Walking across the prairie plains with mule Polly, I never imagined the Bestiaryist (aka Julia Carpenter over at consideranimals.com) would paint my trusty voyaging companion. That’s the beautiful thing of long trips. How they take on a life of their own years after you thought they were done. And then I saw it on. An amazing, colorful painting of Polly the day I sold the food from her mouth.
Early in my Lost Sea Expedition voyage, up in Canada, I was given a bag of oats by a farmer. He joked and told me I should take it down to the grain elevator. You know, to sell…
Well, that’s exactly what I did. While I was waiting in line behind the other grain haulers, Polly turned her head. The classic mixed emotion. “Howdy!” and “Hey, Damnit! Your selling my grain!” That’s when I snapped the photo.
Now, all these years later, this painting comes around. I love it.
I got about 5 dollars for the bag of oats. Maybe the Bestyiarist will sell me the painting. I could hang it in the barn Polly occasionally visits. You know, next to the grain bin….