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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Meanwhile Up at the Ranch...



They say home is where the heart is.  When I visit my family in Alaska, it feels like  a return to my heart's home.

The first Alison in my life, my eldest niece, only six years younger than I, (that makes her old, too!)  raises all sorts of fowl.  Bunnies again soon!  We visited for a week just prior to the fling to surprise my sister for her seventieth birthday. 

I'm always happy to see the welcoming committee!
 
 
Isn't he handsome?
 
And play with the cute little animals!  Much more fun to do this in the summer than when it's fifteen degrees outside and the critters mostly stay inside!

Ducklings are such cute and curious birds!

Just hanging around...

What did you find?


It's funny how ducks will find and enjoy water.

These younger babies have two mommies.  It's a long story...

This poor goose really wants babies and watched the ducklings closely while we had them out on the lawn close to her.  Since the ducklings didn't imprint on her, they wouldn't let her mother them but she would certainly try.  Maybe Alison should get a gander...

This handsome fellow welcomed the morning each day with his happy song.  Since it was only dusky for about two hours a night, I thought he might be confused but like people, the chickens get used to the light and he didn't start crowing until about 4:30 a.m.
   

So, you've come to visit the chicken ranch?  Let me show you some of the gals!

O.K. so there are some guys here too who are just learning to sing, how comical their song sounded!


Ever wonder what peacock eggs look like?  Silly, only peahens lay eggs but this one, well, perhaps his name is Liberace?

This cutie didn't say much but she did sleep by our bed.


In case you were wondering...

 
 
 

30 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to visit Alaska...so I'm grateful for these vicarious visits...and yes, ducks are the cutest of all birds ;-)

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    1. Oh Scott, you and Norm should go! There's no place like it. You may fall in love with Alaska and decide to stay!

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  2. Oh, the duckies are so cute! And that's a very handsome rooster.

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    1. Ducks are by nature adorable and that rooster was very sweet!

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  3. Oh the little duckies, are they as soft as they look?

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    1. Oh yes, and because they were hand raised, they didn't mind being picked up and cuddled!

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  4. Visiting home is the best, isn't it? It's great to live around animals. This dog is amazing: what a great face! Did you travel with your dogs?

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    1. I don't think our dogs would like traveling very much, especially on an aeroplane. Plus, there are big birds up there that would find our little dogs tasty snacks.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your trip. It provided a pleasant break in my Friday workload although it made we want to go home and hug my dog. Enjoyed seeing you in Portland!

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    1. It was wonderful to see you in Portland! Glad that you enjoyed the birds; stay tuned, there are some cool gardens up there that I'll be posting about soon!

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  6. My heart was already melting when you showed the dog - and then you popped in the ducklings! My husband and I spent nearly 4 weeks touring Alaska years ago. I loved it and hope to get back there someday.

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    1. Animals have the ability to melt our hearts don't they. Well, not so much moose, but most of them... Isn't Alaska wonderful?

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  7. Ah, the lure of Alaska just got a few new spokesbeasts.

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    1. They would love to see you Ricki! You should go!

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  8. Cute ducklings! Did you ever read the children's book, "Make Way for Ducklings"?

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    1. That's a great book! Glad you enjoyed the fowl language!

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  9. Ahww, nice to see glimpses of your home. And the ducklings looks so cute!

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  10. Those ducklings are too cute! It would be so hard not to pick them up. I definitely think that goose needs a gander. I'm so glad you can see Russia from your house. That clears up all the confusion.

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    1. The ducklings would let you pick them up! The goose had a gander but he was mean so he's in the freezer now. One wants to be a nice person in Alaska as they have big freezers!

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  11. Such a handsome dog and such fluffy ducks! Hope you had a wonderful time up there, look forward to seeing more photos!

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    1. I had a wonderful time! Thanks, Pauline.

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  12. What marvelous ducklings and chickens! I like the dog and "peacock" too.

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  13. You are indeed a man full of surprises. Raised in Alaska, huh?

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    1. Yes! Although I've lived in Washington as long as I lived in the great land, I'll always be an Alaskan. There's something very special about the place that never leaves you.

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  14. Funny ducks and ducklings, goose and a dog! I see you had nice trip on your sister's birthday Peter. The last photo made me laugh, it's pity I can't see Alaska from my house!

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    1. It was wonderful! I'm glad you enjoyed the last picture!

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