“Become dust - & they will throw thee in the air; Become stone - & they will throw thee on glass." Muhammad Iqbal *Beyond the bushes, boiling with dust, is 4Shoes West boundary road.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Sandhill Cranes Dancing

We have a pair of Sandhill Cranes that live in our pasture; the same pair each year I suspect, as I understand, they mate for life. Sandhills are super territorial birds; if ANYthing gets too close to them they start their delightful gobbling & shrieking. I've never had any guinea fowl because people say they are so noisy, but I suspect the cranes are about the same. 
The cranes have now gone south for this year, but we do look forward to their noisy return. The cranes along with the Canada Geese, who are flying overhead by the thousands in their distinctive V-formations, honking encouragement to the rest.
There is no room for doubt... autumn has arrived. 

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Where in the World..

Please, won't you help us find Kaydance by sharing any where that you can think to share. Please.
I've related the story of the abduction of Kaydance on 4ShoesLife before, but you can also click on the WITWIK photo anytime to read the horrific & scandalous details of this case of heartless parental abduction. 
Kaydance's other mother, Lauren Ann Etchells is a wanted fugitive in Canada for her felony crime & for her violations of orders by the Supreme Court of Canada. 

Lauren's current lover, Marco van der Merwe, has been aiding Lauren in keeping Kaydance hidden away, in violation of the custody order (Tasha Brown was granted full parental custody & there is a court order in place that Kaydance be returned to her care). Parental abduction is a serious crime against the child, against the other parent, & against the extended family. 
Please, help us spread the word by sharing Kaydance's story on all your social media. 
Lauren & Marco are counting on public apathy ~ I hope you will take a moment to prove that good people DO care! 
There is also a WITWIK fb page, so sharing is just a click or 2 away; we'd be so grateful.
Kaydance turned 3 years old on Tuesday; she remains missing & thought to be in the Netherlands.
Click for this heart wrenching story of loss.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Fire is the Test of Gold

Our whole extended family has been in quiet turmoil since September 1st, when our nephew was struck by a car while crossing a street (in another province), sustaining life-threatening injuries. When they slid him into the back of the ambulance, Sandals was already in a coma. 

The entire case has recently been thoroughly reviewed by a different neurologist, who concurs with the primary care team that there is absolutely no reasonable expectation that this once vibrant 23 year old man will ever wake up. Yesterday in conference, the doctors told the parents the sad truth that Sandals has entered a vegetative state. There is a DNR in place. 

The medical recommendation is that (when his body is sufficiently stable) this precious child should be transferred to Winnipeg where he can be closer to  home. At that time, the doctors recommend that all assistance should be removed, including the feeding tube. After that, they estimate that the incredibly bright light that Sandals once shone upon this world... will slowly, painlessly, burn out for good within approximately 56 hours.

Sandals is a twin to Runners; their older brother, Nike, & the twins are best friends with our son, Boot. Runners & Boot have been sitting at Sandals' bedside for the last 2 days, silently communicating their love & their persistent hope for a miracle. 
Nike, Mr Shoes & I, and all other family members who have been able, have traveled to SK to remind Sandals of our love for him, & to lend support to his parents in this time of terrible sadness. 

Despite all our sorrows, the world goes on, as it always does. Plants continue to bloom in my gardens; though only the carrots, beets, peppers, & celery are still growing in the vegetable beds. 
"Adversity is the first path to truth."  ~ Lord Byron

"Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course."  ~William Shakespeare
    "Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men."
  ~Martha Graham

Friday, 22 September 2017

Is My Grand a Genius?

Yesterday, GrandAmy left this little interpretive art piece for me to find later on when I went out to saddle up. 
I think she may be artistically gifted. 
Excuse me, but I have to go call The Julliard & get her onto the waiting list...

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Back to Bunny Life

Mr Shoes & I had a very happy Honeymoon (belated though it was) in gorgeous Niagara Falls, but now it's time to resume my daily routine. 
I thought I'd get started back on track with this little bunnis out in the Rabbit Shack right now...
I'm a pretty little girl that soon will go live with my cousin bunnis, Precious, & her BunnyMommy, Pamela. I don't know my name yet, but I know Pam will have ideas. I can't wait to get there & start living the good life!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Friday, 8 September 2017

28 Years After the 'I Do's'

Honeymooning @ Niagara Falls, ON
As dusk turns to dark, Horseshoe Falls, CA is awash in coloured lights.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Always On Guard

"Saint, what have you got there?"
"It's mine. You want one, you go kill your own."
"I just want to look at it."
"Look with your eyes then. Don't come any closer." 
"You know, muskrats aren't any danger to us."
"On the 4Shoes, I make the call on what's dangerous."
"Okay, okay. I was just sayin'."
"Don't you have a Honeymoon to go on?"
"Yes, I'm going. Boot & Rugby Cleats will be here though."

"They'll have to fight me for this rat. They will lose."
"Trust me, no one wants to touch your rat."
"Don't worry about a thing, just go.
I got this (as usual).
You're welcome."

Friday, 1 September 2017

An Alternate View

'The Mane Trail'
Here we are again, on a different night, traveling down what we call 'The Mane Trail'This main track lays a pleasant 1/2 mile stripe down through the heart of the North Wood. Many arms of named trails branch off from The Mane: some go deeper into the North Wood & make crazy loops, while other paths lead to your choice of pasture, meadowland, or toward 'The Marsh'. Some paths even lead a meandering journey to the South Wood, where new future trails are in the process of developing. 
The Mane Trail empties out at the bottom into the middle of 'The Tail Trail', which is the 4Shoes' easternmost boundary. 

Every time we swing a leg over we do so knowing that we are in for an entirely different ride (even though we travel within a relatively small footprint of 160 acres), made more marvelous daily, courtesy of Mother Nature.