Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sleeping Around

I got this in an email today.....

It's ALWAYS the kids that suffer. His name is Zonkey

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Upcoming Small Acreage Events

I just received this from Erin Harwood, the Small Acreage Program Coordinator for WSU Clark County Extension -

1) Small Acreage Expo - save the date!
2) Sustainable Small Acreage Living Workshop
3) GreenGate Farm Tour
4) Well and Septic Maintenance Workshop

Small Acreage Expo - 5th Annual Save the date! Saturday April 17th 9 am to 3 pm Battle Ground
Great classes on pastures, manure management, composting, weed control, chainsaw maintenance, rain barrels, beekeeping, chickens, business planning, and much more!! Further details available soon!

Sustainable Small Acreage Living - Tuesday March 23 6:30 to 8:30 pm CASEE Center, Brush Prairie
Learn to create an efficient property layout, protect natural resources, establish property management goals, manage water on your property, protect soil and improve its fertility, reduce chore time, and save money. Additional support for this event provided by Clark Conservation District.

Small Acreage Tour: GreenGate Farm - Saturday March 27 10 am to 12 pm Battle Ground
Come see unique manure disposal, pasture rotation, interesting guttering, and mud reduction. Learn how the owners run a small horse business. Gain valuable ideas for your property and take home great reference materials. Additional support for this event provided by Clark Conservation District.

Well and Septic Maintenance Workshop - Wednesday April 7 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Clark County Fire & Rescue, Dollars Corner
21609 NE 72nd Ave, Battle Ground
Learn from local experts how to properly maintain your septic system, prevent costly repairs, and protect your drinking water from contamination. Connect with local experts to have your questions answered. Additional support for this event provided by Clark County Public Health.


Call (360) 397-6060 ext. 0 to register for any event and for directions

All events sponsored by the Small Acreage Program, a joint partnership between WSU Clark County Extension and the Clark County Clean Water Program.

Erin Harwood
Small Acreage Program Coordinator
WSU Clark County Extension
11104 NE 149th Street, C-100
Brush Prairie, WA 98606
Phone: 360-397-6060 x7720
Fax: 360-397-6122

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Horses and Kids

What a grand combination.

When we moved to our place sort of in the middle of town, we figured we would have people, especially kids, come to see our horses. God has sent them and we have enjoyed the experience. The kids all seem to come in 2s probably for courage. The latest ‘2’ came on Saturday.

On Friday, I flew back from a month in Texas with our son and his family. They were moving back to Vancouver and I was there to help them pack. Dennis and Eric got in last night with the big Penske truck and two cars. Triann and the grandkids and I flew back.
The journey back took us 12 hours because we were blessed with a friend giving us standby passes. We made all the intended flights but had two plane changes and a 5 hour layover. It was a long day but the price was right and it saved us driving for 4 days.

Ok, long story to explain how tired I was on Saturday when I saw 2 young girls come thru the yard. They had been told that they couldn’t go to the horses without asking first. When I opened the door, they asked if I could teach them how to pet a horse. The last thing I wanted to do right then was go out into the field but how could I turn down a request like that. So out we went. The horses were wonderful and came up to visit for just a bit. We talked about how to watch the ears and to see how they communicate without talking. Also did the safety talk. They enjoyed themselves and I was happy that I had gone out to say hello to my boys.

Later that day, I heard a knock on the door and there were the two girls again. This time they each had a bouquet of daffodils. They wanted to go pet the horses again. I declined this time but gladly accepted the flowers.

What a nice ‘welcome home’ gift and one of the unexpected joys of owning horses.

I just love it!