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Happy Trails and God Bless

Well, dear friends, the time has come for me to say goodbye to Grapevine Canyon Ranch. It hardly seems possible that the place where I spent the last 30 years of my life will no longer be my first waking thought of every morning, and the last sleepy thought at night.

I have come to this… Continue reading

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SHADES OF MY BLUE HEIFER…

Having a herd of cows can cause you some worries, like when it doesn’t rain, or when they climb through the fences and take up camping six miles away on the local golf course, or at any one of a million other times – but sometimes they sure give you a good laugh!

Our first time heifers have begun to calve… Continue reading

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What a lovely world we live in, when we can share it with other creatures!

When you live on a ranch there is certainly ample opportunity to observe animals and birds in their natural habitat!! I was thinking that only today while watching my collection of birds competing for the daily ration of bird seed outside my window. Some time back it had occurred to me that my living room window was an ideal place for several bird feeders, and so, in quick succession, a… Continue reading

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A tribute to a friend….

I imagine that by now you are all convinced that I have either died and gone to heaven or left for balmy climates elsewhere! So sorry for the long pause – and, not as an excuse, but as a reason, I want to tell you that the pause was entirely due to the fact that I am now the lucky occupant of not one, but two chairs at Grapevine –… Continue reading

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See You Around The Geocache

Enjoying Cowgirl Clinic

Those of you who have been following our web site will have heard about the cowgirl clinic – so let me tell you that it has come and gone, with huge success. The four participants learnt a lot, improved their horsemanship skills, and had fun – and what more can you ask of a self… Continue reading

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Having Pets is About as Stressful as Having Kids

Horsemanship Clinic

Some time back I got to chatting with some of our UK guests and we talked about how awkward it can be to transition from English riding to the Western. As one who had begun my riding life in the so called English style, then transitioned to the Australian saddle, and then to the Western, I… Continue reading

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Friendship Does Not Wither

A trustworthy horse can provide invaluable therapy for people caught up in a hectic pace. Riding can help a person shed stress and stop the mental conversations that cause it. Few experiences equal a trail ride in the fresh air, especially if there is gorgeous scenery.… There is nothing quite like a rein-swinging walk to lull a person back into natural rhythms; nothing like a brisk trot with its metronome-like… Continue reading

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Games Animals Play

I think I mentioned before that I have now inherited the bookkeeper’s job at Grapevine, as well as doing the books for the cattle ranch, and that sure keeps me busy! I had forgotten just how much fiddling around there is to bookkeeping, and more so since Quick Books had deemed it necessary to make their program more efficient by making it more complicated! At the cattle ranch I have… Continue reading

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The busier I am, the behinder I get

It seems that, as some character in a comic strip once said, the busier I am, the behinder I get!!

The last of the calves were shipped, following the September round up, and I must say that for once we were not too unhappy with the price – the only miserable thing was that the heifers, which looked so good, went for a much lower price than the steers… Continue reading

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Animals With Reason

Those of you who have recently seen our home page will have seen the YouTube segment on the ITV1 segment of Martin Clunes’ most recent series about the relationship of man and horse. The segment was made here some months ago, and I remember it as a great few days spent with truly charming people. Martin, though a big star, was the easiest person to be with, and the whole… Continue reading

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