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Running a ranch can take a lot of time. Our youngest daughter got married in April. I've been aiming to keep you up to date, but it just hasn't been happening. My apologies. Let's see if I can get you caught up.
We installed a new wood burning stove to save on the cost of propane. It's also a cozy way to spend a cold winter night watching the wood burn.
We did have a snow storm last January. Our oldest daughter and our grandson came out and got to explore the world of snow and hot chocolate!
We added a couple of outdoor cats to keep down the rodent population. Stripes the cat loves to hang out with the alpacas.
We had a warmer than normal winter with a colder than normal spring. A few of the fruit trees were too confused by the weather. The rest of the trees did have fruit for the first time this year. We're learning how to keep the birds and squirrels from getting all of the fruit.
We ordered baby chicks and turkeys. They came in the mail the beginning of June. There is 17 of them and they travel as a huge pack, intimidating the other birds.
Natalie and Ferdinand are now a year old. They received their first "haircuts" the middle of June.
We had 3 sweet little piglets born in July. Applesauce is their mother and she has done a great job taking care of her first litter.
Don installed more irrigation so we have faucets at all of the animal enclosures and the orchard and gardens. Click on the button (New Additions to the Ranch) below to see photos of the irrigation project. Before this, we were dragging hoses from the one faucet on the front corner of the house. Life is much simpler now!
Little by little we improve the ranch. We'll try harder to keep you updated. Thank you for your interest in our adventure. Come by and say hi the next time we're doing a craft fair.
We have started a sustainable homestead by the seat of our pants! We make things up as we learn day by day. We are not experts, but we have discovered a lot of ways to not do things. Read along and comment and/or ask questions. Join us on this adventure!
Our mini ranch hand