Transitioning

A couple of weeks ago I took a walk next door to High-Hand. We have a project underway, the expansion of a lifetime you could say. The Woodmill. To say that it is going to keep us busy for a few years during construction is an understatement.

I was reflecting on the future and the work ahead. Thinking about how busy the next few years are going to be. Those thoughts were brushed away by the reflections of the last six months and the stories and people I have gotten to know as a result of the Camp Fire. So I stood there going back through my mind of all the pages and images from the last six months. The work to find better solutions for people, while very difficult and emotionally taxing at times, has been made much easier because of you, your support and your donations. While we are still working on solutions I wanted to update you.

I focused my efforts and resources in the beginning at the Red Cross Shelters. As they closed down I shifted our efforts to Magalia and Paradise directly. You could say it was the front lines, so many people forgotten. Our resources were focused on Magalia Pines Baptist Church and Pastor Doug. A Camp Fire victim himself, he and others survived the fire while barricaded in the church. I have come to know him as a warrior. He served his military career in the jungles of Laos. If there was anybody who has earned the title “Last Man Standing” it is Doug. With the resources you’ve provided we’ve set up food tents and distribution to serve people’s needs. Corporate partners such as Teichert, Celebration’s Party Rentals, Holt Caterpillar Equipment, Vaneli’s Coffee, Reed’s Meats, Produce Express, and OK Tires all helped without question. Countless individuals and organizations throughout the country all donated resources and money.

Over the course of the fire and the months after you helped countless individuals and families find a better solution.

Here is what you created over the last six months.

At the recovery center in Magalia you have helped Pastor Doug provide assistance to over 50,000 families and individuals. Your donations helped distribute over 30,000 blankets and sleeping bags, and over 6,500 sets of household items such as pots and pans. 13,000 sets of gloves. Over 100,000 sets of hygiene gloves, over 75,000 pairs of shoes and boots, and over 10,000 tarps. Donations also went towards the distribution over 3,000 survival kits, over 10,000 cleaning buckets, as well as 300,000 items of clothing. You helped distribute over 50,000 diapers, 30,000 toys, and provided hundreds of gallons of propane for warmth. Your donations helped distribute nearly 500,000 bottles of water or more and provided showers for 120 people per week. 11 RVs or trailers were able to be purchased with families currently living in them. Hold your Horses, an organization down in the Bay Area, helped deliver dog, cat, and chicken food as well as hay for horses. In the early days of the fire, your donations helped deliver 8 semi truckloads of hay to Cowboy 911 for distribution up into the fire zone while the fire was still going. During the fire, your donations provided over 40 tons of food that were delivered directly to those animals in need.

In the first four months, your donations helped provide over 80,000 meals to people in a warm tent that provided protection from the rain and snow. On a cold Christmas Eve, you fed 700 people a home-cooked dinner. Your donations provided equipment to cut wood, cars so people could go to work, gas, vehicle registrations, insurance, tires, and we repaired over 125 vehicles damaged as a result of the fire. We purchased airline tickets, vehicles and provided funds for people to move to new destinations. You have provided funds to build 10 tiny houses. As we find locations for these houses the families are being moved in.

This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of your accomplishments. From baby car seats to scooters for mobility, new dentures and hearing-aids, your kindness and donations have made a lasting imprint on the people’s lives.

The Transition

I never had an exit strategy for the work we were doing. I didn’t know what shape it would take, nor did I know where it would lead us. My plan from the beginning was to not worry about an exit strategy but to jump straight in and go to work. I figured that instead of creating a timeline and working towards that timeline, I would just let it naturally evolve and it has. In Magalia we are starting the transition. Two weeks ago we stopped preparing meals and are getting ready for more personal involvement going forward. We will be getting the church property ready for children’s programs, concerts, and other special programs in the evenings. The kitchen inside the church is going to be completed which will allow us to get past the hassle from the Health Department and Code Enforcement. All the tents in the parking lot are gone and most of the RVs on the church property and the streets surrounding the church have moved on. All the people that have been living at the church have moved onto other properties and other sites. A couple will remain for on-site security as we continue our work up there.

We are going to transition the site at the church to a resource center. Other agencies are starting to reach out to Pastor Doug. We will use the church site as a new resource center to connect people with trauma care services and resources to fill special needs. Doug and I are going to continue to look for individuals whose needs cannot be met by agencies. I will continue to triage these needs as resources are available.

