Rebel, July 4th, 2019 at Forrestel Farm

Rebel, July 4th, 2019 at Forrestel Farm
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” — Elliott Erwitt


Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Good morning! A nice sunrise along with a hard frost.

We are in for some warm days starting tomorrow...up to 80!!!! by the weekend.
I wanted to take off the pony's sheets, but the breeze made it very cold (so I didn't).
When I opened the barn door, Dream went out and rolled in the mud again.
After chores (which were so simple this morning) I had to go to the bank and run a couple of errands. Just when the pups and I were getting in the car, I looked out in the paddock and there were all the horses standing in the water in the outdoor arena (pond).
For a minute there, I thought Abbe was actually going to roll in the water.
Instead, she started to paw. Remember when she used to chase Dream? Now they are good pals.

My class arrived at 1:30. Connie stopped by with some of her work for the art show. Tina helped her unpack it.
Here is a preview of what is going to be in the show.

The painting above is in progress, the rest are finished.

Connie is producing some beautiful work. She has a fabulous studio in her home and obviously spends a lot of time there.
Mel plays the guitar, so I had to show him mine. I really have to toughen up my fingers so I can attempt to play it again.

Tina finished her bunnies.

Deb spent last weekend in Schenectady and started a painting of the Mohawk River (for her book).

Donna is doing a colored pencil drawing of a cat.

Mel has started a colored pencil drawing of a bird.

And while all this was going on, Gary was out in the kitchen painting thank you post cards. He works in the style of an "outsider" artist and really enjoys doing this.
I must say that he is improving like crazy this week...even drove his car today. The first 5 or 6 days were tough, but he is tough. No pain meds, no nothin.
This was his late afternoon snack (mine too).
Around 6:15 Barb P. and her husband arrived with a load of sawdust. Barb K-S was already out in the paddock with her horse (Dream).

I put the horses in so we could back the truck up to the overhang. There's my boy....
Got them tucked in quickly....

Then we started to move in the sawdust. We can get a heaping truckload for $35.
The new stall is loaded...the ritz. Barb's horse is going to love it.
The remainder was divided throughout the barn. A little difficult with the horses in the stalls eating.
It was getting late and the sun was low on the horizon.

Headed back to the house at 7:20.

Another very late dinner.
Leftover pasta sauce on elbows.
Did you eat yet Coyote?
Now I need to take a very hot shower so I can get ready to watch "A Good Wife."
Night all.


  1. The art exhibit looks like it will be a good one.
    I love your first sunrise shot.

  2. That 6th photo from the bottom just speaks to me. I love it.

    I also enjoyed the photos of the horses in the 'pond' arena. hehe! Especially with the lips open.
    And all the art pretty!
    Makes me want to pull out my art box and create.

    The sawdust is a great idea. Maybe one day I'll actually have a real barn and stalls and can do that, too.


  3. Love the art work! The stall looks so good. I love when I clean out the coop and pen and everything is clean and nice. Yummy dinner!

  4. I thought she looked like she was going in for a swim too. Nice art work, loved the bunnies. Great picture header too. I like The Good Wife too but I thought last night was a repeat so I passed on it.

  5. Busy day for you, as always! The works for the art show are just lovely, too!

  6. This window into your world is facinating! You are one very busy lady, with some great interests -all of which I share -but have little time to indulge in, so it's nice to read about it!

  7. I just LOVE the horses in the pond. It looks like Abbe is singing! I've been away from my desk, computer and blog for most of March. Of course, I've not commented either, but just HAD to see what is happening on Skoog Farm. Somehow I missed something: did Gary injure himself? (((Hugs))) Jo

  8. I love all of the artwork but that second one is my favorite. I can't wait to see it finished. The different colored tiles is so unique and beautiful. Nice!


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