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Friday, September 30, 2011

Facebook Posts

I recently joined a photography group on facebook. I am not a photographer but I enjoy taking pictures and express myself through the camera. I don't have a fancy SLR camera(but I want one)I just use my handy dandy easy to carry point and shoot. The first assignment is to take pictures of posts,poles,or walls. The are supposed to be in black and white and not photoshopped. So off I set into the back pasture with my trusty camera to find some posts.
A couple of gate posts...
A couple of busy bodies...
A few fence posts..

Goats.(sorry easily distracted)Back to the barn..
A few walls..

HAWK..and yes he is eating a chicken.

My final wall post.


The last 2 years have been busy with weddings. I have two sons and now two daughter-in-laws. The did cut me a break and only have one a year. The second one was last weekend the first June 2010. Very hectic and stressful but the end product in both weddings was worth it.

Number one son was married in Ruidoso NM.All we had to do was show up. Not to bad. I do have to say I am glad I had sons it didn't cost me nearly as much as the brides families.

The wedding was simple and beautiful in a beautiful setting. I took my youngest son and his girlfriend (soon to be fiance) with me to the wedding.It was an all around great time 1800 miles from home.

The second wedding was a week ago and I am still recovering. It was right here.Very beautiful. They also chose an outside venue. It rained and rained up until 2 days before the wedding. Stress!!All went well a few mishaps but no major problems.

Its all over now. Whew! I am all out of sons. Of course there is still the 11yo grandaughter who was in her "first wedding ever" and had the time of her life. She soaked up every minute of the wedding and I am sure is planning hers already.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Grooming tips from the horses

Tired of those fly away manes?

Burr it!!

Tired of those long pesky forelocks getting in your eyes?

Burr it!!

Burdock not just for Gobo anymore...

The creation of these hair do's took one day in a new pasture.
5 manes and tails will never be the same after the making of this blog post. After many hours of burr picking I have decided that there could be some value to roaching manes. Horses gotta luv em!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Beagle Story

Our Beagle is one of those sad,happy,sad stories. She came to us 2yrs ago on the 4th of July. She stayed under the horse trailer. I figured she would go back home after a couple of days and had just ended up at our house because of the fireworks. She didn't. When she finally came out from under the trailer she was dirty,thin,wormy,and it was evident she either had puppies somewhere or was close to having puppies. I fed her and called animal control. I should say tried to call animal control. The animal control in our county is a joke! They don't answer their phone and if you happen to get someone they won't come out. I told the Grandaughter not to get attached we were going to find her a home.We already had 3 dogs and didn't need another.
Before we knew it she had two fuzzy puppies. We did find homes for them but no one wanted an old beagle. I didn't make up my mind to keep her and she was pregnant again in no time and had one Huge fuzzy pup.

We found the puppy a home and decided it was time to make Beagles home with us permanent so we went to the vet. Beagle has been with us 2yrs now this July. She was an old dog when she came to us and very shy like she had been abused. She got a bit fat and lazy but still a sweet happy dog. It has been so hot this summer she just moved from one shady spot to the other. Always at the farm. She dissappeared this past fri. We searched high and low for her.She was there in the morning and then gone in the evening. We miss our Beagle!
I hope where ever she is she has a good home and lots of treats

Friday, July 29, 2011

Coleman river trail

It has been so hot here this summer. We have had August in July. Mid to upper 90's with 90 something percent humidity. It has been killing me. Mainly because I am an outside person and it is too hot to be outside. I was having outside withdrawls so I rousted my poor husband out of bed early to go on a hike. Not only is he a couch potato he also is not a morning person. I lured him in by finding a trail on the internet that was in an area he remembered going as a kid. I didn't tell him the last write up I found on the area was in 98, certainly the trail was still there as it was national forest and wilderness area.So off we headed to an area in remote Rabun co. Ga . an area known for the movie "Deliverance" and the Foxfire books. Lush green forests and rocky cold mountain streams..

We found the road from my description . It was still a one lane dirt road. There was a beautiful old homestead in the middle of the national forest looked like it was still occupied.I expected to see a old guy in coveralls playing the banjo on the front porch. As we ascended the narrow winding dirt road a beautiful rumbling stream appeared along side it. We rolled down the windows and the temperature said it was 73 degrees.

The stream was beautiful. Noisy waterfalls where the water squeezed between huge moss covered boulders,and still, reflective pools where the water took a moment to rest before continuing its descent down the rock covered mountain. The description said the trail head was 2 miles in on the right before the bridge. We found it. There was a small pull out big enough for one car and it was occupied. There was nowhere else to park on the narrow road and nowhere to turn around so dissappointed we drove on up. The stream leveled out as we came to the top of the ridge and there were a couple of nice camp grounds on the shoals and somewhere to turn around.Hoping to get to hike we headed back down. Low and behold when we got there the spot was empty. So we began our hike. The description said .9 miles in..
The hike began with a nice stretch of level trail along a nice stream. Then there was about a 200meter climb. As I hopped from tree root to rock I wondered if this was why there were no new write ups on the trail. I was also wondering if the .9mi was straight up. The trail leveled out at the top and started a slight incline. You could see glimpses of the stream down below but mostly you could hear the roaring as it cascaded down the mountain. There were "trails" (More like slide marks) down to the bottom where people had gone down to view the falls. I would have loved to and will some day when I am more prepared, with hiking boots and jeans and enough power to climb back up. We finally caught up with the top of the stream and it was beautiful.

Deep cold pools of crystal clear water beneath swift cascading currents. Surely hiding some elusive native trout. We continued on the trail passing fungi,flowers,and lush green ferns. There were small rivulets of water crossing the trail in steep narrow ravines covered by vegetation and spanned by rickety bridges.

After hiking for about an hour (.9 mi. my butt) with no end to the trail in sight we decided to turn around. The heat was beginning to catch up to us and in this forest the wind couldn't reach you and the humidity was so high my glasses and camera lense kept fogging up.
In conclusion, it was a great adventure to be repeated in the fall with trout pole in hand and jeans and climbing boots.
Coleman River Trail, not for the faint of heart but worth the climb.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Horse Show Saturday

Bounty and I have our first ever breed show tommorrow. I am very nervous. This is his second show and will consist of a 2hr ride in the trailer before the show,showing against others of his breed and age and then a 2hr. ride home. Wish us luck!