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


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Getting a Head Start

It seems like Gary has really gone to town ahead of the norm, shaping up the property.
Today was spent in the gardens.

It was another spectacular morning.
 Karen had to do a lot of grooming....
 Queen Piggy.

 Gary is on a roll, cleaning out all the leaves and debris from the gardens.  We have a lot of pickets that are going to need painting too.
 At 10 we went out to Conrow Farm to pick up some of the nicest 2nd cutting grass I've seen in 20 years (for 30 year old Berlineeee).  Scott was kind enough to provide taxi service.
 I had to chase the horses away from the gate so we could get the hay closer to the feed room.

Of course they all came back as soon as they started moving the hay.
Our barn is inside the front paddock and the pastures are next to and behind it.  All the horses we have had, quickly learned where their stalls were and I just had to call them when it was time to come in.  Automatic pilot, but not the greatest when you have to move something into the barn.
 Scott also fixed the drag I have been using for the past 34 years.  It is 200% better, thank you very much!

 This is the second day Berlin has been watching my every move.

 Annette of Oak Creek Ranch in does your rhubarb grow????
 Ours will be ready within 10 days.  The garlic is gaining many inches each week.  I even saw some spinach peeking through the dirt.

This afternoon I took a nice shower and gave my arm a rest on 3 pillows with an ice pack.  Ended up watching the Kentucky Derby.  I am so grateful that no horses were injured.
 The winning jockey had to be one happy man, winning two years in a row.
 Chores at 7:30.  Still mild out there.

 Tucked the girls in.
 Gary went down to Sara's (where he works) earlier and came home with some cabbage.  That will be going in the ground very soon.
 What a sunset!

 The two new apple trees were planted over near the studio (near our other fruit trees).
 Gary just got this shirt from his boss.
 Very appropriate.
 The moon was out before the sun set.
 Good dinner.  Some friends came over to pick up manure for their gardens and in return gave us fresh spinach (which they planted late last fall) and a jar of pickles.  Bartering is the way to go.
Of course, we ate half of the spinach tonight....
 along with some pasta.

Night all.


  1. My rhubarb grows great! I've already made two rhubarb crisps this spring. Yum!

  2. Looks like a great day with a lot getting done outside. Watched the Derby too. What a gorgeous horse American Pharoh is.

  3. Keep a close eye on Gary. Looks he has a fever. Spring fever that is. How nice it is to see you enjoying some really nice days!

  4. Beautiful photos as usual. Hope that arm's better soon.

  5. Nice to see spring has made its way to your farm!


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