Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
This bird flew in here sometime early summer and never left. At first it would fly away as soon as it saw me, now it lets me get within a few feet of it. He (She) how do you tell... is still always on the alert though and the minute I move or try to get closer it flies away. He needs to stay on the alert because there are three dogs and three cats watching it's every move.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
I had to pass on the Sunday Challenge because it was beyond my feeble camera skills....I really did try though. So instead while doing chores this morning I thought I would see if I could get my video on the camera to work...it kind of did.....but I am still having problems with it, it almost looks like the proper challenge ( Bokeh) this week only in video. At least it is doing it's thing in color again....although you would have a tough time seeing that ....it really is that grim looking out there today. I have no idea what is going on with this camera, I used to take a fairly decent video now everything is out of whack. The good news is now that we have a new Internet provider( Flexinet) the videos upload in record speed....problem with that is are they really worth looking at with such poor quality. Oh well I'm going with them anyhow.
This cat is priceless, she loves to ride the Quad and help do chores....really hard to get a pic of this when I need my camera hand to give the machine gas.
Well if you want to see some rather unusual pics you can go check out everybody else's Sunday Challenge shots.
Have A Great Week
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Shirley over at Ride A good Horse has a really good idea for Christmas shopping. I swear she reads my mind or something. I was going to do a bit of a plug for Fern Valley Appaloosas anyhow but now I will also add anyone else I can think of. These are the only two I have pics of and that's because I actually have these things sitting and or hanging around.
Sherry does very professional well done calenders.... with excellent photos.....as you can see by the date I am in need of a new one. Sherry also has a book out called Telling Tails, both of these items will make great Christmas gifts.
Sydney over at Bitless Horse Science VS Tradition makes some really nice stuff from Braided Horsehair.
This one was sent to Lisa at Laughing Orca as a prize from my blog.
This one I had specially made for me I sent Sydney the bead in the middle, it has a story but I won't bore you with the details...lets just say it has a special meaning for me. These items were made from my horses tails. The old guy Tex and Mattie my little black Mare. Sydney makes all kinds of things... all of which would make excellent Christmas gifts.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
I found this over at The Skoog Farm Journal, it's pretty neat, a bit long. I was so impressed with how well behaved the horses are with those lights bobbing around their ears etc. Gail I thought you might enjoy this.
Happy Thanksgiving To The American Visitors
Happy Thanksgiving To The American Visitors
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I left off with Texas as a 3yr old part way into training. I started using Tex a lot to take out the trail rides, at that time he was a good lead horse before I kinda ruined him.....oh I'm getting ahead of myself - he could lead or take up the rear. I used to like being in the back because then you always got a first hand view of the entertainment.....and trust me no matter how well you checked the gear and matched horses to people .....something always happened. On one particular day while in the rear I thought I would incorporate a little training as well. I never expected our so far uneventful ride would turn into a bit of a gong show, with Tex and I as the main attraction. We were pretty close to home maybe only 20 to 30 minutes out, we were just kind of ambling along, the trail got narrow with pretty steep hills on either side. I decided that was a good place to get Tex going up and down hills properly.....well I guess it was one of Texas's no way days( again)we started up the hill and he decided he didn't want to go, it got a wee bit scary hung up in the middle of a really ....really steep hill. So I applied a little spur pressure....well probably more than a little....lets just say he took exception to it....however we made it to the top of the hill. So we sat there for a bit thinking on the experience...when my friend S heading the ride asks if everything is OK, my reply was yeah go ahead we'll be along. She later informed me we had made quite a racket and had the whole attention of the ride. So anyhow I'm ready to go and I'm looking down that hill and I'm thinking to myself......you idiot ....it was pretty daunting.....what do you do - what goes up must come down......and believe me we came down. We were only about 1/4 of the way down...now you have to remember Tex was just a youngster with no experience on how to go about managing such a monumental task. I did all the things I thought I was supposed