Music and Farm, The Cycle of Life

Rick & Lavinia Ross, Salmon Brook Farms – Spring 2022

The winter days have quickly passed into spring, bringing forth new life and new beginnings.  The sun’s rising point has moved northward along the eastern ridge, and with it, the days have grown longer, the sun brighter and less angled.  Another year is underway.

One of my favorite photos of Blynken as a kitten, pushing her brother’s head down to get a better look at the camera.

This is one of my favorite photos of Blynken as a kitten, pushing her brother’s head down to get a better look at the camera.  She had a quiet intensity in her gaze, making one feel as if they were being studied.   Here is another photo of her as a youngster, trying to figure out what I am up to with the camera.

Blynken, the Quiet Intellectual. Wonders what I’m up to with that camera!

We said goodbye to Blynken at the end of February.    As a kitten, a heart murmur had been detected, but she soon outgrew it, and it remained undetectable on auscultation for many years.  She had seen two different veterinarians in the months before her death, one for an exam and rabies vaccine, the second for a dentistry, and no problems were noted with blood work or anesthesia.  At the end of February, she was found in the morning with her nose pressed against the window.  It seemed she was having trouble breathing.  Blynken was taken in immediately on emergency where it was determined she was in left heart failure, and placed in an oxygen cage.  The ER vet contacted a cardiologist.  Based on his recommendation, a three drug combination from the compounding pharmacy –  Pimobendan, Spironolactone and Clopidogrel – was tried.  She was kept in the ER overnight.   Although she seemed to feel better the next morning and was making biscuits on her blanket,  Blynken could not survive outside the oxygen cage and the clot suddenly moved and painfully lodged in a front leg before it could be dissolved.  At this point it was agreed it was time to let her go.   Our friend and fellow blogger Doug Thomas posted a memorial to Blynken after her death.  We are grateful for Doug’s steadfast friendship through good times and hard times.

We all come into this world, and we all leave it after a time, in way or another.  Sometimes one is lucky enough to go in their sleep.  Although Rick and I know that, and our own time will come eventually,  it is never any easier to bear the loss of a loved one, and I have not felt the motivation to write.  This post was due to come out a month ago.  Goodbye, Blynken.  You are missed.

Wynken, Blynken and Nod (left to right) as youngsters.

News from the farm

It has been a long, cool transition into spring, randomly punctuated by some unusual warmth.  A number of mornings were in the lower 30s to below freezing during the time the plums, pears and cherries were blooming.  The black tartarian and a few of the wild cherry hybrids bloomed late, and will probably produce something.  We will see what we happens with the apples, which are blooming now during all the rain.

This February I managed to catch a hazelnut bloom after a rainstorm.  The tiny red female flower held a droplet of water, reminding me of a gemstone in a setting.  Such finds in nature are a reminder that some of the most beautiful things in life are hard to see, often right under our nose or feet.  One must take the time to look.

Hazelnut bloom in February after a rainstorm.

Daffodils planted in late autumn have come and gone.  The new planting below was put in for fellow blogger Tim Price’s mother and father.  His mother passed away last year.  Tim has been a big supporter of other bloggers, and has recently been charting the progress of a new clutch of great horned owl chicks in his area.  Tim, a photographer, multi-talented individual and owl whisperer, is from Corrales, New Mexico and lives near the Rio Grande and Sandia mountains.

Daffodils planted for Tim Price’s mother and father. Tim’s mother passed away last year.

Tomato, eggplant and pepper starts have been quietly growing in the plant room, and many have already been transplanted into bigger pots, waiting for warmer weather to move them to the garden.  As my left arm and shoulder have been slowly healing, I have been able to do more outside, cleaning up and preparing for the season ahead.

Music news (schedule posted on the Performance Schedule page)

I have guarded the arm and shoulder carefully these past months, and I have been able to practice and play out.  Should you be in the area and wish to see me play, do check out the performance schedule page and drop by.  See previous posts for videos and stories.   There will be more next time.

See you soon!

I leave readers with an old Irish blessing.  Until we meet again, safe travels to wherever your destination in life may lead you.

