Friday, July 31, 2009

Camera Lessons

Fay mutters a lot but our first picture taking lesson was a success. I have to agree, the buttons are small on my digital camera and it's easy to bump the wrong thing. His first pic of me is blurry, but the second isn't. He got two good pics of Beauty in the arena, but I didn't make it into the pics of Beauty like he intended.

Fay got his shadow in the one pic though. :))

We both think he needs to figure out how to get the pic and not get too much reflection on the view finder. I am so proud of him, he's using a digital camera.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Video Grumble

Phooey, I tried for over an hour to upload a video of Fay driving Beauty and it just won't! I checked with the help section and there was no help to be had.

If someone knows more than I!!! I have no problem taking direction. I'm trying again as I type and if it doesn't upload in five minutes like the help section says, my grumble is getting published as is.

Beauty's First Field Trip

Beauty is the colt Fay got for $25, she's out of a mare he had for over six years. He loved Peppy and when three years ago she dropped her only colt at 20 years old. He had to have her.

I'm not sure we need another horse, I'm not sure we need to be training a new colt. But he can't be stopped and I love the way his face lights up when Beauty gets her lesson right.

She had her first trip off the place being ground driven today. She gets her hour lesson first thing in the morning before it heats up past bearing walking behind her. The pics are of Fay and Beauty, I took her down the street before he did but Fay got to be in the pics because I haven't given him lessons on how to operate my digital camera. Not sure he wants any. I think he's going to get some though.

I put the pics up backwards, the top one is the last one as she comes back in, her head down and relaxed, the middle one shows them coming back and the first one shows them moving in a left turn.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Convicted of ripeness and hung up to dry.

The Walla Walla Sweet onions are come and gone, they don't keep well but the second wave of home grown onions were dug this morning. Fay raised us the most deep colored 'red' onions I've seen, I think they look purple, he sees them as blue. They're hung up in a braid to dry on our back porch and are a most eye catching ornament. Not to mention nose catching, the whole porch smells like them.

Unexpected guests.

About 0630 this morning two Blue Heeler dogs were at our gate sniffing and messing around. Our Blue was in the house and Fay sent me out to catch them if I could. He remembers Russ' dog Bailey being lost on I84.

Nice dogs, I bent over play bowing and calling--here the young male came and his quieter darker female with him. They just wanted to be petted and followed me right in the gate. I set them up a guest room in the big horse trailer, food, water, two raw beef bones. Then I called and left a message for our local animal control officer. Such a good guy, he came and got them right after he got to work this morning. They jumped right into his truck! I hope he can convince the people this dogs belong to that spay/neuter and licensing are good things.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

What happens when you grow green cabbage for saurkraut and purple cabbage to eat and the purple cabbage thrives and comes on too much too fast? Well, if you're Fay and I you make saurkraut anyway. Which is how I got these gorgeous pink jars of saurkraut. I love it. Tastes absolutely delicious and makes 'kraut makes itself once the cabbage is shredded and salted.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


We decided to make our own pickles this year, he always raises more cucumbers than we can eat and we do love our pickles. So, 14 quart of mixed dills, some just cucumbers, some with onion and green beans. I love pickled beans. We figure that should be enough dills. I'm going to put up 14 quart of sweet pickles now. They'll definitely be mixed, carrots, cucumbers, onions. I don't know what all.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Well, he's over the moon today. We got a copy of Country Extra with a pic of us and the horses when we were down to Sweet Home last October. He just loves knowing people are seeing his beautiful team.

Time just passes so quickly. First cuttings of hay are all in the barn or sold and next Monday our 15 acres of barley/alfalfa will be ready for its second cutting. The pics are of Fay and the Fjords cutting hay.

I've sprained my right wrist which explains why no blogging. Typing is NOT on my hot list. Someday it'll heal.