April 16, 2010

Home on the Range

Yeah, I know...I've been neglecting this blog the past five months or so. But with our new start here in Oregon, I thought I'd revisit it and use it to share some of our adventures living here on the ranch. This will be a pretty quick post, without much explanation, but there will be more to follow in the weeks to come.

One of our blossoming cherry trees. The grassy area directly behind the tree (between it and the next fence) is the proposed garden plot. Sonja's been busy clearing all the pruned branches and various detritus from the area in anticipation of breaking ground in a few days.

The house! This is the front view with one of our little arches. The garden is behind the big tree to the left.

Soon there will be green things galore filling the space behind Sonja. And no, we didn't get a new dog. This is one of our landlord's pups...a really sweet Aussie named Quigley. I think you can see the ranch horse, Ghost, behind the chicken coop in the background.

This is the view of the house from across the John Day River. The white building is the house, the large, red-roofed building to the right of it is the garage/shop, and you can see Ghost munching on his hay to the right of that. Highway 19 passes along the base of the hill behind the house.

This is the bridge across the river that we use to get to our landlord's house. The water is pretty high right now with all the snowmelt, but I expect that it will get much lower as the summer progresses.

And here is Ghost. We are looking forward to exploring the hills around the house on his back. He's a real sweetie without a saddle on, so I'm hoping that he's the same with one.

So there you go, the first batch of photos from our new home in Oregon. We are both totally in love with it and can't wait to start making the house our home and exploring the countryside. I'll be posting more pictures on here and in Facebook in the coming weeks...much more frequently when we finally get internet access.


Anonymous said...

WONDERFUL to see you blogging again Paul!!!!!!! Keep it up!!!!
We are SOOOO excited for our visit with you guys in July!!!!
LOVE you both!
Janine & the family

Joann said...

What a beautiful place. A chance to try out the ranching life! Expect to sample some lettuce when we come to visit :) We wish you comfort and peace in your new home on the range.
Love, Mom & Dad

Mel said...

Hi Paul!
It is good to know that you are ok and enjoy your new home.
As you know, we are also starting over here in Cusco, it's not easy but we keep on going :)
Hope to see you guys soon! Give Sonja a big kiss from me, please.
Take care!!

Anonymous said...

These pictures look SO DIFFERENT now that we have actually BEEN THERE!!!! I know what is beyond the frame!!! :o)
WE ALL REALLY MISS YOU GUYS & THE RANCH!!!!! Can we come back next week??? :o)
Hugs~ Janine