A Porch of My Own

A Porch of My Own

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Images from the holidays...

It was another beautiful holiday season at the ranch. Thought I would share some of the images from winter there.

"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.  ~Ruth Stout

"If happiness truly consisted in physical ease and freedom from care, then the happiest individual would not be either a man or a woman; it would be, I think, an American cow." William Lyon Phelps

"For the animal shall not be measured by man.In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not bretheren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the Earth: 
-- Henry Beston

This little lamb and his mom belong to my neighbor. The little lamb was only a few days old. 

"If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.  All things are connected.  Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth." Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe, letter to President Franklin Pierce

"My first copies of Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn still have some blue-spruce needles scattered in the pages. They smell of Christmas still." 
~ Charlton Heston (1923- ), American film actor. 

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home."  ~Edith Sitwell

"Our prime purpose is life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."
Dalai Lama

(Photo - Llama guards the sheep and lambs)


  1. I am enjoying your blog so much. It brings me such comfort and peace. I love your way of life ...living in a small cabin surrounded by nature.

  2. Thank you, Doxie, for all the nice comments.