We opened High-Hand Magalia a few months back. It was to prove to people that a business could open up. It doesn’t make money nor do I think it will. That is not the point. The reason for opening it was to create a place for community and to create access to the abundance of nature. Suzy and Carey, fire victims themselves, are employed at the nursery. The job that Carey has at the nursery has helped him get a foothold and a new beginning. In May, Tom Burchell’s Nursery and High-Hand Nursery participated in giving away 3,500 fruit trees. My hopes are to do it again next year. It’s time to get growing.

It’s been a difficult month trying to find solutions for people. As you can imagine everyone’s emotions are on edge. With this month behind us, things are starting to settle down and getting positive again. People are starting to look forward to the future and that takes a lot of stress out of my mind. A lot of people have left town permanently and that’s probably a good thing. Some people tried to adjust for months and they found that they just couldn’t do it.

Just recently an 86 year old woman was kicked out of her hotel room by FEMA. She had no choice, it took forever for FEMA to come and remove what was left of her house. I’m happy to say that with the trailer that you have provided, she is finally home and on her own property. While it is not the most ideal situation for an 86 year old lady she comes from that generation of people who survived wars and the great depression. She has people around her that can check in on her. She is grateful to be home and she is thankful to be home.

New Beginnings in Texas

Just a couple weeks ago after six long months Tammy, her mother, and her child made it to their new home in Texas. It’s taken six months, searching three states to find her home. While frustrating at times it is rewarding to know that we saw it to the end. New beginnings and a future lie ahead. Thank you for your generosity.

Winter Will Come Back and We Will Be Prepared

It’s hard to think about winter in the middle of summer. Being in the nursery business I guess it’s a habit to look seasons ahead. The log-splitter that you purchased is being put to good use. All summer we have been amassing piles of firewood to be distributed to those in need this winter. My instinct is that there will be difficulty again this winter. I will wait by and be ready to see the needs through should they arise.

I have probably driven 500 times through the Camp Fire area. I have seen the geese return to a pond, a mother bird feeding her baby, and the rains prompting the rise of the forest.

As I stared off into the distance from the Woodmill I was reminded of nature’s artistry. A Morning Glory vine has grown to form a beautiful tapestry. Let this be a reminder to all of us of the artistry and the beauty of nature.

Nature has a way of healing itself if we just take a step back and let it naturally happen. Your kindness, unconditional support, and the trust that you’ve placed in us have shown everybody affected by the Camp Fire that the unconditional love of humanity is alive and well.

I have said it many times. Thank you. Thank you for taking me on this journey. Thank you for allowing us to push the boundaries and provide solutions while restoring hope for those devastated by the fire. The final chapter has not been written yet, time will tell how that chapter writes itself.

With a warm heart, I thank you…

Scott

How can you help out those impacted by the Camp Fire?

You have helped out so much! Here is what’s needed – Visa Gift Cards and cash. Gift cards and cash can be delivered directly to the nursery or sent to us by mail. Our address is:

Attn: Nichole
High-Hand Nursery
P.O. Box 2280
Loomis, CA 95650

You can also call us and give us a credit card over the phone. Our number is 916-652-2065. We will turn all checks and credit card transactions into cash.

I Checked the Weather

I checked the weather, so check this out. Today is hot, yesterday hot. But this Saturday it’ll be cold, relatively speaking. If you work out in the weather for a living, whether its 100 or 104, it doesn’t make much difference, minus the humidity of course. Only when it gets up to 107-110 degrees does it really start to wear me down. But let’s not think about 110 degree weather at this time because on Saturday it will be relatively cool. Why am I zeroed in on Saturday? Saturday is Lavender picking at Maple Rock. If you’ve never stood in the middle of a Lavender field with a 150 Million of your favorite buzzing friends, it is an experience. I am exaggerating, I stopped counting somewhere around 3 million. I’m sure there is a calculus equation to extrapolate the rest to get to my ultimate Bee Number.

Like anyone, I’m certainly aware of the weapon a Bee possesses. But I have a feeling that a Bee’s last option is to deploy that weapon to sting you. It would be sacrificing itself for the hive.

I have not been stung in years, however I got stung on the bottom of the foot last night. I stepped on a Bee who was drinking water on a brick path. Every step I take reminds of the Bee that laid it’s life down to protect itself. Surely if I was paying attention than I would have avoided the Bee and both of us would be living pain-free today.

Having been stung will not preclude me from walking into the Lavender field on Saturday.

