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post #1 of 238 Old 09-02-2017, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Our Ranch in the Philippines

I started this over in the horse talk forum. https://www.horseforum.com/horse-talk...-ranch-752178/ But it went 10 pages with only a little talk about horses, so I'll continue over here.

I have retired to the Philippines. We currently live in town in the student boarding house owned by my Goodewyfe and her sister. Plans are to build a home on our ranch property within the next 2 years. Meanwhile, we're getting the place in order.

Here's a shot of the little Native style house currently occupied by our caretakers. And of the outbuildings, a toilet, shower, tool shed, and chicken coop.
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News for today is that we picked up a weanling heifer. Lacking a squeeze chute, I took advantage of the tiny delivery truck to put in the ear tag. Nice, gentle disposition, she settled right in.
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The view from your ranch is stunning!

The Heiffer looks bigger in the pasture but I know she isn't as big as she appears because she doesn't take up that big of a space in the truck.

BTW, that is quite a carrier rack on the truck:) :)

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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Subbing because I love your ranch and stories! It also reminds me a lot of when I lived in Costa Rica. I miss that place!

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Thanks GMA100! Latitude wise, we're roughly in line with Yucatan. Tropical, but we chose the hill country for the cool breezes and the helpful effects of gravity during the rainy season.
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The view from your ranch is stunning!

The Heiffer looks bigger in the pasture but I know she isn't as big as she appears because she doesn't take up that big of a space in the truck.

BTW, that is quite a carrier rack on the truck:) :)
I never tire of that view. Sometimes I get frustrated with this or that, then I look up and realize how incredibly fortunate I am.

Yes. Mr. Escobar, our caretaker, is standing a few yards down slope from the cow. And I'm taking the photo from uphill.

On the grillework, there is still a heavy Spanish colonial influence on the sense of aesthetics here. Couple that with the native love of decoration and even mundane things like stock hauling trucks have a flair to them.
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One of our side projects is helping with the reforestation here. Years of uncontrolled clear-cut logging of the tropical hardwoods in the mountainous areas resulted in ecological damage such as landslides and flooding.

The yakal saplungan, or Philippine mahogany, produces a tall, dense, straight grained tree favored by the loggers. It only produces seeds about once every 5 or 6 years, and so has become rare and endangered. A friend of ours is on the faculty of a state university where they have cloned this tree. They produced seeds last month, and he gave me several.

I planted some directly into the ground, but they didn't survive. I have about 20 or so in seedling bags that have sprouted. Hopefully, they will strengthen, and I'll plant them around in various spots on the ranch.

A few are in the flower bed at our house in town. Most are in the shady area by the well at the ranch.
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I think I've mentioned that it's rainy season here. The old saying "I can't dance, and it's too wet to plow" I quite literal in my case. It slacked off a bit today. Enough that we could cross the river and check on things. The two cows are doing fine. They're still on picket ropes until we can trust them to come to a call. The cow shed is done, so that's the next project. We'll only feed them there, and use the same call each time. Should be OK, we'll see.
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A much simpler life and the ability to enjoy all of that:). Better than the Embassy Suites, as far as I'm concerned !:) :)

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Yes Walk, I have no desire to bring the first world rat race to this retirement. Things will happen when they will. Sometimes the way I want, and sometimes ...... not. I've planted trees that won't mature until I'm 80. I'll wait.

the horse search is ongoing. Most I've seen so far are much too small, in the 12 hand range. I'm holding out for 14 or so. Also, most are terribly undernourished. If I had a bunch of money, I could go to a touristy or wealthy area and buy from a stable. But such is not my lot.

One of the small ones is definitely in our future though. Our son and daughter-in-law are expecting their child in just a few weeks. I'm thinking a POA size would be just the ticket. Family tradition. My first pony was a gift from my grandfather.
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