Days 3 and 4… Westcliffe Colorado

I’ve enjoyed a few relaxed days in Westcliffe… visiting my friends Kathy and Bob. They have taken to running this delightful B&B like ducks take to water. Their little Inn is lovely and peaceful and Kathy’s a natural at the roll of hostess, while Bob… the grounds keeper… has created a wonderfully charming setting out of the landscape, gardens, patios and decks.



I enjoyed a scrumptious breakfast with some of their guests, Shirley and Andy from Baton Rouge LA, and Gina and John from Aurora CO. Both very sweet couples whose company I thoroughly enjoyed. I also met several of the locals, all very friendly down to earth people. After seeing my book, The Dogs of Central Park, for the first time (and knowing I’m wanting to do more) Kathy took me to meet Tucker and his owners, Lin and Jim Ward. They own a local hair salon called Hair Experts… always busy, and everyone knows everyone. Pretty much what you’d expect from such a small town. Like ya see in the movies. Tucker is an adorable Mini Goldendoodle, and the perfect “shop dog”, with joyful greetings to all who enter. I got a few cute shots of Tucker in the salon, but Lin and Jim invited me out to their ranch for the evening, to get more shots of Tucker “doing his thing”, at home and meet the rest of the animals. They have a lovely place just outside of town, and two wonderful horses I had strong desire to ride. My favorite… Smoke. Once he got a whiff of me and let me stroke his nose and face and neck, he kept coming back for more. After some shooting we enjoyed a glass of wine on the back deck amidst a flurry of hummingbirds enjoying their feeders and flowers. That delightful experience and conversation about it with the two couples mentioned above the next morning, reminded me of a hummingbird poem I had created into a little piece of art that hung by my desk for the last several years. I knew exactly where I tucked in in my RV (I couldn’t lay my hands on much else in there right now!) and immediately ran out to retrieve it to share with all. The poem seems so fitting to this journey I am on. I can’t share any images from here, but I can share this. Enjoy… (I promise to post pics to these posts soon!!)

 Legend says that hummingbirds float free of time carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of every day. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, and ever personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.

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