Saturday, August 25, 2012

More Digging

These photos so a little of how deep the tractor had to dig to get down to the bottom on the fence across our back yard. About 3 feet. Couldn't beleive that much dirt had drifted against the fence in the 9 years we have been here. Our neighbors was about as deep and they have only been there 6 years. Dug a hole and burried all those sunflowers. My blind horse, Star didn't pay much attention to the tractor. Neither did any of the other horses. I did keep the dogs and cats in the house while it was working so we didn't take any chances on them getting under it.

Taking Down Sunflowers

My neighbor had a huge bunch of wild sunflowers in her yard that had about bloomed theirselves out. She asked my son to take them down with his tractor as it was such a big job to do by hand. So down came the sunflowers. It was even a job for the tractor. But it did displace one little cottontail rabbit. I am sure it was able to find a new home out in the desert under a sagebush.

More Tractor Work

Tractor Work

My son has been here for the past week. It was really good to see him. He brought his big tractor and did a lot of work around our property. He took dirt from one place where it was to deep and put it in other places where it wasn't deep enough. Nothing like living on a moving sand dune.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wood Cutting

Went to mountains for first load of fire wood this year. I want to stay warm this winter. Plus we love getting out like this. There were the nasty yellow flowers that make us sneeze so all over but they did look nice.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Birds & Sunflowers

You can see little birds eating sunflower seeds off of my sunflowers. Mostly the little birds are what are commonly called sparrows. It was fun watching them trying to hang upside down to get to the seeds because the heads of the sunflowers are so heavy they were hanging over. After they get tired of the seeds they go to my peaches and apples.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Saturday, August 04, 2012


I heard this little scaled quail calling and calling the other morning so went out and took his (or her) photo. First it sat in the old, dead cactus then it made its way to the ground and just walked off. These are called scaled quail as the feathers are supposed to look like the scales on a fish. (dumb) We have lots of these quail here. They are one of the few birds I really like but they aren't that smart or so it seems. They frequently run out in front of cars. If one goes the whole flock goes. I keep water for them in metal hubcaps. They like their water on the ground and not very deep. I tried a deeper pan once and the tiny puff-ball babies drowned. I was so sad I had caused their death. They got in and couldn't get out. Now only very shallow pans for the quail.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Peach Tree

With the weight of peachs and some wind the top of the tree broke. We proped it up with sawhorses and boards. But then the birds started eating on the peaches and the apples. We tried hanging plastic bags in the trees thinking the moving bag would scare off the birds. NOT. They are still taking a good peck out of each one. How do the people that grow them for market keep the birds out. Oh but our little bags look like cute little ghosts in the trees after dark.