Thursday, July 28, 2011

pickin' apples and coolin' off

We have several apple trees on our property. In fact, on Tuesday evening, I saw a coyote eating an apple. Tonight, we collected a couple of buckets of apples, however,  we kept topping off the buckets as the goats and Great Pyrs kept stealing the apples and eating them.

Jack is 6 months old now and already an exceptional livestock-guardian dog. Jury is still out on 5-month old BarbaraJean, she likes to be goofy.

Sure wish I had a better camera, I'm reallying missing my Panasonic Lumix.

That trough is placed next to the barn, to catch rain water from the tin roof, to be drinking water for the animals, not there for big lugs to lay in and get the water dirty. The temps are in the high 80's this week which is quite warm for our area. For those of you with Great Pyrs, do they love the water like mine do?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

We parted with some goats this week.

We had to say goodbye to some of our sweet Nigerian goats this week, always sad to see our babies go.

Wednesday: Pixie, AppalPie, and Lucy were sold to Lisa in Winston-Salem, NC. Lisa says the girls are fitting in well with her Nigerian herd.

Saturday: Gabbi, Pansy, O'Pea, Beau, and Moon Fire "Pappy" were sold to our new friends at SpruceyLaneFarm, Donna and Greg, in Mountain City, TN.

Donna and Pansy. Pansy is only  5 weeks old but Donna will continue to bottle feed Pansy for several weeks.

Maggie, Donna's Great Pyr, has been needing a job so Maggie is being introduced to her new responsibilities. Gabbi in the background, is due to have "Bordy" babies on Sept 17th.

O'Pea and Gabbi are SweetPea babies.

Donna let me know that the goats now have a nightlight, a fan, and a radio in the barn.

Donna also has a couple of horses.

Donna, Pansy, and Mike.

Back at BooneDocksWilcox, Gypsy Moon Merlot

Daughter Peach and SweetPea is her mother


Up-N-Up like his "ba-ba." Jack looks on.


Cali doesn't like goat shows so we haven't pushed the issue. Twice she has been bred to Cahoot but no doeling yet, just boys. She's the mother of Bordeaux.

Looking at the chicken coop, in the rear of the barn, we're catching rain water in the trough.

Gypsy Moon Persian Ghost "Moose"

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday bits and pieces

Whew, I just don't have the time to devote to a full-time job away from home BUT we need the income so I keep pushing on, but my passion is on our hobby farm.

I, rather BarbaraJean, broke my camera. Getting out of my truck, she was greeting me and her big head got tangled in the strap - camera crashing into the gravel, the gravel won.

Yesterday, I went to WalMart and bought a real cheapo Kodak. For the first pics, I was at Buttermilk Acres last night as they were moving the goats. Photo's turned out OK and the light was low.

That's their neighbor Anthony who rode in the trailer down the road holding the goats in the panels, Sandy in the green shirt, and Don did the driving.

I'm also posting for Buttermilk Acres. Sandy and Don are on a big adventure. They bought 10 acres and now going to build a house. But first, they are preparing for all their animals to live there, erecting housing and fencing. When the barn burnt down at the rental farmhouse, Sandy's camera was inside.

Thursday July 7th, Mike was in a truck accident. Was pouring the rain in Mountain City, Tn (close to home thank goodness), Mike's truck hydroplaned across trafffic. The truck went over an embankment, landing in a creek, totaling the truck, Mike crawled out on the passenger side. One car couldn't avoid him, and the driver broke his arm. Could have been much, much worse. Mike has some painful ribs, he's still moving gingerly but improving.

Friday, July 8, 2011


I rarely catch them being still and laying around together.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

as I leave to go to work this Thursday morning

Our dear one-eyed livestock-guardian dog, JackBadger, is on the job. He's 6 months old now.

 Its' all I can do emotionally, to drive away in the mornings to go to work, just want to hang with my critters.

 Poor ole BarbaraJean, we hope she is going to mature into a livestock-guardian dog rather than doing the goofy things she does such as sitting with her nose in the fence. She's almost 5 months old now.

Friday, July 1, 2011

check out Buttermilk Acres

Formerly be sure to check out Buttermilk Acres. Relocated from Athens, GA, Sandy and Don are starting over on 10 acres in Trade, TN. Living in a popup camper while building a house on top of a foundation where a house once stood. Follow their journey.