Added to that, I am really quite ill. I have been harbouring some kind of respiratory-virus-of-doom all week, which has resulted in incessant coughing, sneezing, and the usual unpleasant cotton-wool-filled-head syndrome that goes with such symptoms. In addition, I have been gradually losing my voice, until today, when it entirely gave up and now all I can do is whisper, or croak in a really harsh way. Nevertheless, I have a boatload of work to get done, so I worked most of today.
All this is to say, I'm not quite up to my usual standards. But at least I'm here!
The prompts from Eden Hills for this week are: Starts with U, Week's Favourite, and Kids
Starts with U
U is for unexpected. When I got to my Ottawa hotel room, I noticed a pretty artwork on the wall. It was about 12 inches square.
I thought it looked similar to the artwork on my living room wall, which is about 2.5 or 3 feet square. The colours in this shot aren't very good - I had to take it in the evening light with my phone - but you get the idea.
Sure enough, upon close inspection, I saw that the artist is the same. It was nice to have an unexpected connection to home in my hotel room while I was away.
Due to being on the road this week, and working some crazy hours, I really didn't take many photos. I did visit two on-farm fromageries (cheese-making facilities) in Quebec on my drive home. They make small batches of artisanal cheese that are extremely good, and I sure wish I had a fromagerie close to where I live! In one of the very brief periods of respite from the rain, I took this picture of the sheep at Fromagerie Le Mouton Blanc. It was lovely to see the sheep grazing outside, and today I tasted some of the cheese made with their rich milk. Absolutely heavenly!
This is probably the hardest prompt I've had from Eden Hills. Quite a few years ago, I had a big flock of sheep and goats and I would have had cute kid pictures, but not any more. I have no human kids, and I don't spend time around human kids either, since I am not very fond of them. Thus, I don't take pictures of them! We'll just have to make do with this old picture from April 10, 2010. This is me with two of the kids from my former Iowa farm.
I sure do miss having a farm with enough land to have goat kids. On the other hand, the difficult thing about having goat kids is that you either have to keep them all, or find good homes for them, and that was a very difficult thing to do. I felt increasingly uncomfortable with breeding my animals when I had them, and I think if I still had breeding animals, I probably wouldn't keep breeding them. I just can't handle taking them to the auction to be sold for meat, and unless I know the home that they are going to really well, I'm not happy with selling them. It's a predicament that I don't want to face again.