Yearly Archives: 2015


Historic Plant Labels

Before the days of aluminum and plastic, how did gardeners label their plants? What on earth did Thomas Jefferson and George Washington do? Here are two 18th-century methods from Wesley Greene of Colonial Williamsburg: "I have come across an interesting reference to plant labels in instructions from George Washington to William Pierce, his manager at [...]

By |2015-05-14T15:33:22-07:00May 14th, 2015|Gardening, Homesteading, Ranch Life|0 Comments

All Grown Up… Mostly

We rarely get the chance to see our puppies all grown up in person, or their new family for that matter. Sure we see pictures, but it isn’t quite the same as up close and personal. So seeing two of our former puppies recently was quite a treat!   While in California, I had the [...]

By |2015-04-09T13:10:17-07:00April 9th, 2015|English Shepherds, Puppies|0 Comments

New Puppy’s Arrive!

Our 2015 litter of Naturally Reared English Shepherd puppies made their debut on March 23rd!   All ten, beautiful wee babes and their mother are health and growing fine.   The boys have it this year with 7, to the 3 girls.   Commence snuggling with puppies, precious baby sounds, and all-too-soon romping around the [...]

By |2015-03-26T15:31:42-07:00March 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sights & Sounds

Dirt under the fingernails. Scratches and bruises. Cattle getting out and having to be rounded up. Tall conifer-covered mountains. Bumpy dirt roads. Muddy diesel truck. The scent of the wood burning stove in the air… and in my hair. Soft fur. Hawks soaring in the big blue expanse. Calves playing in the paddock. Dogs romping. [...]

By |2015-03-20T18:54:27-07:00March 20th, 2015|Homesteading, Ranch Life|0 Comments

Gone Quackers!

There is another voice on the ranch adding to the usual cacophony… Ducks! An adult flock of rare Ancona ducks is the generous contribution of a sweet Lady who has to move off of her farm. Thank You Sherri!!! Ducks are a completely new species to us, so it’s quite interesting and entertaining to watch [...]

By |2015-03-20T18:52:24-07:00March 20th, 2015|Homesteading, Ranch Life|0 Comments