Saturday, May 28, 2016

Full Hearts Full Farm

We've been set up and in residence here a little longer than 2 years now

Our hearts are full of gratitude and wonder and our farm is full too.


Chickens, Dogs, Rabbit, Parrots

and horses ...

no room left at the inn but Life is so good.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

in the depths of winter here

But it's really just started so o complaints from me yet!

What a summer and fall we had.

Routines are well in place and we both still love and appreciate our life here.

The dogs love it too.

The horses, chickens and bunny all seem happy too.

We had lots of guests. Lots of Love. Life is Lovely.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

nearly three months have flown by ...

and all the lovely promise of spring is turning into the delights of summer ...

happens every day but especially on a sunny warm day after a rain - you can see in the afternoon the actual real growth of the green.

the  pond remediation went well last fall ...lots of fun for the dogs every day - and the frogs seem grateful too

we are nearly all here now - and it's lovely

long walks with the dogs, lots of lovely rides

this springs projects included barn water and electricity and some fencing - we are so very lucky to be able to do these things

next, and likely last for a long long time is a little all weather surface for light riding,  the grass works well usually but in the real wet of spring and fall I don't want to tear up the hay fields or the agility field

busy is good
life is good

Saturday, April 11, 2015

What a winter ...

We pretty much hunkered down and "got her done". Mr Deere made life much more possible than it would otherwise have been.

No power or water in the barn meant lots of hot water bucket lugging. No heater that would work in the outdoor trough meant even more buckets of water.  Got good and fit!

The winter was long and cold but way less miserable than last winter. If I had to pick I'd pick this one but I'd be happy to have a non winter too.

Hopefully this will be the only winter of buckets we endure!

We moved the chickens and bunny into the barn. Smart smart move but i am looking forward to moving Mr Randy Roo back out. He's gotten a bit, um, cocky, in the small winter run. I end up spending lots of time with a rooster tucked under my arm as i do chores to avoid my boots being battered. He hates rubber boots but with the mud around here he's having to acclimate!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

we're all just running feral here

what glorious weather 

dogs (including extra guest)



many guests over the last week - loved having them but looking forward to a peaceful week too :D


are pretty confined which is a good thing as they'd have blown to Oz last week 

bunny is also safely confined 

in most exciting news ever the barn is DONE!

completed photos next time 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Winterizing ...

not nearly as much as we'd like - as we are still waiting for the garage to be finished and the barn to be started - but slowly bit by bit it will come together

need to dig up garlic and move it - need to winterize equipment

need to figure out winter water for the horses

have a source of round bales for hay  which is great but have to get them inside if we can

the list is long but the gang is happy and we'll get it done

... won't we?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Summer Loving ...

What a summer - it has flown by with a hundred things undone but what a lovely summer it has been

horses came home to the farm

hay happened - but it can have it's own usual post!

house is so close to done only we know it isn't quite

got to play some agility and some scent work - got to teach some of both too

dogs have decided this is indeed the good life

visitors came from around the world and around the corner - friends and family - canine and human so lovely to see them and share our corner of the world with them

we made it to Paradise and Sandbanks - more than once this summer!

work continues to be fun and fulfilling - in all it's variations

and I still have things to unpack and find homes for

Monday, May 12, 2014


What would you do if you were offered a horse before your farm was finished?
A horse you really didn't need or want but who really needed out of his situation?

I was asked how I could say no. I couldn't. I decided even if the answer was euthanasia it was a better answer than saying no.

And Sept 13th, 2013  Valiant arrived. I knew he was thin. I didn't know he was near death and starving.

Now on the anniversary of his 8th month here he is happy and filling out and muscling up. We've been able to have his teeth done and deworm him (many times).

He went onto a Cornell Study refeeding program - slowly slowly building him up to eating huge rations - for the first 72 hours he got less than 4 pounds of hay a day.  Now he eats free choice hay 24/7 and gets 2 large meals too ...

Last night he wanted to canter while having his short ride - we did a half circle each way. What a good good boy.

Team Valiant deserves so much credit for making this possible. They fund raise for him so he can have the best of everything. He sees a chiro and vet monthly and has as good a life as we together can make for him.