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January 2014

Old lady in purple

Bonnie sure enjoys her Weatherbeeta turnout blanket and purple-plaid fleece liner! We are more "don't" rather than "do" when it comes to blanketing, but with Bonnie's old age (28?), and laminitic tendencies, we try to be extra careful. Note that her SoftRide boots are staying on nicely, too. All the horses came in early today because that 1-inch snow forecast turned into 6 inches and counting!

Bonnie in snow 4x6

Bonnie is a real-life horse character in the novel, Winning Bet, a clean read for 'tweens and teens.

Learn more about how Bonnie fought laminitis in the Founder Chronicles.

'Development' and 'farm':Two words living happily together?

“Our public restrooms are in an old chicken coop, so it’ll be half public restroom and half chicken coop.”
- Kristin Kirkpatrick,
 Bellisimo, Inc.

Even more interesting is that people are paying extra for the privilege of living next to and supporting a farm.

"Values of existing homes have jumped 25 percent since the agricultural amenities started construction. And they’re selling the new lots at 20 to 25 percent above nearby neighborhoods."
- from 'Forget the golf course, subdivisions build around farms',
Harvest Public Media

Read also:
Drainage, bigger street, bike trails, sidewalks would feed into Poudre River
A peek at the development next door

Had any "cow-tastrophes" lately? RIP, Bud McCaulley

Trying to appease my horse fixation in our 12-degree weather, I ran into this print today at one of Fort Collins' flea-market-antique shops. At home, I Googled the artist, signed here as "McCaulley did it", only to learn that Bud McCaulley died just two days ago, according to The Cartoon Cowboy's Facebook page. I love the horse's expression. Rest in peace, Bud. You made me laugh.

Mccaulley did it cartoon cowtastrophe

You might also enjoy, "Lost messages: Postcards show importance of horses more than 100 years ago"


Our historic farm to be part of Fort Collins 150 Exhibit at Museum of Discovery

I forgot that I nominated these two posts for the Fort Collins 150 history contest:

"Gruesome end for Father of Fort Collins; historic farm revealed" and 

"Case cracked: Overland Stage stop, a founding father, and the mystery of the Twin Willows".

According to the email below, which we received from the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, we will be part of the upcoming FC150 history exhibit! Oddly, over the holidays, we were also given until March 20 to come up with an appraisal for our property slated to be taken for the Larimer County North Shields Street Corridor Project, which would change our street from this:

The portion of N. Shields Street that runs through this historic neighborhood - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521

to something like this graphic from the project website. You can kiss these old, shady maple trees goodbye.

The portion of N. Shields Street that runs through this historic neighborhood - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521

I now understand the mustangs as the helicopters close in over their heads.

Read also:

Kirk Hanna's vision for Colorado is still possible

Small farms ditch the federal "organic" label

Here's the good-news email:

Congratulations!  Your nomination has been selected to be a part of the upcoming FC150 exhibit celebrating the 150th anniversary of Fort Collins which will open in August of 2014.  

Thanks to you and many other community members, this exhibit will be a great look at What Makes Fort Collins Fort Collins.  We received many, many nominations and a community task force reviewed each and every one.  Between community nominations and museum staff nominations the task force was able to select the 150 stories that will go into the exhibit. 

Now the hard work begins.  We want each of you to be involved in introducing the story you nominated.  

Over the course of the next few months the museum will contact each of you individually and discuss your nomination.  There will be several things we’ll want to do with you to prepare your story.  We’ll need to do some massaging and editing of your nomination to get it into a useable format; we may ask for your help in identifying objects to help illustrate that story; and we’ll want to get your picture taken so you can be on the panel identifying your story.  

As you can imagine, with 150 stories to deal with this process will take some time.  If you don’t hear from us in the next few weeks don’t worry, we’ll get in touch.  I anticipate everyone should be contacted at least by the end of January, but hopefully prior to that. 

I hope you are excited to be a part of the exhibit! 


Brent Carmack
Associate Director


If the shoe fits, print it

"We know that 3D printing has the potential to create so many advanced biomedical products, but rehabilitation of horses has been a completely new area of work..."
-- John Barnes, 3D printing expert,
 Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Cool idea. I especially liked the video that showed how the 3D "printing" was actually done. Still, based on the expensive look of the equipment and the experts, I'd say our little Bonnie will have to stick with her existing founder-survivor treatments, which are working well.

Read the full announcement and see the CSIRO video.