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May 7, 2011

Back at the Ranch Spring 2011

Well as you all can see I am back at the ranch tucked away in the valley and the work has been nonstop.  We still had snow all over and it was still falling for almost 3 weeks when we arrived home middle of April.  Fortunately it never stayed long on the ground.

Photo by Here I Am/Carrie     Photo by Here I Am/Carrie

I was so happy to see my wonderful view again from my windows and deck.  There was still snow on my trail along the beaver dam ponds but was so excited in seeing this special place again.

Photo by Here I Am/Carrie     Photo by Here I Am/Carrie

Our wildlife friends were quick to come by and start greeting us.  These deer I took from my window.  We have so many variety of ducks this year that I am sure will make this their home for nesting with all the beaver dams creating perfect marshes and nesting areas.

Photo by Here I Am/Carrie     Photo by Here I Am/Carrie

Surprised this goose along the nature trail when the snow was off and was able to walk along it.  When they are surprised and don’t have time to fly they lay with their heads close to the water so it is harder to see them.  Of course we are over run with squirrels again. 

Photo by Here I Am/Carrie      Photo by Here I Am/Carrie

Today I was going to make a full circle walk around the beaver ponds and was near an area I know last year momma bear had 2 cubs.  Well sure enough I ran into her and back tracked with my heart pounding till I had her and all the marshes and ponds between us before stopping for photos and observing her.  Don’t see any young ones yet.  Still to early for them to be wondering around.

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The only color when we returned was a small cluster of snow crocus.  But in the greenhouse we were pleasantly surprised to see our palm trees, oleander bush, grape vine, ginkgo tree and some spinach and parsley all growing beautifully.  We had tried for years with the ginkgo outside in the ground and it just kept dyeing back every winter even though it is suppose to be hardy for this area. 

Photo by Here I Am/Carrie     Photo by Here I Am/Carrie

With the wet conditions we were able to get started burning.  This big pile was one we didn’t get burned last winter and had covered with a tarp so it went up like a torch.  We burned all the dead grasses in the fields right near the house and where we thought it was safe.  This is one of hubby’s favourite jobs.

Photo by Here I Am/Carrie     Photo by Here I Am/Carrie

We got the small field burned right below the house.  It was a perfect day to burn.  Little gusts of wind would come to speed it up a bit, but then stop so we could get it under control again.  It was also completely surrounded by water.  I feel so much safer getting all those dried grasses gone around the house.  It all comes back so much greener and really reduces the fire hazard around our place.

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Finally when the snow was gone off the nature trail we were able to make our full circle hike around the beaver ponds.  Hubby built a new bridge last summer so now I don’t have to wade thru the creek.  Just have to watch for the bear now.

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Well as of today my first daffodils in the vegetable garden at least are just opening.  Also have some kale from last summer already to start eating. 

Photo by Here I Am/Carrie     Photo by Here I Am/Carrie

Picked our chickens up from their winter home at friends.  They were so glad to be back in the fruit tree area and have lots of green grass and space to run around in.  We have 3 hens and 1 rooster. 

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Well this is how bleak one of my flower beds can look just after the big piles of snow from the roof finally melted. Normally by this time of the year all my primrose are in bloom around the entire border.  They are just barely coming up now. 

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The weather has still not been very warm, but at least the grass is now turning green.

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I haven’t even started anything in the garden yet.  I am buying this year a lot of my seedlings instead of starting them in the greenhouse.  I finally went for my CT scan for my back and found out I have some nerves that are exposes and if I get any inflammation or swelling, contact will be made and I will be in pain again.  If this happens to much it can become permanent.  I also have arthritis in that part of my back as well.  I may be seeing a specialist late this summer about possible surgery.

Well what do you expect from all those years of gardening the hard way.  So now I am cutting way back and taking it a little at a time.  It’s very hard for me as for 20 years now I had gone hog wild with gardening and raising flowers.  I really have to hold myself back from doing a lot of things.  But I have seen so many friends in such pain latter in their lives I just don’t want to have to live with that.  I want to still be able to enjoy many other activities like hiking, snowing shoeing and cross country skiing.  Also I realize now I really have to limit my time sitting here at the computer. 

