Thursday, April 14, 2016

In which Duana chooses a red mare, and gives her a silly name

The matchmaking thing with Basalt didn't work for Duana.

He's a nice little guy, very sweet, but also very stubborn and a bit set in his ways.  He is still available for sale, and his forever person will be somebody who wants a talented athlete with a ton of attitude.

Du doesn't need that much attitude.   She needs somebody like


Freya, formerly Fyre, currently called Freya McMuffin Papapdum.  One suspects that even more names will be added to the list.  She just turned 8 years old.

Du was a little dubious about loading, but Freya knows what to do

Freya has already done a little bit of everything:  some arena work, a few shows, a little bit of trail work.

She's food -motivated, and likes people, and seems willing to please.

Hey, what are the horses OVER THERE doing?  Shouldn't we go find out?

Du will take her for a 30-day trial and have a pre-purchase exam done.

Welcome, new red mare!

We hope she likes endurance!

In another entry from the Small World Department, I was talking to the lady who is selling Freya, and learned that she's shopping for new horse property...and that the place at the top of her list is the boarding barn where we used to keep Fiddle and Hana.

I told her all about the place, and especially about the Amazing Pear Tree that looks like death on a stalk, but yields endless buckets of amazingly delicious pears.

a practically-vintage photo from 1999 of lytha and Baasha
eating pears while visiting the old boarding barn

I also told her that we had planted memorial fruit trees in the yard for for our dogs (because we were living in a rental at the time), marked with their biothane collars and tags.  

It's been more than ten years, and I didn't know if the trees had survived,  Yesterday, Lisa sent me this via Facebook:

Pippin's tree
That makes me happy.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

In which there is a celebration, and artist people Art the Thing

After my good mare Story died in 2006, somebody asked if I had a picture of her.

Yes.  Yes, I do.

I got the horse and tribal part done in 2001. The horse was drawn from
a photo of Story.  The moon and clouds were added after she retired.

I decided a few years ago that I wanted to get a tattoo representation for Fiddle as well. But the design eluded me, and the timing was never quite right.

Until recently.
My library colleague Ann has a knack for dragons.
The text of the short dragon poem displayed on the bulletin board
can be viewed HERE.

Adding a dragon to the existing tattoo made for an interesting artistic challenge.

Fortunately, Ann was up for the challenge of designing the new tattoo...

AND she recommended a tattoo artist, as well:  her niece Cassidy.

Cassidy's studio isn't nearby, however.  To get there from Haiku Farm, it's needful to get up really early and drive for an hour to catch a ferry.

The Keystone ferry on Whidbey Island has an erratic schedule
when the tides run exceptionally high or low,
as they did last weekend.

My favorite companion for this kind of adventure:  Santa Jim!

When we arrived in Port Townsend, second breakfast at the Blue Moose was in order.

When you visit, try the smoked salmon scramble with spinach, mushrooms and
sharp white cheddar cheese.  Also: show up early
or be prepared to wait for a table. Worth the wait.

And then second tea.

The Better Living Through Coffee shop on Water Street has amazing caramel
rolls and good coffee.  Plus tea, for those who do that.

Finally, we meandered up the street to the Bee's Knees Tattoo studio.

The studio is on the 2nd floor of a building that used to be
a brothel, and has several smuggler's passages underground
to the waterfront!

Cassidy prepped the equipment, 

and messed around a bit with Ann's design

transfer paper

the design applied with transferred paper and felt pen

and then she got to work making Art.

Outline in black

checking the progress

adding the color
Cassidy wasn't content to just color in the design that Ann had provided.  She originally trained as a painter, and so the overall balance and composition is important to her.

She tweaked the design, and also did some modifications on the existing tattoo:  sharpening the horse's sillouhette, and adding colors in the cloud to balance everything and make the entire piece more cohesive.

Admiring the finished product

The finished piece

Folks always ask if getting the tattoo hurt.

I gotta say that, after having both hips replaced, I don't define "pain" the way I used to.  Even with that said, truthfully, I've had sunburns that were more painful than this tattoo.  Seriously.  The pain is completely tolerable, even when it's happening.

And afterwards...

There's an awesome little crepe shop near the Kingston ferry dock

More food.

My crepe had chicken, lemon-artichoke pesto, and some veggies.
Fairly amazing.

My date for the day, still charming at the end of it.

peanut gallery at the ferry wharf

All that adventuring, and we still got home in time for a short pasture-ride.

Fiddle now gets 20 minutes hand-walking plus
20 minutes of walking under saddle per day.
Not exciting, but it feels good.

Happy birthday to me!  It was a good one!