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My name is Linda Brown. I live on a farm on the western slope of Colorado, in the high mountain desert. I’ve lived here all my life, hailing back four generations on my father’s side. Today I blog about our farm, the everyday activities that keep the farm going. I also write about my thoughts and dreams and goals. On Friday’s I always write about our two farm dogs (Fuzzy (now over the rainbow bridge) and Boomer) and their take of their life on our farm. The lovely thing about blogging it opens the world up for all of us to reach out and meet people from many different cultures and different ways of life. You can find me every day (but Saturday) at https://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/ Your Friend on a Western Colorado Farm, Linda Brown

Water- Gladness to the Heart, the Land, and to Our Eyes — Sunday, September 15, 2019

Our daughter, Kimberly, and son-in-law, Cliff had never been to the East Portal of the Black Canyon so last Sunday Terry and I gathered them up and drove to see where our irrigation water begins.

The Diversion tunnel took ten years to complete, in awful conditions with very basic tools and the technology in the years 1899-1909

Everyone is always amazed at the road just getting to the bottom of the canyon, which is pretty much the road the team and wagons traveled way back when. (It’s a tad scary, just so you know)

The engineering was stunning in the fact the tunnel is almost 6 miles long, through solid rock and soft unstable ground meeting within inches in the middle. The town of LaJane (no longer here) was on the end with the soft soil. (LaJane is pronounced Lu-wan)

Besides the amazing undertaking to get the irrigation water from the Black Canyon to the farm grounds in Montrose and Delta

The views and the history of the canyon are astounding.

The management of the Diversion Tunnel and the water that flows through it is by the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users

One of the ditch riders and his family live in the house in the canyon. He takes care of the dam, the water flow, and other specialized requirements.

The sound of roaring water, the magnificent black walls

Made for a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Then to round out the fullness of the day, we saw a Rainbow!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday— The Things I Do, by Mindy the Cat—Friday, September 13, 2019

Hello!  It’s Me, Mindy-Lou, Min-Min, Kit-Cat Brown.  Boomer is taking a rest today so; I get to talk!

My days are Full! Full! FULL!

Often times throughout the day I go out to the haystack yard and check to see if there are any mice out there I can catch and eat!

(Eating is the best part of catching, don’t ya, know!)

Then I prowl around in Mom’s gardens…

sometimes I chase birds, that ALWAYS get me scolded.

I like to work with Dad in his shops—so, of course,

I have to walk out to the shops to see if Dad is out there.

Lately, it has been getting COLD at night.  Usually, Mom invites me in, but during the warm times I like to stay out all night, then come inside and sleep most of the morning.

If I can’t get Mom to let me in the dark of the night,

(when I am good and ready—not when Mom asks me to come in), I have to walk around to the room we sleep in and YOWL REALLY LOUD!

I do that until Mom comes outside and hollers for me.  Then I run as fast as my kitty legs can take me into the house.

Last night Mom and I went for a long walk to see the moon.  Boomer didn’t want to go, he just looked at Mom, closed his eyes and slept in the house while we were gone.

Mom and I had a MARVELOUS time!


It was just perfect MOM and I!

Mindy the Cat

 

 

 

 

We Have Been Ever so Dry—-Thursday, September 12, 2019

The wind kicks up the dust something fierce

And a quick ride down the farm roads always leave a rush of dust behind

But, the last few days have brought us rain clouds

And the beauty of a bright wonderous rainbow

Glinting in the sky!

What wonderful joy to see…Rainbows in the sky.  (Although, right here on our farm, we didn’t get any rain—but’s that’s okay we did get see Rainbows anyway)!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Gradually Their Time with Us is Fading—-Wednesday, September 10, 2019

I have rapidly dwindled down to one hummingbird feeder

Although, I keep two up and filled to the brim.  It keeps fighting down, that way.

I’ve tried all season to capture a good photo of a little hummingbird in flight.  This is the best I can do.  It’s WAY hard to actually photo their bright little feathers, the cute little feets, the glinting sun off their wings.

