K is for ‘Kay…I’m Lost!

I thought I had only missed one Alphabe-Thursday post recently.
Nope, turns out I missed two.
I thought we were on J, but instead we’re on K…
‘Kay. Turns out I’m lost.
LOL!

Here’s a whole bunch of pictures I’ve been wanting to share, but haven’t gotten to…enjoy while I go find myself. 😉

Pop up poplars in the pasture.

Pop up poplars in the pasture.

This is in the front pasture, where we’ve closed The Girls out of for the past 3 weeks. In that time, the grass has grown immensely, and these 3 trees have popped up out of nowhere.
The tallest one is about 3 feet tall…gives you an idea of how fast poplars grow! They don’t, however, last as long as a pine or a spruce, so planting more is always a good thing.

Poplar cutting

Poplar cutting

This one is a cutting off a stump of a poplar we had to take down last summer. Unfortunately, it was planted in a less than ideal place…trees near a septic tank is never a good idea!
Well, since we haven’t gotten the stump out yet (I feel like I’ve shared this before…maybe I have? Maybe it was just on Facebook?) these branches started to grow. This one lone cutting survived the marauding horde of kittens.

"I iz kill dis for u, Food Lady"

“I iz kill dis for u, Food Lady”

Helpful little Grey. Killing my trough skimming net.  Hard to skim scum when there are giant kitteh made holes!

Xena Rake Biter

Xena Rake Biter

I have no words to explain what Ms Xena Pena is doing here. lol!

2 black and white ones

2 black and white ones

This is an older shot already…you can see how teeny Felix is. Hubby snapped it with his phone. We were introducing my big black and white one to my small black and white one. Of course, Sable had to see too. 🙂

Catnip

Catnip

Amazingly, with 13 barn cats running around, my catnip has survived this far…next year it will get its own raised bed, with a chicken wire cage around it for protection.

Golden Spice Pear

Golden Spice Pear

Gemini Apple

Gemini Apple

The 2 fruit trees above, Hubby picked up at a pop up greenhouse that was clearing stuff out 1/2 price. He also bought a 3rd, a Prairie Sensation apple. $25 each, and all are over 6 ft tall already!
The ones I bought last spring (this is the 2nd summer here) were 3 ft tall, and I paid $35 each.
So, when Hubby saw these, he jumped at them. They’ll be producing fruit much sooner!

All the pretty colours!

All the pretty colours!

It’s my Equine Rainbow. Makes me smile.

Now a few pictures from Paul and Toosh’s yard…

Poppy

Poppy

Another version of the poppy

Another version of the poppy

Butterfly on Bee Balm

Butterfly on Bee Balm

Can you see who's hiding in there?

Can you see who’s hiding in there?

Oh, hello, Mr Bunny!

Oh, hello, Mr Bunny!

Finally, one of my flowers…I didn’t plant these, the former owner did. I’m just enjoying them. 🙂

Lily

Lily

Sharing with Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday.

SHS~July 26th

I think I’m finally settling back into the swing of things here. It’s funny how a weekend of photography and visiting changes the dynamics. I went from focus on the farm work I needed to do to thinking about aaaalllll the photo editing I wanted to do. Guess which one won? 😛

This week’s Scavenger Hunt Sunday shots will show you I’ve neglected the garden…lots and lots of growth, both from the things I’ve planted and the weeds.
*sigh*
Next week will see me out pulling weeds, and trying to figure out a ground cover for the bare spots. Yes, I actually have space in my garden! It’s partly because it was finished late, and I planted late. This will not be the case next year, I assure you.

Prompts this week…Selfie, Rows, One Word, I Love This, and White on White.

Selfie

I don’t understand selfies. I don’t do them, I don’t understand the impetus behind them. Every time this prompt comes up, I work to find a way around it. It’s not that I have anything against having my picture taken, it’s just I can’t wrap my head around doing it myself. I’d much rather be taking a picture of what’s in front of my camera, than the me behind it.

That said, instead of a selfie, I’m giving you a shot of my pea patch…because my pea patch is like a thick carpet of pea plants, and it’s awesome. 🙂

Hay! That's peas! There's no Wolfie in there!

Hay! That’s peas! There’s no Wolfie in there!

Wait until the peas are ready, then Wolfie will be in there like a dirty shirt…assuming The Kid doesn’t push me out. Haha!
Thankfully these are way out of reach of Long Neck. Sable would nom these down in mere seconds, and beg for more.

Rows

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?”

