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The Elk Are Coming! The Elk Are Coming!

Original post on 4.28.2009

When I went out to tuck in the chickens last night, I caught the eye of an elk which led to starring contest. I was not happy to see her this time because I have a little tulip patch coming up in the front lawn which will make for some lovely spring pictures of the b&b when they bloom. I think we may get our picture in about one more week! This is no small accomplishment because the elk in these parts have a favorite food and I am pretty sure that it is tulip toppers.

I slammed the gate several times and I tried making clicking noises. I even scolded her but she wouldn’t budge. I finally tried to make the sound the lead elk makes when she is calling her heard to move on. I think she may have thought her lead elk was dying because I have never seen an elk run faster than she did!

In preparation for the elk to follow, I went back in and announced to all of the drivers in our house that we needed to rally every car on our property around the tulips.

Thankfully, we had extra cars here.

I got up this morning and inspected the yard and, lo and behold, look who was starring at me from the backyard — three elk (or as I affectionatly call them, elkers).


The tulips have survived so far but the elk are not letting up easy this time. I will keep you posted on our tulip war.

Determined to bloom,


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