Thursday, June 30, 2011


We have company!

Yup, Sake and Sitka are back, so we now have FOUR ESKIMOS for a couple days - poor Jack is SO outnumbered!

Well, we know he really loves it!

Time for a water break!

Oh, Barclay's got his eye on the next target!

Run, Navi! Barclay is going to get you!

She can protect herself!

 Sake gets into it by grabbing his brother by the tail!

I love this shot of Barclay.

And this one of Sake!

Sitka couldn't hold still for pictures, he was too busy!

And off they go again!!


Monday, June 27, 2011

Busted, again

Our 'new' lawnmower had a catastrophic failure a couple days ago. It started by throwing a belt. I replaced the belt and couldn't see anything wrong, but when Dave took it for a test run it started making horrible noises, so I took another look and found the bearing had blown apart on the big double pulley that runs the deck.

That assortment of bearings, snap rings, and spacers on the floor is what used to be the bearing assembly. The pulley itself got pretty chewed up too, so I ended up buying a new pulley as well. A bit of shopping around on the net brought the price from about $175 down to $120. I just have to figure out how it all goes together when the new parts arrive.

Just one more thing to keep me from working on the pony...


Friday, June 24, 2011

Fluff and Fangs (but it's all in good fun)

Barclay, the great white shark

I was playing fetch with the dogs, when I held the ball over Barclay's head and he gave me this hilareous look, with his eyes rolled back and his tounge lolling out to one side, and I thought - that would make an awesome picture, I'll go get my camera!

Things are never that simple!

Ball thrower in one hand, camera in the other, ask Barclay to wait, navi is in the background doing that super loud, super high pitched bark which means THROW IT THROW IT THROW IT THROW IT!

** CRUNCH **

Drop it! Now, WAIT!...

** CRUNCH **

Now, wait...

** CRUNCH **

** CRUNCH **

** CRUNCH **

The picture I was trying to get?

Sorta like this...


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Birds and The Bees

Just having a little fun on a sunny morning, laying on my tummy in the grass taking pictures of the bees visiting the clover. Of course the dogs kept wandering by and interrupting the bees, or trying to eat them (now that would have been a great picture) or licking me on the head while I was busy looking through the camera, but it wouldn't be the same without dogs helping, now would it :)

I took a LOT of shots, but none were quite what I was looking for. Bees have a tendancy to be facing the wrong way, or fly away just as you hit the shutter!

And with so many clover flowers, it's hard to get the shot where you can make the bee stand out in the field.

This turned out to bee my favorite of the lot...

I got this shot of a rose, straight out of the camera without any messing with the colors - wow!

And our big locust tree against the cloudy sky.

And these tiny, tiny little flowers, hidden in the grass - these flowers are about a quarter inch across - so tiny!

Barclay, hanging out by the fence. They are so happy to have access to the backyard now that the blackberry vines are gone and I'm not as worried about coyotes hanging out back there, lying in wait.

Navi, digging a hole. She stuffs her face down in the hole and snorts :)

She's happiest when she's getting dirty!


What to do with those giant brush piles I made

The backyard was full of giant prickly brush piles after all my work last week clearing blackberry vines. Now we need to get rid of them. We don't like burn piles, so we prefer to haul them away, but to do that, we have to move them around front. First, get a tarp, and tie it to the tractor. Oh, and a husband is handy to have around too!

After letting the piles dry a few days, they are fairly easy to move. Kind of like velcro - they all stick together. If you're lucky you can just about roll the whole mess onto the tarp.

Away we go! I follow behind and grab the back corner to steer it a bit if necessary, or use my pitchfork to push stray branches back onto the tarp.

All the way around the house and shop...

Line it up with the pile on the driveway, and lift up the tarp to throw the new load on. 

And off he goes for the next pile. I think we moved 5 or 6 piles of brush this way, and now there is a very big pile on the driveway. A friend offered to let us use their farm truck to haul it away, so that's the next step.

It's sure nice to have the back yard all cleaned up and mow-able again!