Sunday, November 20, 2011

Little men of the Forest

 I took a walk along Antelope lake and discovered the beavers have been very busy chopping down trees and building under water homes.

 Mom used to call them Little Men of the Forest.

 Like people these rodents re engineer the landscape to their liking.
 They burrow into banks of lakes and rivers and build dams out of trees they have gnawed down with their strong teeth. These animals work, work, work, like little lumber jacks and builders to transform swamps and fields into large ponds that the little creatures thrive in.

 Their lodges are home to an extended family of monogamous parents, young kits and the yearlings born the previous spring.

 The lake is freezing over now. I'm sure this family of beavers will be cozy and warm in their homes all winter.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Here's some of the critters that where hanging around the farm today.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Grand Old Barn

 This barn has been left on the landscape from days gone by.
 It's set back off the road built into the hillside and blends into it's surroundings.

 As you drive by you might notice the red peak and glance over to see this fascinating barn.

 It looks as if it is fading into the land with just a hint of color left to give it's presence away.

 I would love to go explore this mysterious structure and gain incite into it's past lives.

 Look closely at the house behind the barn. Do you see a ghostly figure peering through the window?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Pumpkin Feast

 Friday at noon was opening day of rifle season for deer.
 It's like a National Holiday here. Many of the schools had the day off.

 On the way home from work Dawn and I spotted lots of people dressed in orange driving down the roads, walking in the fields and behind every bush. It seems those poor deer don't stand a chance.

 I've invited some of the wild creatures down to the safe haven of my front yard for a pumpkin feast.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Turn The Page Tuesday- The Help

I've been busier than a one armed paper hanger but I did get this book read.
It is one of the best novels I have read in a long time.
"The Help" is one of those books you keep thinking of long after you finish turning the pages.
These characters stay with you and become part of your life.

This book tells about lady's in the deep south, the maids and the families that they worked for.
It seems the area this book was set in had been left in the past of great prejudice's. The help at most times where treated no better than the slaves.

I keep thinking about the relationship of Abileen, the colored maid who loves and cares for May Mobley, a little white girl who's own mama has little feeling for her  daughter.

Abileen wants May Mobley to grow up and be a nice person with out the mean prejudice's like her mother.

Here is a passage out of the book:

 Miss Leefolt just now noticing her child ain't setting in the same room with her. "She out here with me, Miss Leefolt," I say through the screen door.
 "I told you to eat in your high chair, May Mobley. How I ended up with you when all my friends have angels I just don't know..." But then the phone ring and I hear her stomping off to get it.
 I look down at Baby Girl, see how her forehead's all wrinkled up between the eyes. She studying hard on something.
 I touch her cheek. "You alright, baby?"
 She say, "May Mo bad."
 Then  she say it, like it's a fact, make my insides hurt.
 Mae Mobley," I say cause I got a notion to try something. "You a smart girl?"
 She just look at me like she don't know.
 "You a smart girl," I say again.
 She say, Mae Mo smart."
 I say, "You a kind little girl?"
 She just look at me. She two years old. She don't know what she is yet.
 I say, "You a kind girl," and she nod, repeat it back to me. But before I can do another one, she get up and chase that poor dog around the yard and laugh and that's when I get to wondering, what would happen if I told her she something good, ever day?

I haven't watched the movie that just came out but if it's anything like the book it will be very good!

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