Thursday, June 21, 2007


When we left Sacramento to begin our fulltiming lives on April Fool's Day in 2003, our first destination was Paws and Hooves Ranch. The occasion? The 99th birthday of my grandfather, G.D. Brown - we all called him Bampy - April 15th, 2003.

It was a big family reunion, as it did not seem - at the time - that we should wait until his 100th.

Surprise! We were able to visit with him during many, many more stays at the ranch. He passed on at age 101 1/2, with his memory more intact than mine is - just the sort of genes you love to have in your gene pool.

This portrait of Bampy was painted by Sydney Brown (my sister), an artist who lives in Bisbee, Arizona and was a present to our dad on Father's day. I couldn't resist putting it on our blog.

By the way, Sydney's usual subject is the landscape of the southwest. You can see her work in Bisbee or, coming soon, on her website (I will post a link to our blog when the website is released).


  1. Laurie, Bamp would have LOVED your BLOG. I remember, in the "old days" when you wrote your "travel diaries," I would read them to Bamp everyday that you sent one. And when you didn't send one, he would always ask if I had heard from you!

  2. What a great picture. It brings tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for posting it so we can all see it.

  3. Syd, Fantastic portrait, your work is stunning. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Laurie, Thank you for sharing this amazing picture with us. Sydney, Thank you for creating such an magnificent portrait... We love it! It made me gasp when I saw it, absolutely took my breath away. You so beautifully captured his smile, his eyes - his spirit. I now have the painting saved as my desktop wallpaper. Unca Bill, I'm coming to visit soon so I can see the original! :)

  5. Thank you all SO MUCH! I am so glad everyone is enjoying it.