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

and rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 

 

 

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125 thoughts on “Rick & Lavinia Ross, Salmon Brook Farms – Spring 2022

  1. Congratulations on managing to write this difficult post about your loss. You do so well with your generous tribute planting. That is a wonderful header photograph.

    I am pleased that your shoulder is slowly improving. With love, Derrick XX

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  2. Herman says:

    Hi Lavinia. Always glad to find a new post from you. However, I felt so sorry for reading the painful news about Blynken. It is always so hard when you have to let go a furry friend. Hopefully you’ll find some comfort in the warmer days ahead and the beautiful memories of a beautiful cat.

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    • It is always a pleasure to see you, dear Herman. Thank you for stopping by and for honoring Blynken’s life. She left us with a legacy of beautiful memories. I still remember your Mr. Bowie cat fondly, and know how much you still miss him.

      Wishing you and Jimi and happy spring! 🌲🌼🌻🏵️💮🌸🪷🌷🪴🌺🌳

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    • Thank you for stopping by, lifecameos, for for honoring Blynken’s life. Thank you so much for the kind comments. I enjoy your posts on life in your corner of the world, too. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy spring! 🌲🌼🌻🏵️💮🌸🪷🌷🪴🌺🌳

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  3. Even though I’m not a cat person, I can’t deny how gorgeous your feline members of your family are; beautiful photos. Blynken certainly had her own attractive and bold character. In all the pics, she has an undeniable presence. I’m so sorry you had to make the hard decision to let her go, Lavinia.

    But I’m glad to hear that you continue to find beauty in your surroundings, even though it might be hard to see at times. It’s really important to keep searching for that beauty, in these troubled times.

    I wish you all the best with your scheduled music performances. One of the joys of summer is attending music festivals. We are certainly looking forward to that, this side, as Covid eases up. Be well!

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by, Khaya, and for honoring Blynken’s life. She was an intense but gentle cat, and those eyes seemed like they were looking right through me. I still see them in mind’s eye.

      Finding the good in life is the one real weapon in the arsenal against darkness. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy spring! 🌲🌼🌻🏵️💮🌸🪷🌷🪴🌺🌳

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  4. So sorry to hear about your Blynken, much loved and they leave us too quickly. Your Spring is far ahead of ours and despite our fears about how angry Mother Nature rightfully is these days, the trees blossom and the flowers will come. Let’s all enjoy our time here and do it, as you do, with eyes and heart wide open to the simple pleasures around us.

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    • Thank you for stopping by, Carol, and for honoring Blynken’s life. It is hard to believe May is here already. How can time pass so quickly? Wishing you and your family a happy spring! 🌲🌼🌻🏵️💮🌸🪷🌷🪴🌺🌳

      Simple pleasures are often the best loved and remembered.

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  5. derrycats says:

    I am so sorry to read about Blynken. It is so hard losing our sweet and loving friends, but I know Blynken had a good life with you, and that’s a blessing.

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    • Thank you for stopping by and honoring Blynken’s life, Derrycats. We try to give everyone the best life we can. Her presence was a blessing to us, and we will miss her. Wishing you and your family a happy spring. 🌲🌼🌻🏵️💮🌸🪷🌷🪴🌺🌳

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  6. GP says:

    A beautiful and heartfelt post, Lavinia. I know Blynken will be remembered by me and many others. Such loveable members of the family should be.
    The farm is in full swing this Spring and may it always continue to do so!

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  7. So very, very sorry to read about Blynken. Death is indeed a part of life, but that doesn’t lessen the grief we feel when a loved one, human or otherwise, dies. Your pictures capture Blynken’s sparkle, intelligence, and beauty. Sweet cat! On another subject…wish I lived close enough to come to some of your performances. What a treat that would be!

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    • Thank you for stopping by David, and for honoring Blynken, and the kind comments. That old Irish blessing is one of my favorites. Wishing you a happy spring! 🌲🌼🌻🏵️💮🌸🪷🌷🪴🌺🌳

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  8. Excellent advice: “Such finds in nature are a reminder that some of the most beautiful things in life are hard to see, often right under our nose or feet. One must take the time to look.” To the advice that we should stop and smell the roses must be added the encouragement to also look more closely at the roses.

