Looking back, well, it all started with a dream. When I was in my 20s, I saw some horses that were being neglected. While I called the authorities, not much was done and I felt very helpless. My desire to rescue helpless animals was cemented in that experience.
Fast forward to now… I’ve become aware of how our country treats horses that are no longer wanted: they’re sold to be shipped out of the country for slaughter. While I couldn’t help those horses (and many, many others), there have been some I’ve been able to help.
I’ve always had an incredibly soft spot for animals. As a child I would rescue worms and frogs from being hurt by neighborhood boys. Animals, no matter what kind, have held my heart. I just understand them.
In past ezines, I’ve shared with you the community of ducks, geese, birds, iguanas and turtles (did I leave anybody out?) that we had at our other home. When we moved in December, we had to leave. It was heart-wrenching, to say the least, and while we made sure that they were continued to be cared for by neighbors, we still miss them every day.
When we moved, we had only our 6 kitties with us, plus the feral boy we rescued and brought with us. It didn’t take long for us to begin getting connected to the beings who live here and to begin to call in new friends.
Our new home came with a pair of bunnies, and many, many species of birds. They are enjoying the many bird feeders we’ve put up, and even the bird house has some tenants. (We’re still waiting for the bat houses to fill.) Francisco and I want this to be a true Divine Sanctuary for all living beings (including the 3 snakes and the mice we’ve seen).
This spring, we got busy planting: an oak tree in the pasture, areca palms on one side of two pastures, a vegetable garden, a rose garden, blueberry bushes, raspberry bushes and perennials. Of course we planted a butterfly garden and I just had to have our front fence lined with bougainvillea.
The bunny is enjoying the vegetable garden, and the peacocks have decimated the raspberry bushes. The caterpillars have eaten the passion vine (yay!) and it would seem we need to plant more because the need is so great.
Soon after we moved, we welcomed Raaja, a beautiful quarter horse who was rescued from a kill pen, and 3 young peacocks. I’m developing a relationship with Raaja and understand a little more what to do with him. It’s been years since I had a horse so I’m learning all kinds of things!
Here’s my hubby taking him for a walk in our front yard, which they both love doing.
Regarding peacocks… we’ve never had peacocks before, so this was a whole new learning curve! I never knew how much trouble they can get into! They are curious birds and love getting into flower beds, mine or my neighbors! They just love the dirt and they eat lots of bugs (including ticks – yay). They have no problem deadheading flowers or uprooting plants as they go. (Neighbors aren’t always happy about that.)
Here is Puneet below, our taupe pea, whose name means “pure one,” who, with the help of his two blue pea brothers, Rana and Rasul, happily decimated the flowers in the flower pot.
This whole experience of co-creating the sanctuary has been such a big lesson in faith: believing that we will be able to actually create it even though we’ve never done anything like this before. Believing we’ll figure out how to take care of the new beings we’ve been given guardianship to – not just animals, but also plants; this is a completely new zone (10) for me from the last time I planted anything in Virginia (7). (If you’re a gardener, you’ll understand.)
So it’s a new life, in a new home, with new beings all around. I’ve felt a bit discombobulated as I’ve been integrating the energies. (Thank goodness for tapping!)
And… speaking of tapping, stay tuned, because we’re going to be doing the $25K in 25 Days next month. More on that later this week…
I thought you might like to know what’s been happening in my world. And I want you to know that I appreciate you being a beautiful part of my journey, Divine One. Thank you.