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Do you need a home for your horse? Look no further!

 

Board your horse at the Roy-El Farm centrally located in the beautiful Espanola Valley, an easy 30-minute drive from Santa Fe or Los Alamos, and only 45 minutes from Taos.

 

We have indoor and outdoor options, as well as indoor/outdoor combination paddocks.  Pastures are available for turn-out.  The facilities include both an indoor and an outdoor riding arena, a dressage court, 50’ round pen, tack room space, wash rack, heated washroom and heated lounge for relaxing.

 

Board is $425.00 per month and includes feeding twice per day as well as waste removal.  The Ranch Manager lives on site and we have ample trailer parking and turn around.

 

Basic health requirements must

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Cold weather is upon us, and fireplaces are lighting up.  But do you have the right firewood to burn?

Any homeowner who regularly uses his or her fireplace in the winter months knows that dry, aged wood produces the best results for the ideal fire.  It burns better, produces more heat and produces less creosote build-up in your fireplace than green wood.  Green wood is hard to light and difficult to keep burning, it tends to smoulder and not burn consistently because it retains water.  You can usually tell the difference between older vs. green wood with a simple inspection.  Aged wood tends to have greyish bark and, on the inside, is dry and white, usually lighter than on the outside.  Young wood, instead, appears similar in colour throughout.  Aged

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The Women's Council of Realtors is hosting a luncheon gala to benefit the Solace Center on Tuesday 12/11 at the Eldorado Hotel, the event begins at 11:30am. 

I am very excited to be modelling for Nathalie Santa Fe in the fashion show!  There will also be a silent auction.

 

All are welcome, please come support the Solace Center (and me)  

Tickets are available here: http://www.wcrsantafe.org/2018gala/

 

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Turquoise has adorned the rulers of Ancient Egypt, the Aztecs (and possibly other Pre-Columbian Mesoamericans), Persia, Ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and in ancient China.  It was cherished by the Pueblo, Navajo and Apache tribes. The Anasazi are believed to have prospered greatly from their production and trading of turquoise.  In Persia, turquoise was the de facto national stone for millennia. It was later brought to India following the establishment of the Mughal Empire (even being built into the Taj Mahal). Turquoise was (and still is) used extensively in Tibet and Mongolia.  The Egyptian use of turquoise stretches back as far as the First Dynasty and possibly earlier; though most well-known pieces were recovered from

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I recently participated in a course on the risks of radon and thought I’d share some of the wisdom gleaned.  Radon is a naturally occurring gas, and we live amongst it in the normal course of life.  It comes from rocks deep in the soil and is undetectable to our senses but can be tested for with special equipment.  Radon is a carcinogen and is known to cause lung cancer.  Unsurprisingly, smokers are at higher risk of lung cancer with radon exposure.  Radon tests are not required, but if you’ve had one done, you’ll need to disclose that in a real estate transaction. 

 

Radon is not regulated, but the EPA offers guidance suggesting “safe” levels at or below 4 picocuries per litre or pCi/L.  This target was developed based on the “as low as reasonably

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I’d like to invite everyone to the Women’s Council of Realtors holiday gala on December 11th at the Eldorado Hotel, doors open at 11:30am.  It is a luncheon gala, complete with a silent auction and fashion show.  We will be showing designs from local boutiques which will be modelled by our own Santa Fe realtors, me amongst them!  As my friends, I’d love to have you there for support.  I’m not much of a runway model, but I’m excited to give it a whirl (pun intended).  Tickets are $60 and for a good cause, the funds go to support the Solace Crisis Treatment Center which assists individuals who are in crisis or suffering from trauma.  You can purchase tickets here: http://www.wcrsantafe.org/2018gala/.  I hope to see you there!

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One of my favourite places near Santa Fe is the historic Rancho Encantado, or Enchanted Ranch.  I grew up spending every New Year’s Eve at the Ranch with its gracious and inspiring owner Betty Egan.  It was also a preferred dinner post for my family and eventually became the site of my first employment and my sister’s wedding. I worked for the ranch as a wrangler, taking “dudes” out for horseback rides. I have many hilarious stories I could share, but one of the best was the day about 20 horses stampeded down the trail back to the stable.  As we reached the front gates, the horses sailed over them and charged up the main drive to the great surprise of the guests.  It was quite a harrowing sight!


Rancho Encantado‘s history is truly special, dating

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You may have wondered what the colourful string of red peppers gracing the entrances of homes and offices around Santa Fe is all about.  Today, I am glad to share with you the story of the ristra.  Not only is it a beautiful and festive decoration, but it is also of practical use, as a way to dry chiles and preserve them for future consumption.  

 

A ristra is a string of drying chile pepper pods composed typically of large New Mexican chiles or Anaheim peppers, although any kind of chile may be used to construct it.  Chiles are in the genus Capsicum, which is in the nightshade family, and includes (interestingly) the tomato, potato, eggplant, tobacco and the petunia.  Colloquially, chiles are often referred to as "peppers," however, they are

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