So I may not be blogging as often or visiting.  But I won’t be disappearing.  I have made so many wonderful friends here that mean so much to me and have always inspired me in so many ways.  Something I could never give up.  This has also been my place to be creative.  Something I think everyone needs in their life.

So to all my wonderful friends here who have stuck with me over the last 3 years and few new ones I have met here at blogger, you mean so much to me and I love all of you.

I may still be adding some older blogs from spaces so watch the dates, I just want to get them all here soon.

I would also like to wish all mothers out there a
Happy Mothers Day
with my flowers from the past years.

Flower frame All Moms Happy Mothers Day

And to everyone else
May you have a
Good Morning…   Good Afternoon… Good Night…
what ever it is to you.

Photos & Words
Here I Am/Carrie



DaveOnFidalgo said...

Welcome home! You made me feel like I was home again.

Anonymous said...

very lovely pictures and words carrie, i do love to see your place on here, but it is so much more special in real life, see you soon, and happy birthday coming up... hope your day will be spectacular and sunny as you love it....i would love to walk the beaver pond trail and cross the new bridges......bryan is looking forward to seeing you too. love and hugs coming your way.

Anonymous said...

i do not have any of those things it asks for to post a comment except anonymous.. where is hotmail?

Seth@ChaosHQ's said...

Sunday is the one day of the week, that we should try and dump the work/household chores that we have for a while... and relax. Today being Mother's Day, makes it just that much more special. Special wishes go out to all...
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Seth@ChaosHQ's said...

Well Carrier, it is a royal treat to see an update from you. I can see why you return to the ranch time after time. From the pictures that you have posted, it looks so tranquil... your own private retreat far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. I am envious. True, it also looks like a lot of work to upkeep such a beautiful piece of property, but all efforts would be so rewarding.
The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, Mother Nature herself.

Seth@ChaosHQ's said...

I hope that as time goes by, you don't experience too much discomfort. Good luck with your visit to your specialist later this summer. One day at a time... one task at a time and a little rest in-between!

Becky said...

It is a wonderful thing to get back home from traveling. The first place I explore is my garden. I know how taking care of all our joys that surround us can take a toll; moderation, moderation, and good rest. Enjoy those new flowers, new babies.

Horst in Edmonton said...

Welcome back, Carrie. Awesome photos of the ranch. Oh, and Happy Mothers Day.

Lisa RedWillow said...

So glad to see your cutting back.. I had to too after years of very hard work. My pain is under control, my hands dont swell as they did before and your in the right place to do just what you need to do. Your still one of my fav places to visit and will be . Take it easy and walk hike and leave a few weeds here there . Maybe more deer will come by and help ..
Saw a fox this morning run though my yard. I have never wanted to shoot a gun befor but all I could think about were Freddie, and Cloe .. Fox food.. My new cats , Paris outsdie. I need to have that fox removed. I cant bare to loose my big cats. The Joys of living in the county and the joys of seeing all the wildlife you do .
Peace and Many Blessings and take care of your back and neck.
Much Love and Hugs xoxo

nita said...

Hi, Welcome home, God Bless - Nita

Anonymous said...

Hi Carrie, Happy Mother's Day Monday to you, beautiful post and greeting. I was thinking to myself is this the right place, it looks so different? Then I remembered you having 2 blogs. I know I tried to leave comments in the other one recently only didn't seem like they stuck but I liked the last one too. Do take it easy, I'm sure you have the right idea on not overdoing anything. Have a blessed week up there("-")

Connie said...

Carrie, it's great to see a post from you. Your ranch is beautiful...easy to see why you love it. I believe it's wise to cut back on things...back pain isn't any fun. I'm glad the bear gave you time to heart would have been pounding, too.

Lisa RedWillow said...

Carrie , I get lost in your photos and wonder what it would be to live way back in a Valley so beautiful. Even a Bear!!! . I have seen a few and dont think I have ever gotten a good shot. Maybe Im scared ..:) or just cant get the shot is more like it.
I worked outside all day today . Thought of you as I worked in a flower bed. I cut my roses down and hope they really bush out or maybe I killed them. I will see and let you know. Peonys are up , tiger lilys . I was in heaven.
My nose hurts . When will it heal . Gessh.
Anyways so glad you stopped by . Take it as it comes and dont work harder than you have too.
Much Love my friend.

