The sun still shines over the Pacific North West, the pastures have turned from green to brown and over the surface of the ranch pond a green slime of milfoil, algae and dust is collecting. MJ, Fox 13 meteorologist has confidently predicted cooler temperatures towards the end of the week and… (I know I’m going to regret this when the rain falls and the cold Winter winds blow) …..I will be happy to start rooting in my cold closet !
Song and Grace under Greg’s supervision have been busily working on the cedar siding which is giving the kitchen wall a makeover. From the depths of the barn the whining of the radial arm saw echoes through the valley as the two girls learn the basics….how to cut in a straight line and even more importantly how not to lose fingers in the process.
Doris the deer did make an appearance in the orchard in early Summer, alarmingly she was not alone and two young bucks were seen checking out the smorgasbord which is our garden. Thankfully sightings have been limited this year and either Doris and her close…. (and extended) family have either found tastier pickings elsewhere or someone has filled their freezer. Since we have not been singularly feeding the local deer population, our apple trees actually have fruit on them and yesterday Greg, Grace and Song headed up to the orchard to harvest the Summer apples before some other ungulate rodent or bird harvests them for us. Using the apple picker is an acquired skill and typically one learns all about Newton’s law of Gravity and how to dodge falling missiles before the picker is adept at collecting more than one apple at a time in the little plastic catcher on a stick. Well done girls.
Cleaning out horses hooves is always a risky mission and our WWOOFERS and house guests are drilled in the importance of safety. No instruction on where to stand, how to hold or what to do would have prepared our girls for the lesson I learnt whilst routinely cleaning out Mr. Coopers feet. With young Song intently watching I explained the procedure, Cooper the big bay gelding, relaxed and almost asleep was co operating…the lesson was going well when Cooper got a little too relaxed. With my head buried under his tail and unable to spot the warning tail lift, my first indication that all was not well was a howl of laughter from intently watching Song. Cooper emptied his bowls…..I think he had saved a whole day’s worth of poop as it passed my head by centimetres and thumped into my catching bucket. I guess things could have been worse…a LOT worse !
We had two young Taiwanese visitors to the ranch last evening and we were happy to introduce them to our ranch family, two legged and four. It is always fun to see the expressions on people’s faces when they meet Quest our big Shire gelding and our two overseas guests didn’t disappoint us. Take care and have a fun visit to the Pacific North West, hopefully you take happy memories back to your own country.
Time for me to get down to the barn, another hot steamy day ahead. Take care, keep safe, M