So Here’s the Deal

Picking Lavender is like walking on fire, there’s a pace and awareness you have to keep. A blood pressure that you have to maintain and a calmness in your breath. Just so you know, the bees don’t really care about you, they care about gathering pollen to take back to the hive. It’s a pretty cool experience to be surrounded by the smells of the Lavender. While you’re doing your work and harvesting the Lavender the Bee is doing it’s work. It’s very symbiotic. While standing in the Lavender you will feel the buzz to your core. You will feel the energy of the bees internally. This sounds strange but it’s true.

If you’re coming out this Saturday to Maple Rock’s Lavender picking then please remember these simple things:

  • Don’t dress like a flower
  • Don’t wear perfume
  • Move at the same pace the bees are moving (important!)
  • And of course you can walk our gardens

Things To Bring to Lavender cutting:

  • A container for your Lavender
  • A tool to cut Lavender
  • A picnic lunch

I hope to see you this Saturday at Maple Rock.

Tickets are available at the gate or can be purchased online by clicking here.

This is my hand holding a Terra Cotta pot in front of a High-Hand poster, this much is obvious. This is my attempt to make a simple Terra Cotta pot look glamorous. However I was upstaged by Dori. But I will say this, I don’t think Dori can hold a Terra Cotta pot with her right hand and take a photo with her left. This may sound simple, like patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time. I felt as if I was playing “Competition Twister” while trying to get my left and right brain to coordinate. Dori is not afraid to upstage anybody and she certainly upstaged me.

From boring Terra Cotta to elegantly French.

Join Dori at High-Hand for her French Garden Pot Workshop. You’ll make beautiful appliques to adorn your pottery. Learn how to texture and finish your pots to create the rustic French style. You will have all the supplies to adorn two pots. And yes, of course, mimosas.

Disclaimer: No French champagne will be used during the pouring of Mimosas. We will be using a Champagne from the Veneto region of North-Eastern Italy. And if you’re a mimosa snob the grape that we will be using is called Glera. Now you know.

Create two beautiful pots from France and drink the beautiful champagne from Italy.

Join us Saturday, June 29th from 10am-12pm, for this European trip. The cost is $65 plus tax. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

I want to share this with you. I received this letter the other day in the mail. Sometimes we never know what happened to all the people that we have helped along the way.

I just thought I would share this with you. Your gracious giving has created places for people to catch a breath.

Your unconditional love and support has created so much for our neighbors in need. I know that you know this but I just thought you should be reminded.

We hope to see you out at Maple Rock on Saturday.

See you at High-Hand Nursery,

Scott

How can you help out those impacted by the Camp Fire?

You have helped out so much! Here is what’s needed – Visa Gift Cards and cash. Gift cards and cash can be delivered directly to the nursery or sent to us by mail. Our address is:

Attn: Nichole
High-Hand Nursery
P.O. Box 2280
Loomis, CA 95650

You can also call us and give us a credit card over the phone. Our number is 916-652-2065. We will turn all checks and credit card transactions into cash.

Lavender Days

I wanted to title this email “I’m going to pick a fight”, but I changed my mind, that would not very nursery-ish, would it? Besides, what nursery goes out and picks fights?

Let’s pick something positive to start off with. Let’s pick Lavender.

You asked for it, Lavender picking is here.

Saturday, June 15th 9am-2pm

Check this out, you can come to Maple Rock Gardens and pick all the Lavender you want until it is gone. Don’t be greedy, greedy people get stung. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day.

Things you’ll need to keep in mind for Lavender picking:

  • Don’t dress like a flower, Bees love flowers. Don’t be a flower.
  • Be calm. Beeee calm. Bees like calm people.
  • Bees are punch-drunk while collecting pollen. They don’t care about you, so don’t care about them.
  • Bring your favorite clippers and your favorite container to store your Lavender.
  • Carrying your Lavender around in hand will most likely get you stung. Bees follow the Lavender and if you grip down on your Lavender bouquet then you might be met with a Bee under your hand.
  • Don’t hold your Lavender bouquet by your face unless you want bees in your face.

So, where am I going with all this?

Bee about the Lavender.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or at the gate on the day of the event. I don’t mind if you pay at the gate but if you purchase them online then I know how many cookies to make. We will have Lavender Cookies and Lavender Lemonade available for purchase. Have fun, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day.

Now let’s pick a fight. I was at a Big Box Store. Walking in I thought, “Man you guys could do better than this, I do.” Now I’ve been reluctant to pick a fight with a Big Box Store or any other nursery for that matter. But the store that starts with an “H” and the store that starts with an “L” are frustrating me with what they are offering you with compared to what I am offering you at High-Hand Nursery.

