Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rainy day on the new grass of the back pasture, April '17

Frost planted this pasture with Orchard grass in March '17.   It came up 1/3 cheat grass, 2/3 Orchard Grass.  About the same percentage as the front pasture we tilled, rolled and planted Orchard Grass there as well.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017


I am not the only one around with some similar mystery in the family. This is a Navajo horse blanket my Great Grandfather, Levi (1863-1951) used. By the date of it's weaving, he used it late in life. Had the blanket appraised today for condition and age. Navajo horse blanket, wool, hand carded and hand loomed circa early 1930s to early 40's. Well used on a horse with some bleeding on the colors and moth damage to the wool. Not worth much $ wise but worth a w...hole bunch to me. My Mother always said it was my Great Grandfather's....and he bought it new on the Res. in the Four Corners area while moving stock. I always thought she was confused at it was really my Grandfather's. I knew and had seen my Grandfather use it on his horses. Obviously both of them used the blanket. Anyway fun to know a little more about the family heirlooms such as they are    Likely won't put it on a horse again. It now hangs on a wall in our house. I like it a lot for any number of reasons

59" x 30", wool hand carded, hand loomed, hand dyed.  1930's
My Great Grandfather's Levi's saddle blanket  (1863-1951)

"Juan Lorenzo Hubbell was, by most accounts, the leading trader of the early Rug Period and owned several trading posts around the Reservation as well as a large warehouse in the railroad town of Winslow, Arizona. Hubbell’s home and base of operation were at Ganado, Arizona about 50 miles south of Canyon de Chelly. His tastes ran to Classic Navajo Period weavings and many of the early rugs made by Ganado area weavers were close enough in appearance to classic mantas and serapes to have earned the generic name, Hubbell Revival rugs. Hubbell guided his weavers by displaying paintings of rug patterns he favored. Many of these paintings can still be seen at the original trading post, now preserved and operated as a National Historic Site. Hubbell preferred a color scheme of red, white, and black, with natural greys, often substituting black for elements that would have been indigo blue in Classic Period weavings. By the 1930s, Ganado area weavers had thoroughly adopted the color scheme, but had moved away from Classic-inspired weavings to new patterns with a large central motif often a complicated diamond or lozenge shape with a double or triple geometric border. These rugs frequently had a deep red ground or field on which the central motif was superimposed, and are now known as the Ganado regional style."