Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Next Chapter

The Wellington GGR Garden has now been passed on to its new caretakers. We've closed the sale on the house & property there, and the buyers will be taking over. Our address is no longer on Shoofly Lane. It's being deleted permanently from many databases. We're now in Guffey for the next chapter! The move is good, but bittersweet. We enjoyed our little "oasis", the home, the view, the birds singing, the quiet. Tim put a lot of work into the home and property over the 28 years he was there, and it showed. He had a lot more invested in the property, and a lot more memories than I did, but I have a lot of fond memories as well. (I was there just under seven years.)

We each look back on many good times, but the best part is that we know we are moving on, TO something, that will be equally as good, or better. We have a lot of work to do, building our new home and garden, and we are excited to get to it. See more about the development of our Guffey home at Mountain Gaitway.

The garden will wait until 2016, as we have way too much to do this summer. However, a dozen ducklings have been ordered, and will arrive the week of June 1. Again, we will get a straight run, will fatten up the drakes 16-20 weeks for dinner, and save the hens as layers. We may keep a drake for breeding purposes, but will decide that later.  This year we are getting a mix of Golden Cascades and White Appleyard.  The Appleyards will be more for eating, and because white ducks are so cute. The Golden Cascades will mainly be our layers. See more about the ducks on the "DUCKS" tab at the top of the page.

Congrats to the new buyers, and we wish you well!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Leaving Soon

Soon we will be leaving our Golden Gaits Ranch in Wellington. My next post will probably be from our new GGR in Guffey! We close on the sale of the house April 23. It's a bittersweet move, as we will be leaving behind all that we've done here on the property for the garden and horses and house. Looking around, we've done a lot (mostly Tim!). He's done a lot to make it a well-functioning ranch and garden. However, we look forward to building our new home in Guffey and developing the grounds for the horses, garden and new ducks!  Here's a shot of the new property as it is at this time, with a rendering of the "Happy House" as it will sit on the knoll, with the barn at the left and the RV (our temporary tiny house) on the right.

Goodbye, Wellington--Hello, Guffey!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Northern Bobwhites

This past winter we saw quite a few of these Northern Bobwhites here in Wellington.  According to the map of their range, they are a bit out of their territory here, but there has been a covey of about a dozen of them running around our yard, and other neighbors have noticed them, too.  They are funny, fat birds, similar to quail.  It's amazing how close we (or the horses) can get to them before they scamper or fly away. The past few days, we've heard them calling their unique call.  LISTEN HERE AND READ  It's been fun watching them this year, I will miss them in Guffey!  (But, in Guffey there are lots of Pinon Jays and Mountain Bluebirds!)