As most of you know we grow flower baskets. So I notice flower baskets when I’m out and about.

Let’s be straight up, this is a Lowe’s flower basket by their front door. Now, granted this is a 14″ flower basket, I was impressed. I’ve never seen a 14″ flower basket at Lowe’s. Usually it’s a 2″ flower basket or a 6″ or a 10″ or whatever small little basket they can grow to save money. Obviously I’m being fecetious about a 2″ flower basket but you get the point. I’ve never spelled the word fecetious before, I’m not going to spell check it, who cares. Anyway I was impressed, “Wow, a 14″ flower basket”.

Then I noticed the price.

Wow, what a deal for such a fine plant. By the way look closely, that is a cancer warning on the price tag.

So here’s where High-Hand beats out the Box Store. We grew a flower basket bigger, better and saved you money at the same time.

Our flower baskets are $25. We win.

Looking for a great Hydrangea? We grow those also.

We beat them at Hydrangeas too. I could go on and on about the things we beat the Box Stores up on. Maybe next week I’ll pick another fight. Let’s make it a 15 round fight: Round 1 goes to me. Come check out High-Hand grown plants for yourself.

Make a Fresh Lavender Wreath With Dory

Join Dory Saturday, June 22nd, 10am-12pm for the most fragrant class of the year. Fresh harvested Lavender hand-picked at Maple Rock Gardens will be your paintbrush. Create a fresh Lavender Wreath while enjoying refreshing mimosas and delicious Lavender scones. I hope we can make Lavender scones, we make Lavender cookies so I’m sure we can. Reserve your space by clicking here to get tickets. The class is $65 and includes all you need for a fresh Lavender wreath.

Last Saturday we gave away 3,000 fruit trees in Paradise/Magalia.

Simply, we did this because it’s time to “Get Growing”. Thanks Tom for your efforts and getting the trees up the mountain. It was a great time had by all. It was a very positive time and everybody felt great.

So I picked a fight and survived, I think. I hope your scorecards will reflect this.

Lavender Days is a relaxing time, bring a lunch and enjoy. I hope to see you you Saturday, June 15th at Maple Rock.

See you at High-Hand Nursery,

Scott

How can you help out those impacted by the Camp Fire?

You have helped out so much! Here is what’s needed – Visa Gift Cards and cash. Gift cards and cash can be delivered directly to the nursery or sent to us by mail. Our address is:

Attn: Nichole
High-Hand Nursery
P.O. Box 2280
Loomis, CA 95650

You can also call us and give us a credit card over the phone. Our number is 916-652-2065. We will turn all checks and credit card transactions into cash.

Rules To Live By

In the plant world there are so many rules. Maybe not rules, let’s call them guidelines. But I guess you can say there are a few rules to plants. Don’t plant a Rhododendron in the sun. Don’t plant a Japanese Maple upside down. And yes, certainly, never plant a tomato bush to create shade for your yard. If you are a Rose Fan, then surely you will learn the rules of the Rose. Do you want to keep pests out of your vegetable garden naturally? There are rules for that too. Plant Marigolds. They attract Parasitic Wasps. Garlic keeps gophers away, and vampires for that matter.

Besides all the rules and the laws of the land I’ve always tried to operate with just a few Universal Rules. When I walk my garden and I see a bird, I will stop and pause and stare at it for a moment. Occasionally I’ll see something very cool. The bird will sometimes show me a side of nature I’ve never seen before. Have you ever watched a bird feed her young? Have you ever watched a bird build her nest? Have you had a bird take you on and try to scare you away from it’s young? I realize it happens all the time around us but I think it’s something you should experience before you leave this Earth.

Whenever I see a lemonade stand on the side of the road I stop. Always pay more than the 50 cents. A Five Dollar Bill can change a child’s life. You never know. The child might think, “Huh, if I get better at this and improve upon my craft then maybe I’ll get more Five Dollar Bills”. And with that an entrepreneur is born. I don’t like the rule that says: No lemonade stands without permits. Shame on you rule-makers.

When was the last time you’ve seen the Sun come up? When was the last time you saw the top of the sun disappear behind a mountain?

I highly recommend it. Let the sun take the chatter of the day away with it.

I’ve added another Universal Rule to my life: I walk the Greenhouse of High-Hand everyday. Have you ever walked through the Greenhouse here at High-Hand Nursery?

