Our newest and first steer

I just got back from tagging and banding our newest arrival – Tregger the steer.  I had much help from Mickey Kindred who does most of the more athletic parts.  It was a beautiful spring day and I led the herd down to the gate from way up top with alfalfa treats.  Ernie and Scottie were particularly hungry for them and led the pack all the way down the road.

Once I got Taffy separated from Tregger, we caught Tregger and held him down to tag and band him.  He was only a few weeks old and already very strong and difficult for us to hold down.  But all went well and now we have a steer named after where he will end up – on the Tregger grill.

Bulls are reproducing fathers like Dunnis and Ernie but a Steer has had their testicles removed or banded making them more passive and non-reproducing.  Steers are pretty much good for fattening up and eating when they are fully grown and make excellent meat for the table.

I am slowly growing a herd that is organically (wild) fed for great meat and as entertainment for visiting families to Lifewater Ranch.  Scottish Highlander cattle are among the most gentle and hardy you can find.  Ranchers don’t usually raise this breed because it grows about half as fast as a good Angus breed.  At Lifewater Ranch, we take our time and let nature give us her best when the time is right.

Scottie is half Jersey and is a bull.  Scottie’s mother was lost while giving birth to Scotties younger sibling.  He is owned by the Kindreds and I imagine will be in the freezer by winter.

Dunnis and Ernie are both bulls and are available for breeding for a small fee.

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LWR – an escape from eSmog

I just finished watching this rather dry video with vital information.  One reason I moved out to the boonies was to escape the microwave smog we have in our cities.  I had an acute sensitivity to this as I worked at Microsoft as a programmer and could see how things were trending.  5G is such a compelling technology that our own government is pushing it on us without consideration for non-thermal health effects.  A good friend’s daughter just died of a brain tumor in weeks at the age of 40.  This is a common side effect of cell phone usage and too much exposure to Wi-Fi.

At my home (Lifewater Ranch) in Idaho, all my PCs are connected wired.  I have Wi-Fi available for guests that want it but I can completely secure that and I can also easily turn off the entire PC infrastructure which I often do at night when I am sleeping.

I do have a smart-meter but it is located behind the shop some 150′ away from the house.  I am seriously considering having it removed.  Since my land line no longer works I will be removing all the phones from the home as well.  Guests can still use their cell phones but signals are relatively weak out here.

Thus, if you come to stay at LWR, you can chose to escape much of the eSmog you are exposed to in the city and maybe discover if some of your health issues go away by just being here.

To your health!

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Newsletter #5

Hey all, I’ve been busy and so haven’t sent a newsletter since May 10th, 2017!!!  Bout-time I sent one.  Many of you receiving this were subscribed by a bot – this may be good or bad for you.  All those that came in via a bot will only received this one newsletter.  To subscribe to them all in the future visit our website and fill in the subscription form. (http://lifewaterranch.com)

Make a reservation today and enjoy LifeWater Ranch!

Here are links to all the blog posts I have made since the last newsletter – there is always something new going on at Lifewater Ranch – Join us this summer.

Attack of the Chickadees (2) Attack of the Chickadees

Wild Plumbs Thumb Wild Plums!

Thoughts while mowing the lawn Thumb Thoughts while mowing the lawn…

A walk along my creek Thumb A walk along my creek (Lots of pix and a video!)

Spring is the month of surprises Thumb Spring is the month of surprises

More beauty than you can shake a stick at… and we have a lot of sticks too! Thumb.png More beauty than you can shake a stick at… and we have a lot of sticks too! (Lots of pix!)

Our Cattle Love Spring! Thumb Our Cattle Love Spring!

Building a carport for guests Thumb.png Building a carport for guests

Deep fried eggs! Thumb Deep fried eggs!

The Geese have arrived! Thumb The Geese have arrived!

Slime dog millionaire Thumb Slime dog millionaire

What_s this Vibe Thingie Thumb What’s this Vibe Thingie?

A lot is happening this fall here Thumb.png A lot is happening this fall here

Tips on making good burn piles Thumb Tips on making good burn piles

Our first Cancer Cure!!! Thumb Our first Cancer Cure!!!

