We have recently returned from our trip to California. We drove the truck pulling our friend John’s trailer and took the scenic route planning a couple of stops along the way. At long last we are getting started on the lowline cattle we have been planning to raise, so our first stop was at Lazy G Lowlines to look at their stock. Glenn and Nancy have been very patient and helpful to us with our many beginner questions. They have a very nice website with lots of information and pictures at http://www.lazyglowline.com/index.htm
This is Dusty our first heifer, she is bred and should calf in May.
We plan to pick her up in March or as soon as we get the fence done! We also looked at the bulls they have available for breeding stock. This is a group of youngsters.
Most of these young bulls are bred from Bluey their red bull imported from Australia. Don’t ask me why a red bull is named Bluey – something about it being a nickname for a red-haired person in Australia?
People always ask us about the size of the lowlines. They are about 60% the size of a standard Angus and no, they are not miniature cattle. Here is a picture to give you an idea. Nancy is not a very tall lady, a little over five feet is my guess.
It is exciting to finally be making progress towards a herd of our own.
We continued on down through Oregon and then down along the Redwood Highway which is a beautiful drive. We stopped for a look around Eureka which is a very quaint, old-fashioned town with fishing boats bobbing in the distance.
Then on to visit Rick’s cousin Mark and his wife Tammie at The Ranch on Salmon Creek. Here is the link to their blog: http://www.theranchonsalmoncreek.blogspot.com/ It was great to see Mark and Tammie again and visit the ranch after many, many years. We also met Eric and his new wife Johanna’s new puppy who really likes playing fetch.
Alas, neither Rick or I can remember the puppy’s name. While Rick and Mark delivered firewood, Tammie and I toured around the ranch in the Kubota feeding cows and taking pictures of the beautiful scenery. Here is the orchard at the upper cabin.
I had forgotten how many hills and dales were on the ranch – and how big it felt compared to ours.
We hadn’t really planned it, but while we were there a friend of theirs told us about some fence posts he had available. We do need fences for the cattle, and we did have a trailer available so. . . Rick and Mark loaded the fence posts on the trailer and we headed on south. We had a nice visit in Bakersfield; saw lots of family and friends and tended to company business. All too soon it was time to load the spa – the reason we pulled the trailer in the first place – and head back.
All we needed to complete the look was Granny in her rocking chair – and you can’t really see the refrigerator and all the other stuff loaded in the back of the truck. Once we got it back up here, we had to get the spa off the trailer. Our favorite neighbor Roger’s tractor came in very handy. What would we do without our friends and neighbors?
So the spa is resting comfortably on a temporary base of – what else – fence posts. I hope we are able to get a pad down and get it hooked up soon. The warm water and jets at the end of the day is one of the things I miss from our lives in Bakersfield – and I think it will feel even better here. Now that the spa is unloaded only the fence posts remain.
We drove around the perimeter of the pasture that needs to be fenced and dropped off a fencepost every few feet. Now we just need to get them installed!
Our dogs, Molly and Grizzly were very patient with us during the whole unloading process. They were here at the ranch while we were gone. We had one of our friends come and feed them and take them for a walk every day, but otherwise they were on their own. You can see some of the sticks they collected from the surrounding woods in our absence.
It was a good trip and nice to see everyone and now we are back at our little ranch trying to get the pasture fenced and ready for cattle. Anyone who would like to put in fences is invited to visit! We will supply all the tools you need 🙂