Sunday, December 12, 2010

Miniature Horses Have Arrived

We picked out 4 miniature horses in August, 2 weanling fillies and 2 geldings. We brought them home today. We have spent the last couple weeks in this freezing weather building mini sized stalls for them in our barn. So we would like to introduce you to Cedar Drives Diablo, Cedar Drives Patches, Cedar Drives La Bella Margherita, Cedar Drives La Bella Rosa.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween 2010

A pair of ghosts, a gnome on a toadstool, a skeleton, Little Red Riding Hood, Dorothy of Oz(and Toto), Max-King of the Wild Things, and a very small very sweet witch went out to haunt the neighborhood....they came back with bucketfuls of yummy sugary deliciousness. All is well on day of the year you can be anything in the entire universe. To all the kids and kids at heart...Happy Haunting!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Chickens and coops and runs

I keep trying to separate our chickens into groups that make sense.

*We have our big coop that John, the kids and I built last year. We still need to do a few things to it, but only finishing kinds of things. In the big coop we have our layer hens (Plymouth Barred Rocks, Dark Brown Leghorn, Black Leghorn, Black Australorps) and a couple fancy roosters(Black Australorp and Black Sumatra). The roosters need to be pulled out and given their own little rooster huts, but I haven't quite organized my ideas on this yet. We are getting plenty of eggs from these ladies, so I am quite pleased with how it has worked out. I am a little ready to thin the Barred Rocks out and get a few more new birds in there. But since the Barreds are the first chicks we ever got, this is a little more difficult for me to do, they are almost like pets to me.

*We have the bantam coop which houses 6 little bantam birds of various breeds(white
rock, partridge brahmas, buff brahma, mille fleur belgian bearded d'uccle, black silkie). This coop is perfect for the kids, none of the birds are aggressive, the coop is small and all things can be handled by the kids, they do 100% of the feeding, watering, cleaning, egg collection, run raking..all of it. All of the birds in this coop are super sweet, 3 of them are about 6 years old, so this is just a coop for fun and kids to enjoy their poultry experience. Last summer, the boys even built the run and gate themselves out of welded wire and J clips. I always love when you can give kids materials, let them know what you have in mind and walk away.

*A few years ago Anthony and I built an 8 foot by 8 foot pen for the kids to sit in with their rabbits and be ab
le to play with them, with out worrying about them running away, or any predators. We only have 4 rabbits left now and they don't really try to run now when they are handled, so we turned the pen into a run and used the dogloo that came with one of our dogs for a coop. Our dogs are not outside dogs, so a dog house is useless at this point in our lives. Anyhow, we are using the dogloo with a modified door for our silkies we have them in black and white. Until the fair, our broiler birds, Dark Cornish, a dual purpose breed are living in with the silkies as well. We do not much care for the temperment of the Dark Cornish, so hopefully the kids will sell them at the small animal auction after the fair.

* This weekend we finally finished putting together our coop and run for the Black Copper Marans. It has been one of those we will get around to it projects, a few minutes here and there, no big hurry a
nd a grouping of dog crates to fill the gaps in the interim. Black Copper Marans lay dark brown eggs, and have a wonderful

*Carmen has 2 little BB R
ed Modern Game Birds that she adores. They stay inside when it is cold, but during the summer they have this cute tiny little coop they stay in.

*And I am working slowly on "The Beach Cabana", made solely out of recycled materials. It eventually will house the silv
er phoenix trio we have.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Cathedral Windows

I like to try new things and see if it is a project that I have the time to whip out. If it is something too intense, I do not have time for it. So I have been rolling around the idea of a Cathedral Windows quilt top. I seem to have a ton of fabric scraps that have something of interest on them, so I was thinking this would be a great idea. I read a bunch of online tutorials and what not, usually I need something to motivate me, light a fire under me you know. One of my online friends was also thinking about it and shared a list of her fave tutorials on it. The Sometime's Crafter made sense to me... So away I dashed to the sewing machine...and this is what i came up with about a half an hour later. There is room for lots of improvement, but the basics are all there. If you have ever rolled around the idea of trying these, but felt it was too difficult, go try it, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Spring Soccer is Nearly Over

Everyone in our family loves to play soccer. The youngest 2 are not yet old enough to be on a team, but the love of the game and the super ultra competitive drive are definitely there. I think we live and breathe soccer, soccer practices, and soccer games from early March until mid June, then again from early August until late October. This Spring season is coming to an end, so I thought I would share a few pics of the kids with the teams they spend every weekend and many week days with.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Enjoying the Arts on a Friday Night

Gallery Walk was last night. John had a great new show opening, featuring Jim Sampson and Sammye Dina Smith. Of course, the prints and painting were fantastic. There were also several potters, a metal mobile artist and a photographer with works on display, as well as a couple sculptors. We decided to make it a family affair. We all joined John for an evening downtown. The kids were fascinated by our favorite local folk singer, Mitch Rice, who has been enchanting each and every child since birth...and to sweeten the deal, his friend brought Charlie the dancing parrot. The younger kids sprawled out games on the sidewalk for some extra kid friendly entertainment. With a gallery full of new art, excellent food, beer, and wine, sidewalk games and live musical entertainment, the evening was quite a success.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

More Blooms Blooming

And a few more flower bloom pics to share from today. The Stella D'Oro's are opening as well, pics on those tomorrow. I hope you enjoy seeing what is blooming, because there is a lot more to come. Summer is upon us!