Friday, September 25, 2015

Now What?

Now that I've ended the Africa Chronicles I feel at somewhat of a loss and I'm not sure where to jump back into my life but its time to get back in the saddle:

We're still pinching ourselves that we were able to experience Africa, but we've got a busy week next week with our Fall Works in full swing and its time to turn our attention back to matters at hand. We had 4 smaller days a few weeks ago and now we're making a full sweep and getting everything weaned and ready for shipping.

This little fella's been hanging around the house and greeting us when we walk out the door in the mornings. DH noticed him and snapped this shot. We've got about 40 cottontails and at least that many jackrabbits scurrying around headquarters, but we've never seen a wild bald faced cottontail:


We've been doing lots of this:

The Cockleburrs have all seeded out and they can no longer be sprayed so we've been making the rounds and pulling the strays:


DH has pretty much eradicated them on the south side of the ranch, The North Camp man is in charge of the north side, but he recently packed up after 3 years and we've come to the conclusion that we will be spending many days spraying cockleburrs next spring on the north side. There are too many to pull now and they are 4-6' tall and just as wide. He and his sweet wife spent many a hour spraying them, but 100 sections is a lot of country to cover! Last Sunday, DH and I spent a beautiful afternoon scouting the edge of water spillways for the invasive weed:

 Meet the newly crowned cockleburr queen...a title I earned by default. :)

We couldn't have asked for a prettier day:

And this little burrowing owl was making the most of it, basking in the sunshine before taking to the skies in search of his supper:

We took a break from our weed pulling duties as the sun began to sink over the horizon:


And DH did a little dove hunting:


Storms were dancing in the west:

Its a pretty good way to close out the day and although Africa was absolutely incredible, home's pretty amazing too.



Pauline said...

There's no place like home!

Judy said...

I would love to be on that much acreage, to see the wildlife and the beauty all around. Being up near the Sierras is nice but for our many trees. It is nice to wake up in a tree house with the chickens chattering, but how we would love about 2 acres. Thank you for your many pictures. I have so enjoyed your pictures from Africa. You made my weeks when you posted them. Have a great week end!

Dorian said...

Ugh, I don't envy you that title, or job. lol. Sorry you lost a worker. What a beautiful sunset!

Tired Teacher said...

I've never seen a cottontail with a blaze face either - interesting.

Cockleburs are difficult to eradicate. They grew in the farm pasture many years ago.

I hope you'll sneak in a few more Africa photos from time to time because I know you took hundreds more than you posted. ;o)

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