We went to Gardner Springs this afternoon to visit with our family members who live out there - Lloyd's sister Joyce and her husband Duane and two of their children, Noah and Heidi, Rachel and Kirk, and their families. It's way out in the country - the three families living in separate homes on the large parcel of land - very peaceful - no neighbours in sight, but not so isolated that they feel cut off out there.
After dinner some of us took a walk around the area - Rachel's three girls, Ivory, Lily and Scarlett, accompanied Cheryl and I while Rachel ran back to her mother's house to get carrots to feed the donkey.
This is a handy vehicle Rachel uses to travel between her house and Joyce's.
This is Melvin, the donkey. I don't know what his purpose is but the kids like feeding him.
Rachel and the girls gathered armsful of hay to hand feed Melvin.
Ivory, being careful not to fall over backwards into the corral.
The barn. The girls told me they saw an owl in it one day, so I had to go and see if I could get a picture of it. I love owls. However, that bird had flown so I missed getting a picture.
Inside the barn there are no animals (that we could see anyway) - instead Duane had stored 14 motorcycles in it.
Ivory posing on one of the cycles.
This little tree was planted on the property as a memorial to our niece Tania's son, MacKenzie Fisher, who died on New Year's Day 2009 from a brain tumor at the age of 12.
It's a lovely spot to sit and reflect on a peaceful day.