Friday, August 26, 2011

This is my turtle rescue/relocation plan...

...if the pond gets to the danger point where we're going to lose our turtle and fish population, I'm going to be loading up tubs o' turtles and relocating them to this place down the road a ways. 

When it rains, they get some powerful run-off from a major creek fed by an east tributary of the Trinity River that runs through Dallas, so I guess that's how they've kept their water level through this drought. 
FYI, this place is for sale if you're interested in owning your own water ski ranch.  For a cool half million...

73 comments:

Zondra Art said...

Woow... great and big place!

Nice weekend.

Jill said...

Bless your turtle loving heart.

Lucy aka Roeann said...

I love that photo! I'm coming down and find a little spot around there with a tent and take up residency. So pretty. And thanks for saving all those turtles. What's with this 'no rain' thing anyway. We haven't had a drop since May? Yeah. Has to be then. Maybe April. We get the storms that give life to the mountain areas but then pull the plug as soon as they see the desert. Boo!

Dar said...

Where did you say this place is and where did you say the 1/2 mill is stashed?? I'd love, Love, LOVE to be your neighbor~~~
BlessYourHeart

Texan said...

We have been aerating the pond for a couple months now. Hoping for the best on the fish and turtles. Surely we will start getting rain soon with fall coming. Would love to have that tank on our land :O) and I will take the windmill too! :O)

Mike said...

Now where did my half mil go? I had it just the other day.

Sandra said...

a super idea, i do hope and pray you will not have to do that, but anything to save them.

Roan said...

Note to self—buy when I win the lottery.

holdingmoments said...

If only I had half a million :-)

Sharon said...

Only half a Million? For a place with water? Funny it hasn't sold yet!

Catherine said...

What a lovely little spot for fish and turtles to live! I hope it keeps enough water in it!
xo Catherine

Raindrops and Daisies said...

I hope you won't have to move them, but if you do what a wonderful place for them to go!


Happy weekend


Fiona

The White Farmhouse said...

Don't show this to my hubby. He would be all over that! Good luck with the turtle relocation program!

Gone Country said...

Oh dear me, I hope it doesn't come to that T! I like your plan though! And, I think you'll have to count me out on buying that place... I'm just a tad short on the amount, hahahaha!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

It's good to have a plan, now hopefully you won't need it!!

Lynne said...

Ditto on "bless your turtle loving heart!"

Shrinky said...

I'm sold! It must be sooo cool to have real live turtles living out in the back yard. Think they'll accept an IOU (the seller that is, not the turtles)?

Ruta said...

I just read this...
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/The-drought-s-impact-on-one-woman-one-pond-2133433.php#

Manzanita said...

Dear Relocation Lady. Aren't you something, relocating the turtles with new identities and passports. :) I have some big live-boxes. If I were near, I'd help.
Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

No extra charge for the turtle population??? ;) Think I will have to pass on that one, but I do love that you have a contigency plan for the turtles!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

No extra charge for the turtle population??? ;) Think I will have to pass on that one, but I do love that you have a contigency plan for the turtles!

Judy said...

As much as I would love to have a place down there to be closer to our kids there...I'll have to pass on this one ;0

Lois Evensen said...

Ha! We haven't water skied for awhile. :) We could water ski on the back of our ship (certainly goes fast enough), but won't stop to pick up anyone who falls. I guess we'll pass on the property opportunity, too.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

And here we are bracing for a hurricane... it just doesn't seem right. Wish I could send some of the anticipated rain your way:@)

Kathy said...

A half million goes a lot further in Texas than it does in a lot of other places!

stardust said...

Drought situation looks serious, and it's good to have a plan in case. I'd like turtles to be basking in the sun in a pond with a school of fish. I pray for rain. Have a happy weekend.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Hope it doesn't come to that, but if it does, it's great to hear that you care so much! Wish I had a half million. :)

Matteo Taffuri said...

Wonderful place!
have a nice weekend
greetings
Matteo

missing moments said...

Okay, I gotta ask ... what are the crosses all about? Burials?

Sylvia K said...

The weather everywhere this year has been so bizarre! Hope the turtles and fish know how lucky they are to live near you!! And, yep, I have to ask, too -- what are the crosses about???

Sylvia

Louise said...

I'm glad that you have a plan, but I sure do hope that you don't have to use it. You're sure a "thoughty" woman.

Deb said...

let me just ck my bank statement...darn...not quite a cool million in there....

~mel said...

Are those crosses on the island?? Gosh ~ I hope you get some relief soon from this dry weather you're having. Are you still seeing the turtles ~ I would think that they would burrow into the mud when it's that hot and dry out. {{((sending rain vibes your way))}}

Paula said...

Good idea for the turtles. Some of the areas around here got some rain yesterday but no such luck for us.

Evelyn S. said...

What a great idea....if it would work! (I recognize what seems to be a sculpture ... generally I see those figures in decals on in the back window of a pickup around here.)

Melodie said...

Haha..I know exactly where this place is! Considering how big Texas is that is sayin' something!

Leenie said...

