Vulture & Chickens on Memorial Day

Vulture is readying herself to leave us.  I am very sad about this. She and Briggi are my last two remaining hens from my very first flock in 2013. All this year she has been showing signs of her advancing age.  This spring, Briggi recommenced the laying of eggs just as she always has.  Vulture…

Our New Flock of Chicks

  I got my first flock of chickens in the late fall of 2013 when we bought our little farmette. At the time, the goal was to have an abundant supply of free range, organic eggs from hens who enjoyed their lives.  Little did I know how very endearing and charismatic these quirky little girls…

The Cimarron 2016

Where the deer and the antelope play . . .  Cimarron is spectacular.

Dogs of the Taos Pueblo

On October 1, 2016, we visited the Taos Pueblo reservation.  These dogs were different than house dogs, somewhat dull they seem, tired and bedraggled.  They were not fluent in human language or communication and seemed to just exist on the fringes, eking out whatever comforts they could find for themselves. At night, we could hear them…

White Tiger: The Color of Controversy

Originally posted on Doc Antle's Tiger Tales:
Royal White Bengal Tiger ©Rare Species Fund White Tigers are NOT Genetically Defective There is no evidence of a genetic defect inherent in the white color variant of the Royal White Bengal Tiger, notwithstanding the erroneous claims to the contrary by the Humane Society of the United States…

Palm Oil: Heart of Darkness

Originally posted on Doc Antle's Tiger Tales:
©Rare Species Fund The Horror of Palm Oil Production Fires raging across much of Borneo and Sumatra devour vast amounts of Indonesian rainforest. These fires which are now out of control, are believed to have been set intentionally by companies seeking to clear land for the lucrative…

Great Expectations

I accidentally bought a stallion in December.  Not just any horse, he’s the kind of horse that little girls ride in their dreams at night.  I wake up in the morning counting down the minutes before I can ride him again. I am a student of dressage, and I train with close friends of more than a dozen years now, Kim…

Snakes Have Value

“Oh! I understand you very well,” said the little prince. “But why do you always speak in riddles?” “I solve them all,” said the snake. And they were both silent. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince Snakes have value. Whether you fear them, love them or simply respect them, they never fail to inspire, or…

He’s Back

“Sometimes things become possible if we want them bad enough.”   ~ T. S. Eliot He’s back.  The entire month of July was spent in Addison’s purgatory with Djingo.  I was sure he would die this time.  On Wednesday he seemed to turn a corner and began to eat some cooked barley and chicken.  I was…