Besides the obvious, the fresh blooming plants, I am reminded of the smell of dirt. I don’t know what it is, I don’t know what strikes me about this smell. Something subconsciously perhaps. Maybe it’s a reminder of my roots. I highly recommend that you come to the High-Hand Greenhouse and experience the fresh smell of dirt for yourself. You deserve it. Activate your senses at High-Hand.

The biggest Universal Rule that I think everyone should live by is really quite simple. If you have the ability to help somebody in need and you don’t then shame on you.

Since the Camp Fire broke out thousands of you have responded for our calls for help and thousands of you, whether you know it or not, are living up the this Universal Rule. Be proud of yourself and your choices to do so. I hope you will continue to carry forward this spirit of giving when the need arises.

A New Home.

We will keep building as long as there is a need and the funds to do so.

This home is for Inez and her three-year old daughter River.

Enjoy, Inez and River. I hope that the memories of the Camp Fire fade away as you move into your new home.

Our friend Tom from Burchell Nursery grows fruit trees for farmers throughout California. We got to talking one day and I asked him about the possibility of
doing a “Free Tree Giveaway”.

Tom, thank you so much for making this happen. Thank you for your willingness to be part of this vision to bring life back to a completely decimated area. Thanks for living by the most important Universal Rule.

It’s time to get growing

A special thanks to Team Teichert/Team Water. My appreciation goes to all the drivers and employees who made this happen. To Amy, Gary, Jason, Megan, Brad, Paula, Judd, and Samantha I can’t thank you enough. Some of you I have never met, but in your spirit of giving I feel as if we are the closest of friends. Thank you so much for delivering water over the past six months to Pastor Doug

I think you should add Dori to the Universal Rule list. Come join her for the first of our “Old World Inspired Pottery Series” in creating these Italian Countryside Pots. You’ll create two decorative planters influenced by Italian country garden finds. Starting with plain 7″ Italian Terracotta pots, you will layer chalk paint and hand made appliqués using a variety of Iron Orchid Design molds and paperclay. We will use texturing and finishing techniques to add patina that make your creations look aged and rustic. Bellissimo! Included is a beautiful seasonal colorful bloom from High-Hand Nursery, refreshing mimosas and scones from the High-Hand Café. Click here to purchase tickets.

Let’s talk about Lavender at Maple Rock. The weather has not been kind to our Lavender fields, the flowers are finally starting to show. Nevertheless, we have decided to open it up for Lavender picking Saturday, June 15th from 9-2pm. Parking is free. $15 per person gets you all the Lavender you can pick. Bring your own cutting tool, a bucket or favorite Lavender carrying device. Available will be Maple Rock Honey, Lavender Cookies, and Lavender Lemonade for purchase. Tickets are available at the event or online by clicking here.

Maple Rock is located at 100 Clark Tunnel Road. The nearest Cross Street is Highway 193. Make sure that if you use GPS that you find Highway 193 as a cross street. Do not listen to the lady talking, she will get you lost.

We all have rules that we live by. Think about your Universal Rules that are unique to you. Don’t be afraid to act when the need arises. Thank you for your continued support as we continue to help those in Paradise and Magalia find a better solution.

See you in the High-Hand Greenhouse this weekend,

Scott

How can you help out those impacted by the Camp Fire?

You have helped out so much! Here is what’s needed – Visa Gift Cards and cash. Gift cards and cash can be delivered directly to the nursery or sent to us by mail. Our address is:

Attn: Nichole
High-Hand Nursery
P.O. Box 2280
Loomis, CA 95650

You can also call us and give us a credit card over the phone. Our number is 916-652-2065. We will turn all checks and credit card transactions into cash.

Bloomtastic Is Finally Here

Today I had a chance to walk Maple Rock Gardens with Sherry, an editor from Garden Gate Magazine, and Debbie Arrington. You might recognize Debbie’s name. For years she was the Garden Writer for the Sacramento Bee. It was fun. Being garden enthusiasts we both looked at plants through the same lens. I have not walked Maple Rock lately looking through the lens of beauty. I’ve been hustling around getting ready for the tour this Saturday. Four weeks ago a major portion of the garden was torn up. The construction has been something that has completely dominated my mind and I haven’t been able to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Walking with Sherry, Debbie and Photographer Jack I had a chance to reflect on the garden through the lens of beauty. What I gained today is something that I had lost. I had lost the perspective of how beautiful a garden can be and just how much it can give back. I guess the old saying is, “stop and smell the roses”. I can’t guess what your “stop and smell the roses” moment is, but mine is the boundless creativity that the garden gives me. The garden is patient with me. And as long as I am patient with it, nothing is asked in return.

