The Baby

July 5th, 2011 by pattiebell

Amazing Quail Egg!

June 28th, 2011 by pattiebell

Apparently the egg is malleable enough that the hatchlings can peck a semi-circle and squeeze out without breaking the shell. This was dry and firm when I found it. We have not had nearly as many quail babies this year as last, but a couple families are passing through regularly. We had to give up the quail seed blocks because the javelina were devouring them in a matter of days!

Summer in Tucson!

June 21st, 2011 by pattiebell

Sparkling salt water swimming pool…Cool shady porches…

Air conditioned splendor…

Tropical Fruit Smoothies and Ranch House Breakfast Chilequiles with  Pumpkin Corn Muffins…Homemade Spicy Mexican Brownies with Prickly Pear Lemonade…

All this starting at $89 a night?  It’s true, this is Summer in Tucson!

Breakfast Bokays

June 6th, 2011 by pattiebell

These flowers were all picked on the property!

Latest Javelina sighting ~

June 6th, 2011 by pattiebell

Fresh Berries with Yogurt in Filo Cups

June 6th, 2011 by pattiebell

To make the Filo Cups simply stack 4 to 6 squares filo dough, buttered and sprinkled with sugar, and press into muffin tin cups. Bake at 375 degrees until crisp and golden.

Pair O' Bunnies

May 14th, 2011 by pattiebell

I came upon these critters when I moved the trash cans they were hiding behind out for pick-up. Thanks to guest Steven Schlecht, who was celebrating his birthday with us, for the photo!

Arizona Highways Travel Show

April 26th, 2011 by pattiebell

Love Arizona???   Love Travel???

Join us, The Inns at El Rancho Merlita,  and 100 exhibitors from throughout Arizona at the Arizona Highways Travel Show ~ May 14 & 15 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

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Golden Rain Pods

April 22nd, 2011 by pattiebell

Green Golden Rain Pods

Golden Rain Blossoms

April 21st, 2011 by pattiebell

Golden Rain Blossoms

The Goldenrain tree or “Pride of India” (tree species: Koelreuteria paniculata) is an ornamental species from Asia that has been widely planted in the Spanish cities of Madrid and Barcelona.  The name “Goldenrain” refers to the bright yellow flowers that cover the tree with a golden color in late spring.

There are 2 of these unusual trees on the property. I have never seen one in Tucson before. They are similar to China Berries, with papery seed pods instead of “berries”.

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