Finally got the last 5 tons of hay today. Barn is stocked, hopefully until next hay season (2017). This go around was a lot easier stacking the hay. The tractor diesel engine did almost all the work. Kana also agreed it was a whole lot easier than loading and unloading a trailer in the heat of the summer using real muscle power. Great way to end the hay season. Thank you Kana for the help. Now it's on to getting the big field fenced. Never ends around here!
Saturday morning Cupcake needed a shower (AKA butt cleaning) before being turned out again with the rest of the flock. She had a case of scours and needed some rehab time (about a week) before going back with the flock.
Putting the finishing touches on the job we started yesterday. Will keep us warm for several weeks this winter!
I would say Hunter has fit right into daily life on the ranch. Every day wanting more and more to drink. Once again, thanks Maureen. You always seem to convince me of the right choices!
Friday was play day. Up into the woods to collect a load (or 2) of logs. Fir and Maple. Going to make some great boards. Kana and Alexandre had some fun (I think I did too!). Keep the mill busy.
Maureen has done it again!! Another Jersey calf! Twinkle in her eye and "Greeggg... We need another calf to drink all the extra milk from Bella..." I tried to say "Not another one!?" Maureen put up a fight over the idea that I suggested the Subaru as the livestock hauler, but since we took the ferry to Vashon Island to get the calf, I won, Maureen lost. Maureen says "Sorry Annie". You should have seen the looks we got from pedestrians and the crew. All said and done, I know Maureen won!!
Time of year when there is a good deal of gardening and mowing that needs to be done. Visitors always get a chance to join in the fun. Our latest guest that is enjoying the activities. Jim has also been busy working on his "Air Ship". Today we will take a break from the outdoor activities since our rain dance has paid off. As I look out the window, the sky is falling! Yeah... rain... What a difference from last year. Love it. Good wishes to you all.
Well, another era has come to an end. Michael is heading off to spend his Summer in Alaska this weekend after 2 months with us. Apparently his diet will start when he leaves the ranch, it's that or his trousers go up another pant size !..I sure hope there is a coffee machine VERY handy in Sitka or Michael will be having a coffee pot sized break down ! While Michael has been here, much has been achieved and it is going to be strange not to see him around the barnyard and pastures. Thank you Michael for all you have done. Rain shine and wind.
It has so far been a Summer of changing faces. Young Ben headed off to Colorado after three weeks on the ranch and we had a lovely final evening with mom Kim before he left. Thank you Ben, it was fun having you on the ranch and we hope to follow your future in Antarctica.
Eyal and Lee arrived for three weeks on the ranch before heading off to experience farming the "Oregon way" and both have quickly familiarized themselves with the daily routine the "Gentle Giant Meadows way" Lee has kept the chicken flock happy with a constant flow of weeds from the garden and Eyal has already made a substantial increase in our log pile for the Winter months. We look forward to spending time with our new guests and hope that their time with us, as with all our guests is one that they will remember as a happy time in a constantly changing world. Life on the ranch is never quiet, sometimes crazy...but always fun. Take care, keep safe, M
It's getting close to hay season! Time to re-position the old stack to make room for the new hay that will be coming in a few weeks. The boy's wanted to be part of the festivities before they left and get a "little" workout. !00 lb. bales ought to do the job!!
Sometimes life just seems to pass so quickly. Today I realized that, over the past few months we have hosted some amazing young people at the ranch and barely a mention of their achievements...(or otherwise). Song, Mallory, Michael and Ben have all shared the highs and lows of Spring time on a livestock farm. They have experienced the joy of new life and the sadness of loss of life. They have dug holes and filled them in in time honored Gentle Giant Meadows tradition. Fences have been torn down and fences built, trees planted and trees felled. Sometimes it is hard to let these young people know just how much we enjoy their participation, their enthusiasm and their willingness to share our lives but, as we review the past few months we know that many of our achievements have been in part, thanks to them. Thank you....we really do appreciate you. Life on the ranch is wonderful. Take care, keep safe, M
Its me, Maureen, (the Boss)