Marlee said...

I grew up on a horse ranch with a guide school, and these photos brought back so many memories! Thanks for posting!!

GreatGranny said...

I've not been on much lately, but I'm happy to see your post. I hope you do take it easy and just enjoy home and wildlife, a real paradise there.
Watch out for mama

Seth@ChaosHQ's said...

Well I am certainly glad to hear that you are dry for the most part up on your Outlook. The Province went and broke our dikes, with good intentions and I totally understand why. It's better to lose another 150 homes then 300+. It's just a waiting game now as the flood here in southern Manitoba takes it's toll on just about everyone.. including livestock that has to be evacuated as well. Mother Nature can be so cruel.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Isn't it amazing and wonderful that through the internet we can dip into lives so different from our own.

I love the valley your tucked into. Looks like paradise to me and though it is "non-stop work," you're experiencing things many will never feel or see.

All continued joys to you,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Rick said...

Wow - just wonderful seeing all your photos of your piece of paradise ! I understand why the burning is a favourite task for your husband - there's a bit of the pyro in men & boys I think ;-) And I agree with you on taking care of your back - I always tend to overdo it the first few opportunities each spring and then pay for it - and recovery seems to take a little longer every year.

Enjoy your time -and try to remember that Rome wasn't built in a day ;-)

michiko said...

Welcome home and so glad seen your a beautiful photos with your explanation that I really enjoyed all thought your situation is it going to be a very busy time in future?
As you know our body is not last forever that I knew too, I have has Sciatia Nerve in my back 2005 and ever since I can't work long time in the garden.
I can play golf but I take one Anti inframmation pill.
My garden's not good looking anymore because last five years has been dry weather's AND from last years is too much rains and still on... weather's became a cold winter weathers and yet it still an autumn time for till June.
Now you know how much I enjoyed look at your pictures.

Thank you for visit.
Please take care of your back.

Seth@ChaosHQ's said...

Oh, I'm just stopping by your little corner of the world to say hello and hoping that this greeting finds you in good spirits and taking it easy as well. No doubt that there would usually be something that needs to be done around the Ranch. But I do hope that you find the time to just sit back and take in the beauty and simplicity of your surroundings. If there's ever a knock at your door and you're not expecting someone, it would probably be me... because I would love to spend sometime up in your neck of the woods. I'm house trained, no worries. :o)
Enjoy this weekend.

Seth@ChaosHQ's said...

T.G.I.F. -- Here's hoping that you will make the most of this weekend. And remember, as long as you're happy and smiling, doesn't matter how crazy people think you are.

Connie said...

Hello Carrie. Thank you for your comment on my WP blog. I'm not much of a blogger, do it whenever I 'take a notion'. Mostly I use Blogspot.
I enjoyed seeing your pictures again. Your ranch is in a beautiful area...easy to see why you love it.

Leovi said...

Great, glad to be back to enjoy your beautiful photos and life on the ranch. Welcome back. Greetings.

Eddie Two Hawks said...

love your pictures, lifestyle, and you.
takes a strong hearted woman to live in that wild country.

enjoy the warm weather

Janie2 said...

What energy you have!! Wow, can't imagine coming home to non stop work. Some I can handle. What a beautiful set of photos. The bear was a treat.

Nancy said...

Sorry I am late gittin here ;-/
I hope the doc's can fix your back. Hearing about nerve exposure makes me cringe Carrie.
As you know I have to pace myself and everyday is different. It took me five days to do the yard the way I wanted to, normally it would have been done in one day then two now longer. One's expectations must be monitored or everything can be overwhelming. Love and hugs to you my friend.

Mei said...

Didn't know my footprint are hiding in the corner... :-) Sorry Carrie, I'm late too, not myself lately, but feeling better and strong last few days, got that I can join the army feeling! LOL... So, use it why its hot! ;-)

Enjoy your gardening, do little a day, and yes, ROME didn't build in a day! Take care Carrie! Have a great weekend. Mei

Olmstead said...

I grew up on a horse ranch with a guide school, and these photos brought back so many memories! Thanks for posting!!