Normally, my garden does not grow in rows. I’m a broadcast seeder, when it comes to carrots, beets, lettuce, spinach…this year though, I planted some rows.

A row of spinach

A row of spinach

I’m doing a test…I have a row of spinach, and a section where I broadcast seed as well. I’m curious to see which produces better.
As you can see, this row is ready for a good, hearty thinning. I’ll cut a bunch of leaves, eat a ton of them, then freeze the rest for winter.

A row of lettuce

A row of lettuce

This is supposed to be romaine lettuce. Any lettuce is good lettuce, imo. I love a salad made from home-grown lettuce.

Rows of tomatoes

Rows of tomatoes

Tomatoes I plant in rows…because I have to be able to move between them at picking time. Rows makes it easier. I still don’t have to like it. 😛

Corn!!

Corn!!

Mmmmmm….4 rows of Painted Mountain corn. I am hoping that this is able to produce for us. I planted it so late, that it may not. If it doesn’t give us cobs, at least The Girls will get to have the stalks.
Stalks they can munch, cobs are not allowed. Far too easy for cobs to cause a blockage in horses who forget to chew them. Remember, we have one accident prone sweetie, and so the chances of her forgetting to chew, getting a blockage, and giving us a humongous vet bill are far too great. As such, corn stalks only, for my Girls. 🙂

One Word

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Only one word I can use for this sight…LOVE.
I have waited, Dreamed, and worked for this sight for 40 years. Ever since I was a baby, all I ever wanted was a horse. Nearly 2 years ago (August 16th is 2 years!) I came so close to the Dream I could smell it…and then, in October, I met my Girl and lost my heart.

Taken the day I met her...

Taken the day I met her…

I looked into that big brown eye and knew I was a goner.
It’s been a difficult road for her and I, but I can’t imagine my life without her. And, I wouldn’t trade her for anything…she’s a MCFarm lifer!
The others are a bonus, because I can’t forget them. I love them too…they’re just as much a part of the Dream. 🙂
(in case anyone is wondering, the others are MCFarm lifers too)

I Love This

Pepper flowers

Pepper flowers

Painted Pony bean flowers

Painted Pony bean flowers

Purple pole bean flowers

Purple pole bean flowers

I love this because it means we’ll have produce from these plants very soon. That means fresh food, and some to put up for winter, hopefully!

White on White

Yeah, I didn’t really know what to do with this one…so, I took a shot of Hubby’s truck lined up with the stock trailer and the house…

White on white on white

White on white on white

Sharing with Scavenger Hunt Sunday hosted by Ashley Sisk.

Catching Up

Well now, I fell off the face of the planet again didn’t I? At least, here on the blog, I did! It’s been a busy time since I last posted. Much picture-taking/editing and processing. Learned a new technique in processing and had to play with that…it also brought to mind so many ideas I want to photograph!

So, where did we go that I took so many pictures?
Why, to the rodeo!! The Arborg Fair and Rodeo, to be precise.
So many pictures. So much work to do afterwards. So worth it!
Almost a week worth of work, and now, I’m ready for the next rodeo we’re attending in August.
Here’s some samples…

The cowboy meeting before it all got started

The cowboy meeting before it all got started

Here's a sample of that new technique I learned.

Here’s a sample of that new technique I learned.

This is one of 2 flag bearers who rode around the arena flying the flag while the national anthem was playing.
I was hesitant to take pictures during that time, but Hubby-who is one of the most patriotic people I have ever met!-assured me, that taking pictures was fine. Thank goodness, because this is, as far as I’m concerned, one of my best shots ever. 🙂

Saddle bronc

Saddle bronc

Saddle bronc, sans rider

Saddle bronc, sans rider

This silly boy...*sigh* decided he wanted to turn in the chute. Thankfully, he didn't hurt himself, he just turned around and settled back down.

This silly boy…*sigh* He decided he wanted to turn in the chute. Thankfully, he didn’t hurt himself, he just turned around and settled back down.

I love this horse...just have to say.

I love this horse…just have to say.

This lady was trying to get her horse into the arena for the barrel race...horse was having none of it!

This lady was trying to get her horse into the arena for the barrel race…horse was having none of it!

Bull riding...

Bull riding…

Bull Rider9^^^This bull was something else.
He layed down in the chute before the ride even started, and then, after the ride, he didn’t want to leave the arena. He had to be roped and encouraged to the exit, but before they could get him to leave, he threw himself down on the ground.

"You can't make me leave, puny humans!"

“You can’t make me leave, puny humans!”