But I tried anyway.

I hope they make it to warmer parts of our country soon.

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There was snow in the high country of Utah last night…the expected cold front moving in here today.

We won’t have snow right here, but the high mountains might.

Still, it will bring to us much cooler weather.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Fields of Yellow—Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Pinto bean fields are starting to turn yellow

It’s getting close—Pinto Bean Harvest.

And to go along with Fall—-a big fat Cat-Head Spider.  It seems we only really see them in the Autumn time.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

A Gift from Sweden—Monday, September 9, 2019

Fall is singing its familiar song—warm, gusty days, then a cooldown of coat-wearing chill

The last irrigations are starting to take place

But, still, a joyful sign, is an Autumn Rainbow all the way from Sweden.

“Hello, Linda! Here is a rainbow for you from Sweden! Have a good sunny autumn! Greetings from Asta 😊

Not just one rainbow, but a DOUBLE rainbow! Twice the beauty and joy all at once.

Thank you so much, Asta!

From my world to your heart,

Linda

A Wee Bit of This and thenThat—-Sunday, September 8, 2019

When the day finally darkens down to a point I can no longer work outside

I’ve been working on an embroidery kit (which I’ve had for years and years)

I am now at the stage whereby I have started hand-quilting each square.  I have never quilted a day in my life.  But, Kate from Tall Tales from Chiconia is an outstanding mentor; so I’m now giving it a go.

The kit is not large 14 squares.  Once I get them hand-quilted, then I have to put them together…that is going to be the rub. But, I’m not going to worry about it until I get to that next step.  The quilt will be for my personal use, so if it isn’t perfect I don’t have to obsess about it.

Muddling onward I go. 🙂

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday— I Had the Best Time

“Boomer!” Mom called. “Come here, Boomie, Let’s go for a ride.”

With that Mom picked me up and put in the back of Dad’s BIG PICK-UP!

That means we are going on a LONG, wonderful ride!

I scooted over to the big rug Mom put down just for me to sit on and gave a happy wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwoooo!

Then we were off!

Way, way off….first it was so hot I thought I would pant myself to death, then we were

There!

In the mountains where the air was cool and the smells were new.

Dad stopped and Mom and I got out and walked here and there and everywhere.  I sniffed and sniffed and sniffed.

Lots of mice.  Even lotser more chipmunks, no squirrels but big fat Whistle Pigs that Whistled at me than ran off.

Lots and lots and lots of peopley smells.  I snuffed on by those I can get peopley smells; creatures of the forest I can’t get.

Then it was time to head on home.  We stopped at a fruit stand where I met LUCY.  Lucy was a big, sweet, kind dog.  We got along really well.

Back in the pick-up and we headed home…it got hotter and hotter.

Whew!

I was glad to get home.

Ahhhhhhhhh.  Inside where the sleeping is good.

Boomer

 

The Air and Sky Around the House is Silent—Thursday, September 5, 2019

(From Pinterest)

They have flown…

Yesterday morning, after the sky warmed; they all gathered in a huge bunch

And —-left!

I will miss them.

I tried to make the most of the time they were with us, for I knew they would not always be here.

Good-bye, my little friends.  Our house and buildings will be waiting here for your return next Spring.

BUT WAIT!!!!

The passer-throughs- are here!  YAY!  I still get to have swallows on the wires and singing in the air.

So, although, they won’t be here long, I will have a few each day for a wee spell.

AND THAT! My Friends makes all the difference!

From my world to your heart,

Linda

 

 

A Gentle Little Creature —- Wednesday, September 4, 2019

(From Pinterest, once more:) )

Boomer and decided to travel over to the other side of the farm, well not the whole side of the farm, just to equipment areas, where (YES, I feed the little creatures)

Off we went!

I let Boomer off then sat myself down to wait

I had a short spell of waiting before the squirrel showed up.

Then I heard the sweetest voice

A darling little bird chased away the squirrel.  I know not what this bird is, but I feel delighted to have two photos of this charming creature.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

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