~There's something about riding a horse that gives me freedom of spirit.~
~Robin Pearl 1880~
Participating this week in:
This wet, cool spring has been good on our electric bill as far as pumping irrigation water (we only irrigated 5 days since May 11), but it's been hard to get a really good growth. We came to a point where we had to decide whether to irrigate or cut it...last week we decided to have Hay Man Rudy cut it on Thursday of this week.
As soon as the dew had dried, which wasn't until mid afternoon, the beautiful sound of tractor and swather engines filled the air echoing off the rim rock.
|Hay Man Rudy doin' what he loves to do!|
|Beautiful green rows of fresh cut alfalfa...destined for a dairy|
in the Willamette Valley.
|Dueling swathers...we hire our neighbors, a husband and wife team, to|
cut, rake and bale. For the amount of acres we grow, it's much
more cost effective for us to contract it out.
This week, I took a couple of rides with Colt up on our hill. I hadn't been up there since last fall...it's absolutely gorgeous up there...the grass and flowers are abundant and the critters are quite happy!
|The Welcoming Committee...more commonly known as The Wild Bunch;|
two previously wild horses and two burros.
|Brego the Kiger Mustang rushes up to Colt and I to say Howdy!|
|The happy lil' herd. This spring grass sure has put some growth on|
our calves! It seems like they were just born a few weeks ago,
but it's been almost three months!
|Goof. Doesn't he look purdy with yellow and purple flowers?|
He seems to be enjoying his work/vacation with our Cowgirls.
But, neither Annabelle or Ellie Mae have come into cycle yet.
Goof looks bored ;~)
|Spring flowers are in full bloom. |
There are a lot of Indian Paint Brush in bloom too.
|Colt enjoys our outings up on the hill.|
|Cindy Sue gets lost in the tall grass. In the 5 years we've been here,|
this is the best spring grass we've had.
|Bella Jo of course is in her element...she ran a coyote off for us too.|
Gotta protect lil' Cindy Sue.
|I think I'd enjoy being a horse or a cow up on our hill...how 'bout you?!?|
Enjoy your Friday and your weekend! Head on over to SkyWatch Friday and FarmGirl Friday and see what everyone's up to!