Sunday, July 25, 2010

This and That From the Ranch

Well, yes, I have been here, but tied to ranch work!

We've been hosting tours this last month.

The La Grande Farmers' Market board members came out to see what we do.

A tour with the Summer Ag Institute

A tour with the North Powder Summer School 

Every other week Sami and Dick go to the Portland market to sell our goods - it's a two day trip. Each and every time they have been gone, we have had something go wrong over here!  Jake and I are also gone, Friday night (Pendleton) and then on Saturday (La Grande) - and Murphy's Law takes over.  We do have a full-time hired hand, and we also have hired some neighbors to come take care of all our daily work.  But, still, things happen. 

Yesterday, something got into the pasture hen pen and stole all the duck eggs - I heard the ducks making a big noise about 4:15 am.  I went out with one of the dogs, in the dark.  Poor mama ducks.  All the egg babies are gone.  Another bad news report to give Sami - who was hoping for baby ducks!

And then last night, about 9:00 pm we got a call from 911 dispatch.  The train hit a cow and they thought it was one of ours (our ranch borders the train tracks for about 3 miles).... So, out into the dark Dick went on a quad - down the highway.  He never found anything.  So who knows who's cow it was, and where exactly the crime took place.  Sometimes they give a location (on our place), yet, in reality it's farther down the tracks and no where near us.  

Here's something on the brighter side:

Peaceful Morning Walk

Take Care!  Thanks for visiting!


Elise said...

No offense... I'm glad I'm not the only one! tee hee {The same kind of high-jinks always go down around here, sans the train! hee hee} Glad it wasn't YOUR cow! But sad it was SOMEONE'S cow! Meanwhile, devastating news about the baby ducks. Give Sami our sympathies... BUT on a bright note, your photos rob me of my breath! I peeked around your ranch blog and felt exhilarated for the ride! Love your shares, sweet darlin'! You definitely have a full plate, yet your creativity shines through in all of this! Love you, m'dear!

Karen said...

Poor Sami, poor ducks!! Sounds like you, your fam & the ranch has seen its share of action this summer. We're in town, in a regular ol' neighborhood, but being a small town, surrounded by countryside and with a moutain at one end of our street and a river at the other....thre are critters everywhere. Our latest visitors are a bunch of baby skunks! Um, no thank you. They are cute and come right up to the back door, looking in, but thank you! Hope there are no more calls from 911! And that you are enjoying your summer, Andi! :>