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S: Our Great Adventure as Farmers in New Castle, Utah

FC: Our great adventure as farmers in New Castle

1: Future home of chickens, rabbits, peacocks and engorged squirrels | Outside of the barn | Looking out to the west | Future grazing area of llamas and horses | Capturing the special spirit we always felt in New Castle | Behind these mountains is the reservior we would swim in many times.

2: This would be where the llamas and horses graze... On the other side of the trees, our beloved patio and dog pond...

3: The tree and tire swing that stole my heart

4: It was going to take a lot of work to clean this place up! | A 100 year old home is bound to have some issues, especially in a unique area like this where trash in the yard is common

5: Many critters would call this the front door to their home under the house! | ANTS

6: We just never knew what we were going to find when we came up this road from Las Vegas. There was always some surprise...! | llamas walking down mainstreet | 50Bunnies running amok in Chuck's hay field

7: The plum trees were a magical , green respite from the blazing sun in the summer months. The cellar, although creepy with spiders and who knows what, was a welcome cool spot too, seeing as the house had no air conditioning

8: Our little house on the prairie

10: dreams are forming fast!

11: Wild turkeys! Not to mention, blow snakes! | Hawks!

12: Some of us know how to dress for the weather, some don't...

13: Our first winter in New Castle, January 2008

15: Our first baby llama is born from Myrtle, Harrietta Potter or Juniper | Our first llama is born:! Harrietta Potter (lightning stripe on head) or Juniper for short, mom is Myrtle. | Frank feeding Juniper

16: Frank came to visit and he and Jimmy worked on the not -so- safe tree house and played with the llamas.

17: walking to the frozen lake and walking on the frozen lake...

18: Our happy home away from home!

19: The crackling wires

20: Storm is coming....

21: Storm is clearing...

22: !Welcome little Ranger, ! Our feisty palomino.

23: Charlie gives Mark a stare down, I think Charlie ended up winning.

25: Baby chicks came via the mailman in a box. Only Mark was home, so he was their first mama.! | Just hatched out of the egg! | Spring 2008

26: A remodeled living room and new windows!

28: Mark and Garrett using creative photography

30: Baby chicks grow so fast! This is their first 3 weeks. | the chick raising contraption | in the garage... | Las Vegas

31: One Eye and the"exotic breed, Pasty Bottom

33: 7 weeks old and going to the their new home in New Castle via suburban chicken shuttle. Home at last!

34: llama, llama

36: Jewels found work to do on the farm, She found that she liked catching her tennis ball just as much as in Las Vegas. Even the lizards kept busy.

37: This is the neighbors dog, Griffy. He drove Jewelly crazy, (the unmannered country dog).

38: Frank caught it in the lake! | The patio we loved!

39: th | the patio we loved

41: I laid an egg! | Hey girls! I laid an egg!

43: Now we have bunnies on our farm!

45: Training Ranger

47: enjoying the patio

48: weed warriors

49: Never a shortage of work to be done!

51: fun at the water hole! | NO ball, NO problem! | our little crawdad friend who ate the goldfish and escaped and died in Las Vegas.

52: tiki time! | Building a fire, roasting marshmellows, making smores, telling stories, looking at the stars, listening to owls and cows and coyotes, together

54: harvest

55: We were shocked and amazed at all the giant cucumbers that replenished themselves each week!

56: corny!

57: The corn grew tall and sweet!

58: We used these big tractor tires to hold the hay for the llamas and horses

59: always watching, always waiting for the Daddy...

60: grand-dad and grandma Kitty came to visit

61: Corn festival!

62: yucky corn bug | Bringing in the harvest... | plant it and they will come!

63: Whisper and her tongue | little lizard | Big pumpkin

64: Still harvesting in late September!

65: Loving the swing Big Mark made for my birthday!

66: This concludes the truly magical year of 2008 in New Castle, Utah. Our family is forever grateful for the experience and all we learned as city slickers on the farm!

67: Welcome 2009 | snow angels

68: What is on your back? | ahhh, nice and warm! | Peaceful misty mornings of winter | Hauling in the tumbleweeds..a favorite llama snack

69: Boy, oh boy, were we surprised to see these little fur balls!

70: Out of nowhere, we see this heap of mud outside and low and behold, another llama is born! Hence we call him Mudball. Mom is Myrtle, and sister is Juniper.

71: Llama in need of a good dentist...

72: Anne-Monique in New Castle, a rare occurrence1

73: Mudball is so cute and fluffy! we think Wilbur is his daddy, pictured here with Mudball.

74: "Booty Boy"

75: the mudroom | Bunny run

78: It was fun running around and catching a chicken. The red ones were the easiest to get and the friendliest | Mark is a gifted photographer, the good pictures in this album are mostly his!

79: Have you hugged a chicken today? | chickens! it's time for chicken snacks! hurry!

80: snow day! | snow day! | hello! sagging...

81: They built a snow cave! | Armed and dangerous!

82: "Brownie"

83: Ranger, the unruly horse.

84: "Happy Cloud" By Mark | Holy cow! Bunnies, bunnies everywhere!

85: Every night, the chickens went in one by one

86: Continually mending fences...

87: Promises of Spring

88: Last snow of the season

90: The building of Dog Pond | New additions for spring

91: Hiking the trail to the top of this mountain | View of the Reservoir, almost at the top

92: We sold bunnies in the Cedar City Walmart parking lot and made a couple hundred dollars | Our chickens started disappearing and being eaten, this was the beginning of the end for the chickens. we eventually gave them away to neighbors.

93: The garden just didn't make it this year. The chickens loved snacking on it and the rabbits did too when they escaped. It was not anything like the year before. Pumpkins were bad too... | corn | onions | carrots | fruit trees

94: We built a round pen and the kids had fun taming the llamas | Meet Patches, our last baby llama to be for | Meet Patches, our last baby llama to be born.

95: Riding Sally | the bounteous harvest fit in our sink | We did get some pretty cool squash!

96: CaraMia came to visit | work | harvest | play

97: swim | church | tiki time

98: And thus ends our epic journey as farmers in New Castle, UT. The horses went to St. George and later to Sandy Valley by Vegas.We gave Ranger away. Jewelly passed away. We lost the house. But, we have Bear and our all our wonderful memories. We will never forget all the love and magic we experienced in this chapter of our lives.

99: Round pen made great Lincoln Logs! | We finished dog pond, which turned into frog pond | Goodbye, Ranger

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