Round Trip From Texas

Round Trip From Texas

This may be the last blog for four weeks. I lam off to China in the morning. Ambush Hill Ranch will be in capable hands with my ranch manager. I’ll try to blog from China but can make no promises. My new book, “Round Trip From Texas,” The Travels and Essays of Sonja Klein, will be published in March or April and the chapter on China is the reason for the trip. I’ll be...

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Traps

Traps

The question here is what to do next. My domestic sheep are eating the corn before the deer arrive. In addition, the surveillance camera shows hogs also coming to feed. I can either move the feeder to a pasture where the sheep cannot graze, move the sheep to another pasture or erect a fence around the feeder low enough for the deer to jump and keep the sheep away. Then the hogs won’t be...

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Deer in the Hill Country of Texas

Deer in the Hill Country of Texas

Deer range free in the Texas Hill Country. Pictured is an Axis doe, an exotic deer imported from India. These deer thrive in the Hill Country and outnumber the native white tail. The Axis breed year round and are quite prolific. The meat is very tasty and not as gamey as the native deer. The antlers are large and are coveted by trophy hunters. On my ranch, Ambush Hill, I have feeders with...

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Hats

Hats

My father always loved a woman wearing a hat. My mother wore hats. He bought them for her. He always wore a white Stetson and took it off whenever he entered a building. Today men wear hats dancing, in restaurants and even in church. Baseball hats are worn backwards in restaurants too. A woman never takes off her hat whether in a building or outdoors. But manners seem to have been thrown...

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Camp Fires

Camp Fires

As you can see from the photo, there is no shortage of camp fire material on the ranch. There is nothing like the aroma of a camp fire. I especially prefer cedar or juniper, the real name. Cedar was used in ancient rituals as a cleansing smell to clear the bad spirits and make way to invoke the good ones. Often on my world journeys I disembark from a plane and inhale the aromas of my...

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Captain Lazy

Captain Lazy

The advantages of living on a remote ranch outweigh the disadvantages but some things require adaptation. Captain Lazy to the rescue. Anything that involves physical effort that can be avoided by using common sense is utilized. If the necessary tool is in the tool shed rather than the barn, make the trip worth while and carry something else back. If a trip down the rocky hill takes place,...

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