Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Cactus Rose WW II Willys Jeep, Early March 1942, headed to MVP convention Topeka, Kansas

Cactus Rose has some finishing touches added before heading to national Military Vehicle Preservation Convention in Topeka, Kansas.












Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Flowers and a little calf that I want to share with the world.

Amaryllis flower that bloomed so beautifully at my mother's house. It bloomed again once at our new house and I am trying to get it to bloom again. Corawithcamera copyright 2014-8-20

Below is a Giant Blue morning glory that I that I took a photo of a long time ago.  I have used it on my face book page for years now and just found it available to post here today. I just saw the cute little bug on the right hand side of the flower. Corawithcamer copyright 2014-8-20




Holly hocks blooming at work. I am wondering today if the Holly hocks at the Lazy Tree ranch are surviving. They were double holly hock blossoms in red.


This has also been on my Facebook page since last year. I am reminded of God's love as it seems to shine right out of the glory of this morning glory that bloomed in my yard. Corawithcamera copyright 2013-7

This is Flopsy the calf that I had the privilege of being with in the first hours of life. I want to share the story of this calf in a video and photo format. I  am searching for a good way to do that. Suggestions welcomed. I raised cattle for about 10 years and this was the first time that I got to really be around a calf for such and extended time in its first day so I have lots of fun video and photos. I would love for the world to have a glimpse of this special beauty.

Julie Bergeron character sculpture of her daughter in Glenn Eyrie Madrigal clothing.





Above is a photo that I copied from  the site for some beautiful art work of Julie Bergeron and photos of her daughter since I could not get it to come up directly for the blog. Below is her website. She has such incredible artwork that I just wanted more of you to be able to see it.

http://juliebergeron.wordpress.com/category/mix-media/character-sculptures/custom-character-dolls/?blogsub=confirming#subscribe-blog

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sara and Jim Wilson Homestead Cottage

 
I just saw this wildflower blooming outside the cottage. Look close to see the little stars in the center of the flower. 
  
This old stove heated the cottage for its first overnight quest in over one half a century.



One night when I was accidently locked out of my house I used the Christmas lights I had in the car to light up the cottage so I could see. It gave it a very romantic glow so I am looking to use them more in the future. Right now there is good electric to the outside of the cottage but none actually inside the cottage. Leaving it without electricity would be more authentic but electricity could be fun in the cottage. I think future guest might like it better that way. My husband, Ragan, fixed the double window in the picture. it was a hole in the wall with an old door over it when he started. It is helping to let in enough sunshine that a few plants can live inside with a grow light. Ragan was asked the other day if someone was living in the cottage. He said, "Yes, my wife's plants are living there."
The lights in the window did make the cottage seem to come alive. I am surprised how many people drive by and tell me about what they see.
The window was made from windows found in the attic and given by friends.
These are some of the plants that I am trying to keep alive. When it got to 10 below outside many of the plants froze but some are still trying to hang on for next summer. A grow light loaned by a friend added just enough heat that the ones closest to it survived the temperatures near 20 degrees inside.

I am thankful to have this photo as this is one of the plants I tried to keep. They were two for $10 at Kings Soopers. They may only be an annual but I am not sure so I tried to keep them.

Near the cottage is an old stump that I am using to feed birds. I was trying to figure out how to get bird feed in the budget when a friend unknowingly answered my unspoken prayers and dropped by several bags of bird feed.


I really like sweet potatoe and clolieus as colorful greenery for hanging baskets.

The photo below is a living Christmas tree that I splurged on when we were thinking about moving from the ranch. I had so much fun lighting it up with solar lights where I had no electricity at the ranch. They lasted until after I moved them in July.  I was not sure where to plant it so I put it in an old galvanized tub with a hole in the bottom of it. I was planting some seeds one day and thought maybe a few would grow underneath the pine tree shaded from the hot dessert sun at the Lazy Tree ranch. Sure enough they grew so much better than expected. I put them near the cottage in front of the main house of the Sara and Jim Wilson Homestead. They became a center piece of the yard. The moss roses cascaded over the edge with blooms along with the snap dragons and pansies grew well in the shade of the Canadian Blue Spruce pine tree.
 Jeep lovers will notice some of my husband's jeeps in the background. More about them on other blogs.


 
Above is the view from the back door of the cottage.

This would chop up fire wood great for the cottage if the tractor would start that makes it run. We used it often at the Lazy Tree cabin. It would be fun if I could share the videos of it running.

The roof in the cottage was falling down so I have taken it down so that I could put up drywall unless I find some grant money to actually replaster it.

This is the temporary back wall after 90,000 honey bees were removed to a safer location by our bee keeping friends.  



Tumble weeds grew well after the flooding of the Fountain Creek area in 2013. The water did not even come up to level of the trees in the distance. July 25 th week of 2014 brought another high water mark  that brought the water up to water the roots of the Cottonwoods and elms in the background of the photo.

Cactus Rose takes a jeep trip Tin Cup pass in the Colorado Mountains World War II Battle of the Bulge Vet that lost his eye rebuilding the other jeep on this trip.

Photo by my husband Ragan. Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.
Cactus Rose with Craig Engelage. Photo by my husband Ragan. Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.


Photo of my husband with Cactus Rose. He has had a long affair with this jeep! Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.

Photo of Mr. Grey's (sp? Gray's) jeep by my husband Ragan who is wishing he would have taken more action shots while on the Mountain passes near Buena Vista Colorado.  Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.


Photo by my husband Ragan. Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.

Chris Reed, Craig Engelage, Baron  and others enjoyed Photo by my husband Ragan. Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.

Top of Tin Cup Pass Colorado

Our dog, Coal (who is black as coal and also has his name spelled Cole sometimes), looks like he thinks the WWII seats were redone with perfect padding for him. The human riders grew in their appreciation of the rough ride soldiers must have had in these minimally padded seats. Coal is part Mastiff, St. Bernard, Australian Shepherd, Collie  and totally lovable mix of a few other breeds of dog from Hanover Colorado. This is Cactus Rose the Jeep rescued from the crusher now making to the timberline passes of Colorado. Photo by my husband Ragan. Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.

Baron made the trip and the restoration possible for Mr. Grey, the owner and his Grandfather. He worked hand in hand for hours, days, months and years now with Ragan Simpich, jeep rescuer, and Mr. Grey. Photo by my husband Ragan. Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.

Mr. Grey's jeep and Cactus Rose meet for photo opp at the top of  Hancock Pass.  Photo by my husband Ragan who has helped rescue over 100 jeeps not including Mr. Greys as he and his family did most of the work on the one on the left. Ragan did give advice, many hours and parts to the project. Corawithcamera@BlogSpot.com copyright July 2014.