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    • Thanks for stopping by Steve, always a pleasure to see you! You are one of my favorite photographers for finding and presenting those small gems many of us never see. Wishing you and your family a happy spring! 🌲🌼🌻🏵️💮🌸🪷🌷🪴🌺🌳

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  9. niasunset says:

    Dear Lavinia, Blynken so lovely, I am so sad too, They always make us happy but when they gone… I remember my cats too, and I know, they will go too, even we will go too… This is life, the most beautiful part is what we have in our memory box… Life is almost to collect memories… Rest in Peace lovely Blynken, you will always be in our hearts…

    Spring is my best season… I can see how beautiful and exciting in your farm these days, Blessing, happiness and abundance be with you there!

    It is always so nice to hear you, to be here with your words, Music, I can hear, this is great, you know, I love so much.

    Thank you dear Lavinia, Happy Spring days, Love, nia

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    • Thank you for stopping by, dear Nia, and for honoring Blynken and the very kind comments. Life is indeed a collection of memories. We cherish the good ones. Wishing you and your family, and all the cats a happy spring filled with peace and love. 🌲🌼🌻🏵️💮🌸🪷🌷🪴🌺🌳

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    • Thank you for stopping by, Pat, always a pleasure to see you. Thank you for honoring Blynken and the kind comments. Wishing you a happy spring as well. 🌲🌼🌻🏵️💮🌸🪷🌷🪴🌺🌳

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  10. I’m so sorry about the loss of your Blynken, Lavinia. I know how hard it is to lose animal friends. I’m sorry also that I was not able to comment on your last post. I’ve been very sick since last October and I’m still not commenting much, or posting on my site at all.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Leah, I am always glad to see you whenever. Do not worry about whether you can comment or not. I had wondered about not seeing any recent posts from you. You are in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. Please feel better soon!

      Wishing you ad your family and all of the kitties of Catwoods a happy spring! 🌲🌼🌻🏵️💮🌸🪷🌷🪴🌺🌳

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  11. Thinking of you and Rick, Lavinia – and of your other kitties. So sorry to read that your sweet Blynken has passed from this earthly place. I know how difficult it is losing a dear one. Our hearts are with you.
    Hugs, Nina

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  12. JazzCookie says:

    Lavinia…I know how you struggled with the loss of your dear pet. Here are more comforting Irish words… “May you know that absence is full of tender presence and that nothing is ever lost or forgotten.” from Irish poet/scholar John O’Donohue’s book, Eternal Echoes
    Blessings, Molly

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  13. I was sorry to hear about your loss but you have some beautiful pictures as a memorial.

    Your capture of the raindrop on the hazel flower was very artistic.

    I hope that your shoulder responds to your careful treatment.

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    • Thanks for stopping by and for the kind comments. It is always a pleasure to see you. I am grateful for the invention of the camera, and the view into the past it allows us all.

      The hazel flower with water droplet caught my attention as it sparkled with prismatic brilliance in the sun. Unfortunately I did not capture the rainbow sparkles. They were beautiful.

      I have had to be very careful of the shoulder. The weed trimmer seems to be hard on it.

      Wishing you and Mrs. Tootlepedal a happy spring. 🌷🪴🌺

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  14. Oh Dear Lavinia, I wondered where you were – Now I read you’re navigating another pet loss. So sorry. I hope as Spring emerges, so does your zest for life.
    I’m happy to hear your months’ arm/shoulder pampering is allowing you to now go forth and play. My wrists/hands have been acting up so I’ve imposed a hiatus on playing/practising and wow – it’s hard! Wish me luck, my appt with the hand specialist and consequent therapist isn’t for another 2 weeks!
    Take care.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Laura, it is always a pleasure to see you. Multiple pet losses are an unfortunate side effect of having multiple cats. We didn’t go looking for more cats. Being in a rural area, they have a tendency to just show up needing help or are born somewhere on the property to a feral mother, as was Blynken. The oldest remaining ones are now in their 15 and 16th years, and the two youngest will be 9 in August. Aside from old age (our oldest was 22 when she passed on in 2018), cancer, kidney disease and other maladies can take a toll on the herd. The pandemic has been a strange time on top of all that. Each animal that passes through our lives leaves their mark, their lives and stories all woven into the tapestry of this place we call home.

