I know it has been a while since I wrote...but summer has been extremely busy with horses. Today we had to put Duke down. It was peaceful, sad, necessary. I brought him out and he munched on some grass. The vet came and gave him a tranquilizer and then she put him down. He softly lay down and gave a big sigh and it was over. Django has been calling for him for a couple of hours now though. Thankfully we have a new boarder to keep Django company while he grieves. Django would sleep right next to Duke's stall...keeping him company during the night. We are all so sad. He was such a patient and kind and calm horse. We bought him from Camp Treetops in Lake Placid in 2008. They thought he was about 17 yo. I think he was glad to get out of there with all the kids hanging on him. And I don't know who damaged his beautiful face when he was young by leaving a halter on him. I think his last years were good and his last summer was spent being ridden gently almost every day by a friend of mine, going out to the fields with Django until it became clear that he wasn't rideable anymore.
Almost finished Ava's present...Just have to run to the store and buy some stencils so I can put her name on it...My workroom is such a mess I can't find the stencils I know I have. Spent two days sewing and having way too much fun with this one!
Inside before sewing
Think I'll put her name over the door...
Just needs a pressing and off to Hawaii! Hope she likes it!
We have been truly blessed with amazing weather this July! Perfect for riding early in the morning. Cool and breezy. It just doesn't get better than this.
August 1 is my granddaughter's 2nd birthday. I think she is a little young for these dolls but I just couldn't resist making them for her. The clothes snap on and I have to hold myself back from making more and just get them in the mail. It takes forever to get from here to Kauai.
The dolls and clothes are felt and fabric. And the original idea is from:
I originally thought that if I backed the dresses with felt they would "stick" on the dolls but it didn't work well enough and I figured Ava would get frustrated. So everyone has a snap instead. We'll see. Hopefully she can have fun with these or my son (Adam) can send them back to me for later!
Ava at 23 months...
And a very sleepy Django the other morning at 6:30 am. Time for breakfast so we can ride by 7:30. I love this horse!
Well...let me just say that it is too hot for me to actually participate in a craft fair so, with a few friends, I visited one. Just off the St. Lawrence River, attracting lots of Canadians, but way too hot. The two women who put it on keep sending me an application but...Do I really want sweaty people trying on scarves and jackets? Would they even want to??? It was 92 degrees and not a cloud in sight. I had a headache after two house of visiting old friends and checking out booths. And this past weekend we put up 200 bales of hay in the stifling heat. I loaded 125 bales onto the hay elevator and my shoulders feel it now!
I do like the alpacas!
These are yearlings...male
This one was bottle fed as a baby so he was very friendly...
And I love the garden sculptures!
especially this one! Too expensive for me, though.
Last night Gary and I went out to walk the woods and plan some riding paths. Armed with red spray paint for the trees that have to come down. Tripped over many, many, mossy rocks hidden in the underbrush along with downed tree limbs. The ferns were as tall as I am. Can't decide whether to hire a bulldozer or an excavator to do the work. But I'm thinking I'll call the wonderful man who buried my Dommie and have him come over to estimate what needs to be done. I always want it done yesterday but Gary has to get out there with his chainsaw and take down trees before anything else is done and dragging him out of his beloved garden is so hard...
Looking toward the riding arena and two cute little bunnies...
Part of my riding path in the field...
Older riding path made by a bulldozer years ago which I keep mowing to keep the forest at bay.
Some open places in the woods...
And...this is the problem area. Very, very rugged. And I want a loop so the horses can have a nice trot...
AND I need to have the old barn taken down as well. Thanks to my Mom's estate I can actually get this done this summer! Meanwhile hay is coming this weekend!
Ahhhhh Django! We had a lovely ride this morning. My friend Sandy on Duke and me on Django. No one to take photos however...It was cool, no bugs, and a wonderful way to start the day! Sandy is taking lessons on Duke for the first time in her life at 60! Brave woman. And already out riding in the field. And I love having someone to ride with as I get acquainted with Django. Tomorrow after our ride another friend is coming out and we will work on the ground with things Django is not used to...things like tarps and umbrellas...and quietly introduce scary stuff and work on his confidence. I am falling in love with this horse. I am so comfortable being around him and he loves the attention...quite a difference from Ellie.
Speaking of Miss Ellie...Sandy and I went to a little horse show at SLU last Saturday and saw Miss Ellie jumping! She is doing so well...not as b*tchy either. Standing quietly...jumping quietly...I am soooo happy she has the right home. And her new owner, Jerry, rides her almost every day to put some miles on her--something I couldn't do.
Hopefully this weather will hold and we can ride in the coolness of the mornings! Meanwhile Happy Friday!
Faith and I had so much fun!!! We cooked, we had wine, the chicks arrived, we went to the SLU bookstore, played with the horses, talked, made music, wove triangle scarves, and celebrated a couple of birthdays! It was wonderful!!!!!
I have been weaving for 20 years and selling for almost as long! I weave full time and currently sell my work on www.barefootweaver.etsy.com as well as local galleries in Upstate New York.
I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December, 2009. Had whipple surgery in January 2010 and have had clear CT scans since! We are hopeful for a long and happy life!