I have a wonderful friend who is a Willow shaper. This spring he built the wooden legs for the patio table and then last week he arrived with "Julia's Chair." Made for reading, the seat is extra deep and wide so that I curl my feet up on it with good book and a cup of tea. So far I haven't actually managed any reading in it... but maybe, if I'm lucky, I might read something in it before October...
Lucky it's time to start the AI program... your beach ready figure needs some work...
We turned the bulls out for the summer. They were especially naughty coming in this year to get sorted, somehow managing to flatten two fences and leading us on merry chase. At least they will be happily entertained for the next two months!
Andrew and I are growing our first garlic crop this year and last week we picked the blossoms off before they flowered. I had no idea how magnificent and fanciful a garlic blossom was.
A pair of Wrens decided to move into the little bird house on top of my potting bench this spring. At first they were quite aloof, but now they are going more confident and opinionated, even watching as I go about watering the garden pots.
Those loose lower lips... Always a good sign.
In June I was lucky enough to attend the CCUNESCO Canadian Biosphere Reserves AGM in Manicouagan-Uapishka Biosphere Reserve as the representative from the Waterton Biosphere. The conference was focused on the topic of reconciliation and co-buidling sustainability. It was fascinating and I've come home with a whole new understanding of what reconciliation can mean on an individual, community and national level.
It was also a lot of fun to visit Quebec for the first time. Baie Comeau and the surrounding area are beautiful and I hope to go back.
June always does seem to fly by at the Ranch. Everything has to happen, everyone is busy and before we know it, we're already well into July. It's been a beautiful start to summer at the ranch and with today's rain, July is looking mighty fine to.
The 2017 replacement heifers enjoying a second year rye/triticale/clover blend we are experimenting with.
We branded in June. The weather was tricky that week, but we managed to sneak it in over two days between the rain. Afterwards I'm always overwhelmed with gratitude for so many things. Happy cows, healthy calves, green grass, rain, a great horse, the best dog, this little slice of paradise that I call home. But most of all, I am grateful for the incredible people in my life. Those who could make it to our branding and those who couldn't. I am so lucky to be part of an amazing community who live both near and far.
The other big news in June... our favourite Swede officially became a CANADIAN! We celebrated with rice crispy squares and a Happy First Birthday singalong at branding.
Trotting along, right into July.
You know you have an exceptional mare when... You can saddle her up for her second ride of the year, on a blustery day, realize you've forgotten her bridle, and just head out with a halter instead. Lolita is a gem.
I usually end up taking photographs with the mountains as a backdrop, but the view to the East has its own charms.