Dance Like Your Heart Means It — Monday, March 23, 2020

I was down at Shannon’s when I saw T’Ata playing in her water trough

“T’Ata, what are you doing?” I hollered at her.

“Taking a bath.  Swimming. I don’t know, Playing! HAVING FUN!”

“You did good, Girl!  All pretty now.” I told her.

Such a funny horse.  Taking the world lightly wherever she goes.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


FIRE!!!—Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sunday afternoon I looked over our fields and saw a huge plume of smoke!

HUGE…of course I didn’t think to take a photo of it.

Hoping it wasn’t a farm on fire we drove down to see if we could help.  Although, as we started down we were passed by a fleet of fire trucks heading toward the Rubidoux Canyon.

Now most of the  Roubidoux Canyon is the ranch of Mr. Davis and his daughter. (There are other homes and farms and BLM land down there, but they are way at the other end of the canyon.)

(Davis settled they whole canyon and the ledges just above the canyon many years ago when Delta was just opened up for settlement around 1881 or so.)  This is a photo of the hold home place in 1882.

The canyon is the winter home of the bulls, the horses and the cows and yearling calves.

And it is posted!

Still people trespass and ‘camp and picnic’ on their property.  Leaving behind broken glass, beer cans, all sorts of nasty trash.

Sunday a careless camper started a campfire to cook potatoes; the result was a canyon on fire.

Our oldest daughter and Jason were down in the canyon  when the fire broke out and were able to help move the bulls to higher ground.  Teresa Davis and other members of the Davis family moved the rest of the cows and calves.

The fire was so intense it even jumped the river.


We haven’t gone down to see the damage, I’m sure it’s extensive.  What a sad mess.  What a hard lesson for that camper to learn—the whole thing is a bad deal.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


Rolling Along—Monday, March 23, 2015

Terry has started rolling down the plowed earth.  Thankfully the rain and the sun and the wind did not damage to the soil.  By damage I mean it didn’t cause our clay type of soil to turn into bricks, ready to be fired. 🙂
Rolling-1It’s always nice to see the soil smooth out and start to look like a seed bed.  He will still have to level the field, fertilize, and then mark it out.  We always irrigate before we plant–it’s called ‘wet planting’. Some of the farmers around here do ‘dry planting’, which means they plant first then water.

PipeWe have also been moving the gated pipe around, we had three pipe break over the winter so now we have to do some adjusting.

Work-horseYou can see the broken pipe on the left, we will set this good pipe in it’s place. (One down two more to go 🙂

We have to have the pipe set before the fields are done with the tractor work—-everything has to be in place to start the water…time is moving along fast now. By the first week in April we hope to have the water on the land.

Pink-cloundsOur weekend was outstanding!  The whole family from Craig, Colorado was here, then on Sunday we were (all) the two sets of kids and their spouses, the Craig family, Terry and I were at our son-in-law’s 43 birthday party.  Good food and family, really who could ask for more?

Anyway, off to get some stuff done.  I hope your day is a good one.

Your friend on a Western Colorado Farm,