Welcome Rowdy!

We drove down to Buckley to pick him up and bring him home in our livestock trailer.  Here he is looking out of the trailer window.

Rowdy looking out trailer window

He is a Highland bull we are going to use to breed Marji, our Dexter cow.  Here they are meeting for the first time.

Rowdy meeting Marji

Rowdy and MarjiMarji and Rowdy

And here are a couple of photos just of Rowdy.  He is gorgeous.

Rowdy sideRowdy front

Injury Update:  My hand continues to swell, and I am worthless from all the Benadryl I am taking.  Hopefully tomorrow I will be more functional.

swollen hand

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Escaping Pigs, Swamp Grass Experiments, and a Bee Fiasco

pigs in pasture

The pigs escaped into the donkey pen the other day.  They terrorized the donkeys, chasing them around and pooping in their water container.  So Tom moved them out to pasture a little earlier than we planned this year.  You can tell by their noses, they have already been rooting it up.  We poured some particularly bad cider on their feed this morning.  Below you can see where we poured the cider on the right they did not eat, and they finished the left side which did not have any of this cider.  Apparently they have similar tastes to ours.

pig feed

We continue to battle the swamp grass here.  Last spring I burnt two passes of swap grass in a pasture to see if it would help.  Below you can see on the right where I burnt the swamp grass is somewhat stunted compared to the grass on the right which was not treated.

burnt swamp gradd

But below you can see where Tom made a pass with our rototiller in the pasture near the fence line and then spread grass seed last spring.

rototilled pass

So we decided that rototilling was successful.  Tom then rototilled one of our pastures which is particularly infested.  He then reseeded it.  Hopefully we will have lots of forage for our animals and no swamp grass.

rototilled field

I have been feeding the bees some sugar-water recently.  Today I went to check their supply and noticed that they were out.  So I brought them a baggie with new syrup.  But when I went to put it in their hive I noticed that the bag was leaking.  So I went back to the house to get another bag.  I poured the sugar syrup into the new bag but did not realize that I had gotten the syrup on my gloves and bee shirt.  The bees started coming after me and two stung me on my right (dominant) hand through my glove.  I ran my hand under cold water and took 2 Benadryls.  The I ran around getting some last second chores done until either the Benadryl made me fall asleep or my hand swelled up so I couldn’t use it.  It seem alike the Benadryl is winning that race.  Here is the last view of my hand before the swelling starts.

my hand

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I have 1,000 Posts

since I switched to wordpress.com for my blog in January 2010.  This is after I had gone through 3 other blog sites that became non-functional between February 2005 and the 2010 switch.

So far things have been going well with this site.  I have a total of 131,402 hits and have been viewed from 88 countries.  Unfortunately wordpress.com has gotten rid of their all-time stats collecting recently, but to the best of my calculations my all-time most viewed post was Birthday Loot (oddly) from March 2012.  Here are the photos from it:

birthday loot

bday2012 1980x1050

I recently went through all the links on my site, deleting those that do not work.  In going through my blogroll roughly half of those blogs have not posted this calendar year.  One favorite blogger even died.  I kept the links because I find the blogs fascinating.  But it seems like blogging is a dying art.  My stats are way down, and I think people are gravitating toward single photos and brief posts rather than longer narratives and multiple photos.

But I still like blogging.  It is  a great way for me to present our story to people who are interested.  So I will keep posting as long as someone out there is reading.

PS  I managed to find my all-time statistics buried in my site.  So More bunnies! from March 2010 was actually the most popular post ever.  Here is the photo from that post.


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