Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Goat notes and Donkey tales No. 2 Where did donkeys originate?

                                        Jack and Rosie 
     There were two separate species of the African ass: the Nubian wild ass and the Somali wild ass. Our modern domesticated donkeys are all descended from these African wild ancestors. 
   Donkeys were first domesticated around 6,000 years ago in North Africa and Egypt for meat and milk. Around 2,000 years ago donkeys were among the hardworking animals used to carry silk from the Pacific Ocean to the Mediterranean along the Silk Road.         
   The African wild donkey is a member of the horse family.

They live in the deserts and arid areas of the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia and Somalia, also in the Arabian Peninsula and in the Middle East. Many are endangered, especially the subspecies of the Somali and Nubian ass. 
   Other than on the French Poitou donkey, there is a slender, dark dorsal stripe in all subspecies. The Nubian wild ass, as well as the domestic donkey, also has a stripe across the shoulder creating the legendary cross.
   The legs of the Somali wild ass are striped with black. My donkey Rosie, has faint leg stripes! 
      Wild asses can run almost as fast as a horse. However, unlike most hoofed mammals, their tendency is to not flee right away from a potentially dangerous situation, but to investigate first before deciding what to do.
   My two donkeys are much more laidback than the horses I've been around. I think this contributes to the mistaken idea that donkeys are stubborn. Perhaps they are being thoughtful. Sometimes their consideration of a situation can save not only themselves, but you. 
   When necessary, donkeys defend themselves with powerful bites, and kicks from both their front and hind legs
A wall of stacked donkey hides. 
   Donkeys have long been abused, whether by being used for roping practice, currently being slaughtered by the thousands for hide glue used in cosmetics, or being rounded up by in American by the BLM Bureau of Land Management. 
    Yet they remain loving and forgiving animals.     
      Jack and Rosie are both rescues from 
                 Longhopes Donkey Shelter

                          Go here to read about 
                            the horrific hide glue
                             cosmetic industry
  #donkeys #wilddonkeys #hideglueincosmetics 

Monday, February 7, 2022

Finding Home Again by Darlene Fredette


                5 Stars for Finding Home Again

Book 5 in the Redford Falls series is another satisfying fun read, this time with a twist of suspense. Although this story stands alone, many characters from previous books make cameo appearances which is fun, but it isn’t necessary for you to have read the prior offerings. 

Jordan McKenzie feels she has found a home she never knew when she becomes the caretaker of an historic house in need of loving restoration. Used as the setting for most of the story, you’ll wish you could stay in this beautiful old mansion and explore the lush grounds surrounding the home. 

As the grand opening approaches to celebrate the home becoming Redford Falls new B&B, Pearl, the matriarch and current owner of the estate, requests an intriguing gathering of family members. She’s hatched a plan to solve a mystery years in the making. Jordan is reluctantly involved in keeping the secret and the ruse has her going beyond her comfort zone and fighting her conscience especially when Pearl’s handsome nephew, Logan, shows up looking for answers of his own and the love he once felt from his Aunt Pearl. 

The attraction between Jordan and Logan is quick to heat up, but denied by both. How they overcome the personal and outside huddles thrown in their path makes for an interesting read. Miska, a large and lovable dog, adds to the excitement…until he goes missing. Logan has aspirations of becoming a chef, too bad his cooking sends Jordan to the hospital. The final solving of the mysteries felt like a scene from the wonderful old film noir tropes like the Thin Man with all the suspects present as the suspense builds and some very unexpected revelations come to light.

Once again I enjoyed Darlene Fredette’s writing style and her imaginative storytelling. 

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About Darlene Fredette

Darlene resides on the Atlantic Coast of Canada where the summers are too short and the winters are too long. An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to develop the many stories coming to life in her head. She writes contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners. When not working on her next book, she can be found with her husband, her daughter, and her yellow Labrador. Darlene’s favourite pastime is taking summer day-trips to the Valley to soak in the small-town feel.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

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Lady Gallant 

    Ukraine and Crimea have been in the news lately. Read about the Crimean war of 1853 when British and French forces fought the Russians for control of this strategic country on the Black Sea. 
    Florence Nightingale, the Charge of the Light Brigade, Britain's first war correspondent, all part of this thrilling historical romance. 
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    Disowned by her father and still mourning the death of her fiancĂ©, Josephine Posey joins Florence Nightingale’s brigade of nurses bound for the Black Sea. Thousands of British soldiers desperately await these angels of mercy and a new life awaits Josie. Amidst the chaos of death and despair, she finds a spark of hope, lighting the flame once more inside her soul.

    In search of the truth, Garrick Allen, one of Britain’s first war correspondents also journeys to the Crimean Peninsula. To him the soldiers seem all but abandoned by Queen and country, and as he smokes his cheroots and makes friends with a bottle, he writes his bold but honest dispatches for The Times.  Not wanting anything more than to finish his job and go home, Garrick is blind-sided by a nurse with attitude who offers him a new slant on life and a reason to love.

Long and Short Reviews says:
When I first picked up Lady Gallant, I have to admit that I was only vaguely familiar with the Crimean War. I have read many stories set against the back drop of various wars throughout history. I was intrigued at the possibility that this story might offer something fresh. I was not disappointed. It is clear throughout the text and the notes at the end of the story that Ms. Rifkin researched her setting in order to make it as clear to the reader as possible.
    I must also add that I enjoyed reading the quotes from various historical figures at the beginning of each chapter. I found them interesting and thought-provoking and they all seemed to fit the tone of the story well.
    Reading Lady Gallant was a pleasure. The characters are relatable and the romance is touching. I highly recommend it to any fan of historical romance.
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