At first I thought I would use a nice picture of Gabe and I for this week’s post, but I’m at my parent’s for the long weekend and when I put these two ladies out together yesterday I thought they were a much better representation. Not that I don’t love my husband… Wren and Dream have been pasture buddies for 8 years, except for the time Wren had a baby. They scratch each other, and their stalls are right across the aisle from each other. As retired show horses/broodmares their days are spent munching grass outside. Always together.
I fell off of him once, when he was three.
I was the first one on his back, elected because I was the smallest and he was a peanut.
He ran away with me more than once.
I took him to two horse shows. The first one was a disaster. The second- we held our own.
If you gave him an opportunity to be naughty, he took it.
Cantering was his favorite. And jumping. He liked that too.
He taught me how to ride.
He reminded my mom how much she liked to ride.
He also broke my leg.
His name was..well it depended on the day. His registered name was Sweat Equity, but we called him Bob. I called him Bear. And he was really a big softie on the inside.
He was not the first, nor the last horse I rode, but one in a long line of mounts. But he will always be my favorite, and I miss him all the time.
Never doubt the impact that animals have on our lives. They are not just animals.
He’s the handsome horse in my Wordless Wednesday post.
Whew! So things have been a bit nutty around here for the last week or so. I spent most of last week freaking out about the Open House at the nursery..that turned into a dismal day worthy of early March. It was cold and raining- some parts of the state even saw snow! So, we decided to try again this Saturday- so far the forecast looks like a great day!
At home I’ve been pony-sitting since Thursday while our landlords are away on vacation. It was so much easier on during my weekend to tend to the barn! But, they come home tomorrow so I’m free of my responsibility after I feed in the morning. We also planted our garden last weekend- just in time for 30 degree weather and high winds I should know better, but the extended forecast showed no sign of cold weather until Thursday..so we spent 3 days covering and uncovering our beds. However, things look alright except for one little tomato plant.
Sunday we went for a nice hike around where we live, we hiked up through the woods and along a stream. We found a patch of Ostrich fern that I promise you was taller than me. A-mazing. I wish that I had had a camera, or a shovel to dig one up and put it in front of the house.
Monday we climbed Mt. Cardigan over in NH. It was about a 45 minute drive, and definitely an easy hike. It took us about an hour to get to the top, which was awesome. It’s got a bald top that is pretty wide, and offers a great view. There is some discrepancy over how long the trail is (and someone forgot to turn on the GPS to get an accurate length..), but it’s somewhere around a mile and a half up.The mt. reaches an elevation of about 3100 ft, so it’s not the tallest mountain we’ve climbed but it was one of the coolest summits; its bare rock due to a forest fire in the mid 1800s.
We are putting together combo pots and baskets at the nursery this week, and I’m just so excited about the bright colors I chose! In real life the small pink flower on the left is BRIGHT pink, but the camera on my Droid kind of sucks, so it got a little washed out. The Africa Daisies in the middle are a new color this year, and I love it.
The trees behind the house and up on the hillsides have all leafed out- for the most part anyway. The ash are slowly coming along, but the maples, oaks, and beech are totally out. I love the chartreuse-y color of new leaves.
What else is new up here on the hill? Our veggie seeds have started to germinate, so far we have peas, kale, radish, spinach and broccoli emerging. We could use some rain though, it has been a chore remembering to water every afternoon. I go to work, I water plants..then I come home and water some more! It will be worth it in the end though 🙂 I have set aside some alyssum and nasturtium for myself at work, its still too early to plant them out, but I want to have them in the beds for companion plants.
I’ve helped the landlady work the ponies a few times now, and I’ve had the opportunity to drive the mini twice; she’s so good and so much fun! It has been both fun and frustrating to help because they are retired and recently got involved with horses, but are “experts” so any time I do something on my own I am challenged. As a perfect example, I was putting tack on the mini to drive her over the weekend, and was told by Mr. KnowItAll that I did it in the wrong order. Now, I have been doing this for YEARS- I am fully capable and aware of how to put driving tack on a horse. So I politely explained why I do it in the order that I do and went on with what I was doing. Its mostly frustrating because I am not comfortable being pushy about things, and am hesitant to say to them “Hey, I have more years of experience doing this then the two of you PUT TOGETHER, so please- just trust me.” But then again, I am living in their cottage so… I just smile and nod.
Anyway, we are looking forward to the continued emergence of spring and the rush of color that is upon us. Also checking out the local hiking, we did a nice hike on Saturday to a place called Holt’s Ledge. It was 2.4 miles round trip, and a pretty decent uphill climb most of the way, but the view was totally worth it! (As is typically the case with those kinds of climbs.)
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Early morning farm culture. A man and his horse.