oh, deer!

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go.  I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.     ~Ellen DeGeneres

I rarely use the term “amazing” due to the fact that it’s so loosely exercised on reality shows by shallow people who have known each other for three minutes. (perhaps that’s a lifetime in their little minds)   You’re an amazing guy/girl.  However, I can say with gusto, today I had an amazing experience.  I have told family and friends that I was touched by the grace of God.  As I was walking my mare in hand this morning along with the gelding’s escort from the back field,  I witnessed a young doe trying to maneuver the gate and fence that separated us from the south end of the property.  I stopped to watch her persistence in getting to the other side.  I gathered she was eager to meet up with the herd that has been casually strolling through the field on many occasions.   She finally figured the best route was to dip under the wire fence.  The horses and I continued on, but, lo and behold, the little deer was headed our way,  her bright eyes directly gazing at me.  We stopped to watch this little animal with the lively gait head towards us.  She walked between the two bays towards me, then around to my other side.  Her beautiful face stretched out and lightly touched the pocket of my cardigan.  I didn’t want to move lest I frightened her away.  It didn’t matter, because the gelding decided she had overstayed her visit.  He merely directed her with the gentle shaking of his head.  She left, unperturbed.  What a fascinating moment!  Even though it’s been discussed she probably is being fed by humans, never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined a deer coming close enough to make contact.  Now, I will add upon closing, if it had been a buck, it would have been a different story.  🙂

didn’t promise you a rose garden

“A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself. “

May Sarton

I have the upmost respect for master gardeners. Every year around this time, I seriously consider what to plant in my tiny garden plot.  And, it is embarrassingly small for the amount of acreage we have.  And, every year I have visions of creating an aromatic, profuse array of blooms that meander around secret garden paths.  It just isn’t going to happen.  But, a girl can dream, can’t she?

unknown bushThe above bush, which name escapes me, is a needy plant.  It requires too much water, and why it is even sold in this area, perplexes me.  Therefore, its days are numbered.

lead plantAbove are my lead plants, native to the mountain region and found growing near old mines.  I fear I might have cut them back too much last fall.  These were crowding out other plants that didn’t receive much sun, and in a frenzy, I began to hack away at them.  I don’t know what overcame me, but I do know it wasn’t proper gardening techniques.

I would love to add an element of surprise and go beyond the perimeters of the garden bed. But, as usual, what I plant will most likely end up potted in containers.

where antelope play

“The biggest and best home entertainment system is provided by Mother Nature.”

While reading the morning newspaper, our eyes were diverted to two antelope trying to cross from the field on the other side of the road over to our yard.  One was obviously determined to reach our driveway, while the other patiently watched.   One moment the curious one would act hell-bent on crossing, only to hesitate when one of our dogs barked. There was an urgent matter to which he needed to attend.  What it was,  I would soon discover.  But, before I did, we enjoyed what could be called a “viral video” moment. Unfortunately and so typically, there was no video camera in reach while the scene unfolded.  When a jogger headed west down the road, he was soon followed by the two antelope, romping merrily after him! They stayed on their side of the road, and we could see the runner was amazed at what was transpiring.  The two antelope kept him in sight and even turned left around the corner of the field in order to follow him down another country road.  My husband and I had never witnessed wild animals displaying this kind of behavior and were so captivated by their antics. As I had mentioned previously, I discovered what it was that the little guy was trying to reach…my tulips.

tulipsAs you can see, there are some blossoms neatly trimmed from the stems.  They’re tidy eaters.  🙂

I tried to snap a photo of one while he managed to enter our property.  Needless to say, a camera on a Samsung phone isn’t the best tool to capture wildlife.

thiefThe artful dodger

coast is clear

“The alternative to a vacation is to stay home and tip every third person you see.”

Home again, home again.  We have returned from our short excursion on the cruise ship, and the following photos are proof that we were away.

departure arrival

The first pic shows the docked ship four hours before our departure, and the second shows the coast was clear for our arrival back to the States.  I would describe a cruise as a floating upscale summer camp.  There are games, scheduled meals, and safety reviews, just like camp.  Summer camp never had cold beer, though.