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Around the Farm

24 Jul

I think I’ve decided that the three goslings who hatched this spring are two girls and a gander.

Just some more of the goats.

The goats in pasture

Aladdin and Jasmine

Sidney feeding Thunder (and Lightning in back)

Coral eating those horrible thorny plants

The bucks seem to be starting to come into rut.  Oh lovely smells.



We have had some beautiful sunsets recently.  This is partly due to the smoke in the air with the wildfires out west.

sunset over the beans

Another sunset in pasture

I’m going to try to improve on this windmill picture.

It’s been a while since I did much wandering around the farm just to take some pretty pictures.  The deer has made that pretty easy though.

It really doesn’t have any fear of me.  It’s heard me and smelled me since it was born.

I try to stay a respectful distance, and it doesn’t seem to care.

I do think it’s found the bucket of water I put out there.  That’s a good thing since we’re still hot and dry.

A Meal for a Queen

16 Mar

It does my heart good see the goats out in pasture nibbling on the new shoots of green grass.

Minnie Pearl

Minnie Pearl

Minnie was checking out the old fallen red elm tree.


Goats like to nibble on wood.  It’s good fiber and roughage.


Oh, Minnie.  Maybe we’ll just focus on Casey while you pig out.


Really.  You shouldn’t chew with your mouth open like that.

Wood_3643ewsSuch manners from the herd queen!

I would love for you to come back and join me for Friday’s Hunt.  The items for this week are at the top of my side bar.  I’ve also added a tab at the top with a more in-depth explanation.

Today, I’m sharing with Jenny for Warm Heart Wednesday.

Xylem and Phloem

2 May

I’ve seen my share of xylem and phloem around here lately. The trees below went down in storms years ago, and the one on the left is my bridge across the drainage ditch.  The goats like it too!

The blue spruce below went down in a storm last year.  Basically, xylem is the wood of a tree.

Both xylem and phloem make up the vascular system of a tree.  The xylem carry water and dissolved minerals from the roots to the rest of the tree, while phloem carry sugar from the leaves to the rest of the tree.

The xylem live for only one year, and new xylem are grown each year from the cambium.  The dead xylem are seen as the rings of a tree when it is cut down.

As the tree grows the inner rings of xylem become the heartwood, and the outer rings of xylem are sapwood.  New xylem are produced each year by the cambium.

The phloem, on the other hand, remain alive.  They create the inner layer of bark.

Xylem add strength to a tree.

Of course, certain insect infestations can bore into the tree and cause it to die.

There’s plenty of dead trees from insects (Redwood trees all died) and storms around here.  I hope I don’t see any new trees come down this year. 

Linking to Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday.  This week it’s all about the very challenging letter X.  I’m also linking this to Rural Thursday hosted by Nancy at A Rural Journal and Lisa at Two Bears Farm.