      I am sorry to hear your hand and wrist are acting up and you are in hiatus. I do wish you good luck and you are in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. My shoulder and arm problem has been diagnosed as “impingement syndrome” and I will be getting physical therapy. I was extremely lucky things never got so bad I couldn’t play, although some songs on the Guild 12-string were difficult to do a few months ago, and I had to be careful and take breaks practicing, saving the real push for when I played out. Gardening and heavy lifting were definitely out until recently.

      I will by by to catch up with you and others soon. I am checking messages here between outside chores. 🙂

      Wishing you a happy spring! Stay well, and heal up that hand and wrist.

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by and honoring Blynken’s life. It is always a pleasure to see you no matter what the circumstances. I still remember your Easy Rider pup. His little garden is doing well, and Easy’s pear tree the neighbor’s horse tried to eat a few years back has recovered and blossomed this spring. It is a MoonGlo pear. I have it barricaded from deer and other critters. 🙂

      Wishing you both, and Nelly and Phenny a happy spring. Win lots of ribbons this year!
      🌲🌼🌻🏵️💮🌸🪷🌷🪴🌺🌳

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  15. Hi Lavinia,

    That was a lovely tribute to Blynken, and thank you for including the photos. She was adorable. As you know, I haven’t had this particular experience yet, and I dread it with my entire being. Your post is a reminder that the end can come suddenly and unexpectedly, even with a clean bill of health from the veterinarian, and the takeaway is to appreciate every day with our little friends.

    Bud and I will keep you in our thoughts, and we hope you’re doing okay despite the grief.

    That’s a beautiful acoustic, by the way. And a 12-string!

    Cheers,

    Big Buddy and Little Buddy

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    • Thank you, Big Buddy and Little Buddy, for stopping by and honoring Blynken’s life. Yes, it can happen unexpectedly,and every day is a gift. The ER vet told me one of her own cats had dropped dead in front of her from heart failure. She said dogs will give advanced warning, but cats tend to physiologically compensate until they can’t anymore.

      As you know, we have lost a few animals during this pandemic. I am feeling that. But multiple pet losses are an unfortunate side effect of having multiple cats. We didn’t go looking for more cats. Being in a rural area, they have a tendency to just show up needing help or are born somewhere on the property to a feral mother, as was Blynken. The oldest remaining ones are now in their 15 and 16th years, and the two youngest (Blynken’s siblings) will be 9 in August. Aside from old age (Willow, our oldest, was 22 when she passed on in 2018), cancer, kidney disease and other maladies can take a toll on the herd, and come out of nowhere. The pandemic has been a strange time on top of all that, and someties I wonder how that has affected things. The humans are all vaccinated and boostered. Each animal that passes through our lives leaves their mark, their lives and stories all woven into the tapestry of this place we call home.

      That 12-string is a beauty. 🙂

      Take care, Big Buddy and Little Buddy. Stay well, and may you have many long years together. 🙂❤️🐱 Wishing you both a happy spring!

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  16. Lavinia, I am so sorry to hear about Blynken. What a beautiful soul she was, together with her sisters. Of course, we know that loss is an inevitable part of loving but knowing this doesn’t make it easier to bear. I quite understand you not feeling the inclination to write. It seems that spring has arrived on the farm now, hopefully bringing sunlight and renewed spirit as everything bursts into growth. Take care of that shoulder!

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by, Sandra, and for honoring Blynken’s life. It is always a pleasure to see you, no matter what the circumstances. Spring has arrived in full force, waiting for no one. The trick with the shoulder will be to no overdo it.

      Wishing you and your loved ones a happy spring. 🌲🌼🌻🏵️💮🌸🪷🌷🪴🌺🌳

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    • Thank you for stopping by, Venetia, and honoring Blynken’s life. It is always a pleasure to see you, no matter what the circumstances.

      I will catch up with you and others soon. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy spring. 🌲🌼🌻🏵️💮🌸🪷🌷🪴🌺🌳

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  17. Hi Lavinia, So sorry about your Blynken. One year, my vet thought Susie had a heart murmur. Asked about how she was behaving and her activity level, I said Susie was her normal self. It turned out to be how the blood was flowing through her valves. The following year, Susie didn’t have that murmur sound.

