Thursday, March 24, 2011

old friends...

Visit today from lots of cows and new calves...including old friends Beatrice and Marlys with their '11 progeny.  I just named the new alpha cow ( the only one Benita will back down from) after my friend and Field Lab visitor - "Porter" Palmer.  Her pigment lacking white calf is named Bill. 
Did the split shift again today....moved one load of sand in the morning - some quality time at the GrubShack - laundry (at the laundromat - too hot for the bike'o'worsher) - more quality time at the GrubShack - then a final load of sand to prep the pad for the SE watertank.  81,93,54,0,B

17 comments:

Wm. Pugh said...

I am glad the cows are happy! Seen a bull or just cows?

George said...

That looks like a dry-stacked concrete block wall in the one picture. What type of foundation are those blocks sitting on?

I ask because I am thinking of buying down there and was thinking the ground might be hard enough that a shallow rubble-trench foundation might be able to support a concrete block wall.

Even though I am just up in Abilene, I have never been to that area of Texas... so when you have time, would appreciate some info.

old dollar said...

Nice company from your visitors...bet it helps from being lonesome and picks your spirits up while sweat is driping off your nose....really enjoy the pic's!

John Wells said...

Terlingua ranch has all kinds of soil types....mine is mostly rock.

George said...

So the blocks are sitting directly on the ground... or on some kind of concrete footing?

Allen Hare said...

George, you can go back to the beginning of this blog and read exactly how John did everything you're seeing here. It will take a little while to do, but the time is well spent, the journey is rewarding.

John, them's some handsome cows. I'm still amazed by the impressive horns they have. The background in photo one looks like a mini tank town.

Gaelyn said...

Is there a Marlys coffee mug? I now here namesake.

Peter said...

George, April 10, 2009 was the beginning of the wall you asked about. Over the following few months John did a great job of documenting exactly how he did it.

kathleen said...

Got to watch you hang your unmentionables out to dry whilst I diced and chopped fixins' for dinner last night. That was pretty cool!!

Greetings from The State for Lovers!!

linda said...

Did Benito die?

John Wells said...

Im not sure....but I think Benito may have been sold.

Audrey said...

Bill will be beautiful when he grows up! Love the all white and then coloration on his legs! :)

George said...

Okay, thanks. Had no idea there was so much documentation and got my question answered while digging through the archives.

Really nice and I appreciate the time and effort it took, and takes, to keep this blog updated.

A true inspiration, especially for others who are looking to buy in the area.

I'm only an 8-hour drive from there and this makes me want to come down and check things out for myself.

Thanks, again, for the work you put into this blog.

Dizzy-Dick said...

Maybe Banito was the father of one of those calves. Then we can call you grand-dad John. :-)

marzdeste said...

just found your blog after being delighted by the article in the NYT's. i'm inspired to look for land and build an art utopia. as i'm a californian i supposed i'll be looking towards the sierra foothills. something just clicked in me. I can and want to do this.
thanks for the pics and inspiration.

JLP said...

JW: I am going to be in your area in the next day or two. How do I contact you for a tour?
JLP

John Wells said...

JLP....send me an email