Saturday, July 31, 2010


Another beautiful morning. Barb has been beating me to the barn the past two days! While we did chores, Seymour and Sidney played in the Grooming Room. When I went to get them they were already outside, playing in the vines right near the door. Fortunately they stayed right there. I don't know how they escaped.

Once again I tried to get them to walk through the paddock with me, but they were more interested in playing in the run in.

When we got back to the house, they went out in the back yard with Phoebe and Gucci (who are still being very kind and even try to play with them).
I had planned on going straight over to Apple Creek Farm to mow the lawn, but they were spraying the apple trees and I waited until 1pm.

The apples are starting to get much bigger now, even have some red on them.

Drove through the village. Jo has put a little tent out in front of her shop and is serving dinners.
Last night she had a good crowd. Today the Art Festival started and they moved it to the College as Main Street was supposed to be torn up (and now it isn't). This is a huge event and draws thousands and thousands of people. Gary will be volunteering there tomorrow and I will get some photos. This year they are having a Sanctioned BBQ contest with people entering from all over the place. They also have over a dozen bands.
Swung by the Welcome Center...I'd say there were at least 10 boats there.

Gary spent the afternoon and evening working in the Studio Barn. It is really shaping up....I love the new windows.
By tonight, he had this last section insulated and filled in.
The building is 15 x 19 and will be an outstanding space. My class will love it and we will be spending a lot more time out there.

My brother was supposed to come up today, but didn't make it (fishing tournament). I made dinner and we watched "It's Complicated." If you have not seen it...DO. It was great. It was Barb's night to do chores, so I took a shower and put on PJs....will have to cover up with a sweatshirt when I go put the ponies in.

Took a few shots in the dark when I went out to take off the horse's masks. They were waiting for me in the indoor...their favorite spot in the evening.

It was dark when Gary finished working...there are hundreds of black eyed Susans over by the Studio Barn.
I definitely took it easy today.

Night all.

Friday, July 30, 2010


I got up early so I could finish chores and still get Ann out to the Saddle Fitting Clinic before 9.
Never did post my Skywatch pictures. Barb came over and was a big help as usual. The farrier arrived at 11 to do King Mustafa's feet and he was a very good boy.
Got almost everything done and Barb picked up the slack. In a little before Ann came downstairs and got her breakfast ready. She had an English Muffin, Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Tea, a little OJ and some fruit.
When we got in the car to leave, Seymour was checking us out through the screen.

The first horse (Finnegan) had some saddle fitting problems and his back was sore.
Within an hour the problem was solved with a Euro Mattes Pad. He is now ridden with a hackamore and was outstanding while Maureen rode him.
Andrea instructs Maureen and had a lot of input during the session.

Next Arabian stallion. He was adorable, but I had to leave and did not see what happened.

Got home and did a few things around the house before we left for Hamlin Beach State Park...a 50th anniversary celebration.
Wouldn't you know that Topper was there taking pictures of me taking pictures of him.

Richard and Joan were truly surprised.
Everyone was asked to bring an appetizer and they had the rest catered by Jimmy Z's (a local hot dog joint in know...garbage plates and all that).

This is Mark. He is their older son. He has had a Walking Show on PBS, is concerned about health, green and the environment....travels all over the country and is one heck of a good public speaker.
Below is his brother's wife, who was telling us a story about how her husband's band opened for Bon Jovi (in Texas).
Several of their friends drove up from Connecticut...quite a surprise.
Rob and Mark did a great job organizing the event.
50 years! Wow.

Got home late and had forgotten to soak the hay cubes and beet pulp. I could hardly keep my eyes open, I was so tired.
Barb arrived with a load of sawdust, so I went out eventually, and helped her unload it. I don't know where she gets all her energy.
The stalls looked great.

Tonight the sky was glowing.

How does that look for nice footing?

Let the kitties out in the back yard for awhile. They seem to love it.
It was almost dark.
Have to go put the horses in before I fall asleep.

Night all.