"Pfft! Try to move me now!"

“Pfft! Try to move me now!”

"I spit in the face of you puny humans...hey! Grain!"

“I spit in the face of you puny humans…hey! Grain!”

And away out the exit he went. 😉

One of the Team Roping cowboys...

One of the Team Roping cowboys…

After the parade, we were going over to the Fair Grounds, and driving through town, we saw this…

Yard Giraffe

Yard Giraffe!

My Hubby, ever the patient man, turned around when asked to, so friend Shaila and I could take pictures of the giraffe.
Her rodeo shots can be seen here…
Arborg Fair & Rodeo

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Sunday saw us back in the city, visiting with friends, and delivering some Equi~Gems.

Paul was the winner of our contest.

Paul was the winner of our contest.

We were finally able to get his prize to him, and he is now the proud owner of a Midnight Meteorite Equi~Gem. 🙂
His lovely wife Toosh, was one of our 6 finalists, so she received one as well…

Yay for horsey prizes!

Yay for horsey prizes!

I’m low on Midnight Meteorite pieces, so she had the opportunity to choose from the others as well. After much deliberation, she settled on a Rubidium piece. 🙂

While we visited them, I took a whole bunch of pictures in their Backyard Jungle. Oh, it’s a beautiful space! So many flowers, so much wildlife (bees, bunnies, butterflies), and so calm and relaxing.
I’m working on those images, and will share them when I’m done.

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And then…there was the mead.
Checking on the gallon jugs, to find that the Joe’s Ancient Orange is clearing…

WooHoo!

WooHoo!

It’s still bubbling, but it’s working nicely. The claim is, with this recipe, that once the fruit settles on the bottom it’s ready to drink. Others say it’s even better after bottling and aging for a few months.
Well, Ima try both. 😉
I figure, taste it while it’s young, to see if the underlying flavor is good, put one bottle up for aging, and see if we like that better. And, once bottled, start another batch…assuming we like the taste of it. I may even start a 5 gallon batch.
I might be enjoying this a little too much…

NAH!!

SHS~July 13th

Yesterday’s heat must have melted my brain. With the humidex, we were sitting at a whopping +42c. Hot, hot, hot!
We had a fencing repair to do in that heat too…I’ll tell y’all about that in another post. Or, Ruby will. 😉 The Girl’s have decided they each want a chance to write a post, and after much discussion, we (the humans) have decided that it’s a darn fine idea.

Prompts this week are Down The Street, Beneath My Feet, Faceless, Blurry, and Red, White + Blue.

Down The Street

We don’t really have any streets here…I live on a gravel road, miles from any town. I like it like that. But, here’s a shot of the closest thing…my driveway.

Here’s a shot down the gravel road…

So pretty!

So pretty!

That’s the closest I can get to a down the street shot.

Beneath My Feet

9 kittens who come up to the deck every day for food…can you guess what’s always beneath my feet?

BlueCat says "Hullo Lady, gots da food?"

BlueCat says “Hullo Lady, gots da food?”

Penny will just climb me...

Penny will just climb me…

Funny thing about Penny…turns out, she’s a he. We named him before I had accurately sexed him, and I thought he was a she. Nope. Turns out Penny’s a boy. He’s our Boy Named Sue.

StormCat

StormCat

My little StormCat like to climb me too…here she got a little distracted by the long grass.

Faceless

A faceless shot of PoloCat…

faceless
Blurry

This would have been an awesome shot of Penny, if it hadn't been blurry.

This would have been an awesome shot of Penny, if it hadn’t been blurry.

Red, White, and Blue

I didn’t have anything to put the 3 colors together, so I substituted orange for red

r w b1Here we have an orange (in place of red) ball in a blue Chuck It! handle…

This thing throws the balls with the flick of a wrist. It’s awesome. Especially for a high energy dog like Daphne…

r w b 2The Kid throws the balls past the white fence of the pasture from the deck with this thing…that’s well over 100 feet!

r w b3And Daphne runs, run, runs…until she’s too hot and she flops down in her pool…which is also blue.

Sharing with Scavenger Hunt Sunday hosted by Ashley Sisk.

H is for Hooves

It’s been rather hot this week. Aside from our downpour last Saturday. Things dry out here fairly quick, especially in the spots The Girls spend a lot of time in. We also are dealing with giant-sized horse flies. So, we see a lot…and I do mean A LOT…of this…

It's the horsefly stomp...

It’s the horsefly stomp…look at the muscles in her ass…my gawd, this horse is gorgeous!!!

