Archive for February, 2012

Veggie pics to remind us summer will come – Mike with the dreaded brussels sprouts and a medley of goodies

February 23, 2012

garden bounty

Now you know…. why the chicken crossed the road

February 22, 2012

Now you know....

Less than a week old and already a troublemaker!

February 22, 2012

And now he’s nine months old and still a pest!!!

Othello 4 days old and already a pest

February 22, 2012

Samson is so patient with his little brother

Later in the day on Othello’s birthday

February 22, 2012

We had shut Samson and Tosca out in the pasture so Mama Carmen and the foal could be unbothered in the front paddock.

Othello’s birthday

February 22, 2012

We found him around 5:30 in the morning, Carmen had not expelled the placenta and Othello didn’t know how to suckle so it was worrying, especially when Jillian the vet arrived and said he was what they call a “dummy foal” because he was so late.  However, she milked Carmen, tubed the baby – what a rodeo that was – and after an  hour or so Mike and I had him suckling like a vacuum.  He has been thriving ever since.

Longing for spring

February 22, 2012

The weather here is horrible. It has been – snow, melt, freeze, more snow, melt again, freeze again, snow again – and another nasty snow storm is coming in from the west right now. Grrrr…..

I would love to get the horses into the round pen to work off some of their energy, especially Othello who is being a total brat. However, its too treacherous right now.

Samson became quite the escape artist – jumping the fence into our neighbor’s corral, which was OK until he decided not to jump back and went adventuring. He got out to her front fence (her fencing sucks) pushed that over and went visiting all night. He was busted the next morning munching on a neighbor’s hay pile up the road. Luckily we live on a quiet dead end street so he wasn’t in any danger. Unfortunately for him though we had over a foot of snow that night so were able to trace his adventures up and down the road and back again and into several neighbors’s yards. Bad bad boy. When Mike got him home he had the same look Lucy the Lunatic OESD has when I get back from work and find she’s tipped over the trash. Very guilty. However he is such good buds with his bro we think they will work together very well.

New pics

February 22, 2012

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Horses 2011

February 22, 2012

Samson has grown apace and we have continued to work him under harness. He is a gentle soul, but has realized that he is WAY bigger than me so we are working on making him think that what I want him to do is what he wants, so everyone will be happy. He is 18.2 hands though still pretty skinny and probably won’t fill out for another couple of years.

We bred Mama Carmen one more time so we can having a driving partner for Samson. She was AI’d from a Belgian stallion from Wyoming and Othello was born on May 17, 2011. Some drama because he was almost 3 weeks late and had lost his sucking reflex, but some quick thinking and treatment from our wonderful vet Jillian saved his life (because of the awful weather last spring several foals did not survive being born so late) and he is thriving. He is a total brat, beats his brother up all the time, makes his Aunty Tosca’s life miserable though sometimes she takes him to the woodshed. He was still nursing at 9 months but I think Mama has kicked him off for good.

We started working him in the round pen last fall and plan to pony him up with Samson when he’s harnessed so he gets the idea.

I finally took early retirement at 63 and now work very part time so hopefully will have lots more time for the horses. And the garden of course.

Garden 2011

February 21, 2012

So much has gone on here since I last updated the blog – we spent endless hours raising heirloom bedding plants (tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, onions, leeks, shallots , eggplants, broccoli, brussels sprouts) in our indoor garden so when the weather was sort of cooperating we could take them out to the passive solar greenhouse. It worked really well, and we built 6 raised beds around the house where it is more sheltered and had a bumper crop of tomatoes and peppers. The big veggie garden out at the edge of the pasture had broccoli, brussels sprouts (Mike will never in his life eat one) and lots and lots of potatoes, leeks, onions, beans and all the rest of the peppers and tomatoes which we didn’t have room for in the raised beds.  We froze lots of broccoli and beans and still have a good store left. I made several gallons of enchilada sauce, and have been using the peppers which turned red and we dried to continue with my Mexican food fetish all winter.  I am experimenting with a new paste tomato this year and hope to have enough to can rather than freeze.

Mike dug a root cellar by the pole barn behind the stables and we are still getting potatoes, carrots and onions from our stash in there. So it has been a worthwhile effort. We hope to be even more self sufficient this year.

Unfortunately after we had finished harvesting and there was still some green stuff left,  Othello started the process of breaking down the fencing around the veggie garden and eventually they all got in and completely trashed it.  First job for the spring is to put in a really hefty wooden post and rail (with electrical accessories) to enclose the garden again.  We kept the deer out, but horses, not so much when we turned off the power.