One Week Old

The puppies are officially one week old now and subtle differences are starting to appear. Some are bigger, they range in weight now from 1 lb 14 oz all the way to 2 lbs 12 oz, their coats are changing, and their pads and noses have begun to fade to black. Some of the puppies…

Busy Busy

Summer means busy days, at work and on the farm, so much to do (and of course I want to do it all) and so very little time to do it. Amanda patiently waits for dinner It occurs to me that I haven’t shared very many photo since my wonderful Teeswater joined the flock. She…

Tent City, Bug Lights, And Sheep That Go Moo

Living in Alaska teaches optimism, flexibility and versatility. On the first of April our low temperature was about 17* and on the first of May the high was 72*. Thirty days makes a big difference. The ice is melted the mud is dried up (here at least) and the sheep are battling the heat. The…

Wide Load

Being pregnant is hard work, and there really is no end to the “funny” comments from friends and loved ones. In keeping with this tradition, I must say that I’m highly entertained by how broad the ewes are getting. I giggle every time I watch Matilda walk as her long coats emphasizes the protruding midsection….

I Must Be Dreaming

Since I was a little girl I’ve dreamed of owning a draft horse. I vacillate between Percherons and Belgians but one or the other is always part of that dream. This morning I woke up to find the dream had come true. I have one of each living in my very own pasture. Never mind…

House Guests

Well, they aren’t actually in the house, but they are our honored guests. Earlier today word went out that a friend’s barn had burned and some horses needed to be temporarily fostered.  After some minor modifications to the pasture we greeted our new friends, Honey and Fate. It was a bitter-sweet day. The wonderful old…

Hello Dolly!

This little bit of sunshine is coming to Tower Ranch from Ovelha Acres in just 4 short weeks.

I Love My Livestock Guardians

Watching my dogs work is always so amazing to me. Many people see the big white dogs laying in the sun and think they are pets. This is true and false, they are more like co-workers, the farm’s security detail. They are like a super sensitive alarm with built-in theft deterrent system and a quicker…

Fall Colors

It was a beautiful night, the late day sun hi-lighted the mountain above our farm and all the trees with their amazing fall colors. Some people think farming in Alaska is hard. Sometimes it is, but on nights like this, it’s heaven on earth.

Hay Day

After a long hard drought followed by unending rains Alaska hay farmers are left with less than half the crop they usually raise. This is causing quite the panic among Alaska livestock owners. Today was a great day at Tower Ranch because we got all 6 huge round bales of hay that we need to make it…