I found these brook trout feeding at one of the high lakes.  I crawled to the edge of a boulder overlooking the water and zoomed way in.  Then I began waiting for a fish to spot a insect and make a lunge for it.


radical radishes

french breakfast radish, one of the first things other than greens to ripen up in the spring. Very tasty if i do say so myself.

no work!!!!!!!!!!!!

One of the back to the land books that I found in that shed Awhile ago was the Ruth Stout NO-WORK-GARDEN BOOK (secrets of the year round mulch method).  Erica Picked it up, read it and said “why aren’t we mulching?”.

icky scooop

We fed the goats out of the green house and the barn all winter, now we are taking the hay and other organic material from there pen and putting it back on the garden to suppress weeds and hold in moisture this summer. Notice the beautiful spring weather for gardening.

half covered

Erica also is trying it in part of the greenhouse.


info about ruth stout here

ground level

super fun

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goat furnitures

March 23, 2013

I am a pampered goat

The goats were in need of some furniture when the weather started to turn cold.  I built the feeder and shelter from a few old pallets that I have a never ending supply of and decorated them with some salvaged wood to make them fit the aesthetic of the barn yard (because if it’s not worth doing stylishly it’s not worth doing at all).  Winter still is not quite over yet it was somewhere south of 16 degrees last night, Princess Butter Cup and the Triva seem to be enjoying the comforts that the title of most pampered goats in the county comes with.

this way we don't have to eat mud

crane view of goat feeder

the house is stuffed with straw occasionally to protect from wind but with both of them wedged in there they seem to stay cozy and warm even on the coldest nights.

goat shanty

All that straw makes really good summertime mulch and fertilizer to put on the garden.


Yes mom I looked up the warning signs of rabies,  as far as I can tell this little guy doesn’t have any of them. Young skunks are on the look out for new territory and food so you tend to see them more in the day time (especially in early spring when their mothers kick them out in anticipation of giving birth again).

why hello there

I had visions of my self like this.  I would use them much like a falconer uses his birds except to do awful ultimate evil of a stinky variety.

watch it punk


you can never be to careful when dealing with the stinkiest of all tiny bears, here is a shot of him cocked locked and ready to rock.

snow skunk


I have named him Tony Montana because this is a picture of him doing a huge pile of coke  (he reminded me of that scene in Scar Face ).