Friends and Family Enjoying Time at the Ranch

One of the best things about what we do here is being able to share it with friends and family. For the last two weeks, we did that while David’s mom and younger sister were here. Here are a few photos, courtesy of David’s mom:

  • people at table with food and wine
  • a person approaching a herd of goats laying on the sand
  • a bunch of goats laying on the sand
  • a lady petting a goat
  • people preparing to eat at the table

Mom and Dianna helped with a number of chores while also enjoying their time at the pool, hiking the ranch trails with the dogs, eating well, and playing many games of 42. It was great to have them here — first time seeing them in more than a year.

Here’s a list of things we consumed that are grown or made right here on the ranch:

  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches (yellow and white)
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Kumquats
  • Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Beets
  • Chard
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Fennel
  • Dill, basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme
  • Onions and garlic
  • Potatoes
  • Feta cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Olives
  • Goat’s milk
  • Eggs
  • Grilled rabbit
  • Turkey sausage
  • Turkey salad
  • Red wine
  • Hard pomegranate lemonade
  • Hard blackberry lemonade

… and though not for food, there were colorful gladiolus everywhere.

Oh! And for excitement, one day when mom was going to the pool, there was a pit bull, wrapped in the pool cover, in the pool — but not really enjoying the pool. A stray wandered in and apparently decided he could walk across the pool cover … NOT! We got him out and delivered to the SPCA shelter the next day. Fortunately, he wasn’t a mean dog. But as Diana said, “you can’t make this shit up!”

Turkey Time!

2021’s flock of turkeys arrived via post from Missouri this week

Broad-breasted bronze turkey poults on their way to 40 lbs each (toms) and 25 lb hens

David’s mom and sister are here from Texas and they are helping to make sure these little birds get a good start. They have one called “Romeo” who already struts around like he owns the place.

Nineteen birds arrived in a little box via USPS a few days after hatching. We did lose two, but the others seem to be thriving.

Scary Trees

At the beginning of last week, we had two, hundred-plus year old pine trees, dead and leaning over the highway (3 – 4′ in diameter). Both of these things were disasters waiting to happen and we could not get anyone to take them down — too dangerous and difficult. In the last two years, two private arborists have declined the job. Butte County said “not our problem”. None of the private contractors and tree removal people working on fire cleanup in Berry Creek were interested.

It was frustrating to see all the hype about removing hazard trees, and all the equipment and people going up the hill every day to remove hazard trees and these two trees were more hazardous to more people than any!

But the good news is we finally found someone willing to do it. He got one down this week, but a $1000.00/hr crane has to come next week for the other.

Below is a picture of the two trees in 2015 — almost dead then. Then a picture of the remaining tree today that needs a crane.

See the rope pulling the tree back from leaning way over the road?
This tree is about 3′ in diameter at the base. The rope on it is pulling it back a little from leaning way over the road.

Yes, there is a telephone line under the tree as well as our fence and the road.

When the phone line was down after the fire, and while they had traffic controlled on the road most of last year, no one would help us take these trees down. We are very happy to have found someone to get it done now!