The turtles probably have no idea that the lady who rescues them from friendly dogs would also rescue them from drought. If it ever comes to that we need pictures.

EG Wow said...

When do have your rainy season? I think it's time!

Kjell T. Evensen said...

A water skiing ranch is now on the top of my Christmas list. It's so boring water skiing behind a cruise ship all the time.

Debbie said...

you are soooo sweet to worry about those turtles!!!

flooding in this area (we are fine) as irene approaches. there are also reports that this has been one of the wetest august's in some time!! but my water bill just came, $ 1,000.00 to water our lawn & flowers. i only water when it does not rain!! i don't remember a lot of rain. i guess i should have put out a bottle cap!!!

Martha Z said...

I was listening to a story about the Texas heat and drought on NPR. The loss to ranchers and farmers is sad but the distressed animals is sadder still. I hope that conditions ease soon for all creatures, human and not.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Is it wrong that I wished for Irene's visit to our area? We need water, dangit! Hope you don't have to tote the turtles around. Surely we'll be getting a break soon.

Ellie said...

Hope you get a decent load of rain soon so you won't have to move them.

KAT said...

nice of you to want to help the turtles and fish..I hope you all get some rain soon but not like the east coast is Wow they are in for it there.

Snappy Di said...

Nice pond... think I'll keep my feet in the mountains though...

You're so nice to those turtles.

AJ said...

Hope you don't have to move, bute it looks like a beautiful place to go to!

Pricilla said...

I think the turtles would like that as an option but hopefully some of that rain in NM will make its way over to you

bon bon said...

a "cool" half million, huh? you can't fool me, that's code for the cost of air conditioning in texas! booyah!

(you can get me back in feburary. hahaha!!)

Unknown Mami said...

I hope it doesn't come to that, but if it does I'm glad you have a plan.

Robin said...

T, any way you can estimate how many turtles are in the pond?
How about fish!

Nova said...

Absolutely great your rescue plan!!!

I hope you will get some rain very soon

Cindy said...

Great that you have a Plan B for your turtles. They'll thank you for that next year.

Does the windmill come with it?

Farm Girl said...

I am hoping that the heat dome you are under will take some hits with Irene in the Atlantic. You know even though we are on the outside edges we are under the same dome as you. The heat part of it has shifted a bit towards us so we are having 100 degree days. But we have a disturbance in the Pacific that keeps us from burning to a crisp, so we have humidity. It is so weird to see the heat dome and how it is deflecting so much, it is really in place.

Andrew said...

Lovely to hear your have a plan in place for your lovely wildlife.
A lovely property with plenty of land and a lake for half a mill is a fantastic bargain.
I am emailing a pic of what that amount of cash will buy you here in my town...

Mariette said...

Dearest TexWisGirl,

Wow that would be quite a task to do so. But we both are wondering too, our creeks almost overgrown and dry most of the time. The pond we had dug still holds water but I bet there are a lot of turtles out of luck!

Love to you,

Mariette

Chatty Crone said...

You have a big heart for the turtles!

barbara l. hale said...

That's great that the turtles have a place to go in that drought. I hope you get rain soon!! Here in the East, I think we'll be getting enough for the both of us in the next few days. Too bad we can't ship some out to you.

Woody said...

I hope it doesn't come to that, but you have a plan if it does, which is good.

From the looks of it, we're going to have plenty of water to spare, too bad I can't ship it your way :-(

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Hopefully you will not be packing tubs o'turtles, but if it does come to that I am sure you will photo document the relocation process for us. Make sure you have all your EPA papers in order, or otherwise do it under the cover of darkness.

wayside wanderer said...

Well, I sincerely hope it doesn't come to that, but if it does TAKE PICTURES. =D

bailey-road.com said...

Sounds like a plan! BTW, are those graves on that little island?

Angela said...

I hope you don't have to go to that extreme to do that but bless your heart that you are thinking about them and have a plan in place for them! Just be sure to wear some very thick gloves when you handle those turtles so you won't loose a finger! or fingers! or your arm! and wear thick shoes too! whew! make sure you are safe!

Have a Wonderful Weekend!
Angela

don said...

i'm glad you have a turtle plan! I wish you could geta break from the drought.

Candy C. said...

I'm glad the turtles have you looking out for them! :)

SweetMarie said...

Looks so peaceful there. What you're doing for the turtles is wonderful! Love the kids!!!

Millie said...

So thoughtful of you to have a rescue/relocation plan!

Rain said...

Wonderful that you'd do that for the turtles-we need more peeps like you for sure!!

madrassi said...

That place looks good for turtles rescue! good capture

Michaele said...

Mark their shells so you can come back and get them. You know - send the dog in.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love the image conjured by the words "tubs of turtles".....

I hope you don't have to move 'em, but glad you're willing to as needed.

Yeah, I'm kind of used to living in my small space, so I think I'll pass on the place that's for sale there ;>)

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

What a noble work and a great place to be !

Rose said...

Will you come visit me if we buy it;-)

Joe said...

Hope it doesn't get the that point.

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