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Thursday, January 24, 2008

The return of Ethel


If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you might remember Ethel, the deer that lives on our land, and returns every year with new family members. All are given the secret handshake in order to enter our fields. Ethel and children are welcome around house, now that the vegetable area and young orchard are protected. How do I know it's the same deer, you ask. Because I gave her a protective moon. You'll have to read the story I wrote to understand.

8 comments:

Christeen said...

Your posts are so beautiful! I often find myself teary eyed reading them. You have a lovely way with both writing, and art.

thorngren said...

Wow! What a beautiful story. You are a very gifted writer as well as an artist!
I need to share it with my husband, the hunter.......

alisa said...

What a lovely story, it gave me goose bumps. I live in Los Angeles, and yearn to live in the country, to have chicken, donkeys, land, deers that visit me, big open space for the dogs to run, a big barn that I can use for my studio. Thanks to your blog I have that right now, but hopefully if our plans work out we will have it for ourselves someday soon.

salmonpoetry said...

that's such a beautiful story. i am glad that Ethel has a safe place on your farm.
What does Pino think of Ethel? I am sure that Kiran will want to know...

ps: i was so saddened by the news of pumpkinhead, i did not know what to write. it is the cycle of life, but the image of him curled up like that somehow brought tears to my eyes, even knowing that he likely died peacefully there rather than in the midst of a terrible scary trauma. thank you again for the care you extend to all the living beings in your midst.

shepherdgirl said...

Thanks, everyone - Alisa, keep dreaming, Ms. Thorngren, thanks for the compliment. Christeen, your art is very nice [I always admire people that can paint realistically as I can't!} - and Ms. Salmon, and Pino Pie ambassador Kiran - do you know that is a good question about the donks and Ethel. When she arrives, sometimes she is right in their back woods. They just seem to understand Ethel and family are part of the herd/flock. Paco is the more dominant protector. They definately watch the deer when they arrive, but they don't chase or anything. Nor do the sheep. I love that.

Shelby said...

I so enjoyed reading your blog this morning.. so refreshing and peaceful. I wrote about you on my blog today and linked you..

take care :)

Christeen said...

Thanks! I feel that way about YOUR art- I love your style, and have no ability to paint that way whatsoever!
*grins*
You should know, I've been wearing an apron all day. Nothing so fabulous as the ones you've shared pictures of on your blog, but it does feel good :)

Friederike! said...

you are a mother of all animals. Your story made me cry. Moon-stur-sun above Ethels head!

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