Friday, July 7, 2017

July is here!

Haying was done early this year, so July 1 the fields are green and growing.  Looks like there will be great fall pastures.

Hummingbirds are here in full force.  The young ones are learning about the feeders.  We are putting out about 1- 1/2 gallons of water a day.

The rubs are rubbed and ready for the BBQ and the start of the 4th of July long weekend..

Decided to check on the ancient pile of fireworks that have been in storage...some are collectors for sure.
Ribs are getting there...
Gravel road ride.  The traffic is terrible...  Why did the chicken (I mean turkey) cross the road????

Neighbor's barn that has been around for a very long time.
We have to put out some stars and strips for the 4th...

Then there was the TriTip....marinated and smoked....Garlic and Lime!!!

Our gravel road ride.
Then there is the tractor and brush hog...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Smokin' Some Chicken

This weekend has been filled with clouds, sun, humid stormy nights..we are out grillin' and enjoying it all... just have to dodge a few bugs four wheeling out on the gravel 

 German Potato Salad Dressing getting ready for some Taters...
 Cooking on Da Kettle
 A place up on " Walkin' Road
 Out on the gravel ridin'  seeing the sights 

Monday, June 12, 2017



Here are a couple pictures of a fire project our neighbor did this spring.  The results are pretty amazing.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Fawn... It's spring after all.

As I have stated before, Finn and I go for a walk every morning looking for bad guys.  On the way home I decided to look at a certain section of fence.  I saw a brown spot, not really sure what it was, I was careful.   Finn was off following another scent, thank goodness.  This is what I found.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Four Wheeling Frog

Every Morning Finn and I take a walk through the fields..checking for bad guys...  Here's one that was a little out of place.  He was out in the middle of the goat pasture about 1/4 mile from the pond.  I decided it needed to go back to the pond.

Frog started out in the coffee can... about half way to the pond it jumped out onto the seat right next to me and then to the floor.  I must say, I did let out a yell when it landed right next to me as I was driving!

Back at the pond, door open.  It was amazing, when it heard the other frogs croaking it starting paying leap onto the ground, second leap into the pond and it swam away.  Happy ending for the frog...

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Big Cat Country

Missouri Conservation

What is one of the largest wild mammals in Missouri? What large mammal sometimes sleeps on and hunts from tree limbs? What mammal can make leaps up to 10 feet? The answer to all three questions: the bobcat.

The bobcat is found only in North America, where it is the most common wildcat. This handsome animal has tufted ears, a tawny coat with black spots and a ruff of fur that flares from its cheeks and neck.

The bobcat gets its name from its stubby or “bobbed” tail, which is only 4 to 6 inches long. The rest of the cat’s body may be from 2 to 4 feet long. Bobcats weigh up to 40 pounds.

Its spotted fur camouflages it well as it hunts for food. Unlike coyotes, for example, which usually trot along when hunting, the bobcat hunts slowly, frequently stopping and sitting for minutes at a time as it studies its environment. It uses its acute sight and hearing more than its sense of smell to find prey.

When the bobcat does spot prey, it lowers itself into a crouch and creeps slowly forward. Bobcats place their front feet down so carefully and noiselessly that their prey does not hear them coming. Then, as they move forward, they place their hind feet in the same spots, so no extra sound is made. When it’s close enough, the bobcat leaps and pulls down the victim with its sharp claws.

“The bobcat’s diet is 70 percent rabbit,” says Dave Hamilton, a resource scientist and furbearer biologist at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Resource Science Center in Columbia. Bobcat diets also include a variety of small mammals, such as shrews, mice, squirrels and opossums; birds, such as wild turkeys and quail; and, occasionally, deer.

Because there is too much meat on a deer to eat at one time, the bobcat caches or covers it with ground litter. It may come back and feed on the remains later. However, if other food is plentiful, it may not bother to return for the meat.

Bobcats sometimes prey on domestic stock, such as chickens, turkeys, piglets, sheep and goats, but they’re not really a threat to farmers. They may also eat carrion (dead animals) if food is scarce.

These wildcats can live almost anywhere, from swamps, forests and farmlands to scrubby and arid regions, as long as there is some cover to hide in. They often rest in caves or hollow trees and under rock overhangs.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Starting to catch up

Well it looks like I have dropped the ball again!  Here's what happened in April 2016..

 Finn is ready for the babies~

 Here they come

 Pinky the blind goat with her twins.

 Wow these guys are sure little~

They guys have found a great place to sleep.

 Spring has arrived!