Software Alchemist & Monkey Rancher

Jul 14

The Sonoma County Fair is coming up, so the local 4H is having a training and practice showing event in the San Antonio Valley. These kids are good. 

The Sonoma County Fair is coming up, so the local 4H is having a training and practice showing event in the San Antonio Valley. These kids are good. 

In the late afternoon, from the top of Lizard Head Rock, the slanting light paints Dynamite Valley with a lovely palette.

In the late afternoon, from the top of Lizard Head Rock, the slanting light paints Dynamite Valley with a lovely palette.

“I like to think of it as “Independence Day,” rather than as the “Fourth of July.” Has a bit more meaning than just a mid-summer’s date.” — Alan Cooper

The roof framework of the Tall Barn model takes shape.

The roof framework of the Tall Barn model takes shape.

By 26 May the hills of Marin and Sonoma are brown and dry. It’s gonna be tough later in the year.

By 26 May the hills of Marin and Sonoma are brown and dry. It’s gonna be tough later in the year.

Jul 01

Across the ranch there is a mixture of fences erected over the years by working dairy ranchers. The best of them are made of old-growth Redwood, and are more than 100 years old. These venerable boards are covered with multi-hued lichen.

Across the ranch there is a mixture of fences erected over the years by working dairy ranchers. The best of them are made of old-growth Redwood, and are more than 100 years old. These venerable boards are covered with multi-hued lichen.

“Urban sprawl is not the cause of our dependence on the auto, it is the result.”

An ancient oak tree, silhouetted by the setting sun.

An ancient oak tree, silhouetted by the setting sun.

Aaron holds a newborn lamb.

Aaron holds a newborn lamb.

Every once in awhile, despite Aaron’s best efforts, the sheep escape from his electric fence corral. Being sheep, they all stay close together, and they don’t travel very far. One morning we found them contentedly grazing around the Tall Barn.

Every once in awhile, despite Aaron’s best efforts, the sheep escape from his electric fence corral. Being sheep, they all stay close together, and they don’t travel very far. One morning we found them contentedly grazing around the Tall Barn.

“Prototype, test, repeat: The second-best way to create great products.” — Alan Cooper

It’s a long hike for Monkey all the way up to the pond, but he likes to follow Sue and me when we walk up there in the evening. He plopped down to pant a bit, so Sue took his portrait.

It’s a long hike for Monkey all the way up to the pond, but he likes to follow Sue and me when we walk up there in the evening. He plopped down to pant a bit, so Sue took his portrait.

Sue is in her greenhouse arranging flowers, her favorite thing.

Sue is in her greenhouse arranging flowers, her favorite thing.

The sheep grazing in the lush grass in front of the Tall Barn.

The sheep grazing in the lush grass in front of the Tall Barn.

“When you ask to be free from gasoline imported from the Middle East, you ask for fracking in the USA. Just so you know.” — Alan Cooper