Updates Soon…

I’m terribly sorry I have not  been a good blogger lately. We have gone from, “nothing going on” to “evacuated from a devastating fire”. Not the best transition as far as needing a little excitement on the farm. Currently, we know nothing about the progress of the fire, but as of Sunday, our house was spotted as still standing. The whole of our town has been burned to the ground, however, and life will be very different from here on out. We have not been allowed back home since a last-second evacuation a week ago.

The Butte Fire, here in Calaveras county, California has burned over 71,000 acres and over 210 homes have been counted as lost. We are currently at 37% containment. Numbers on constantly changing.

If you care to check in on our fire, we live in the tiny town of Mountain Ranch… Pretty much the center of the ominous red blob on the fire map. We were able to get ourselves (the humans), Hänsel, the goats, and the sheep out safely, but were unable to evacuate the turkeys, chickens, or Cami’s pet Angora rabbit. Ironically, we are staying with family in the very 1/4 acre we left over a year ago. The hoofed creatures are in the makeshift refugee camp/vacant garden.

Once the road closures are lifted and we return home, I will be sure to update you. Until then, we are waiting, watching the news like all of you.

Mokelumne River

we are in a severe, severe drought here in California, but our neighboring Mokelumne River still has water in it. Mostly that means that everyone and their brother plays in the river on weekends. Once in awhile, or if you get there early enough, there is a break in the people and you can find a secluded spot. Even better is when your five-year old catches three gigantic fish. 

Rainbow trout? Salmon? I’m not really sure. All that matters is how good they taste grilled up with some lemon and butter. Next time I plan to make some creamy fish chowder to pour into a sourdough bread bowl. Yum! Now I’m hungry.


New Chick on the Block

What do ya know, two of our hens went broody and actually managed to hatch some bebes. Last year I might have micro managed the whole brooding/hatching process too much. So this time I just let the hens be. Obviously, not being a helicopter-chicken-mom was a good bet, because we have two tiny chicks walking about.

The broody hens are very protective of the chicks (good sign) and are still sitting on the rest of the clutch of 18 or so eggs. Hopefully we will see more and more hatching in the next couple days. I will be maintaining my hands-off method though. It’s easier than purchasing and running an incubator anyhow.