"satisfied to stay simple in a peaceful presence"

From the blog of Barb Warriner

New Years Eve
Loving this big guy! He's 17 years old and very gentle. Might be the one I will ride down the road.

Jorge (the resident Gaucho) showing off his riding skills. What a ham!

In Argentina when they have a BBQ it's called an Asado. Jorge, who is the main gaucho at the ranch prepared the Asado and cooked a rack of goat. This was heavily salted (heart attack on a stick)! We didn't eat until approx. 10:30 pm. Sitting around the fire sipping on sparkling apple cider was an experience I will always remember. Jorge's sister joined us and thanks to my IPad and google translate we had a wee bit of conversation. Fireworks went off all around us at midnight sending a flock of parrots soaring over top of us. The horses were a little restless as well. Poor babies!

Some of the crowd. Here is another Jorge (a friend visiting from San Martin de Los Andes), Esther (one of Ginny's assistants), Ginny and Sky (Ginny's daughter).

El Heucu....the town
Well El Heucu is definitely more than a one horse town. It would be quite common for a gaucho to ride into town with his saddle bags to pick up the groceries. These horses are beautiful and I can't get used to seeing them standing, tied up with their saddles on for long periods of time. As Ginny says "gauchos treat their horses like a car in the garage....they just leave them until they need them". I guess they adapt as this is the way of life here. This young lady rode over to the ranch for a visit. I told her she was beautiful and she got so embarrassed I wasn't able to take another picture of her.

Busy day....

Well today Jorge set off on his horse to go to Buta Mallin for a few days to help Sky with all the work up there.  They are terribly short handed so Jorge said he would help out.  It would take him about 1-1/2 hours to ride there.

So then I decided to get busy in the garden before it got too hot.  Ginny has been wanting to get some plants in the garden before they died so I accomplished that.

Next Ginny and I enjoyed a leisurely lunch in the shade.

Then I finished up the day with mucking out the paddock.  Note the nifty outfit!  Cool and comfy but I've got my safety boots on!

Please don't miss all of Barb's adventures with Ginny by reading her full blog.




A turning point

By Gin Getz

(photo of me taking photos of this beautiful land, by Golde Wallingford)

A shift in the winds. Perhaps it is the smell of horses. The grounding ritual, if I may be so bold to give it that name, of shoveling manure. The smell of a horse’s neck and soft touch of the silky spot under the mane. Doesn’t matter where you are. That side of the equator or this one. The smell remains the same. It does not bring me back there. But lands me here more solidly. Funny such a simple thing like smell or shoveling can complete you.

Arrived. Adjusting. Settling in. A beautiful world. Beautiful people. Overwhelmed with love and light, tears and laughter, constant noise from early morning roosters to the late night barking of dogs, people buzz about like harmless flies, music, crickets, birds sounding like a pond full of frogs, the pounding of horses feet on packed gravel, and a language I am trying so hard to understand.

At times I am a window, looking out, quietly absorbing, soaking it all in. Let it shine.

And then the gift of rain. Smelling of a different earth. Patagonian soils. Old and rich and proud. Arid mountains, expanding views. Here at the casca, so safely tucked into the trees as a home in winds should be, shading arms enwrapping. Sweet, sweet rain. Cleanse me of the past and pour me into the future as I float on the languid waves of here and now, these rolling hills as big and wide and open as the sea.

Rain, the song as sweet as the smell. Fat, swollen, heavy drops falling by the bucket full, each one dancing to its own wild rhythm upon the metal roof, rolling together to the puddle on the sandy earth just before my dusty boots, kicked out before me as I sit on the stump of wood under the eve just outside my new front door.

How funny to finally check in on the computer and remember back “home” there would be snow. It would be cold. How funny to consider how little time I have looked back. My apologies to those I love. Change is both overwhelming and self absorbing.

If it were easier to post, I would share more with you. The trip, tips on travelling with a dog, beautiful new friends beginning with Barbara in Buenos Aires, and here our dear Ginny, like the sister so many ask if we are, and Golde and Jorge and little Milton who is happy to play with my dog, the horses, the air, the culture, the language, drinking mate and taking siestas (I have learned are the best time for finding a rare moment quiet enough to write). The hardest part is losing my solitude. That is hard indeed for the intentionally lonely soul.

I am not big on looking back, though I want to share stories and details and parts of this story that I think you might enjoy reading. Where does each day go, as we sit down for dinner at the hour I used to turn in to bed?

It will come in time. Patience is the greatest lesson here. At least the most obvious. There are others. There will be more. More important? I try not to judge, only to learn and do.

The internet may or may not be working, and the power outs regularly. A reminder of my adoration of living off grid, and gratitude that we can connect over the internet at all, in Colorado and here in Patagonia.

This is what MS can look like.

To watch Ginny up on the horse today. Exhilarating to see. And to imagine the joy, the cup overflowing within her, being in a place she belongs, comfortably, confidently. Seeing her energy rise. Her posture resume. One could say a queen upon her throne, but without the airs and pretention, and in fact, a most earthy act indeed. The Phoenix with wings which the horse has given to us. Beautiful indeed. An awakening. A slow and gentle healing, if for no longer than the time in a place this woman feels a home, her self. In the saddle. And yet, I feel it is longer lasting than that. There is more. She is brighter, more alive. I see an improvement already in her, and I wonder how far she will progress in this positive directions. I am pushing her. Doing less for her on one hand. Standing up to her (I say with a smile, for we are two strong women that at times will butt heads in the most graceful way, with power and words, as we women are known to do). Forcing her to find more strength within, for I know there is plenty. Challenging her creativity. Encouraging her to walk more. To focus more (how like changing winds she can be). To keep direction and keep it positive and get things done. There is so much to do. I am thinking she should draw. Where is that peach with the leaves? She wanted to draw that. Creativity heals, she says, and she knows.

Enough. For now I sleep. I cannot absorb it all. Sleep allows time and space to soak it in. So here I am, typing away as my sweetie breathes deep and warm in the early stages of the deepest of sleep beside me, and I prepare to close down this fantastic tool called computer, and return to the most primal state I can. Sleep, wrapped around my sweetie.


Chacra Pool

Pool 1

pool 2

pool 3

Photos by Golde Wallingford

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Ginny at home fireside

Ginny at home fireside

Making Torta Fritas

Ginny with daughter Sky

Sky Rock Cafe

Ginny and gaucho

Peace Pipe Ceremony with
Golde and Loretta


Volunteer with Ginny

Click here to read what the volunteers say about life with Ginny in Argentina.