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Happy Fall

The nights are cool, the days are warm — if not “hot.”  We got our first rainfall of the season early this morning too, which was nice because of a wildland fire in Southern Trinity (south of us in the same county.)  I was sure thankful to hear the drops, and then pours, on our tin roof.

We’ve had several wildlife “visitors” in the past month or so… The deer are a continual occurance, but we did have another mountain lion — again, shot on the property as it was in the sheep’s pen.  I am so tired of those guys… They are majestic, but they’re becoming like mice — if you see one, how many are you not seeing?  Another fun visitor was a bear that climbs up high in to our very old, but scrawny, plum tree and cleans us out.  I saw him one night with my flashlight about 50 yards away just meandering on through as if he were shopping  in a department store just checking things out.  I actually am not troubled in the slightest with bears, unless it’s a mama and cubs.  Normally they’re pretty well harmless around here and just tend to their own business (or digging through people’s trash.)

The view out my kitchen door

A couple exciting things about the sheep — we’ve got a new pasture!  I’m extremely excited to have this grass around our house fenced so we can actually utilize it!  I only have a handful of sheep out there right now but by this weekend I plan to have Lancelot’s full breeding group.

Which puts a smile on his face!  Breeding groups will be posted once I get them put together — four rams will be servicing my gals this year which is double what I normally do.  I’m excited to have so many (more selection at lambing time) but a little over-whelmed on planning and finding pasture to sort them in and have safely with rams across fencelines.  Thankfully ram lambs aren’t any threat, it’ll be next year that could get interesting.

Goose! Goose!

I was raised with geese as a child, my mom always had them and a few ducks.  I liked the ducks way more than the geese, they didn’t beat me up.  Even as an adult I like to photograph Canadian Geese but if they’re in a park and the path happens to go through their flock, I go way around.  I know what the pinch from a goose can feel like, and much more, DO to you.  They can deliver a blood blister like no one’s business and then come back at ya.  In my head and heart, I alway swore I’d never own geese in my adult life – well, never say never.

I have been researching self-sufficiency and gardening quite a bit and have seen many mentions of “weeder geese.”  I researched that a little more and it seemed like the perfect compliment to a farm and especially a large garden.  I knew that geese were vegetarian and also knew that they were very personable (just never to this person) and smart.  So I set out to order FOUR geese and found that my minimum requirement from the hatchery was eight.  EIGHT!  Ack!  I was on the phone with Hubby when I read this on the website and he says, “Well just get eight then.”  Excuse me?  Could you put my husband back on the phone?  What have you done with him?  So I ordered eight, and they arrived last Wednesday.  Annie and I have been completely involved with snuggling with little goslings now (and yes, she’ll correct you if you call them anything other than goslings.)

We had an unfortunate tragedy and are now down to seven.  We lost a little goose we had named “Minnie May” and since she was the smallest and the frailest, I had thought that it was possible we would lose her.  Annie found her, unfortunately, and had large tears – she has become the ultimate Goose Girl.  To see her with them, I am grateful my heart changed to accept geese back in to my life.  Of course, I can say that now while they’re small – we’ll see how it goes when they’re big.

Of course, who can resist such fuzziness anyway?  We’re just full of peeps and giggles here at Mud Ranch.