That puff of dust is from Sable stomping to get the fly off her. 😦

I’m coating them several times a day in WIPE, but, all the stomping is taking a toll on hooves. Granted, they are due for a trim (we’re at 5 weeks now, we normally go anywhere from 4 to 6), and once they get that done, the stomping won’t be as hard on them.

Sable's fronts...yes, that's beet pulp. :P

Sable’s fronts…yes, that’s beet pulp. 😛

It’s hard to eat when the flies are bugging you. But, you can see at her toes, a small crack starting to develop.
Dry + Horsefly Stomp + In Need of a Trim = cracking. Caught in the next couple of days, it’ll be trimmed out and cause no issue.

Astrid's front...

Astrid’s front…

This Girl grows hoof like there’s no tomorrow! I swear, 3 days after her last trim, she was looking long in the toe. She has rock solid feet though, and the only time she’s ever been ouchy was when I found a chunk of glass in the mud pack of a front.
*shakes head*
That comes from the previous landowner(s). Someone, at sometime, though shooting beer bottles off the fence into the pasture was a good idea. Near onto 2 years here, and I’m still picking glass shards up out the pasture. I cannot express in polite company how angry this makes me. 😡

Ruby's fronts...

Ruby’s fronts…

I’ll admit, Ruby’s fronts look rough. She has had the worst of the dry/fly stomp cracking…so bad that Hubby had to clean them up for her. They look rough, but she’s not ouchy. I can live with that…at least until her next trim.

Cookie's front...

Cookie’s front…

Which for her, looks pretty damn good. That crack is almost gone, the others have grown out, and she’s been able to hand me her fronts for cleaning and Thrushbuster. I even scrub the Thrushbuster into that crack with a toothbrush. It has made a huge difference in her feet! Not only that, but the flax has contributed greatly to much nicer feet on her.

They are, by no means, 100%, and I know, we have along way to go to get her hooves healthy, but, they are 100% better than they were, and she’s 100% better about giving them
*sigh*
We’re getting there with my Sweetheart. ❤ Slowly. Slowly.
I’ve got to take my time with Cookie. 😛

Finally, a fun picture…

Felix HatMr Felix in my hat.

H is for hooves, heat, horseflies, and hats.

Sharing with Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday.

Soaking Up the Sunshine

Saturday we got a major downpour, coupled with an intense storm. The past few days have been much cooler and more comfortable. Though, the end of the week is looking to heat up again…that’s okay, the heat and sun help things grow. Growing gardens, growing pastures, growing grass…all good things! 🙂

Yesterday, while cool in the morning, we had amazing sunshine. That made The Girls have an attack of E.C.D…Equine Cat Disease.

Ruby and Sable

Ruby and Sable

If you click to bigify, you can see the smile on Sable’s face. There is something so wonderful about lying flat-out in the full sun, and she’s loving it.

Astrid

Astrid

Ruby and Sable, again

Ruby and Sable, again

Cookie and Astrid

Cookie and Astrid

While taking these pictures, I managed to catch Cookie do something that I’ve wanted to photograph for a while now, but never had the chance to catch it…

Cookie Stretch1
Cookie Stretch2
Cookie Stretch3
Cookie Stretch4
Cookie Stretch5
Cookie Stretch6
And then, the relax after the good stretch…

See that smile? That's because she just farted.

See that smile? That’s because she just farted.

She also does a downward facing dog type stretch…much like a cat does, that I hope to one day catch with the camera.

Sharing for Wordless Wednesday with Blog Paws, Mama to 5 Blessings, and Create With Joy.Also sharing with Farmgirl Friday.

A Farm Update

Ahhh, the joys of Summer, and decent weather. We’re getting things done!
Which explains the past week of no posts.
Hubby just came off of a 5 day holiday…trust me, out here, there’s no such thing as a holiday! There is always some sort of work to do.

Since we had lovely weather, we worked on getting the cross fencing in. For those who don’t know…cross fencing is when you take your big pasture, and using fences and gates, make several smaller pastures. This is done for rotation purposes, because horses can eat a pasture down in no time! Without a little time to recover, they can kill the grass and end up on hay 365 days a year. We’re trying to avoid that!

Our pasture is big (about 9 acres), but where the previous owner had 2 horses, I have 4. Sometimes, they eat down their favorite spots, and there’s no chance for it to recover until spring. So, we did this…

Cross Fence 2The bags are there so The Girls know the fencing is there…yes, they helped put it in, but when Krazy Kantering Games start, I don’t want them to miss the fence and go through. A few bags to lessen the chance of injuries is worth the fear of plastic bags. 😉

A gate!!