    I can relate about how things are in a multi-cat household. Everyone occupies a position, so when one goes away, it becomes so quiet for awhile. I hope it didn’t become too quiet after Blynken left.

    Glad your arm and shoulder are starting to feel better. It certainly becomes an inconvenience when you want to do some gardening.

    Best to all.

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    • Thank you for stopping by, David, and honoring Blynken’s life. It is always a pleasure to see you, no matter what the circumstances. The missing cat always leaves a vacuum, and the others sort it out over time, each in their own way.

      I start physical therapy for the shoulder next month, they were booked out a long way. The diagnosis was impingement syndrome. X-rays showed there is also some very mild arthritis in the acromioclavicular joint, but I was told that in itself is not contributing much to the current problem.

      Wishing you and your family and friends a happy spring, and a successful competition season with the horses. The girls are excellent riders, trained and prepared. They will do well.

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  18. Deepest condolences on the passing of beautiful Blynken. My two are 10 this year and one of them was just diagnosed with a grade 2 heart murmur. The vet isn’t too concerned yet but reading your post certainly made me think. Always so hard to lose our babies.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Ellen, and honoring Blynken’s life. Yes, she was a beautiful girl and dear kitty.

      Wishing you and your loved ones a happy spring, a time of rebirth and renewal. Many hugs back to you. 🌲🌼🌻🏵️💮🌸🪷🌷🪴🌺🌳

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  19. I was so happy to see a post from you, Lavinia, and deeply saddened to read of Blynken’s passing. As you say, the joys of living with animals is knowing that the day of loss will come, but you are so loving and attentive to those who come into your life, there’s no question their lives are bettered.

    It’s terribly hard to limit activity, as with your arm. Still, ‘rest’ doesn’t have to mean complete inactivity. I know you’ll be as attentive to your arm as you are to your creatures and gardens. As Julian of Norwich once said (and T.S. Eliot quoted), “All will be well.”

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    • Thank you for stopping by, Linda, and for the very kind comments. It is always a pleasure to see you, no matter what the circumstance. Our animal companions live such a short time compared to our own lives, and indeed, the joy of living with them is balanced by knowing the day of loss will come, in one way or another.

      You and Julian of Norwich are right, “all will be well”. The arm will heal, eventually. The weed whacker seems to be a bit hard on it, but I am learning new ways to do tasks that do not tax the shoulder so much. 🙂

      Wishing you and your loved ones a happy spring. I will catch up with everyone soon.

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  20. Oh Lavinia, so very sorry to hear that. I remember being charmed by her and her name when I first found your blog. It must have been dreadful watching her go through the trauma. I know what it’s like as we recently lost one of ours to the same thing. I’ve never seen a cat howl in pain before. Never want to see it again. Spring is at least brining new beginnings and beauty. Enjoy your music.

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by and for honoring Blynken’s life, Annie. It is always a pleasure to see you, no matter what the circumstances. Yes, seeing Blynken go through all the trauma was a shock, and I hope never to see something like this again. I am saddened by your loss as well.

      I am way behind, and will catch up with you and others. I know Animal Couriers has been quite busy doing all kinds of good things over there.

      Yes, spring is a time of rebirth and renewal, with many good things yet to come. All my best to you and the Animal Couriers team. Wishing you a happy spring!

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  21. Hey hi hello Salmon Brook friends. I’m so sorry to read your news of Blynken. It’s just too hard to say goodbye. Thank you for sharing the sweet kitten photos today.
    Spring has been very slow to arrive here. We’re getting some nice rain today though and hopefully things can begin to turn green soon. Happy garden season Lavinia! I’m looking forward to filling my pots in 3 weeks or so. 💗K

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    • Thank you for stopping by, Kelly, and for honoring Blynken’s life. It is always a pleasure to see you, no matter what the circumstance. She was a very sweet kitty.

      We are getting a lot of rain as well, and that is good going into summer. The grass has already been mowed several times. 🙂 The Dutch iris have been blooming for a few weeks now, and I saw the first set of fat buds on the German iris yesterday.

