Saturday, July 28, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

August in July?

A photo of Donna's ditch, taken 3 days ago. It's blooming like it's august!

Donna's deck is about to be goosed....they're figuring out how to climb steps :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Spoiled rotten

How many geese in this world get to spend their days lounging in wool-mulched flowerbeds???

Thursday, July 05, 2012

100 degrees

The geese have discovered their own creative ventilation system :)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Friday fun

"We didn't do it!"

Blooms and a dog bone....doggie yard art?

Redneck mulching operation!

Buns continue to proclaim their innocence....

Delilah says "Hey Baron! This water tasted like goose sh*t!!"

Saturday, June 16, 2012


Yo Mom! Out here looking in at you. Making the hole in the screen bigger so we can see each other better! You're welcome!!!!

Monday, June 11, 2012


Sample Sundays really wear Abby out. It's a lot of work to get petted by people all afternoon, apparently.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Sunny Friday

ANOTHER fork casualty! Medic! Mayday!

Lavender from Pleasant Aerie Garden (thank you Thea!), destined for the still.

120 bales of hay to be stacked in the barn.


Hay is really heavy.

This is what it looks like to pull weeds with goose "help".

Friday, June 08, 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012


Pinky would like us all to know that this is HER food and water.


And we can't have any.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bee update

So Monday we drove to Iowa city to pick up three bee nucs. Nucs are little started colonies of bees, 5 frames in a box. It ended up being a wild 2+ hour return hour journey, as the new boxes didn't actually seal well, and, as it turns out, Donna's car trunk is not bee proof! We stopped once to use cloth grocery bags to stuff up the tiny bee-sized gaps around the back seat, and once to beg trash bags from a gas station attendant to try to wrap up the leaky boxes. Neither attempt worked too well, so mostly we drove home with a lot of bees in the car. Fortunately, there were very calm and mellow bees and we actually had no problems. The picture shows what the trunk looked like when we got to the farm!

The first nuc we installed at a friend's farm outside Woodward. These lucky bees have acres of woodland and natural prairie to feed on.

The second hive now lives at Twin Girls Garden in Madrid, Iowa, where they will pollenate Paula's organic vegetables :)

The third went to Raccoon Forks Farm in Redfield, also to pollenate organic veggies :)

We then inspected our three hives at Plh. Our two overwintered hives look very healthy!

The swarm we caught two weeks ago is also robust, but is building some unusual comb. Hmm, what to do?

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Hot and busy Saturday

Despite the 90+ degree heat, John went all chainsaw whup-ass on two trees that were recently taken down by high winds.

This will be left to encourage wildlife habitat.

Lexi napped.

Donna weeded.

Gooses..err...goosed. Look at their curly feathers coming in!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Farm pics

Lavender is blooming already! A full month earlier than normal.

All three beehives are doing well!

We harvested a few precious and delicious berries :)

Our broccoli and broccoli raab is ready too.

We found a little bird nest, blown out of a tree. It's made entirely of mini-horse hairs :)

The buns love each other :)

Bunny bathing!

Keepin the post office busy!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May? Really?


Broccoli raab

Chive blossoms are nearly done

Donna's roses look amazing!