A Tiny News Report — Water, Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Our area—not just where we live and farm

But our whole area, everything below the Grand Mesa, areas fed from the Gunnison River and the Uncompahgre River

Are being rationed for irrigation water.

Some places have already been told they will have NO water and domestic water is also being monitored

You see there has not been enough snow in the mountains for the last two years (longer in some areas)

The snow this year will melt into the ground and fill the underground lakes and streams and possibly the lakes and reservoirs

Hopefully the lakes and reservoirs.

The water managers have begun rationing…

It’s early…very early…usually rationing doesn’t start until the heat of summer.

Water—-it’s on everyone’s lips. A nagging concern in the back of everyone’s mind. And constant management on all farms with all farmers.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

The Days are Warmer Now—The Promise of Summer to Come — Monday, April 27, 2020

Here we are with the fields starting to green up

There is new growth of mid-spring flowers

Freshness to the day and to my yard

The new leaves hazing the sky

With birds ever so busy in the generous sunshine

Their songs, like laughter, their flights like a dance

Little nests being built and plumped up in softness for the new life lifting all our hearts.

From my world to your heart,

Linda

Heading in a Hurry — Thursday, April 27, 2017

Have you ever noticed how life is full of heading somewhere….at a fast pace….

Always going someplace

In a hurry … the feeling always…don’t be late.

A rushing to an fro, and here and there sort of thing.

Then I read this:  “The trick is to look where no one else is looking. That’s where the beauty is.”–Giorgia Ori, Photographer

And I thought…YES!  That is what I want to do…find the beauty where others are not looking.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

 

A Gift from Merri to all of Us—-Wednesday, April 27, 2016

DULUTH-SPLIT-ROCK-LIGHTHOUSThis is a photograph of Split Rock Lighthouse in Duluth, Minnesota! It is taken by a wonderful photographer in Merri’s home town.  Isn’t it just stunning?

Thank you, Merri!  and Thanks to “Explore the Shore” Christian Dalbec Photography!  Here is his FaceBook page if you would like see more of his photography.  I think some is even for sale!

Your friend,

Linda

A Guest Post–the Rain has Stopped! —YAY!–Monday, April 27, 2015

YAY!  I see little tiny streaks of blue sky and a lightening of the clouds!  The rain has stopped!  The wind has stopped, the snow is still coming down on Grand Mesa, which means it can still freeze here.

The Swallows are back!  🙂  That’s a good sign…warmer weather can’t be far off now. (I hope!)

Anyway, I was reading a very interesting blog post about street shopping from Uncle Spike.

I have always thought I would love to shop in all the open-air markets around the world. The fruit and vegetables have to be outstanding.

Anyway—here is his post:

East African Shopping by Uncle Spike

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On the whole, shopping malls leave me cold. In general I have little desire to trudge my way around endless corridors of glass, dazzling white marble effect floors and endless rows of glass-fronted shops all selling the same stuff as the mall we probably visited the day before. Fair enough, for the purchase of a certain item, these places serve a purpose, but for me, shopping is a sport best served outdoors. 

Here in Türkiye, outdoor markets are part and parcel of everyday life, be it out here in the rural areas, or also in some residential parts of our large cities. So when I travel, the roadside markets and entrepreneurial purveyors of foodstuffs are always of a certain fascination to me. East Africa, of course, is a case in question.

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The selling of foodstuffs always seem that bit more enterprising, and banana selling seems king of them all; from two tonnes in the back on a minivan…

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…to a whole roadside…

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…or hanging outside the local butchers, which also sold honey too 🙂

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But harping back to the blandness of modern shopping malls, how refreshing would it be to see the top names in gentlemens outfitters merchandising their pure cotton two-piece’s like this?

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There’s one thing for sure when travelling in a place like Kenya, one is never faced with the dilemma of “shop closed”, or having to think what day it is… every hour of every day, there is food sold along the roadsides. 

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Of course, the sad truth is that for many parts of the continent, this is not always the case. The harsh reality is that terrible wars, and devastating crop failures have brought about unbelievable suffering. The even sadder fact is that some parts of the world still don’t get it, and readily moan about the unavailability of a certain model of Nike trainers, or the price of a 6-pack of Oreo’s, or a 32-oz steak, whilst members of our own species are left to starve.

Uncle Spike

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Your friend,

Linda