to aid him in this lesson and then the #*#% hit the fan. I don't know if he bucked or what happened but the next thing I know he and I are rolling down the hill...we landed in a heap at the bottom with me stuck underneath him. He scrambled to his feet and all the while I'm still underneath him.....do you think he would move out of the way ...not a chance, when I figured out I was not dead or injured and capable of movement the adrenaline took over and I got mad. Here's this horse standing over me ( insert sarcasm - aimed at myself) not helping the situation in the least....had I taken the time and kept my cool I would have noticed the poor horse was shaking like a leaf.........instead from underneath him ( I admit shame at this point) I kinda put the boots to him to get him away from me....that could have gone so wrong.....thankfully he was smarter than me and just moved off and away from me. Meanwhile just on the other side of a little creek S and the other riders are watching us with their eyes big as saucers......big oops didn't know we had an audience....not my proudest moment...... for sure! Anyhow I gathered up my poor scared horse and we carried on home. When I put Tex in the tie stall to take his gear off I could see he was trembling uncontrollably, he was also pretty mad at me (rightly so) I could tell he didn't really want me touching him, I carefully and quietly took his gear off and then I started checking him out, I talked to him and ran my hands over him until he finally quit shaking. He had a few cuts and scrapes ....all minor thank goodness. I groomed him and fed him a few treats and got ready to turn him loose......I was feeling pretty crappy about myself and how I handled the situation.....I think Tex could feel my angst and about then he decided to forgive me.....he stuck his nose in the crook of my arm and just rested his head there for a bit....my feelings for this horse bubbled to the surface and I started to cry.....I'm going to say it was a delayed reaction to the near miss rather than the fact that I'm a big baby. That day was a huge learning experience for both of us.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
This was a tough challenge for me.....well who am I kidding they all are. I had to go to the archives and a few recent shots because when I went out to get some new pics my camera wouldn't function....try toooo cold!!!! So this is what you will get. I don't know about portrait quality but these were some shots I like.
Kali( Pathetic- Done Well)
Two brothers, almost always together......sadly no longer part of the clan.
Mattie, last year....would not give me a frontal shot if her life depended on it. She was kinda crabby.....gee I wonder why.
My beautiful Sage, it's pretty hard not to get a decent shot of her.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Cheyenne ( Cheyenne Chronicles) this post is for you. Cheyenne has said he loves the snow...... so enjoy. This is nothing, we are just getting started. This kind of day is what makes winter around here a bit more bearable. The East Kootenays are known for the amount of sunshine and blue sky we see in the winter.....for the last few years though this area would be hard pressed to prove it. Anyhow hope you enjoy the snow......it's a wee bit blinding out there right now........out come the shades.
Friday, November 18, 2011
While checking out Cedar View Paints I came across a really neat Video. You should check it out.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Well I guess it's just that time of year for me....and many others as well. I am so not a winter person, I don't ski ( or any other snow sports) I don't snowmobile or any of that kind of stuff, I live almost at the bottom of the ski hill...a little ironic....oh well we won't go there. This morning when I went to do chores.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Monday morning, I certainly never had any doubt; winter has been creeping in for quite some time. What I find interesting is the difference in the weather between Lethbridge and here. I would have thought theirs would be worse because it usually is.
On the Way to Lethbridge on Fri.
On the Way to Lethbridge on Fri.
Sat.on the way home as we are getting closer to BC
Monday morning chore time.
Afterthought - This note is for my visitor from Boyle, Alberta, since you have visited me a few times now I thought I would tell you that many years ago I lived in Boyle. I believe the population then was 600....603 counting my husband and daughter and myself. Wouldn't it be cool if we knew each other back then. How long have you lived there. I have to say it was a long time agoooo for me.....about 30 ish years....holy crap!!!!!. Anyhow thank you for the visits. I hope this blog is interesting enough that you return again.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I was trying for the horse up closer and the trees more behind. Wrong location and to far away.
Still wrong angle but a little better
Well that's it all I have. Off to check you out while I wait for the farrier.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK