I posted this on one of my other blogs, but thought I would repeat it here since summer is coming and that means SNAKES! I have absolutely NO ADVICE for anyone! All I do is scream, "AAAaaaaahhhhhhh", jump up about 3 feet in the air, and then bend over to see if it is poisonous or not. Of the 5 snakes I've met so far, they have all been non-poisonous. You'd think by now I'd quit screaming, but I don't! Two of them were right by the water faucet at the horse ranch, 1 I nearly stepped on a couple of weeks ago, and another one was heading for a pile of boards at the ranch. The latest snake, a gopher snake, was this one. Hubby and I were looking at another ranch and he was inside the locked gate, stuck in the pool. He probably had been eating the frogs there, but he definitely wanted OUTTTTTTTT!!!!! He tried and tried to crawl up the side of the pool, but he just couldn't reach his head up far enough. I didn't wish to see him drown, so I asked hubby to "do SOMETHING!" He found a pool skimmer and skimmed the snake up and out! Isn't he a handsome fella? Anyway, once out, he headed for the rocks along the pool. (shudder)...WHY would anyone build a pool like this? Maybe they had cats to keep the snakes away? Anybody have a snake story to share?
Saturday, May 23, 2009
What more could I ask for? A beautiful red barn and blue sky! Another photo of the Vista ranch my parents used to own, which is now Quail Hollow Farm, a beautiful equestrian center in Vista, CA. SkyWatch Friday for May 22, 2009.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
My parents owned this ranch back in the 1960's. The roof on the barn was wooden and crumbling. I remember big holes in it. My dad decided to reroof it, using aluminum sheeting. I remember him on top of the barn, tied with a rope around his waist in case he fell off! He didn't and the roof survives to this day. The barn has been cleaned out and is in wonderful condition. This is now a working equestrian center and the owner gave me a wonderful tour! While this is no longer my world, I have many fond memories of this ranch and its barn! That WAS my world, many years ago!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
If a barn could have eyes, these would be them! These "eyes" look out over the ranch and see everything! See! They are even open today! This is the barn from my childhood, in Vista, CA. The barn is still standing. It is a magnificent old, wooden barn, except for the aluminum roof that my dad put on it in the 1960's. The roof is still intact, as is the barn. No other barn I have found measures up to this one. It is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It is now owned by some wonderful people at Quail Hollow Farm. Sunday Stills for May 17, 2009.