Time to let our COTH friends know - after nearly 19 years in Haiti, the Lord who called me to come is calling me to go back to the US. Some reasons I can see, my own health is getting run down after nearly two decades in an often intense job and my parents are elderly and in poor health. Others, I can’t see the details but something is clearly up.
So I’m in the process of rehoming the animals for which I have care, custody, AND control. Mignonne and her colt are leaving tomorrow to live at a children’s camp by the sea where they will eventually be leadline ponies. Dude stood wonderfully to get his hooves rasped today, he’s better about haltering and leading now. Mignonne still has some of the broodmare ‘tude but is coming around with more handling (and the occasional banana chunk).
I’ve been too sick to do much training the last two months but the camp has more people with more time, and has done well with the one pony they now have. The camp managers don’t plan on setting up any pony rides for a LONG time, with guidance. I’ve even found a pro horse trainer who will be in their area from time to time who can come give them lessons on training with these same ponies onsite, when needed.
Hoover will go to his keeper’s house, who has made a setup where it won’t be too easy to rustle Hoover and turn him into fake beef (no kidding, that’s a big danger this year with drought and crop failure!!) He’s now too creaky and crotchety to work much, but I’ll leave some money for supplemental feed through until the next rainy season and Mano will always have my contact info. Mano's too busy to ride or work him much so he won't be worked to death, it's a good match. I can’t do more for the ponster. Can’t even get a firearm to put the old geezer down and there is no way we’d get a big needle of the pink stuff in his veins, even if we could get that much barbiturate! Haiti is what it is.
Kitty has a home lined up as soon as I can get her there. The feral chickens will miss the pony feed pans and will just have to dodge the neighbors' soup pots. The sheep belong to the hospital and will become part of an irrigated, relatively protected seedbank garden that we have, as soon as we build a new sheepfold for them there. HAS will continue to make sheep’s blood agar plates onsite for the microbiology lab.
I’m going to miss my farmette! But I’ll really enjoy the sabbatical back in the US. I will stay on COTH under this name and I’ll be part of Secret Santa again this year.
How interesting, would love to hear about your experiences over in Haiti! ` Good luck with your move back to the USA am sure there wild be much you will miss of course but a new chapter in life is unfolding.
Countrywood, if you search for threads I've started, you can find quite a few tales of life in Haiti. I think 'Et Bebe Fait Trois' was the one that was active when the earthquake hit in 2010 and has some tales on it about my experiences connected to that.
We will see what life brings next. I head to the US in November. For the rest of 2015, I will be in Virginia resting up, seeing my Dad over the holidays before dementia completely wrecks his memory, and doing some re-entry counseling. the first quarter of 2016 I will probably be catching up on visits to family that I haven't seen in years because I've gone home to help the folks for every vacation. After that will be job-hunting and 'bucket list' travel. I may finally get to drop by and meet some COTHers somewhere or another!