My grandmother had a love of everything New Orleans. She and my grandfather’s best friend lived in NOLA and they visited him many times throughout the years. I think my grandmother loved antique shopping there more than anything and my favorite little table came from there. I also love New Orleans. I love the architecture; especially the old French structures. I love the high energy. I love the “edgy” factor. Love the old lore and stories. The food hands down is the best anywhere and alas the drinks are too! One of my sons even married in New Orleans because he shared our love of this beautiful city. The one thing my grandmother and son did not share with me is my love of New Orleans cemeteries! I love everything about them and find the architecture powerful and grand. The history pulls me in and I want to find out about every single family resting there. The cemetery I last visited in 2015 was one of oldest in New Orleans where many families have since passed on and there is no one to care for the family tombs. The lack of repair seems to the naked eye to be a statement of disrespect which brings a certain sadness because most of the tombs and crypts are a thing of exquisite beauty. Post Katrina the cemeteries are in a worse state of disrepair and it makes my heart so sad to see these amazing works of art turn to crumbling art works of the past. What the water did not take people have actually vandalized. To visit a NOLA cemetery is not for the faint of heart. One moment you feel the strength of the towering monuments honoring their “people” and around the bend you find a deplorable, once honorable, memorial that is shattered into pieces. Visiting a NOLA cemetery is definitely an emotional experience and I am longing to visit again soon. If only I could bring an Army of volunteers to help rebuild this intriguing fading past.
These photos have no theme or reason- I simply pulled a few I liked this morning.
On a clear day you can see forever! I love driving around and finding the perfect landscape at the farm. Each day provides a different setting so I never get bored! Love this cow! These clouds were perfect. Wish I had packed a blanket so I could lay on ground and spend time watching the clouds like I did as a kid! … [Read More...]
It's fall calving season and most of the expectant moms have been moved to the "baby pasture." It is a fun time of year and we really enjoy the babies jumping, running and doing cute things! This mom is waiting to go to the "baby pasture". Looks like it won't be long. Here is another expectant mom. She is not quite ready to be moved yet. This precious little boy lost his mom right … [Read More...]
Last month I attended a Memorial Service for a friend's mom in Alpine, Texas. While there we visited Marfa and Fort Davis also. Wow, this was the most gorgeous area with the most unbelievable mountain area. We were not able to view the Marfa lights because of a few evening storms, but we did manage a little shopping! We did head over to Fort Davis for the most beautiful mountain formations I have … [Read More...]
Mama cows have been moved into the birthing pasture. Babies will be happening soon... … [Read More...]
For as long as I can remember my grandmother had a stack of unused paintings stacked in the bedroom designated for the grandkids. The closet was a typical small closet for a house built in 20s and it was very stark and clean with a few toys on shelves to the left and on the closet floor to the right was a stack of about 8 paintings and photographs which were not fortunate enough to be showcased … [Read More...]
104 degrees today and I am sweltering! It is a good day to post a Canada photo from June where, not only was it cool, there was plenty of snow also. I just managed to download all of my photos so will be sharing some beautiful nature and awesome animal photos soon. Today is just one of those days at farm where you move water around to keep the plants alive and take care of the animals and other … [Read More...]
This is the bull that is in the pasture with the girls this month. His name is Friendly, but I call him Mr Friendly because he is having so much fun at our place! The "girls" are loving him and he is so busy trying to get their attention that he does not mind me walking around and talking to everyone. I am not even a distraction in his mind! He is pretty sweet so we are enjoying his visit. He is … [Read More...]
We have a huge crop of Indian Blankets at the farm this year and ya"ll know they are my favorites. Yesterday I spent hours taking photos and simply soaking up the beauty. I was walking in a pasture and found this little beauty growing around some rocks. She was just a little different than most of our Indian Blankets. Our Indian Blankets have less yellow and more orange. She was the gem of the … [Read More...]
Well, April is nearly over and my rush to take hundreds of wildflower photos simply never happened this year. In fact, I never made it to the country roads to even look around to see where they were blooming the best. We have had so much rain this April which is good, but it seems between the rain and my calendar I could just never get it together. I did manage a few photos of whatever was around … [Read More...]
This sweet little bull calf was born on Saturday. He had to have some help being delivered so his mom came to barn to deliver. Watched her clean him up, get him on his feet and watched her learn the ropes as a first time mom. It took her a little bit to get the nursing thing down, but once she got the hang of it we had one happy mom and baby. Love happy endings! Mama even allowed me to love on her … [Read More...]
We have lots of new beautiful babies at the farm. This one is especially special. Her mama is sick and unable to feed her. She is now with a new mama who lost her calf. We are crossing fingers for a match made in heaven! Newborn cow babies are so very precious. I get goosebumps when simply looking at each "fresh-born" baby. … [Read More...]