New Sherwood

October in the flatlands

Here are some photos I took around the ranch this afternoon.

A view of the homestead from a corner of the fruit orchard.

This is our famous super-deluxe-custom-built-late-model-chickenhouse – the jewel of the west side, the pride of Orland, the envy of neighbors for miles around, and St. Isidore Ranch’s main attraction. Note the exterior doors for the nest boxes, so that eggs may be easily retrieved from outside. Note also the ventilation windows at the top. A low-maintenance automatic watering device can be seen to the right. There are twelve nest boxes inside, and sixteen feet of comfortable roosting rods. The spacious building measures 8X8, so it can double as a guest house if needed.

Looking west from the goat pasture towards the city of Orland.

This cinderblock building once functioned as a milking barn for a dairy operation. We converted it to a workshop and a home office, where I am sitting now.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Farmer Jonathan, Amy, and Angel our Great Pyrenee.

To my eyes, the most beautiful sight on this earth. Mrs. Culbreath is due any minute …


October 14, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Dear Mr Culbreath,

    Those pictures did my heart good. What a beautiful family and home!

    Many thanks,

    Bill in Illinois


    Comment by Bill White | October 14, 2007

  2. Hello, Bill! They do my heart good too. Glad to see you commenting, as I lost track of you for quite a while. Hope all is well with the White family.


    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | October 14, 2007

  3. Jeff, I hate to tell you this, but that goat pasture?


    the city of Orland!

    And your chicken condo needs to be leased out for city office space, I’m sure. It’s nicer than my whole house! Seriously, my dad has built some smart chicken condos in his day (also with external laying box access), but yours beats them all. And I don’t know how you have beaten the weeds into submission — it’s a battle I fail on a daily, not just seasonal, basis — but your place is so neat and tidy it’s hard to believe.

    AND . . .

    you have a truly lovely family. Your boys look like you.




    Comment by Laurie LaGrone | October 14, 2007

  4. +JMJ+

    That’s such a lovely family picture, Jeff! (But wait . . . you don’t seem to be in it. Hint, hint!)


    Comment by Marissa | October 14, 2007

  5. I love the goats. I so need a goat pasture. Great pics of a great homestead and a beautiful family.


    Comment by Tracy Fennell | October 15, 2007

  6. Laurie: If that goat pasture IS the city of Orland, which of those goats is the … nevermind. I’ll give some thought to leasing out my chicken condo. Maybe the Patrons could use it? As for the weeds, well, how kind of you to notice! That very evening I was tramping around the place with 5-gallons of weed killer on my back. Nevertheless, I was (ahem) selective in my photography. :-)

    Marissa: Thank you, but someone had to take the picture!

    Mr. Fennell: Everyone needs a goat pasture. Don’t know how we got by without one all those years. I may have a free goat for you soon …


    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | October 15, 2007

  7. Beautiful home, beautiful family!


    Comment by elena maria vidal | October 16, 2007

  8. Thank you, Elena Maria – from all of them!


    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | October 18, 2007

  9. What a beautiful family. You are very blessed!


    Comment by Jessica K | October 18, 2007

  10. Thanks, Jessica. Nice to have another visitor from Foolery!


    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | October 19, 2007

  11. Hi Jeff,

    Am checking in frequently to see if your family has officially expanded yet. Thinking welcoming thoughts, and my best to Mrs. Culbreath!



    Comment by Laurie LaGrone | October 19, 2007

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