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Been Gone to Long

Taking a Break

I’m sure hoping that those who signed up for the Ranch’s updates are still out there as it has been a very long time since the last newsletter.


This past December made two years at the new location and it has been a very eventful experience. Besides installing the new fencing, building a new garden shed, and designing and planting the new garden our entry into the local Farmer’s Markets has been an outstanding venture. In addition another five acres has been acquired for pasture land for the horses and goats and to obtain rights to the entire one acre pond.

This is a glimpse into the progress we have made since 2015.

Fencing:

The red lines indicate the fencing that existed when we originally occupied the property in 2015.

The orange lines specify the fencing that was erected in 2016.

The yellow lines designate the fencing that was put in this past year, 2017.

Garden Shed:

Garden Shed

Directly after finishing this massive project, the new garden shed was placed in its new location. It will get a lot of equipment out of the shop and is centrally located between the orchard and garden. Now we just have to finish off the inside.


Originally it was going to be an additional chicken coop, but that is another story. We started 2017 with almost 30 chickens and a great crop of eggs.

Gone but not forgotten

Then the raids began. We can only guess at who is/are the culprit(s) as the ground is not good for tracks. One to two at a time the birds began to disappear. Sometimes there would be feathers and sometimes not, sometimes a body and sometimes not but always a loss. It can only be coon, possum, owl, hawk, or possibly bobcat as the dogs seem to keep the coyotes at bay. After each and every bird was lost we began again. This time we raised another 30 birds only to lose them again. Not a good year at all. We are at it again and have 20 beautiful birds growing out as I write this sad tale. This time however we are going to fence an area alongside the chicken coop and put a top on the fence. This will give them a safe place to grow up and give us some time to erect some new topped pens in the orchard. Guess their free range will be reduced a bit.


Garden:

As is normal with me, it is design, build, redesign, move, build again and so on and so on…Redesign is in progress even if it is only in my head at the present time. The compost

pile is growing slowly but will produce much needed fertile soil for the Spring. The original pile that came with the property has been

cooking for two years now and I will tear into that as soon as the wintry weather bows its icy head to say goodbye!


Farmer’s Market:

2017 was the first year we got serious about participating in the local Farmer’s Market. To our surprise, we were a bit successful! We won’t ever get rich doing this, but we love the atmosphere, fellow vendors, and customers. At least we are able to make

enough to pay for the feed bill and a few other items around here. Every little bit helps! We started out at the Bay St Louis Market, moved to the Poplarville Market, and will shortly begin a new Market at Stennis. During Winter the Bay is too cold and Poplarville closes down for the Winter. Stennis however is an

indoor market so I’m looking forward to that one in particular.


We’ve had great response to our eggs, breads, jams, preserves, pickles and herbs. Seems my baking and canning is a success! This year I even made Eldeberry Syrup, Nature’s Tamiflu, and Pear Vinegar with pears from the orchard. I’m getting there!

The critters are doing well with the exception of the chickens. Horses, donkey, and goats are fat and sassy. We had a great crop of babies at kidding time this past Spring and after sales now have ten does and two bucks (soon to be wethers).





Life is good at the Ranch!

Don’t Judge the Moment,
LIVE IT ! ! !
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Morning Moments

Morning Surprise

As I was enjoying my first cup of coffee this morning my cell phone announced an early morning call. As I picked it up my foggy morning brain tried to make sense out of the fact my husband, Bill, was calling me from outside. So I answered the call with, “Hello, what’s up?”
He replied, “You better get out here, there’s two baby goats running around!”
Well, needless to say, I ran to put on my boots, unlocked the front door, and sped out to the front pasture. What a beautiful sight! Two healthy and, at times, bouncing baby Nigerian Dwarf babies. My sweet doe, Mocha, did a marvelous job without me. I have been hoping for doelings so I can add to my herd and she didn’t disappoint.
Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy. What do you think of these two sweet baby girls?

Boots and Boogie saying “Hello”

Four black ‘Boots’

Sweet ‘Boogie’ face

Equine

Tommy Girl Vet Check

October 30, 2006

We have a vet check scheduled for tomorrow to determine if Tommy Girl is in foal. She had been bred prior to her horrendous experience and we thought she may have lost it. She sure looks pregnant to me; but then I’ve never had a mare in foal before, maybe I’m just feeding her too much.

The other day, she sat down right next to me in the pasture and scratched her belly on the grass; it was a sight to see. Now I scratch her belly every chance I get. She just loves it.

Well, tomorrow will tell. I’m just glad that she has made so much progress.

October 31, 2006

Whoo Hoo! ! ! We’re expecting! ! ! She is one strong horse. I can’t wait until the birth.

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Equine

Tommy Girl Update

June 20, 2006

Tommy Girl finally stopped eating for a few minutes today. A good sign I hope. She is such a sweetheart. If I walk in the pasture, she leaves her spot to come over by me and lets me rub her neck while she eats her fresh Bahia. We are now feeding her three times a day. Today, it was so hot, that I washed her down with cool hose water while she ate her afternoon meal.

June 29, 2006

I wormed Tommy Girl today; thought it might be a job, but she was more than accommodating. She didn’t try to back off, shake her head, or even spit it out. Like I said, she’s an angel. She made short work of her feed and went back to grazing. Every once in a while she goes to visit Zip, my quarter horse by the pasture fence.

July 1, 2006

I went out to take some pictures today to see if there has been any improvement. Seems she’s a bit better than before.

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Equine

Tommy Girl’s Story

On June 16, 2006, my husband Bill and I began a trip to Alabama at 10:30 am to pick up “Ima Tommy Girl.” My friend indicated that the individual that was boarding Tommy said that she is losing weight and can’t get it back on due to the fact that she is so used to alfalfa hay. (Bullshit!)

We left Alabama around 8:00 pm, which was good as Tommy Girl did not have to travel in the heat of the day. Thank God, it was pretty cool the whole way back to Poplarville. We arrived at 1:30 am and she had been chomping down the hay we had put in the trailer for her.

June 17, 2006

Today I checked Tommy out, gave her some feed, put out a salt block, and took pictures of her deplorable condition.

These and future photos will document Tommy’s progress. She has not stopped eating since we put her in the trailer.

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