      Wishing you and your loved ones a happy spring, and in the meantime, those lovely designs of yours provide a touch of springtime all year long. They are beautiful!

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  22. Oh, Lavinia, I am so sorry to hear about Blynken. It’s never easy to lose our friends. And her kitten pictures were so adorable. As soon as I saw them, I said to myself, please don’t let this be a memorial. But I know how much she was loved and she couldn’t have known a better home. My heart is with you both.
    I hope you continue to recover, and spring continues to grow on your farm and in your hearts. Warmest wishes …. Jeanne ❤️

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    • Thank you for stopping by, Equinoxio21, and honoring Blynken’s life. It is a pleasure to meet you. Yes, she did have the most wonderful, intriguing eyes.

      Wishing you and your loved ones a happy spring.

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      • We are in the Cascade foothills of western Oregon, about an hour northeast of Eugene and about an hour southeast of Salem. Snow goes by elevation around here. We are at roughly 800 feet, and it is green where we are but the mountains have snow. Spring has been long and cool, but is well underway.

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  23. I so enjoy your quarterly updates Lavinia, and the way they draw me into the slow cycle of life so close to nature. But of course, I am deeply saddened at the loss of your Blynken. She definitely seemed a character! You have given us a beautiful tribute of your love for her.

    My occasional visits to my neighbour’s cat are bearing fruit. Last week she came straight over and settled beside me. Then she happily ‘encouraged’ me to scratch her head. She even rolled onto her back a few times, but I am not so easily fooled by that, haha! She never makes any noise, purr or miaow. Although when I rubbed her chin and throat I could feel her purr vibrating. She loves turning around and putting her butt towards me – I tell her owners that is ‘catspeak’ for ‘do you want to be my friend’? LOL. Anyway, they are quite amazed at our interaction, as she is usually a very self-contained little puss. I wonder if I will get a similar reaction tomorrow. Gosh! It’s hard being rationed to such visits without a pet of my own.

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    • It is always a pleasure to see you, Gwendoline, and I thank you for stopping by and honoring Blynken’s life, and for your kind comments.

      I am also quite familiar with the presentation of the cat’s hind end as a sign of trust and friendship, especially the “butt scrunch and tail shake”. I think I read somewhere that the behavior goes back to kittenhood when they present to the mother cat to have their behind inspected and cleaned. 🙂 You have been chosen as a person of interest by your neighbor’s cat, and have been honored. I am sure she will give you more attention on your next visit.

      On another note, I will probably be ceasing the blog portion of this site at the end of next year, 2023. I figure 10 years of my ramblings will probably have been enough, family takes up more and more time these days, and there is never enough time for personal projects. I will still try to keep up with all of you as I can. I value my blogging community.

      Your book is still on my list.

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      • Thank you for validating my theory Lavinia. I know you have so much experience with the feline world.
        I’ll be sorry to see the end of your blogs but totally understand the need to be careful with time. It can be a consuming hobby, and I can never follow all those I would like. There are just not enough hours in the day for all my projects.

        And I am grateful you still intend to read my book. But just a trigger warning that there are some confronting elements, so save it for a day you are feeling strong and fortified. xxx Gwendoline

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      • Oh, I’m sorry to hear about your decision to end blogging at the end of 2023 (on Gwen’s comment, I think). I was just thinking about you the other day as I made an adjustment to my blogroll. I was debating if I should put you on there because your posts are more seasonal. I think I will because I missed this blog post since I read by reader, not emails.
        And I am so sorry to read about your beautiful Blynken. What a terrible blow.
        Since July we have lost 3 cats in our family (2 of ours and my daughter’s who I babysat all the time) and now Tiger Queenie Princess Mimi Josefina is fading. 😦
        BTW, Gwen’s book is heartbreaking, but very very good.

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      • Thank you for stopping by, Luanne, and for honoring Blynken’s life. It is always a pleasure to see you no matter what the circumstances. Yes, it was unexpected, and a blow to us. I am so sorry you have lost 3 of your own I have more daffodils coming in to plant this fall, and will plant some for your kitties, too.

