A Slow Cow Move



A great year for pasture.  The   vacationers complain, but the cows are full.   Brent is moving the herd to the back of the farm.  They left Colorado 2 and are now munching Colorado ( our mile-high paddock ).



After a pep-talk, they finally walked through the lane.  Once there, they complained a bit because Colorado is not as good as Colorado 2.  Though they got munching pretty quickly.




This is Jiggy. Short for ” Just A Gigolo. ” He’s been here for a few days getting to know the farm and the cats and the cows and the chickens and the kids. And the Lumi. Oh the Lumi.  We’ve not seen Jiggy without a wet, slobbery head. Poor dear. Lumi LOVES chewing Jiggy. Saves him from chasing his tail and chewing his foot ( a pastime Lumi picked up after Tosca died ). Lumi spends most of his time chewing or snoozing with Jiggy.

Underneath all that slobber is a lovely pup.  He’s a sweetie.  He likes to greet you in the morning and chew on your robe while you make coffee.  Okay, while Brent makes coffee for me.



He enjoys his play with Lumi.




He has the snarl of Cujo or the 1978 classic Piranha.



In this photo, if you look cross-eyed, a Golden Retriever will pop out.



Chorale, our resident dog boss, keeps them in line.



Though, as I make breakfast or lunch or just walk through the house, it feels like the “Girl Scout fight” in Airplane the movie.


Calm? What Is Calm?

minty art

A Minty quote. She was questioning The Little Book of Calm. Calm for me is a child’s drawing. I printed out some photos in super-draft-cheap-arse ink setting. Minty used it as a color page. I love the result. Today has been a calm day. Always a dash of drama what with new pups or customer orders or cow moves, but calm.

Minty chose this edition of Little Book of Calm.



Orange blossom is nice and all, but I’m loving the “Ignore Small print.”  Words to live by.

Chopped Liver



First night with our new friends.  Resident teen chops some grass-fed liver for a late night snack.


Lumi is quite pleased getting to know other canine beings.  Je t’aime, the perky little calf, has been his BFF since Tosca died.



Jiggy and Lumi roll with it.  Each snooze with their own, individual style.


A New Pup In The Hallway Office



Lumi chills by my side after lunch when I sit and do computer work.  He’s been doing that since he was a dorky pup.  Today we have some new guests on the farm.  Chorale, an older bitch, has come ’round to check things out to see if this lifestyle will suit her.  Kids, cows, chickens, cats, loud, quiet, loud.  She certainly settled for after-lunch computer time.

Lumi has perfected the siesta in the hallway office.



He also has a talent with getting those pesky barn cats out.



We also have a smaller monster around.  More on that later.

Road Trip With Dad



Otto went with Brent to deliver some beef in Narbonne.  Otto took a few shots along the way.

Some hay.



A busy city road.  An old iPhone snugged against a French flag.



A roundabout.



More city streets.



Yes, that is a Croc ( well a Froc ) you see before you.


Our Farm


Before the villa.  Before my new office in the hallway.  Before the pasture.  Before the cows.  Before the crazy kids.  Before the crazy Americans.


This photo was taken by a flying deal. We know people who fly deals, so maybe we shall grab another shot.  But. what a difference.  Vines gone, cows grazing, villa adding life and food to families.  Pasture very green.  Working on a “no hay” system.  It takes patience and careful management.  A great year for green in the summer.






Like Playing Pétanque With A Retriever


Otto wanted to play Pétanque last night.  This is the game where you chuck a small ball as base and then chuck bigger balls at it to see who lands the closest to the base.  When Brent and I walk through the fields, we pick up rocks as we see them and toss them to the fence post to keep them off the field and easy pickup later on.  Chucking limestone at a fence post has similar rules to Pétanque.  You want to be the one who gets close to the fence post.

This game is great fun for a boy or a girl or a retriever.  Lumi chased the balls, but managed to leave the balls after they landed.



I’m not sure how he maintained such discipline.  He’s mad with the tennis ball.



Maybe he’s playing Fantasy Pétanque and keeping close eye on the score.



Marrow 2014



Every year we get a giant zucchini.  I usually cut it in half, scoop out and fill with inside zucchini, peppers, bacon, onions, garlic, tomato and some ground beef covered in melty cheese.


Here is Minty with the 2014 model.



This is the year I was pregnant with Z and the kids made a baby Quattro with the giant zucchini.  They tucked it in bed.  Sssssh.

Baby the Large Zucchini


Here is baby Mint Mint posing with the 2011 edition.

a very big zucchini

Lucy with Marrow 2010
big zucchini

Poor kids.  Ug, mom wants me to hold a giant zucchini and take a picture … geez.