Exercise at the Ranch
By Cheryl L. McClure
Jan Paul does a lot of walking at the ranch. He is constantly checking on cows, fencing, building structures, planting, mowing or baling hay, moving hay or working on one of the dams.
I like gathering wood and having bonfires!
But my main focus is on the garden which started out as a spot to bury the family horse, Buzzard. She was an old horse that belonged to Jan Paul's mom and she lived a long, full life. She came to live with us in her later years and one day was bitten by a snake, which caused her to become swollen in the mouth area and she lost a good portion of hide on her neck. Jan Paul doctored her up and took such good care of her, nursing her back to health. You couldn't even tell where she had lost the hide because it grew back, fur and all! In her last year, the freezing temps were too much for her and she had to be put down.
We found a perfect spot to honor her life and decided to plant a Bald Cypress on top of her plot. Then, we decided some flowers would be nice around the tree, then some pathways and a fence to keep the donkeys from eating the flowers and the tree! Hence, the Pickle Creek Ranch Botanical Garden!