Getting Outside Santa Fe: Kelly’s Family Home in El Rancho

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Last Wednesday we got the ultimate invite. Kelly and Mary invited us to come to Kelly’s mother’s beautiful adobe home in El Rancho for sheep-meeting and and grilling out! We talked about it for days because I was so excited!

Kelly’s family came (Mary, her daughter Hannah and her boyfriend, Lauren (Kelly’s granddaughter), and his sister and brother-in-law) and you can see why Kelly is so great based on his mother and the rest of his family! They tease each other  other nonstop, so now I see how he just brings it right to work and teases Bryan and the other guys there. We had some yummy food because of Mary’s grilling skills and met the sheep and the ram, George. They are so cute! I want some of my own. I got to feed them, pet them, and see Tilly do her trick. If you hold out food above her head she’ll stand on her hind legs like she’s dancing. We did that for a while and then walked the rest of the property, so Kelly showed us where he is going to put his house since he’ll be retiring in December. :-(  He showed us his garden, growing right there in the desert soil like it was the black dirt of the midwest. It’s incredible! We picked a pepper, eating it right off the plant. His family has an acequia, which I did research on last year for a class, running right through the property, as well as a irrigation pond that his mother insisted cottonwoods were left to grow around. It’s a magical place, the surface of the water and all the trees covered in loose cotton from the trees. At the end of a tiny dock, there is a wheel that you turn to let water out of it to irrigate the garden. It was so cool to get to see outside Santa Fe!

As we ate, we watched the sky turn dark above the mountains in the distance as a storm rolled in. By the time we left, it was pouring! In the pictures below you’ll see two beautiful old trucks that belonged to Kelly’s late brother. They just longed to be photographed, see? Thanks for the real New Mexico hospitality, Kelly and family!

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