A few of the trees look like they are starting to turn and mornings are feeling a bit crispy. The mules are starting to show longer hair and they seem to be the experts on weather around here. :-) The weather is still quite warm, but I'm afraid my pool days are numbered as the days are getting much shorter. :-(
We had 2 more Murray Grey calves born in August... both bulls. We named them Ruger and Remington.:) Ruger was born August 10th and weighed 55 lbs. Remington was born August 28th and weighed 56 lbs. Both are doing well and so are their moms, Nellie Belle and Lana. This has been a heavy bull calf year with only two Murray Grey heifers born and five bull calves.
Yesterday we separated the girls from the boys, as some of them are getting big enough to come in to season. We also weaned Hershey from her mom, Dolly. Hershey is NOT a happy camper and continues to tell us all about it.
We think she's big enough and certainly old enough to wean, don't you? LOL
We bought two new calves at the sale barn in Tahlequah yesterday to put on Dolly, along with Biscuit. One is a little Brangus cross heifer about 2 weeks old and the other is a week old Charolais bull calf. Both were hungry by the time we got them home and were ready to eat. They seemed very happy with fresh, creamy Guernsey milk!
The end of summer and beginning of Fall is a busy time around the place. Going back to work full time after having most of the summer off is hard. The garden is still producing; all the chores, mowing, and maintenance still need to be done - even with the shorter days. Most evenings you'll find us outside as soon as we get home from a full day of work... mowing, watering, feeding, and doctoring until dark. Then we head inside for dinner, a quick shower, and some sleep. Up at 4:30 the next morning to do it all again. :-)
Our lifestyle is certainly our choice and we love it - even with all the hard work that it takes to keep it all going. :-)
The satisfaction of growing most of the food we eat and raising healthy, happy critters is well worth the time and effort that we put into our lives.
We sincerely wish more folks were able to live this wonderful life; to have the enjoyment and satisfaction of caring for all the wonderful gifts of nature we receive.
Enjoy the Fall!
Russell Ranch is located in beautiful NE Oklahoma, just a few miles from the Illinois river in Green Country. There are lovely rolling hills, lots of wonderful lakes and rivers, and forests full of wildlife.