Friday, February 10, 2017

In which we celebrate Ross, who was at his best on the full-moon nights

Tevis completion 1997  21:17 (74th place) with Patty


"I'm not done playing yet!"  (age 4 months) Iwith Patty's dad Dick  1988


1996 with Patty

1996 with Darlene and Feather B (horse) and Patty



2009, with Madeline

2012, with Madeline (front) and Sirie (rear) and Paisley (dog)

2012 with Patty, photo by M. Bretherton



2013 with me


2013 with Patty, his all-time favorite person












Kupenda Derasa 1988 - 2017
He trots ahead.







Tuesday, February 7, 2017

In which it sn*ws, and half of the state shuts down because We. Just. Can't. Cope.

Photo dump:  it sn*wed.  


bahhhh.

It was pretty (if you like grey).

You can barely see the house, and the sky is completely gone. Other than that...?

Sn*w on a farm is a pain in the tail feathers.

Cornelius the rooster refused to come out of the coop until
Monica scooped out a path for him

The roads were a mess, and

The reindeer are on vacation.  Tootles the tractor is our next best option.


everything between Seattle and the Canadian border closed (or froze shut).


The goats didn't come out until white stuff stopped falling.


At Haiku Farm, we did what we always do,

Clear paths and driveways
feed animals

reading time with friends


including a bit of play.





Roo

Foxie Loxie

Luna

By the end of the day

driveway clear


The smoker full of food for dinner


(we smoked EGGS!)


wiped out from the fun.

It was melting.

And that is Good.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

In which the day gets better, and we meet bicycles out on the trail

Today started out badly.  So I went riding.




"There's something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."

Or woman.  (Turns out that Churchill isn't the one who said that, but it's still kinda true.)



"No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle."

(Churchill did say that.)




 Unlike our ride on Friday, we didn't get soaked with rain.



 I was a little sad that nobody else was available to ride with us today,



but as I said earlier, the day didn't start well and I wasn't very good company for anyone else





...except the Dragon, of course.






We were happy to meet some folks at the "lunch stop" field.  These are students from the Washington Student Cycling League, out for a training ride with their coaches.


Chloe's mom tagged me on Facebook:  Chloe loves horses
and was thrilled to hand out treats to the Dragon on the trail!

The conversation on the trail led to further conversation online.  Now, we are hoping to put together a joint training session for bike students and horse riders (and young horses like Freya)!


Fiddle models the "pirate" fleece cooler that Patty got her for Xmas, and
the purple halter that Duana won in the raffle last weekend.


After riding, I took a two hour nap.  The day is nearly over, but it's much better than it was at the beginning.

Tomorrow, it's supposed to sn*w.  Bahhhh.  But I guess I'll save those cuss words for later.

For right now, it's good.