I have to say, I cherish the memories we create when we make our wines.  I really enjoy the time spent with my family.

wine in rack

bottles of wine in the winerack

I’m pretty sure I never gave my son and nephews permission to grow up and get their own lives, but they seem to be doing just that.

corking wine

Corks, bung and airlock, carboy handle, filling a bottle

That’s why it’s really special time when we get together.

using the autosiphon

Brandon running the autosiphon as we filled the bottles

We all laugh and sample the wine, and if Chris is back from his job in Indiana, I might sample a bit too much and get really giggly.

homemade wine

The little bit of chapel that didn’t get bottled

We might keep my mom up past her bedtime and me past mine.

corking wine

Corking wine with my nephew Brandon

It’s all good.

racking wine

Racking the apple plum wine

We’re making memories so that we can look back and smile.

carboys of wine

The wines we have left to finish. Blackberry Mead, Madilyn’s Delight, Apple Plum and Mirth

It’s sharing good times.


The winerack my dad made filled with the wine we bottled last night.

I hope someday, they’ll look back and remember these good times.

Sharing at Song-ography where the song is Nickelback’s Photograph.  I’m also sharing with Macro Monday 2, Monday Mellow Yellows, and Mosaic Monday.

Moving the Big Boys

In keeping with my weekend task of moving all the animals around, I thought I’d share the last of my moves.  MJ has been on the front pasture with the non-mom goats, but he has a really hard time getting around, and there’s no way he can walk and eat enough.  He can’t go on the Back Forty with the cows because he’d try jumping them and finish himself off.

steer and goats in pasture

I decided to give him a section of the cattle lean to and then give him the area north of my barn.  The llama is annoyed because he had taken to chasing MJ away from the food and then napping on that big pile of hay.

cattle lean-to on barn

It’s big enough for him to have plenty of exercise, but it’s small enough I can easily feed him grain and hay and keep a water tub filled for him.  He also has a salt/mineral block.

steer eating hay

old steerI did remember to block the entrance to the small lean-to. If he tried going in there, we’d have to tear it down to get him out.


I did remember a couple of things I had to remove from the lean-to also.  Blaze was glad I remembered her kids.

sleeping goat kids

It’s also close enough that I can give him a lot of attention!  That’s a good thing!

steer licking hand

I also had my two big bucks shut in the small paddock off the front pasture.

billy goats

It takes a lot to shut them in somewhere.  My red gate is good, but they are sometimes even better at getting out.  They tend to butt things and even managed to completely loosen the panel so I had a little girl join them in there.  Yikes!

shut gate

I used some specialist equipment to fix that problem.  Twine is as handy as duct tape!

twine knot

They were turned out onto the front pasture, since all the other goats are now on the Back Forty.  Of course, you have to stop and try to rub some of that winter coat off on your way out to pasture.  They all seem to think it’s fun to rub against the fences.

buck rubbing on gate

Finally, a random sleeping kid.

sleeping kid

Everyone has been moved for the summer.  Easy peasy!

The Good. The Random. The Fun.  I’m also sharing with Macro Monday and Ruby Tuesday 2.

Touring the Back Forty

I decided to take the long route to check on Norma Jean yesterday, through the Back Forty.  I was still waiting for the frost to disappear and the melting to start so I could work on chipping my gates free of ice.  It’s a long hard job clearing the gates.  (This shot is from this morning’s frosty start.)

frosty fence post

I enjoyed the walk though, and didn’t think about it at all.  Looking to the east, it really looked like spring.



To the west, you can’t tell spring has made its appearance.

snowy fence

Down on the bottom, all the snows are melting leaving large areas of water.  When I was a kid, I loved to walk/slide through those puddles.  Of course, I ususally ended up falling in the middle of it.  I decided I was old enough (and carrying a camera) that I probably shouldn’t try it.

melting snow

early spring in pasture

Snows are melting and running beneath the snow pack.  Soon the ditch will be full.


I enjoyed the early afternoon waxing moon, so pale and pretty.

waxing moon

After my leisurely walk to check Norma Jean, I did make some progress on the gates, and I’m hoping to get them open and goats moved to prepare for kidding.

Sharing with Monday Mellow Yellows, Blue Monday, Macro Monday 2, and Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

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