Down on the ranch, little Miss Bella, our Jersey heifer has just had her first birthday.....Sirloin the little red steer is becoming increasingly adept at avoiding the very vociferous and extremely demanding needs of our hormonal cow and we are watching the calendar and counting the noisy three weekly cycles until we can call Wayne the AI man and his redeeming tube.
Spring cleaning is happening from the newly painted "green room" at the ranch house to the barn kitchen windows and the umpty ump little panes of glass in the British, post box red, telephone box. Annie and Malc, on a "working vacation" from their busy city lives in England have (as usual) dug "and filled in a hole or three....we've collectively painted, unpainted (sanded) cleaned and scrubbed, walls doors windows and stall mats. We've weeded, strimmed and planted. Annie and I have washed and ironed, we have revisited years and memories long since passed, we have brushed stalls and flung horse pooh, stacked and unstacked wood rounds and together made light of the most tedious chores. Annie and Malc have been "home"...and for us, it is a VERY happy place to be.
Erin and James...in relative terms "new" members of our ranch family have also worked their way into "family", family....Sharing, giving and always happy and exuberant, Erin has with son James shared our family moments over the past 10 days. Ten o'clock break time has been re-introduced, Costco blueberry muffins, doughnuts and cookies have been consumed in the barn kitchen and in the big barns, laughter has echoed from wall to cedar wall.
Spring "has sprung"..we had a very trying Winter and we lost some much loved and never to be forgotten ranch members but as the bluebells bud between the waving daffodils and the trees begin to turn green, a new and wonderful beginning has begun.
Take care, keep safe and value those who mean the most to you. M xx