Lumber for our first new building Thumb Lumber for our first new building

New bird feeder Thumb New bird feeder

Bunk to TrundleThumb.png Bunk to Trundle

WWOOFer Ambasador Thumb.png WWOOFer Ambasador

Our Digital Music Workstation Thumb.png Our Digital Music Workstation

Guest Article 7 Tips for your first fishing trip with the kids Thumb.png Guest Article: 7 Tips for your first fishing trip with the kids

Our First Wedding! Thumb Our First Wedding!

See this article… Thumb.png See this article…

Money Thumb.png Lifewater Ranch GoFundMe Campaign

Can you imagine all this for as little as $150/week for a group of 10 guests?

This is my vision, excellent rest and fun for families at an affordable price!

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Lifewater Ranch is MUCH easier to get to than Fantasy Island!

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Attack of the Chickadees

Attack of the Chickadees (2)

An unusual thing happened today.  One of the chick-a-dees I enjoy feeding wanted to come in through the window.  Repeatedly I heard the distinctive sound of its beak hitting the windowpane as it tried all day to come inside.  Never seen this before and I’m not sure why.  Maybe it was tired of the rain.

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Wild Plums!

This area of Idaho sports several wild fruit trees, the most abundant being plums.

In the spring they offer a wonderful flower that dots the hillsides all over – its a beautiful dance of life!

We harvest our wild plums and make fruit leather out of them.  I have found that if I can mix in a little grape with the plums the leather becomes softer and very tasty.  The vitamin C content is very high giving it a tart and sour flavor so I don’t add any (or at least not much) sugar when making this leather.  It’s usually all gone by mid winter and fall guests are certainly welcome to sample this if they like.

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Thoughts while mowing the lawn…

Weeds blooming at Ranch -smallAs I began to mow our lawn for the first time this year, I noticed how strong the spring dandelions were coming in.  I pulled one very large plant, growing where in the past nothing grew because it was shallow soil above the septic tank, and noticed how rich and soft the soil was.

Many years ago, a caretaker for this place decided to try to make the lawn look like a golf course.  His intentions were good but unfortunately he treated the lawn many times with weed-and-feed herbicides and I have a feeling that he contaminated and damaged the soil from this.

The reason I believe this is because, although my lawn is covered in weeds such as dandelion, queen-annes-lace, chicory, and plantain, my valley has almost none of this.

A few years back we decided to let the chickens have free reign over the lawn for the winter and though they raised the nitrogen levels of the soil significantly, they also favored the weeds instead of the grasses.

As I mow over mats of solid queen-annes-lace and dandelions, I wonder if these edible and medicinal weeds are trying to tell me something.  I wonder if they are really here to renew the soil.  I have found that treating things with chemicals is only a short-term solution to these problems and I don’t want to further poison my soil so I am letting things go naturally.  I may add some grass seed or try a little corn-meal as a way to favor the grasses and see how things go for the next few years.

Meanwhile, I will have an abundant back-up food supply and medicinal cupboard in my back yard if I need it.  The soil should continue to gain nitrogen and get healthier with the tap-root weeds adding nitrogen deeper into the soil.

I may also begin to let my comfrey go to seed to add yet another very productive weed to the mix.  Growing weeds is so much easier but they can take over! 😉

I also noticed as I mowed that I was getting a lot more compost out of each mowing.  Long term I want to add nice perennials to the yard and make it look prettier but I doubt I will ever see the complete absence of weeds.

It may not look as pretty as a golf course, but it should be quite healthy, thick and green.  I’m hoping guests will understand and appreciate the more wild nature of the yard.

Here’s a shot only 4 days after I mowed all the flowers off!  Arghhhh!

Dandy Dandilions

Now, if I can just get rid of the over-abundance of invasive rose bushes on the rest of my 160 acres without chemicals….!

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A walk along my creek

First, lets set the mood.  It’s another beautiful spring day (April) and I hear nothing but the wind in the trees and on my ears and the water gently flowing.  Here’s a short video – just close your eyes and listen!

Now just enjoy all the photos and pretend your here!  No sirens, no beeping of heavy equipment backing up, no traffic noise, just nature and you!

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Fish Pond with our nice bench to enjoy the peace.

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A renter’s dog, Watcher, enjoys walking with me.

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Did I mention we have a little down wood?

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He sets me by still waters…

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One of our stately maple trees – not yet with leaves.

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A rare time when fish pond flows into house pond.

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