It isn't only little Luke who will miss Nara and Amin here on the Ranch. Miss Mariah, the ageing Friesian mare has clearly enjoyed being pampered and preened by our Ranch guests. Charm the golden palomino knew that there would always be a kind word and an apple morsel or three when our honeymoon couple happened to pass his stall. Chelsey the little grey mare grew accustomed to anticipating attention with her head hanging over her door, ears pricked and dark eyes following them through the barn and little Tiger the ginger cat was never very far away from the strangers who never failed to acknowledge his gracious feline presence. Greg and I are going to miss them too. Over the past 18 days, Nara and Amin have unfailingly appeared in the Ranch kitchen before the cuckoo clock signaled 7.30am and courageously faced the wind, rain and frigid temperatures of a Pacific Northwest November, without complaint and always a ready smile. They have excavated ditches, waded through sticky mud, dug holes (but didn't fill them in !!) laid drains, got soaked, filthy dirty and freezing cold and still they smiled. They learnt to use a chainsaw, drive the tractor and operate the sawmill...they have cleaned the cow pen, mucked out the sheep barn, loved up Bella the beautiful Jersey cow and become comfortable with the nail gun, hammers, wrenches and saws.
Our friends from Saudi Arabia are their country's best ambassadors, everyone that met them was impressed by their kindness, courtesy and honesty. We feel fortunate to have been able to get a better understanding of their culture and in exchange, share ours. Thank you Nara and Amin, enjoy the remainder of your honeymoon...we love you both. We won't say goodbye..aurevoir ( until we see you again). Take care, keep safe M