Sunflower Farm

“To live is so startling
it leaves but little room
for other occupations.”
Emily Dickinson

 

 

There’s a YouTube channel I follow and enjoy watching, the Sunflower Farm Creamery. The farm is located in Cumberland, Maine and broadcast on YouTube since January 2012. The farm is owned by husband and wife school teachers that raise Nigerian Dwarf Goats. The couple also make and sell goat cheese, fudge and caramel.

I began following them because I found it extremely relaxing to watch their beautiful old farm and the playful goats.

Recently, with the Coronavirus impacting even this farm, the owner began daily videos showing all her pregnant goats and has included some yoga and meditation to follow along. The 30+ momma goats are due to foal their kids in less than 2 weeks, so I watch daily to see not only their progress but look forward to the arrival of all the kids.

If you want to relax and enjoy a good daily laugh, I’d suggest watching Sunflower Farm.

Shine On

 

Shelf Life

“Life and death matters, yes.
And the question of how to behave in this world,
how to go in the face of everything.
Time is short and the water is rising.”
Raymond Carver

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Spring has arrived. This season is one of my favorite of the four. But, it’s also one of the most difficult. Why? Because March is also the month that reminds me of the people and pets that I parted with in the month of March.

We all deal with the process of grieving differently. For animal lovers with pets they have lost, grieving can be as difficult as losing a human loved one. Don’t judge yourself for not getting over it fast enough. You have to grieve in your own time. There’s generally no right or wrong way to grieve. Some people like to talk about good memories and good times they had with the deceased. Me, well I prefer to be alone and to have quiet time, looking at old photos or videos of the deceased during better times.

Life and death is something that everyone must learn to deal with in our own way. We will never know our expiration date. And whether we like it or not, we all have a shelf life.

Shine On

Have A Whale of A Valentine’s Day

“Today is Valentine’s Day.
– Or as men like to call it,
Extortion Day!”
Jay Leno

 

Redondo Beach Gray Whale Valentines Day 2020

This is the season for all the migrating Gray Whales. Today a local photographer, Tim Hammond shot this Gray Whale spouting its heart shaped wishes.

Shine On

 

Dog Athletes in Motion

 

“There is no such thing as a difficult dog,
only an inexperienced owner.”
Barbara Woodhouse

Dog Athletes in Motion

 

Every year I look forward to watching the prime televised dog shows. I’m always amazed how the judges select “Best of Show” from such beautiful and diverse breeds. But, there is one event at the recent Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show which doesn’t require a judge. The best in the agility category.

There are different breeds and sizes that compete in dog agility. But, whatever size or breed you prefer, there is no denying that these agility dogs have a whole lot of heart.

P!nk, who is pictured above and yes, named after the singer, became the sixth border collie in seven years to win the 2020 Westminster Masters Agility Championship. The dog and her owner, Jennifer Crank, won the 16-inch class for the third consecutive year.

If you love dogs and have never watched a dog agility competition, you’ve missed the experience of witnessing dog athletes in motion.

Shine On

Wyland Whaling Wall

“I pretend like I’m painting
the whales as they swim by.
I’ve studied whales since I was a child,
so it’s all in my mind.”
Wyland

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One of Redondo Beaches most famous landmarks is the large mural created by world-famous Laguna Beach artist Wyland. He painted the mural for free back in 1991 in hopes the mural would inspire everyone to make ocean conservation an issue to be examined.

This 87′ x 622′ mural depicting 12 California gray whales can be viewed on the exterior wall of the AES Redondo Generating Station, 1100 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, California. The mural is #31 of the artist’s largest and most extraordinary works created as a series of 100 life-size murals in 100 different cities around the world.

The mural illustrates the annual 10,000-mile round-trip migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from the Bering Sea to the warm lagoons of Baja California and back again to the arctic circle, with their newborn babies alongside. This migration happens every winter and brings the whales close to Redondo Beach’s shoreline.

I feel so fortunate to have witnessed hundreds of whales these past years making their yearly Baja trip. If you too have seen whales in their natural habitat, you know what an emotional experience it can be. We need to be reminded of our beautiful oceans and the precious cargo it is home to everyday.

The following 1991 video about Wyland and his passion for whales, also shows the painting on the Wyland Whaling Wall.

Shine On