I talked with Sherry about being patient with the garden. We agreed that people need to be more patient with their gardens. Today, while we walked around Maple Rock, I saw numerous things that were wrong and bothered me. The pressure of opening up your home to 2,000 of your closest friends can be scary. Given the fact that we had much of it torn apart due to construction I’ve come to the conclusion that I just need to release to nature and let it be what it is.The funny thing is that visitors to Maple Rock on Saturday might not be able to figure out what we did that was so invasive to the garden.

I hope you will join me this Saturday, May 11th from 9am to 3pm as Maple Rock Gardens gives way to Bloomtastic. We will be offering lunch, your favorite libation including a cocktail if you wish. Greg will be playing music in the garden and Earl will be running the trains.

Relax. Take time to smell the roses.

Take time to recognize the child within and watch the trains.

Take a deep breathe. Enjoy the view.

Simply breathe and enjoy.

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I have a different approach to designing a garden. I see things as noise. When I walk into a garden I mentally take out all the things that are noisy until my mind is calm. Then when deciding what to put back in the garden, I put back things that aren’t noisy.

After months of long rains and a very quick start to Spring my head has been completely noisy. Our projects were pushed further and further out with each storm this Spring. With Bloomtastic looming on the horizon the drumbeat of noise continued to pound. Thanks Sherry, Debbie and Jack for making me stop and walk the garden, however so briefly.

This Saturday I hope you can walk the garden and experience what I have experienced today.

See you this weekend at Maple Rock Gardens,

Scott

How can you help out those impacted by the Camp Fire?

You have helped out so much! Here is what’s needed – Visa Gift Cards and cash. Gift cards and cash can be delivered directly to the nursery or sent to us by mail. Our address is:

Attn: Nichole
High-Hand Nursery
P.O. Box 2280
Loomis, CA 95650

You can also call us and give us a credit card over the phone. Our number is 916-652-2065. We will turn all checks and credit card transactions into cash.

So Much Time, So Little To Do

As a child my favorite movie was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (I’m sure most of you know this by now, I’ve talked about Willy a lot). As he was leading Charlie and his cohorts into the factory he suddenly stopped and whipped around with his walking cane in hand. “So much time, so little to do”, Willy said. “Strike that, reverse that.” The funny thing about that part of the movie is that I have remembered it throughout my entire life. I still find myself saying it sometimes in conversation with others. I think it’s funny, everyone always just kind of stops and pauses, thinking about what I just said. When I start out a tour at High-Hand sometimes I’ll say that phrase as I begin walking through the nursery. More often than not I’ll stop and turn around and see the entire group befuddled wondering “do we follow him?”

The reality is that I have so much to tell and and so little time to do it in that I don’t know where to start. I want to talk about snails, weeds, Bloomtastic, hummingbird, a rescue horse, succulents, and Dory’s class. I just don’t know where to start so let’s just jump in and get at it.

We’ll start with the hummingbird and the horse.

The Hummingbird

I’ve always said that you’d stop traffic to save a ladybug. I’m going to add hummingbirds to that list. This mother is perched in her nest, hanging about 2 feet out into the driveway at Maple Rock. I’m shocked that with all the activity going on there that she has not been knocked from her perch. So I’ve put out orange cones to cordon off my driveway and we’ll have to drive around the cones until her baby is born. Some would say that is a lot of effort to protect a bird. But I would say to them “I’m a guy that will stop traffic to save a ladybug and I’ve just added hummingbirds to the list, so there.”

The Horse

This is Mother the rescue horse. Evidently the rescue horse was pregnant. We suspected that but simply didn’t know for sure. So I introduce to you, little Baby Horse. Mom’s a miniature horse, not a full size horse. She stands about waist high, so you can imagine how tall Baby Horse stands. Baby comes up to your kneecaps. For now Baby Horse’s name is Baby Horse. The obvious names might be Doughnut, Spot, or Target. So for now meet Baby Horse.

The Other 400 Maple Rock Mothers

Obviously we have a few new mothers at Maple Rock. I guess we can add the 400 chickens to the Mother List. Cranking an egg every day? I would qualify that as a mother. So by my math we have 402 Mothers at Maple Rock. And we would like add to that count by inviting all the Mothers and anyone they would like to bring to Maple Rock for Bloomtastic on Saturday, May 11th.