Friday, June 22, 2012

Random pix

I've been super dooper busy in the last few days, so rather than writing something intelligent and insightful, I'll just post a few random pix.

Brit, our horse, taking advantage of some sunshine.

Thor is curious about human barns.

So is Brit.

A shaft of evening sun lights up virga over the butte.

I just happened to notice this little tableau and thought it was a revealing snapshot of what we read around here.

Major looking casual.

A raven in the wheat field.

This hummingbird (I think it was a black-chinned, but not sure) perched on a wire and stayed and stayed, grooming itself. I took these photos through a window so as not to disturb it, so I enhanced the colors.

Chickens pecking at a cantaloupe rind.


Peaceable kingdom.

Matilda grooms Raven.

Lily and her bull calf, Atlas.

Quiet afternoon in the barn.

I've been doing a lot of hard work in the tire garden.

Here's proof.

Older Daughter scrubbing out the stock tank.

My little oak trees are doing beautifully.

I just transferred all the containers of baby oaks out to the garden.

My garlic is looking beautiful.

And the blueberries are SO much happier since I transplanted them into the raised bed.  Look at all those little growing berries!

Okay, we've got a problem. All these ladies are taking dust baths in the corral, where I just planted the corn last week.


I chased them out with a sprinkler.

Let's play!

Look how good the wheat field looks!

Younger Daughter's fish tank, her prize for memorizing the Declaration of Independence last year.

We had an absolute gully-washer of a thunderstorm roll through this evening.  It poured and pounded and drenched and drowned us for about forty-five minutes.

Pretty sunset.


  1. You know, you have such a great eye. Have you thought about doing a calendar? I don't know how many readers you have, but maybe enough of us would be willing to pay $5 or$10 to make it worthwhile for you...

    1. It's an interesting idea, but I just checked the prices on (one of the cheapest sources for printing) and learned calendars would be about $15, which is frankly a lot more than most people want to pay. But thank you, I'm flattered!

      - Patrice

  2. Your place is so gorgeous!
    I am going to look for a place to get some free tires when we get to Louisiana. I think I want to try tire gardens, just because, haha.

    Need to bookmark your instruction page again, too. Have a blessed weekend!

  3. Beautiful pictures and scenery. The garden and "critters' are looking good. And thanks giving me a new word, "virga." I had to look that up and now I know.

  4. Looking good, everybody!

    That tire garden is da bomb, Patrice. I know I'm preachin' to the choir.

    Do y'all put goldfish in your stock tanks? I like doing that. We also tossed a dozen of them into our little pretenda-pond a couple of years back. They've flourished and it's really helped cut down on mosquitoes.


    1. We don't get mosquitoes in the stock tanks because the critters drink it down too fast. And we'd have to remove the goldfish over the winter anyway.

      - Patrice

    2. My goldfish have wintered over hard freezes for 3 years now!

  5. Hubby and I just had a good laugh at Brit and the Human Barn....And OOOH, I'm so jealous of your wheat field! It looks awesome! Good work!

    Just Me

  6. Just a heads up in case you haven't seen it.

    GMO grass emits cyanide and kills cattle in TX

  7. Love the tire garden! Hmmm, I might have a few tires around here that I could put to good use now.

  8. Your tire gardens look great, hope all your hard work nets you a bounty of produce.
    When I clicked on my favorites to get to your blog today my Nortan antivirus tried to block it saying it was a fraudulent website. Just wondering if that has happened to anyone else. It also happened when I went to Paratus Familia and last week when I clicked on your link to your WND article.

    1. It has happened to me occasionally. Can't say it was this site exactly, but sometimes AVG will block a blog or site. Usually it's due to an ad, or as you say a link, that goes to a site that has hosted (sometimes unknowingly) malware.

  9. So happy to see Major looking healthy. Beautiful dog.

  10. Allergic to oaks, especially my son. Was so glad there weren't any here in Idaho. Really, please, no oaks, one of the reasons (among many) for leaving Cali.