Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Medocino Coast

Despite our favorite area in our campsite being closed :( We had a terrific and relaxing time on the Mendocino Coast!
A touristy beach that always brings us colorful joy!

North Coast Brewery is a must stop for beer conesueres! 
Many birds seen while bird watching!

These are a few that I captured in photos.

Another one of our favorites.  Tasting local wines.  This one is Organically grown. Yum! 

Naked Sheep and Goats...Oh, my!



Thursday, August 23, 2012

{this moment}

. . . . . . . .
{this moment} - A Friday ritual-I'm doing on thursday because I'm busy on Friday. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment. 
A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Monday, August 20, 2012

I got my first egg!

My first egg from either 'Scarlet' or 'Lucille'.  It was so exciting to find an egg in the nest box!

I should introduce my laying hens...This is Lucille.  When I picked them up last week I was surprised at their size.  Even though I read about Buff Orpingtons...I was amazed!

I'm not sure which one of the two of these gals lay the egg.  But, it made my day!

As you can see the pullets are making a mess out of the laying boxes.  The pullet are playing house.  They are not laying age...but, are practicing?  Or just eating things out of the straw I've placed in the nest for the hens.

This is Liza Blue.  She is my favorite, friendliest chicken!  She follows me around wether I'm in the pasture on the other side of the fence.  There are several that will let me touch them...like the one behind her...but, aren't quite as friendly as her.

The first egg was very tasty for my breakfast! Yummy!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I got my chicken coop!  A 5x6 building,  2x4 construction,  with three laying boxes. It's a late b-day present from my husband. It will house 12 chickens. I have 8 pullets so far-Icelandics, Auricana, and bue red laced wyandotes.
The pullets have been here for alittle over a week.   When they know I'm near(hear my voice, "Hi girls")they venture out into the small yard we created with electric fence. Electric fence is challenging!  Not sure if it is the dryness or what.  I've checked for shorts a million times.  In fact this is how I get my exercise these day-I just run around the pens looking for problems to fix. Next week I will add a few young laying hens-5-6 month old buff Orpingtons.

My favorite blue red laced wyandote. Liza Blue is so very friendly!  She stays close to me and practically begs to be touched.  

This is an Icelandic.  I think her name will be 'Hazel'.  She is not very friendly.  However, she will lay eggs in the middle of a cold spell! She is very beautiful too.  With a poofy feathered hat or head of hair on her head.
The three I have make a trill sound that is so sweet. 

'Ruby' is also a friendly one! She follows me around too. She is very pretty. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

{this moment}

I'm thrilled to be joining   Soulemama in
{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Porter loves apricots, weeds from the garden and grain!

We named this sweet boy 'Porter'.  He looks like a earthy, molasses y, foamy, warm porter brewsky.  The name came about when Will brought up/emailed the name "Syrah".  (No we were not drinking at the time.)  I responded, "I love it!  However,  he does not look like Syrah...he looks more like a Porter(dark beer). I like the name for him. (Rusty and Chicory were other names inspired by color of his fine fleece).
 He loves apricots! I've been canning and the over ripe ones that are still yummy, I've been sharing.  The sheep and Diego(of course)really like the fruit too.  I just give them a few-so they don't get a tummy ache.  I trimmed Porter's  hooves for the first time this morning.  He did really well and held still for me. His hooves are so different from Jazzy's.  Disfigured and pointy.  I love animals! They all have a very unique personalities. I have so far been able to accept/or not focus on the few minor behavior that could bother me. I even have been thinking about what I reinforce by rewarding-kinda how dogs learn- And, paying attention not to reinforce undesirable behaviors.  But, rewarding what I do admire in individuals  behaviors.

Another thought.  Close to home...
I did not take this photo.  I am not this close to the 'Robbers Fire' near Colfax,Iowa hill and Foresthill, Ca.(Thank Gawd!)  But, this sight is a country-forest girl's worst nightmare! I have been thinking good things/thoughts/prayers for the people/animal/and plants effected by this  fire. It is a reality that all in this area hope to not have to face when one lives in a heavily forested area  Living near these beautiful canopied canyons is bliss most of the time.  But, when it gets very dry I hold my breathe hoping and wish that we make it thru 'til the next heavy rain and to ward of the danger of this natural occurrence.  Last night, much of the night, I woke smelling smoke. Convinced the fire is far (fairly)from me. But, as I said it strikes a fear.
You can find out more about this fire and other fires in the area @ 