        I am having trouble keeping up with everyone, and have decided just to do the best I can. Once the last post of my own is up at the end of 2023, I will leave the old posts (10 1/2 years by then) up for people to look through, and only update the other pages as needed. I treasure my blogging community and will continue to be part of the WP community.

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      • Thank you so much for the daffodils. I understand how hard it is to keep up. So many wonderful people in the blogosphere, but we have to live our lives in the physical world, too!

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    • It is always a pleasure to see you, Julie, no matter what the circumstances. Thank you for stopping by from Frog Pond Farm in New Zealand, and honoring Blynken’s life. She was indeed a very sweet cat, and will be missed.

      Hope all is well there. It is autumn now where you are, and you should be enjoying all the fruits of your labor. Many hugs and much love back to you, dear friend! ❤️

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  24. I liked the news from the farm . We got also frost on the pear trees flowers . Fortunately Apples trees are in bloom a bit later
    Compliments, Lavinia for your observations about the hazelnut flower. and the photo. You teach me .
    Your flowers memorial is very touching.
    Love ❤
    Michel

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    • It is always a pleasure to see you, dear Michel. I am glad you are feeling better and are posting again. All of us were quite worried about you, and it was good to hear you are at least able to walk in your garden now.

      Much love to you, Janine and the family, ❤️
      Lavinia

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  25. Thanks for your comment Lavinia .
    I checked the patch of Daffodils , to the memory of your friend ‘s parents
    This makes me think of the Spring flowers here in Amiens . At first snowdrop, then muscari, , then crocus , then daffodils and narcisse, then tulips.
    June is the month of the roses
    As you see we would be able to make a calendar with flowers !! 🙂
    Love ❤
    Michel

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    • Thank you for stopping by, Dear Michel! Yes, we could make a calendar with flowers. 🙂 ❤️

      I would love to see more of your drawings and stories from your youth.

      Much love to you, Janine and the family, ❤️
      Lavinia

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing in our lives here, Lakshmi. It is always a pleasure to see you. Yes, saying goodbye to a loved one is difficult, and never gets easier for me. Being among Nature does help in so many ways.

      All the best to you and your family. Thank you once again for stopping by.

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing in Blynken’s life, Wendy, it is always a pleasure to see you. Little Blynken was very much loved and is missed. You are right, it is never easy to lose one. Thank you for your hugs and prayers. I was also stricken with a heart attack a few weeks ago and am healing on that front, too.

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  26. Hi Lavinia, so sorry for your loss and not reading this sooner, life is hectic right now as I have to take on multiple jobs to cover the bills as I missed the opera audition season due to travelling performing work away from London auditions last autumn. I’m keeping up with my singing practice hours and learning new repertoire after work and weekends which doesn’t leave much time for blogging sadly.

    I went to Romania to plan our wedding blessing there, delayed for two years due to covid, and came back with a serious ear infection which put me out of action for auditions I’d booked. The 💒 wedding blessing is due in a couple of weeks which is exciting, I hope that life on the farm is going well, thank you for keeping up with me even though I have been very negligent to my blog friends, hope you understand.

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    • Charlotte, please do not ever worry about being “late” or missing a post here. My own life is hectic enough I can’t get around to everyone in a timely fashion, and often have to catch up. I enjoy reading about your travels and all the good things you are doing, engaging young and old in your music! Your posts are educational.

      I am sorry to hear about the ear infection. I know how those impact singing, and you need to be at your best. I have fallen further behind with everyone myself. About 3 weeks ago I had a heart attack, and was told if I had delayed any further getting to the hospital, I would have been dead. I am home, back to work, and playing music again, though I am trying to maintain a slower pace of life. That is hard, with so much to do here. Stress kills.

      Never, never worry! You are always welcome here, and I enjoy seeing your own career blossom.

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      • Oh Lavinia I am sorry to read about your heart attack, thank goodness you didn’t delay in seeking help. My Nana had a funny turn at my brother’s wedding and she put off going to see about it, then when she finally went she had to have three stents she has recovered well but it put the fear into her. I hope that manage to balance everything, sometimes it just feels overwhelming when you have so much to do but don’t feel that you have anything for all that work you are putting in so just look at the positives and enjoy life at a little slower pace.

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