“Become dust - & they will throw thee in the air; Become stone - & they will throw thee on glass." Muhammad Iqbal *Beyond the bushes, boiling with dust, is 4Shoes West boundary road.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Crackerjack Hunter

Am I boring you with Chancy baby pictures?
Let's be real, that's not even a legitimate question, because, I am not about to stop. 
Best farmdog on the planet, Saint, takes issue with magpies. Can't explain it, she just despises those birds, and she is a crackerjack hunter.
1 magpie down, 5 more to go (if the Saint has any say).

Monday, 9 July 2018

Baby Pictures

The Saint is always watching out for our stock; from the chickens to the cattle, she takes her job of guarding them very seriously. Am I the only one who thinks it's so cute how Saint & 1 week old Chancy are basically the same size?

8 day old Chancy is small enough to walk under the hotwire & enjoy the wild grasses & flowers. Just look at his spotted ears and that tiny white flag on the end of his tail!
His EYELASHES for days y'all! I just can't. even.

You can tell, Chancy thinks he is hawtstuff already.
Oh, be still my heart.

Monday, 2 July 2018

What's Shakin'

If you've been wondering what's been going down at the 4Shoes lately, let me just catch you up. 
Meet handsome young Mishka, a Dexter steer. I've heard it said that once you go black... Well, nevermind. Notice who is in the background, silently resenting the little grain-eating machine?
He arrived here already named; I think his name might be russian for 'BigTasty', but don't quote me on that. Besides being nice to look at, Mishka is quite friendly & likes a good face scratching. Pretty sure Padre hates his guts though.  
The Herefords have finally realized that Mishka is not a black bear! Mishka is easy going, definitely nothing like a bear, & he's not too tough to pick out of the crowd. 
Betty, who thinks she is as big as an elephant, has been camera shy this summer. I think she looks stunning. 
Construction of a new pen up near the barnyard began. I got the easy jobs - driving & drilling; Mr Shoes took the hard job - bossing me around. He enjoyed it immensely.

Thankfully, it was mostly good weather for fencing - a little overcast & not too many bugs out. 
Harley consulted on the job.
Fencing by the light of the moon.
Believe me, it's not as romantic as I make it sound.

Rails up, gates installed, looking good! Multi-way swinging gates serve to make the area into 1 or 2 pens, as called for by the situation.
Phase #1 of 'ProjectPen' only needs a good coat of used oil to preserve the railings.
Phase #2... Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. Suffice to say, there is more to come. 
Here, quietly grazing, is Betty on June 28th.

June 30th - Look who Betty brought to dinner tonight!
Healthy bull calf, 4Shoes Fat Chance - 'Chancy', for short. 
And here is Annie, watching Betty demonstrate motherhood, patiently waiting her turn.