see a new post in my feeds.

This video from Suzanne gives me a smile every single time I see it, and I’ve watched it over and over again. Suzanne graciously gave me her permission to put it here so that you folks could enjoy it too.

Be sure your volume is up so you can hear the hoofbeats. OMG, this is so dang cute! I love the bouncing!! Who says sheep can’t play tag! Enjoy! When you’re pau watching the video, go enjoy the rest of Suzanne’s awesome blog!

Another Reason Why…

Friday, June 18th, 2010

…I like living in a semi-rural area. The other afternoon Nolemana and I were on our way somewhere, and we saw something that just gave me the biggest smile! I couldn’t pull over right away, but when I could, I let another car pass, then backed up so that I could take some photos. Why? (more…)

Rest For The Weary, Update

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Remember when Ricky and Poem came to live with us? It was rainy Spring when they arrived, and some days they had to wear their raincoats. But now summer is here and they have settled in so well! (more…)

Da Garden

Monday, July 6th, 2009

It’s funny how no matter how great my pain, the stuff in the garden keeps growing as though it hadn’t a care in the world. Which really it doesn’t, so long as everything gets watered and fed regularly. Which is as it should be. (more…)

They Still Grow

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Despite my sadness, the beans still come up.