A gate!!

The gate is the most exciting part to me. This is something my Cookie has some fears about. Going through gates means she’s leaving, in her mind. Walking her past a gate causes her minor panic. Which means poor stupid Dork doesn’t get to come out in the yard to graze the long grasses. Ahh, but now!! I have an in-pasture, safe place to work with my Pea Brain, and show her, going through a gate means that you get to go places, and that you always come Home. I am excited for this next chapter in learning for her. ❤

We call them No Helpians.

We call them No Helpians.

We had a couple good friends come out to help set posts, and as always, it takes Kid and I to keep The Girls from helping.
Okay, so I wasn’t keeping them away here, because it made a great shot, but, for the most part, they were well-behaved. Sable barely tried to chew the tractor…she did fall asleep right in the line of where Hubby was augering post holes though. Brat!

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We were also able to add some more food bushes to the Farm.
I’ve said it many times, we’re believers in growing food, not lawns. Aside from the grasses The Girls eat. 😉
When I had a chance to pick up 2 pots of Honeyberries and 2 pots of Blueberries cheap, I leapt at it. Now, I am even more glad I did, because I have come to learn from the nurseries that potted the plants, that each pot had 3 cultivars in them. It’s recommended to leave them as a bush when planting (which I did), but I could also have separated them into individual plants (which, if there are any more plants when I go back on the weekend, I will do). I’m pretty darn excited to have the plants here. I had Honeyberries in the city, and loved them! It was one of the things I wish I could have transplanted out here…but the bushes were 6+ feet tall.

Soon, these will be too!

Honeyberry

Honeyberry

Blueberry

Blueberry

Then, since I now have the plants, I did this, with my last pound of Honeyberries in the freezer…

Yummmm!

Yummmm!

That’s now 3 different gallons I have going of mead. I can’t wait to try them! The strawberry and this one will take quite some time to be ready, probably, after a few rackings, near onto a year or more. Joe’s Ancient Orange though, according to the “Experts” 😉 Could be ready in a couple of months. We’ll see.

Last night, we bottled our first batch of wine.
We were given a wine making set, that included everything to make wine. It even included a box kit that has 2 different varieties. We started it on the last day of May, and bottled last night. Not bad, I say. I got 22 bottles out of it. Supposed to make 30, but I had a few glasses from the carboy last week, and we were likely more careful racking to keep sediment out than needed. I did lose a bit at the bottom in the racking the last time before bottling. Meh. With practice, I’ll be better at judging how low I can go, without sucking up sediment. For now, I’m happy that a free to me kit gave me 22 bottles of red wine.

I sweetened 8 of them right before bottling, just to see if I like that better than the unsweetened. The kit makes a dry wine. I typically prefer a sweeter wine. Though, I’m not complaining about the taste of the wine as is. It’s quite nice, actually. Once chilled. I don’t know if you’re supposed to chill red wines, but that’s how I like them.

I figured, since we bottled the one, it was time to start the next kit. So, now I have that one sitting in the primary pail, doing it’s thing. 🙂

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The kittens are doing very well. Growing like weeds, eating us out of house and home. Like any other baby. lol!
We ended up having to take Fiona’s 3 away from her…they were in the house with us for about a week, learning about humans, enjoying formula, crunchies and turkey. Now Storm, Xena and Penny are happy little babies running around and playing with Polo’s kittens.

Trouble hunts and kills a birdie.

Trouble hunts and kills a birdie.

Blue did not want to meet Ruby.

Blue did not want to meet Ruby.

To be fair, Ruby looks like a giant monster to teeny kitties. 😛

And finally…a few pictures of my Girl, just because I love her, and the shots.

She was not letting me out of her sight yesterday...where ever I went in the pasture, she followed.

She was not letting me out of her sight yesterday…where ever I went in the pasture, she followed.

At one point, I was rubbing her face, and she rested her muzzle in my hand. It's just one of those things she likes to do...and then she dozed off.

At one point, I was rubbing her face, and she rested her muzzle in my hand. It’s just one of those things she likes to do…and then she dozed off.

It’s not easy to one-hand a shot with the Red Monster. I managed, without disturbing her, too.
I love this shot.
Only thing I’d do different, if I could do this one again, is have my 18-55mm lens on, so I could show you that her muzzle is right in the palm of my hand. It’s one of her favorite ways to doze. ❤