Friday, April 29, 2016

Ranch work and some sewing...................

 I helped Greg the other day by sitting in the tractor and turning the wire winder control on and off!! A big important job:)
 Very high tech it gets the job done!

 Someday it will get unwound and be a fence again.
 Another purse I need to get on a different kick!! I am going to donate this one to a fund raiser. The inside fabric is a tattoo print
 One of the sets of twins born this spring.
 If I can't see her does it mean she isn't there???
 I was the gate opener for Gary the feed guy the other day.

 Trying to get the gate unlocked, could be trouble. There's one in very bunch.
This is a another  purse but is also a gift so will show it later.............JMF

Monday, April 4, 2016

Aprons and cows................

 I made 2 of these little girl aprons for my nephews daughters. I used different fabric on the back side so they could tell them apart.
 I hadn't made any for awhile and forgot how fun they are to make:)

 When I was making the girls their aprons I got a request to make one for a birthday gift. She likes purple so I found this fabric and a couple of coordinating purples for the back, pockets and ruffles.
 I hope she likes it.
 Most days I see a robins sitting on the tip of the branches of these trees most of the time they are on the top one.
 A week ago we moved the cows to the calving pasture..
 I'ts a little more than a mile walk for them. they took their time and they behaved nicely! Turned right in when they got to the gate.

 We got them there just in time. Lots of calves born already a few sets of twins, so far so good.
 Back to the aprons this one goes to the mom of the 2 little girl aprons. She loves to bake and makes the best cupcakes!!
 I found these cute tags so each apron got one.
 I decorated each box with their name. Then stacked them up and tied them together!
 I hope they enjoy them as much as I did making them:)
Until next time....................JMF

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sheep, Cattle, and Buffalo and my!!!!!

 Our grandson John wanted some ewes to lamb out. After alot of checking Craigslist and some begging his dad he bought 4 bred ewes! This old girl had triplets it took alot out of her and she took a few days to get going again. She is up and running now.
 He ended up with 7 lambs. These are the first lambs at their place in many years. My aunt and uncle raised sheep on this farm for many years. I plan on printing a picture out for Arlene, I'm sure it will bring back lots of memories for her.
 They are a wild bunch. The ewes came from Wy so not to used to people:)
 The back pen has his bottle lambs.
 The weather has been great for walking so I took my camera with me the other day.
 In a few days all these girls need to go to the calving pasture. We have had 2 calves already. One this morning, John spotted it on their way to school, and called Greg's cell to tell him about it that it was up but looked wet and cold. Mom and calf are in the barn now.
 Greg locked the buffalo up and even though they have plenty of room and feed they want to go back to the other side of the fence. It's always greener you know:)
 I think they just check everyday to see if the gate is open.
One of the fall calves soon they will be weaned and their mom's will be checked to see if they will have calves again in the fall. A farmer/ranchers work is never done......................JMF

Sunday, March 20, 2016

On our way home................

 We took Hwy 34 all the way home from the Hills. The first stop was Man Heaven!!
Cammack Supply in Union Center. A rancher dream everything he would need.
Railroad ties for fencing, corral panels rows and rows of them.

Some call these auto gate I call them cattle guards. They are buried in the ground in the opening to your pasture a pickup can drive over it but the cows can't  walk over it.
Portable cattle working equipment.
Bale feeders and so much more. We didn't stop in at the store maybe next time.
Before we left Union Center we visited Richard and Steve Harwood. They used to come to our place and a couple of our other neighbors places to hunt pheasants. Then our guys would go out there to hunt deer. It has been a friendship that has lasted decades.
Rolling hill almost all the way home. The best part was hardly any traffic

It seemed like we saw more cattle on the way out and back than we have seen other years.

Heifer time:)

Calving has gone good this winter unless you add up the lost hours of sleep!

Another purse.

I used the side of a blue jean leg for the side of this purse.
Then I used some farmer fabric for the inside of it...........JMF