This past week the boys of the family went to California. While it was not exactly a pleasure trip, they had a lot of fun from all accounts! I'll show you some pictures in a moment but first, the reason for the trip! We are looking to buy a Precision Pruner for our Pellenc 4560 multi-functional machine (we just call it the grape harvester). You can click here to watch a video of it. The precision … [Read more...] about Hello CA and the Pellenc Precision Pruner
You may have noticed a new menu tab in the top right hand corner of Cultured Palate - Ceramic Tile Muralswhich will eventually be Ceramic Tile Murals. Now, these are not just any murals - they are hand painted in Spain! You might wonder how in the world a grape growing girl, transplanted from Alabama to Texas, came to be an importer of ceramic tile murals that are hand painted in Spain. … [Read more...] about Ceramic Tile Murals
We have a new family milk cow and her name is Margie! Our barnyard is once again complete. Margie is a full Jersey and seven months pregnant - she will deliver around March 20! She is a smaller Jersey cow but seems to have a calm disposition which is typical of Jerseys. We bought our new family milk cow through a raw milk dairy that is about 45 minutes from us and her previous owner delivered … [Read more...] about New Family Milk Cow – Meet Margie!
I got a new toy! It is one you probably would not expect me to buy! But, I did. I even went and talked with the salesperson by myself. Now, I'm not sure what you have guessed my new toy to be but, if you guessed shoes, purses, clothes or a new kitchen gadget, you would be wrong! … [Read more...] about He Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy!
I love farm life - the simplicity of it - the self-sufficiency of it - the joys - the satisfaction of it all! But, as much as I enjoy our lifestyle of home education, working together in the vineyard and having a family milk cow and other farm animals, there are times when I get discouraged. Last week was one of those times I was ready to throw in the towel! Not on the whole life but on certain … [Read more...] about Being Prepared After the Cow Calves
What you are about to read and see is the actual process of delivering a calf. If you are squemish, you may want to blur your eyes at the photos as you continue reading. Hilde finally calved and has a beautiful, light brown calf! This delivery was the most eventful yet - the calf was breech! A breech calf is one that comes out feet and bottom first. The normal presentation is head first - well, … [Read more...] about A Calf is Born!