We try to take Bernard and Ellsworth on as many walks as possible to acclimate them to new sights, smells and sounds.

We’re very fortunate to live right next to the Rio Grande and its network of irrigation ditches and paths.

The boys are very observant and rarely miss anything new. Just as he is at home, Ellsworth is a remarkable sentinel out on our walks.

Every now and then, we catch a lovely sight on the trail. Yesterday, it was a new bird. A very blue bird.

A blue grosbeak. Stunning, isn’t he? He was as blue as the sky.

Like life, the trail is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. ♥

There was very good news in last Wednesday’s Albuquerque Journal. The gates were opened at Diversion Dam and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District was moving water again. Oh yeah. We were excited.

In a nutshell, the conservancy district supplies irrigation water to about 62,000 acres of New Mexico’s farmland from Cochiti Dam to Socorro. From March through October, four small dams divert water from the Rio Grande into a network of 400 miles of irrigation canals, one of which runs right in front of Morning Bray Farm.

That means this:

Just yesterday turned into this:

And the boys can start dreaming about green pastures once again.