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Cruising Altitude

Here I am, 10,000 feet in the air, on my way home. It’s been a whirlwind 2 months on the warm southern California coast. Incredibly wonderful to be with so much of my extended family, helping my parents during my Dad's recovery from hip replacement surgery, and seeing many old friends!! While departing is definitely [...]

By |2015-03-04T11:23:16-08:00March 4th, 2015|Homesteading, Ranch Life|0 Comments

The Sustainable Herbs Project

Medicinal herbs are very near and dear to my heart! As our family herbalist, I rely on ethically harvested, sustainably grown and processed herbs that we cannot grow ourselves. I just heard about a campaign to raise awareness of the sustainability of herbs, called The Sustainable Herbs Project. Click here to learn more about how [...]

By |2015-02-18T21:37:38-08:00February 18th, 2015|Gardening, herbs, Homesteading, Ranch Life, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why We Give Our Hearts to Dogs

Losing your dog in death can be truly unbearable. The grief so deep you choke on it. Yet, a high percentage of those people find room in their hearts to welcome another dog into their life. We are no exception. A lovely lady sent this out to her friends who have lost dogs. It’s by [...]

By |2015-02-11T17:01:46-08:00February 11th, 2015|English Shepherds|0 Comments

English Shepherds Head the List

This is a blog post from back in 2011 worthy of re-posting on this, our new blog. Many of our English Shepherd puppies show the qualities for, and are excelling as Service Dogs to some degree in their homes including our own girl Niamh. Back then I read a fascinating book called "The New Knowledge [...]

By |2015-02-11T16:52:48-08:00February 11th, 2015|English Shepherds|0 Comments

“Rabbit Care… Naturally!”

We are pleased to announce Krystal’s new book, “Rabbit Care… Naturally!” Krystal’s book gives a simple overview of what is needed to successfully raise rabbits for those new to raising a pet rabbit (kids, too!), and also a wonderfully detailed herbal section for the breeding/show professional to whom caring for rabbits naturally may be new, [...]

By |2015-02-03T14:22:07-08:00February 3rd, 2015|Homesteading, my Books, Rabbits, Ranch Life|0 Comments

Favorite Seed Catalogs

Yes it's that time of year! Lately, I find my mind wandering to spring planting of the kitchen garden, my mouth watering at the thought of the many heirloom vegetables to come. Of course, the seed catalogs arriving in the mail each week only encourage such dreaming and scheming! This list is the companies I [...]

By |2015-01-28T12:53:44-08:00January 28th, 2015|Gardening, Homesteading, Ranch Life|0 Comments

Nice Dog Quote

Without dogs, our houses are cold receptacles for things. Dogs make a fire warmer with their curled presence. They wake us, greet us, protect us and ultimately carve a place in our hearts and our history. On reflection, our lives are often referenced in parts defined by the all-too-short lives of our dogs. -- Paul [...]

By |2015-01-24T12:46:09-08:00January 24th, 2015|English Shepherds|0 Comments

Useful Dew Claws

Just today I came across a link to a wonderful video showing yet another use dogs have for the fifth digit on their front legs, also known as dew claws. It shows working Retrievers using them to climb out of frozen ponds. We already witness how useful they are for grabbing earth while herding and [...]

By |2015-01-24T12:37:58-08:00January 24th, 2015|English Shepherds, Puppies|0 Comments