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Injuries on the Farm

 

Within a few weeks we had three injuries. Our miniature donkey, Ellie, got horned by one of the goats. A horn went through her temple. We called out Dr. Steve, and when he came out the first time, I could not catch Ellie. She ran all over the pasture. I even took carrots out to her, but she was too smart. Dr. Steve has given her shots before, so getting near her with him at the farm was a no go.

Dr. Steve finally told me…Kimberly, I have another appointment. I’ll swing back by around three. I finally caught her, and put her in one of the stables. He came back, gave her a shot, and cleaned, and added a paste to her wound.

The next week Salem escaped the stall where he and his brother live. He gashed his chin open, so Sabrina had to take him to the vet. Dr. Steve only takes care of “horns and hooves”, so she drove Salem to the vet to get stitches. He had to wear a cone for a week.

The very next day, Gucci went to doggie day spa. They discovered a growth on her hind leg. I picked her up from the spa that even and took her to the emergency vet hospital. She was in a cone for three days. One of the days she acted as “winery dog” for the day.

Everyone is on the mend, and doing much better!

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Nun Playing A Violin

Although this is a print, it is an antique print. The original was a painting from the Italian Renaissance. The painter and subject are unknown. The face of the nun appears very young. Which is not a surprise, since families often sent a daughter to the convent. Often, the families just couldn’t afford a dowery for more than one girl, and sometimes they couldn’t afford one. A young woman would go to the convent ready to serve the church. Gardening, cleaning, praying, helping the poor. Mother Superior was in charge of the fate of the young lady.

This print reminds me of an educated lady, grieving for her family. Maybe it is an evening of a full moon where the light hits the courtyard just right, and the echo of her violin playing brings tears to the eyes of the other young ladies that have come to the convent. Young ladies that miss their families, and their old way of life.

Of course, there were young ladies that came to the convent and had a better life after they were surrounded by other young ladies. There would have been young ladies that would be able to eat good food once they were in the convent. I was once told that city poor was much different than country poor. If you were poor and lived in the city it was a little tougher to obtain fresh food. If you were poor in the country one could glean from neighboring farmers, there were eggs from chickens, and one could grow some of their own food.

Looking at old images really makes me grateful to live here and now. I am so thankful, and appreciate our ancestors, each and everyone of them. The lives they had were not easy! The choices they had to make were so different, and so far removed from the world we live in today.

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When Life Gives You Sh*t…

When life gives you sh*t, you make compost. Farm life isn’t always about the cute animals, they have a lot of crap. We compost all our garbage, and even the poo. Nothing, really goes to waste. LOL!

Not only do we compost, but we also have a vermicompost. What is vermicompost? So, we have been utilizing this system since our eldest child was 18months old. We wanted our children to understand the cycle of life, as well as start them young with finding an alternative to the landfill. This is such a great way to incorporate your shredded paper, coffee grounds, apple cores, banana peels, etc. I don’t mix the two systems. The animal waste products and the vermicompost.

The bigger pile has to be rotated, and it takes about a year to use in the garden. So, it may not be pretty, but it is a part of farm life. Sustainable practices like our grandparents and great grandparents used as they farmed. Caring for the land, and not striping the land. Every living thing is important, including the worms.

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Venus Has Left the Farm

Venus was the heifer that Sabrina took to fair. The fair takes so much time out of the summer. She had to take the time to find the cow, pay to get her pregnant, then take care of her all the time before fair.

I recently told her, “you are living your dream.” She said…”I just realized the same thing the other day.” Since she was little, she has wanted to be a farmer. I would even question her over and over thinking that she would be swayed from “farming”, but she never wavered. I still relish the moments at the table when she and my son would argue over what they would sell to each other. Her with her farm, and his vineyard and winery.

I’m so proud that she sold her first cow. We are going to start looking for a herd of cows.

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This is Venus after her shower, the day she was sold.

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A Girl and Her Cow

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My baby with her heifer Venus. Venus gives Sabrina tough time. Today, she got pulled to the ground and pulled through the mud. Venus got weighed today too, and she is 1600 LBS. It’s been a very long season with the heifer, and today she was proved pregnant, and weighted so she can compete with other heifers at the end of the week.

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2012 Photos

These were back in the days of going back and fourth to Bay to SLO.

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Luna and Venus

Luna and Venus are our two Angus heifers. Both of them are pregnant, and looking really good for fair. Only one will go to fair this year, so we are thinking that Venus will go. She looks feminine, and that is what the judges at the fair like. Every year the panel of experts is different, but when it comes to heifers, feminine is better. IMG_8718

 

Every day there is work to be done with the heifer and for her too. These big girls need a bath. Some like it, and some don’t like their bath time. It is all about being handled in the ring. Getting used to loud noises at the fair with kids screaming, and people walking around them. Getting the bath gets them used to being handled too.

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Then the final product is…IMG_8941

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Gift Shop

IMG_7947The week I got back from South Carolina I was really busy. We had so many items arrive for the gift shop, prom weekend, and snickdoddle was leaving the farm. Plus, I am finishing a couple of renovation projects. So, not much time left in the day to write.

Here are some of the cool items we now carry at the gift shop of the winery. I was even testing how everything would fit into a basket. Alle-Pia salami, if you haven’t had this salami, it’s out of this world delicious. It also has not nitrates. I have probably met the pigs that became this salami.

The bread sticks are the ones that we offer in the tasting room for people that are tasting wine. They have a savory rosemary essence that just marries the wine so well. I added a Swell bottle since having water is always helpful.

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Our beautiful baskets we offer…

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The one on the far left, is hand painted, the platinum and rose gold are part of the metallic collection, purple is in the middle, blue marble in the front with the kelly green.

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Some of our newest coasters…

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Olive utensils, aprons and magnets too.

 

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What Time Is It?

OMG! It is that time of the year. The time of the year that I can not go into Tractor Supply or Farmer Supply. Why, did you ask? IMG_7714

 

Baby chicks!!!!