Welcome to Hall’s Haven, home of Around the Ranch…with Martini. We are a little ranch that sits at 7,000 feet up the almost 11,000 foot Sandia (Spanish for ‘watermelon’ - - Martini loves watermelon!) Mountain range just east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. And it is beautiful here, no matter the season. Early Spring, like it is right now, is just going green (except for the evergreens, which are green, well…for ever – HA!) with a pretty perfect temperature in the 60’s and 70’s during the day, and in the upper 40’s and 50’s at night. And it is blustery from the seasonal temperature change, with winds whipping down off the mountains.
We have just come out of a pretty typical winter with our fair share of snow. Our last blizzard (snow blows sideways up here) dumped a foot of the white stuff a week and a half ago. And we have had snow as late as the end of May. Never a dull moment.
Summer is gorgeous, and can get hot, but always 10 degrees cooler than the city of Albuquerque, 20 minutes away and 1700 feet below us. Hall’s haven is definitely the place to be in July and August. Up here at the Haven, we get on average, 278 days of sunshine a year, so Marty is in shades most of the time…HA!
We sit on the edge of the Sandia National Forest, surrounded by evergreens on the west side of the ranch house, and open meadow on the east. Also, on the west side of the home are a couple of ponds, a stream and a gurgling waterfall. All manmade, but they have now become natural features in the landscape for numerous local beasties, like deer, turkey, birds, bear, and the very bravest of mountain lions…oh yes, and Marty, who I found skinny dipping in the pond last week. In his case, though, it was ‘furry dipping’…HA!
We are in the process of going self-sufficient here as well. We get our water from our own well, have a couple of wood stoves on the property, have planted a veggie garden, and built a hen house and enclosure for 6 happy hens. Lots of ‘blue’ eggs (yes blue) to go round.
Martini does rule the roost here, that’s true, but he does so with an eye always open to make sure the rest of the Hall’s Haven residents are loving their lives and what they are doing with their lives. And Marty wanted me to be sure to tell you to do the same. Even the times when things are a bit challenging, like the freezing and blizzardy day that Marty fell through the ice on the back pond (He was learning how to ice skate, silly dog!), and spent the rest of the day drinking hot chocolate (yes, he loves it) and trying to get warm. That was a rough, challenging day, but he got through it with a smile on his furry face (I’m sure it was the hot chocolate!).
No matter what is going on in your life right now, just hang on a few minutes, and you can be sure it’s going to change.
Welcome to Hall’s Haven from all of us. Hope to see you lots more in the Future…which will always be the Present. HA!