Friday's blog a private peek right?
Today we leave New Mexico and return to Blighty.
Happy to be returning home.
Sorry to be leaving this home.
So what do you do when you are feeling glum? How do you cheer yourself up?
Let me let you into a little secret. When I get a touch of the lows, I let Lucille Ball perk me up. Remember her? I have the complete I Love Lucy Set! She cracks me up every time!
Her TV husband, Ricky, aka Dezi Arnaz Jr. was her real life husband too, you know. Unfortunately he was a bit of a drinker and liked the ladies, so Lucille cut him loose. But they always loved each other, right to the end.
What you may not know about Dezi Arnaz was that he was also quite a talented artist.
How does she know these things?! Well let me tell you a little story.
Many years ago, I was strolling through Santa Fé, and a fabulous painted horse in a gallery window caught my eye. No price visible, but I was hooked, so in I went, to take a closer look.
"How much is that horse in the window?" I asked.
"Oh! You mean the Dezi Arnaz Horse. Let me go check".
Yep, there's how she knows these things. An inquiring mind....
Back the lady came, shaking her head.
"Unfortunately, the horse has a broken leg, so its value has dropped considerably. It was out for $3,000"
"How much now?"
Silence ensued. I studied the horse, the woman studied me.
"If you like him and you don't mind the broken leg, you can have him for $600."
"The stand is broken, too."
15 minutes later, I was carting a hand-painted horse with a broken leg, a Dezi Arnaz Horse, to the car.
He is my pride and joy.
What a beauty!
He swivels on the crows pedestal, too.
The painted detail is wonderful. The colours insane.
See the little chip at the top of the removable stand? Let's call it a war wound...
So he can stand without the pedestal, you see? He spans well over 2 feet. Heavy too!
Lucky crows, lucky symbols all over him.
For me, his broken leg makes him all the more precious,
Because to me, he has made a complete, miraculous recovery.
He stands guard here at the house, on top of the cupboard, and waits for me faithfully.
Never moves, never flinches.
I take him down and dust him carefully, turn him on his crows feet, admire him every day.
One of life's great delights for me.
What a magnificent specimen he is, don't you agree?
Until tomorrow. If you have time, and you fancy a real belly laugh, check out the Lucille Ball Youtube Chocolate Conveyor Belt. Comedy Gold.