The Farm Does Not Confine — Monday, January 20, 2020

Terry, Boomer and I took a wee walk-about on the farm one evening

The sun was just starting to set and the day birds and day animals were slowly losing their loud thrumming and calling — settling down upon the land

We walked upon cow trails, avoiding the very snowy farm road

Past the cement ditches waiting for the thaw

and slumbering fields

As the wild Canada geese winged their way onto our farm

And the Sandhill cranes bedded down for the night

Filling the air with their trilling calls

 

We gradually made our way back to the house.

Our farm, not confining but defining us, like all sacred places.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—Getting Ready

Dad, Mom, and I put the farm to bed this week.

Ditches-1We picked up all the syphon tubes and worked on fences.

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It’s time, you see.

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Time to put the farm to bed, button all the hatches, and get ready for the cows to come!

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Mom is very excited that we are close to getting the cows.  Mom says having the cows here helps her get past winter faster.  She also likes seeing the baby calves popping out here and there on the farm.

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So this week we’ve been really busy…getting ready.

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Cleaning the Ditches

We’ve been cleaning out all the ditches.  Terry has this cool tool that he made which cuts our time down in half.  A person just puts the tool in the ditch and the water pushes it along pushing the sand and dirt in front of it.

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We still have to scrape the sides and shovel some of the ditches, but boy does this make life easier!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Linda

Hidey Holes

This time of year we start to get ready for water. Water on our farm is transported through culverts, ditches, underground transport pipes, and gated pipe. 

These same pieces of transportation for water are also really good homes for critters: fox, skunk, feral cats, and feral dogs from the rigors of winter.  The problem of making these things their homes is instant death as soon as the water is turned in.

Therefore, we like to check all everywhere making sure there is nothing living there.

Getting them out of their burrow (the water transportation unit) can sometimes be a real problem, especially if we are talking about skunks.

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But this year we are safe (so far).    

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Skunks are mating right now, and will be looking for a nice warm nest, but water is just a few weeks off and if we cover the ends they will move on to dens in the ground.

The coyotes have dens on the hills on our place, but I’m not brave enough to go poking my head where they are.  I have been thinking I might, MIGHT, go to where they live and see if I could get any baby pictures, but I haven’t worked up enough courage.