Introducing a New English Shepherd Pup

July 21, 2016

picture of farm collie pupIt’s been over 2 weeks since we brought home the latest addition, and boy! Has it been busy.

When we lost Toby I wasn’t so sure I wanted another dog, and most especially not right away. First off I still miss him so much, and secondly… I also remember what work it is to train a pup!

But after a little time passed, I got to wondering, “Well, if we DID got another dog, what kind would work best here on the farm?”

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Puppy Love

October 1, 2013

Puppies are a lot of work.¬† A LOT of WORK.¬† But I’ll have to admit it. . . I’ve got a bad case of puppy love.

Just look at this sweet little face!

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More Rain, More Floods

March 9, 2011

We’ve had a lot of rain lately, and it rained pretty much all last night and on into the morning.¬† Anytime we get very much rain, it means the creek bordering one side of our property is going to flood.¬† Fortunately, it floods the road AFTER you get past our driveway!

picture of pond and flooded rural road

Flooding makes it hard to get to the dead end part of the road!

The water had receded somewhat by the time Toby and I went out to the mailbox, so this isn’t as bad as it got.¬† Otherwise we might not have gotten cheeky enough to walk through the¬†flood waters¬†to get to the bridge.

picture of farm collie dog standing on flooded road

"Hey, you coming or what?"

I figured if Toby could make it, so could I, and off we went.  I stopped mid-way and took a picture of the water going off the edge of the road. . .

picture of water running off road

Enough froth for a latte!

¬†And here’s the same section of the road, and more, taken from off to the side.

picture of creek waters over road

Creek is definitely out of bounds!

The cat-who-thinks-he’s-a-dog was still enough of a cat that he declined to join the party and frolic in the water.

picture of white cat

"Are you guys totally CRAZY???"

We took our crazy selves and walked towards the top of the bridge.¬†¬† I took this picture right before we got there.¬† It’s the side of the creek flowing to and under the bridge.

picture of flooded creek and culverts

Two Culverts & A Flooded Creek

There are actually TWO culverts, but you can’t see the one closest to the front of the picture.¬† It’s completely submerged in the flood waters.¬†

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The water really rushes out of the submerged culvert!

After we got our exercise walking around in the flood waters, we headed back home.¬† I noticed we have a new little reflecting pond in the back of the The Farmer’s pick-up truck:

picture of water in bed of pickup truck

Now all we need are some koi in there. . .

And that’s the way it is, on another rainy day of the monsoon season in the south.

Friday’s Farm Fotos

March 4, 2011

I’ve been pretty busy lately with a writing project, so haven’t posted much here.¬† I thought this would be a good time to do a photo round-up of pictures from around the farm this week.

Monday we had a thunderstorm with heavy rain and a tornado watch.¬† I watched but I didn’t see anything, thankfully.¬† Just lots of rain that came down in a hurry and made puddles and streams in the backyard…

picture of back yard with heavy rain

Rain and puddles and streams, oh my!

We did have some pretty strong winds, even if there was no tornado in evidence.  You can see how the birdfeeder is swinging in the wind in this picture. . .

picture of birdfeeder in wind

That's one swinging feeder!

Once it stopped raining, Toby and I walked down the road towards the creek.  He decided it would be fun to wade through the floodwater running over the road.

picture of dog walking on flooded road

Guess a little water never hurt anybody.

The next day it was bright and sunny and showing signs of spring all over the place.  The miniature daffodils are blooming around the big oak tree in the front yard.

picture of yellow flowers

A nice splash of color instead of rain!

I noticed the wildflowers are making an appearance also, like this dandelion and violet.

picture of dandelion and violet

Purple & Gold!

Those colors would have been good when I was going to high school, since our school colors were purple and gold!

I especially enjoy the quince bush blooms.

picture of quince bloom

An early bloomer.

I can remember the quince bush that grew by our steps going down the hill where I grew up.  This is part of that bush.

And last, we have a stark reminder of what happens when The Farmer decides to trim things:

picture of bare crepe myrtle

Crepe Myrtle Stubs

He decided instead of having crepe myrtle trees they could be tall bushes.¬† Guess we’ll see how they react to such drastic pruning!

And that’s the way it is around the farm.¬† Have a great weekend!

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