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Bill Radford

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  • The Country Life: Loving the long ears, aka mules and donkeys

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    It was a "little renegade" of a mule that got Linda Geist hooked on mules. Her first love was horses: "I've always been a horse person, since I was a little girl," Geist said. After her husband got a mule, the Geists were invited to the inaugural meeting of the Pikes Peak Long Ears...

  • The Country Life: Windmills still have a job to do

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    I often admire the windmills that sprout from the prairie, standing majestically in pastures and yards. I had a windmill when I lived in town - a flimsy, 6-foot-tall one that was a Christmas present from my wife and quickly fell apart. The ones in the country are the real deal -...

  • The Country Life: Who's going to take care of all these animals?

    Published: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Since moving to the country, I've taken a few vacations, but they were all "staycations" - sticking around home, getting things done, taking a breather. But one of these days, my wife and I are going to actually want to get away. And that raises the question: Who's going to take care...

  • The Country Life: My house was built in a factory. What about yours?

    Updated: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    Although our house in the country is here to stay, 40 years ago it would have been called a mobile home. Today, the term is manufactured home, referring to a factory-built home regulated by the HUD Code established in 1976. The vast majority of the homes in our neighborhood in eastern...

  • The Country Life: If you fall off the horse, do you get back on?

    Published: Tue, Mar 18, 2014

    If you fall off the horse, get right back on. Or so the saying goes. Some riders do. Others get spooked and never return to the saddle. Mary Lawrence doesn't get spooked. The Colorado Springs woman, 68, has ridden horses since she was a little girl. "It's a passion that I was born...

  • The Country Life: What to know when getting baby chicks

    Updated: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    The chicks are back in town. We're talking baby chicks - cute, chirping, feathered balls of fluff. Baby chick season has begun. Which means it's been about a year since we got our six baby chicks. I have fond memories of falling asleep to their chirping from their cage in our...

  • The Country Life: Good fences, good neighbors, dumb dog

    Published: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    Thanks to an escape-artist dog, I've been thinking a lot about fences lately. In the city, we had a wood-panel fence around our lot, which I often had to repair after winds slashed through the neighborhood. Here in eastern El Paso County, where the winds are typically even more...

  • The Country Life: Rural residents seeing some relief from propane crisis

    Published: Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    The Great Propane Crisis of 2014 hit home with a phone call on a January evening. It was Kristin Westman, associate manager at Apollo Propane, our propane supplier, calling to warn us that supplies of propane were tight and prices had skyrocketed. Westman told us we might have to let...

  • The Country Life: The miracle of Kitty Silverwings

    Updated: Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    Early on a March morning in 1993, an Appaloosa filly was born on a small California ranch with devastating birth defects. The filly, named Kitty Silverwings, had a severed radial nerve in her right front leg, rendering that leg useless, and her breast bone was twisted to the left; in...

  • The Country Life: This Diamond is a true gem

    Updated: Tue, Feb 11, 2014

    A stylish, squealing, tail-wagging pot-bellied pig had my wife wondering if we should add a pig to our menagerie. Diamond is the "greeter pig" at Furr & Finns pet store, 7685 McLaughlin Road, Suite 120, in Falcon. Diamond enchanted my wife - and apparently many others who visit...