KELLY NABS A BARGAIN TODAY AT ‘AUNT PEARLS’
Birdfeeder was on the ground this morning so I suspect it was another swarm of Elephants in the back yard again. Luckily only the roof of the feeder was broken & it was nothing some glue & good old duct tape couldn’t fix up. Last time the feeder was knocked out of the tree I suspected a flock of Giraffes.
ANOTHER FINE MORNING FOR A LEISURELY DESERT WALK
WE CAME ACROSS A BIT OF COWBOY FENCING
Despite mid 30's cold air at least the sun was shining & that's all Pheebs & I needed for a walk in the desert behind our house first thing. Soon as that Sun clears the horizon & begins gaining altitude it warms things up pretty fast & at no time did either one of us feel uncomfortably cold.
I’M SURE GLAD WE LIVE WHERE SAGUAROS GROW
A few weeks ago I had photos of Cowboys on horseback atop a tall round hill out near House Rock. I had intended to walk around the hill that morning but after seeing the Cowboys decided not to. Thought maybe they might have been in the middle of doing something with the cattle nearby & didn't want to interfere. No sign of any Cowboys this morning so we parked the Jeep & set off to again have a crack at walking around the big hill.
FOLLOWING A WELL WORN COW PATH
With clear blue skies overhead we made our way along, through, & around many tall stately Saguaros, green Palo Verde trees as well as Mesquite scrub & various other forms of cactus. Came across some fairly new looking cattle pens & a water tank but never did encounter any cattle despite following a well worn cow path half way round the hill. Our 40 minute walk finally led us back to the Jeep again & we headed off little farther down a narrow sandy road.
ON A WALK AROUND THE BASE OF THAT HILL IN THE BACKGROUND WE CAME ACROSS A FAIRLY NEW WATERING AREA FOR CATTLE & YES THERE WAS A THIN SKIM OF ICE ON THAT WATER
Knowing there was a familiar crop of rocks nearby we made our way along the winding road picking up a bit more desert pin striping along the way but nothing serious by the sounds of occasional scratching going by. This particular pile of rocks & bouldners has some nice memories associated with them as this is where we had stopped a few years ago with my Aunt Jean when she was visiting us from Florida. The big boulders all looked the same of course as I scrambled around them taking a few photos here & there. How nice the memories of Aunt Jean climbing up one of the large boulders & sitting on top of it where she was soon joined by Kelly & Pheebs. This morning Pheebs & I clambered up that very same boulder & sat atop it enjoying the surrounding views & welcome serenity of the desert. Only thing missing was Aunt Jean sitting there beside Pheebs & I.THAT TALL BOULDER ON THE LEFT IS THE ONE YOU CLIMBED UP JEAN
SITTING WHERE YOU WERE TODAY THIS IS THE VIEW TO THE WEST
AND WHILE SITTING THERE PHEEBS TALKED ME INTO TAKING A SELFIE
THIS IS THE PILE OF ROCKS THAT NOW ALWAYS REMINDS ME OF AUNT JEAN:))
THERE’S A PHEEBER BUNS IN THIS PHOTO
AND SPEAKING OF PHEEBER BUNS
IN THAT BOULDER CAN YOU SEE THE PROFILE OF A BIG LAUGHING DOGGY KINDA FACE LOOKING OFF TO THE RIGHT??
HAVING A BIG YAWN SO I GUESS IT’S TIME TO HEAD FOR HOME
From the big pile of boulders we slowly made our way through the Mesquite & picked up another dusty road which led us back towards Congress & the gate that would let us out of the desert back into civilization again. We were home about 11:30.
ON THE RIGHT IS THE HILL WE WALKED AROUND
A COUPLE OF PHOTOS TO TEST YOUR IMAGINATION
Kelly & Pheebs headed off to the Library earlier this afternoon & came home with a Jeep full of patio furniture. Well it doesn’t take much to fill up a Jeep Liberty but filled up it was with 2 well built heavy wrought iron type chairs & an even heavier matching table complete with a removable glass top. She found the bargoooon at ‘Aunt Pearls’ on highway 71 in Congress it’s very self.
I WAS SURPRISED AT HOW HEAVY THIS PATIO FURNITURE WAS
With Kindle in hand I tipped back in my gravity chair outside around mid afternoon, read for about 10 minutes then allowed myself to be lulled into a semi sleep state by the chortling & tweeting of our many backyard birds. It can be quiet in our yard until I stretch myself out then I’m sure the birds gather around in nearby Mesquite trees & purposely see how long it takes them to lull me to sleep with their melodious songs. Now if that’s what they really do & there’s no real reason to suggest otherwise then I quietly close my eyes & willingly let them carry me off down the sleepy road of fine old marvelous memories. Thanks my many feathered friends I so like it when you do that for me:))
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A very elderly gentleman, (mid nineties) very well dressed, hair well groomed, great looking suit, flower in his lapel smelling slightly of a good after-shave, presenting a well looked-after image, walks into an upscale cocktail lounge. Seated at the bar is an elderly lady, about mid-eighties. The gentleman walks over, sits alongside of her, orders a drink, takes a sip, turns to her and says, "So tell me, do I come here often?"
Beautiful rocks there today! And some handy furniture. Looks like it was a beautiful day.ReplyDelete
Kelly always finds good bargoons, doesn't she.ReplyDelete
Wow, Headed for the library and found a patio set.......What a find. Happy New Year to you and Kelly.ReplyDelete
It seems nature has its own way of treating people with pleasure that take the time to feed its fine feathered friends. Where else could you hear such a beautiful sound.ReplyDelete
Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.
Wishing you and Kelly an early Happy New Year and all the best in 2016.ReplyDelete
I see the sleeping doggie in the second photo of the rocks, but I'm not sure about the first....ReplyDelete
Another wonderful desert day you day exploring.ReplyDelete
Keely found some great deals by the looks of it.
All the best in 2016 for you guys.
Looks like a great place for walking and taking photos. The air there must be as pure as can be. Have a great new year.ReplyDelete
Kelly found a really nice patio set.ReplyDelete
Kelly scores again!! Happy New Year to you both!ReplyDelete
That's some great looking furniture. And YES I could see the dog face on that rock. Those rock formations often resemble something we have seen before and recognize.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year Al and Kelly!!!!!ReplyDelete
All the best in 2016…
Box Canyon Mark
I agree living where there are saquaros is a treat - they're so beautiful. Great pic of you and Pheebs. Congrats to Libby on her new pin striping :-) Perfect little table and chairs for your patio - look comfy too!ReplyDelete
Al, I want to let you know that I really enjoy reading of your daily life, your blog is so interesting and your adventures with Pheebes capture my imagination and attention. Great buy on the patio furniture, Kelly!ReplyDelete
HAPPY NEW YEAR AL AND KELLY, ALL THE BEST!ReplyDelete
Beautiful walk in the desert. I just love hiking in among the saguaro. One day I hope to settle, at least part of the year, surrounded by the saguaro. I did see the laughing dog very clearly. Good find:) Love the selfie with Pheebs:) Kelly did well with her patio furniture:)ReplyDelete
Wishing you, Kelly, and Pheebs a very Happy, Healthy New Year!