Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Field Trip Day!!

One farm Picture.... When we let them out to new pasture this evening.....
We have been so busy with stuff lately I decided today we needed to a break. So we packed a lunch and hit the road........Backroads that is... We traveled about 8-10 miles in graveled roads today visiting little creeks. It was fun and the girls of course had a blast.... So here are some pics from today. Everything is so green and growing. It was warm out too...
Same creek as pic above just a little farther up above from where we were standing..
Knee-deep was the rule for today.. No swimming till after Memorial day and then the water in most of them will still be to cold for a while.
I get the job of listening for cars even though we probably only saw about 3-4 cars the whole time. The people just smile and wave..
Tadpoles were abundant too... Just cant find my pics of the little critters!!
This creek still had a wad of brush from the recent flash flooding. I would say most of these creeks are impassable when it floods
Minnows were also everywhere! From very small at less than a 1/2 inch to about 3 inches long.
This was a good sized creek and probably almost waist deep out in the middle.
An old log washed up next to the road.
Some of the creeks when the water goes down get a little stagnant. The old tree on that bank is being held there by wild grapevine..
This one actually had the water depth marker.. SO people Hopefully wont try to cross it if its to high..
This is another good size Swimming hole.. Except I wouldn't be one to swim over the black area... Good place for all sorts of critters to hide!!
This creek had a pretty high bridge. It was high enough for the girls to walk under and go to the other side. Unfortunately we heard dogs barking fairly close and not sure about them so we went on to the next creek before we had to find out if the dogs were friendly or not..



Daisies are blooming like crazy!! They are so simple and pretty....
The sky was absolutely beautiful! And the road just stretched out before us......
Some beautiful red roses that were at an empty house... It is always so sad for me to see a house sitting empty...


We did get the cross fence done. So everyone is now on new pasture and happy.. Well almost.. Leave it to the goats to find a way out of it,... She ran through and took her baby with her.. I have never had such a hard time keeping goats in.. At the old place if the goats got out it meant that the fence line needed trimmed but here I don't know what it means.. Bar-B-Que??? My milk goats stand around and watch the rest of them act like fools and try to break out.. Its like they are watching the village idiots! I can almost see the Milk girls rolling their eyes. Of course they are a little more pampered due to the fact that they get treats everyday for all the wonderful milk they give everyday. But the Meat goats are standing in Grass up to their eyeballs and they would rather be were there is no Grass?? Just doesn't add up...

The neighbor boy has been working on cleaning up all the fence that was ruined from the flooding. He is doing a good job too. He is working after work and on weekends so its a little slower but he is over half way down. Its a tough job too. Now that we have cross fence we can work on getting the perimeter electric up to run the MIG. We also have hay season coming up real quick.

In response to Kestrel's comment on my last post about there is a lot to do on a farm.. We are having to scale back some and put some things on hold. Farming of any kind is a 24/7/365 job. We are just plain wore out right now.. So we are trying to make it little easier right now with Kyle's mom having to go through all this and we are needing to be there. Its been Emotionally and Physically tough . Sometimes to me the emotional can wear you out quicker than anything..
Okay so this turned into one Really Long blog.. I hope you all enjoy the pictures and will tolerate the blabbing... Have a good night all and thanks so much for all the prayers for my Mother-in-law!

8 comments:

kestrel said...

Lucky u had a pix of the minnows, i thought they were birds! We have minors here and they are noisy birds. Isn't it great to be able to just pack a picnic and drive a little and have creeks to wade in already? Do get some rest despite all the work that has to be done, hope everything works out well for your mother in law.

small farm girl said...

It's good to see kids playing in creeks instead of playing video games!

Mama said...

Keep your head up and know we're thinking of your MIL;)
The pictures are beautiful as well are your girls,my baby woulda loved that trip;)

Evelyn said...

Prayers to your MIL.
I'd say difficult goats are BBQ!! Dig a pit & set up an in ground roasting pit. Get a good fire going, do some fishing & tend the nice, big evening meal! Or, just send them to freezer camp! Now's the time to do it... before they start putting on fat for the winter! :)

Anonymous said...

Those creeks look fun! Is it usually ok to play in the creeks, even if they are on or by somebody's farm? Just wondering cause I saw a beauty of a swimming hole near Lead Mine and it sure was tempting. There was a "no trespassing" sign close by :( There was no fence and it was on both sides of a public road, so are there laws about this?

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Callie said...

Picnic! What a great idea! Wonderful photos. Great idea to get away and enjoy the beautiful day.

Captain's Wife - Jennifer said...

Continued prayers for MIL. What a great day trip! We love those kind of trips. :) Silly goats. :)