On another note...I want to raise chickens! I need to come up with a plan for a chicken coop before I find my chicks/or pullets or laying hens. I really like these design focuses for our chicken house. However, they may be to small for at least 5 chickens. My family eats at least 2 dozen eggs at a week. I'd like to have at least enough for us and maybe enough to share. I am working my fiber herd and in the back of my mind thinking "Chickens. chickens, chickens..." Might as well work on creating a small farm if I'm home bound. Also, concerned about cleaning and of course predators. I(and the chickens)had a bad experience many years ago with a bear breaking in and killing several chickens. Don't want to repeat this. 
Any ideas on the subject of chicken husbandry?? Pleeeaassee give me your input.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Went to visit a red doe kid for sale and bought this guy instead.  He's a buck at this time...I have to wether him. His Sire was quite a massive hunk! He had not been sheared in along time. He appeared like a Jamaican Rastaman!  Should've take photos!  He had a huge rack of impressive horns. I picked buck kid, over the doe I went to check out,for his fleece which is like silky ringlets. Sooooo soft! He is a bit skittish. However, so was Jazzy when she first came here to our little postage stamp farm. He will let me touch him now(Yesterday, was not the same story).  He bleets a different tone than the doe kid, Jazzy. Like a mellow tuba. By the way, If you have not guessed, we named the cream doe angora kid Jasmine "Jazzy" May.  She is the sweetest little thing...follows me around like one of the dogs. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

I canned Apricots for the first time. Our Local Farmer's Market is Awesome!  I  bought a 3/4 lug of Blenheim apricots from the same farm I bought the Sheep (Chaffin Farms).  They have been farming for generations in Oroville. They are only about an hour from me. Back to canning...I've wanted to can for many years.  This year a woman I met at Fowlers(another local meat farm) told me how easy it was and told me I could use less sugar and even use honey! Wow! So, I did use honey.  My neighbors honey! The bees pollinate my yard! Canning took me about half a day and we have used on pancakes and in BBQ sauce. I canned 8 quarts of fruit...so, maybe we'll eat thru the winter! Yuuuummmy!  I also canned 7 quarts of Blueberries from Darden's Farm(just about 15-20 minutes from me).  They gave me a suggestion to use no sugar! More berries canned for blueberry pies! I'm on the look out for peaches next!

Sheepies, Goaties and Herd Dogs

The the beginnings of a Fiber Farm.....

Jazzy May (the Angora goat) and Daniel & Devie (Morrit Shetland Sheep) in a rare moment where they are sharing food together.  Most meals Jazzy screams because she is being butt out of all the three feed bowls.  She is used to me bringing her to the garden with me to enjoy her plate in her own space.

Daniel one of the wethered shetland lambs. Beautiful soft fiber! 

Ollie is learning about goats.  Jazzy sets boundaries right away.  She doesn't want to deal with another pushy boy!
Pema slyly looking at me in a rare moment she is sitting still. 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fiber Fanatic takes it to the Next Level

Stacy and her first Angora Mohair Goat

'Noname' posing for the camera

The format has changed on this blog and I have erased an entire post and don't feel like starting over.
So I'll be much shorter...I have not named her.  But, I picked her up yesterday.  Re-did the roof on barn that my son and I built over 8 years ago for his Alpine goats. The fiber goats will be my project.  They will be my pets with perks. I say they because goats are herd animals.  I may have to find another goat-maybe...But, I also have 2 shetland sheep to pick up next tuesday.  They are Moorit wethers from the biodynamic Organic Farm in Oroville-Chaffin Farms.  Boy, am I learning new ways to care for livestock!  The fleece on all of these animals is just awesome! Excited! 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happy Spring

Study of a daffodil in my garden using watercolor.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


With my handspun lace yarn I knitted a 'Handspun Gingko Shawl'. Pretty easy going knitting. And a beautiful finished product. I think I mentioned the source of the roving in my last post. It made beautiful soft yarn.

Monday, March 12, 2012

More Catch-up

I have gotten so behind in blogging.
But, I wanted to document a fabulous field trip the pups and I went on...
We started out driving to Sally Fox's farm in the Capay Valley. She developed a organic cotton that grows colored-Vreseis. I got to see at least 4 different colored cottons in several weights
and forms. I also almost left with a merino lamb. So beautiful...I am still thinkin
g of her. Her fur was a warm brown/carmel colored. Sally was very
friendly showing me her animals, cotton and sharing her ideas on spinning. She has merino
wool yarn available also. I unfortunately got so into visiting that I forgot to take photos.
Afterwards, we(the pups and I)headed towards Fort Bragg and Mendocino.
We spent a few days in Mckerricker State Park.
Awesome Camping and trails are vast and open

to bikes, children and dogs! My family's favorite State Park!

I drove down the coast and went to the Mendocino Yarn Shop. I bought a soft local
merino/alpaca roving. I 've since spun into a 2 ply lace weight(with a local Corriedale roving).

I've been knitting up a storm! Check out my Ravelry page