Monday, June 30, 2008

Yard Ornament IV

J inherited this wheelbarrow from a great aunt several years ago. He used it to haul feed at the barn until the wood holding the wheel split. Then he gave it to me. I've made use of in in the yard for about 5 years. I find I like growing the Wave Petunia in it best.

Farmer's Almanac: Guys, for nine nights, make three notches in a gate that has five bars on it. You will see your sweetheart on the last night.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

District Horse Show

We went to the District 4-H Horse Show Saturday. It was a long day. We left home at 7 am and got back at 7:30 pm. We endured a short rain shower in between.
E got 2nd on Pep in western go-as-you-please out of 20. She only counts the 19 that finished the class as one girl started screaming and fell off when her horse started trotting. (she wasn't hurt)

V was 6th out of 18 in the hunter go-as-you-please, 5th in hunter pleasure and 5th in huntseat equitation. They are really improving with each competition.

Friday, June 27, 2008


A few more flowers blooming in my yard now.Balloon flower.
I can't remember the name of this one but it came from a school fundraiser. I think it is from the onion family. It multiplies quickly.
These Easter Lillies are from church every year when we get one in memory of J's mother. I plant them in the same place each year and now have a nice collection.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Our paint horse Spot always gets sunburned around his left eye where the skin is white. This year I thought I would try putting the fly mask on him to see if it helps.I think it has helped so far, but it sure makes him look funny.

According to the Farmer's Almanac, tomorrow will be a good day to make sauerkraut.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Last Calf

Our last spring calf was finally born the first day of summer. Now we just have to wait until August to start with the fall calves.

E wanted to post some of her photography.
Emma and Oreo sharing a piece of grass.

Oreo trying to decide how high up to jump so he can bite.

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Well, it turns out that V can jump with Jessica. The riding class really helped with her confidence. Now I might have to construct some real jumps instead of using cinder blocks.
E enjoyed riding Pep also. We tried her over the jump but she tripped.
We went on a 3 hour trail ride today with J's dad. I don't think he had ridden that much in several years.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

More Flowers

Here are a few more flowers in bloom here recently.
Poppies from seeds I got as a members of the Home Gardening Club.Spider wort.
A flower from my Grandmother she called sun drops.
Daises from a co-worker. I asked her if she cuts them back after they bloom, she said yes and she also sprayed them with roundup. I might have to watch that they don't spread too much.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Riding Class

V just finished a 2 week beginning jumping class at Tech. It looks like she learned quite a lot.This was her favorite horse, a 16 hand tall mare. The jumps were 12-18 inches.
The instructor said she was a natural and couldn't believe she had never jumped before. Now if she can just do this with her own horse we'll be in business.
E took all of the pictures.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

My 100th blog post

It took some doing but we were able to find a few livestock references in D.C.An oil painting and
statue at the National Art Gallery.

And this interesting mummified bull in the Western Civilization wing of the Natural History Museum.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Mt. Vernon

Part of our bus trip included 2 hours for both lunch and tour at Mt. Vernon. Two hours is not nearly enough time for a complete tour so I took to photographing the signs and sites so I could read it when I got home. Of course we had to go through the farm related sites.
V and J with the Red Devon cattle. In retrospect we should have skipped lunch and had more time to tour.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Bunny's bus trip to D.C.

E brought Bunny along on our trip to Washington D.C. this weekend.Bunny enjoying the comfortable seats.
In front of the Lincoln Memorial.
The Korean Memorial.
Union Station.
Bunny's favorite plane at Air and Space, it matches him and the travel outfit C made for him. Bunny didn't get to see everything we did, so tomorrow I'll share our trip.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


We turned the bulls out with different groups of cows on Tuesday.
There is usually a lot of bellowing before going off to find the cows.
This should put calving to start about March 20th next year.

According to the Farmer's Almanac the weather for June 13th-22nd T-storms, then sunny, then warm.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


J had me raking hay again today.Getting the rake ready.
View looking forward.

Having to watch my rear also.

According to the Farmer's Almanac tomorrow will be a good day to cut hair to encourage growth.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Consumer Alert

J found out today if someone comes to your door and offers you a free bottle of febreze to demonstrate a product, JUST SAY NO!A door to door vacuum salesman came to the house while I was at work and was here for 1 1/2 hours before I got home. J had just come to the house to get something to drink to cool off. It took me another 30 min. to finally get rid of him. J says he'll be tougher next time. (Although where we live hopefully this will be a long time off.)

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Bird Nest

When we were working cattle the other day we found a surprise next to the cattle chute,
this beautiful nest with 5 eggs. I don't know what kind of bird but the nest was right on the ground.
We managed to not step on it and no cows pooped on it so I hope the bird came back.

Saturday, June 7, 2008


There are just so many beautiful flowers blooming now I could not resist putting up some more pictures.This is a potted lace cap hydrangea.

This is the first year this purple clematis has gotten over 1 foot tall. It is absolutely stunning now.
I thought I only had pink lupines but these came up and are purple.
I don't have as many foxgloves this year as is some years past, but they are still pretty.
Our 2 apple trees are loaded. Now the just have to make it through more wind and probably drought.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Sunny Border

This is one of my flower borders. I always think this is the peak season for the flowers, but continue to be amazed as more keep blooming all summer. Although, I don't know why I should be amazed because I planted everything out there.The window frames for the trellis came from an old house that had been torn down.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Trail Ride

We went trail riding and camping this weekend about 6 miles up the road from our house. We had never been on these trails before.The horses acted a little tried after the first ride on Saturday.
V on Jessica and J on Thumper. The trails were this wide most of the way.

E on Pep, one of the rare times she got in front of me. I rode a 26 year old horse someone else brought. Add Image
The mountain laurel was blooming. It always reminds me of the laurel chain in high school where the top 10 girls in the senior class made a rope of laurel to hand to the top 10 junior girls. I am not sure what this accomplished other than getting us out of class for a week the traipse through the woods pruning these poor bushes.
Anyway, the horses all acted great and everyone had fun and are ready to go again.

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