Archive for August, 2010

WIP Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

August. Really? I feel like I’m just now settling into it being Summer. There’s still a lot to get done outside this year, namely finishing the horse facility. Lots of busy weekends coming up.

1. Vinca – I completed TWO repeats of the chart over the last few days. Now it looks like Vinca is growing – unstretched I have 13 inches knit of each wing.

Vinca

2. Misti Alpaca Baktus – barely started, but that’s all that matters. I’ve been taking it with me each day and haven’t found any time to knit on it.

Misti Alpaca Baktus

Blondie’s First Visit to Our House

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

On Sunday, Patty and I brought Blondie and JJ to my house for a visit and a little trail ride. It’s the first time EVER that I’ve brought her home and now that the barn/fencing are approaching completion I want her to get familiar with the place before she comes home to stay.

When we first arrived the horses were good, but a bit high headed. Who knew there were so many obstacles at my house – we both thought it would be pretty boring! We walked the horses over to say hi to the neighbor’s mares, not even thinking about the goats. 🙂 It was a non-event. Then there was the tractor and mini-excavator doing work nearby, that was fine when they were tied at the horse trailer, but neither of them was going to get too close under saddle. We went on a short ride around the neighborhood where we saw more horses, lots of dogs (both behind fences and loose), a few cars, some kids playing, and lots of yard implements and kids toys to have a look at. They both did really good and were rewarded with some time in the upper pasture.

First Visit

First Visit

First Visit

First Visit

I had spent most of the afternoon on Saturday preparing for their visit. Initially, I planned to use the round pen panels to setup a small pen, but then I realized I could close off the far fence line with temporary fencing….so they got access to the whole pasture. Not that they ventured far from the front gate! I also spent a couple hours pulling bracken fern and removing tree branches.

It seems like a small thing, but I was so excited JJ took a drink from the water tank – normally when he goes away from the barn he doesn’t like to drink. This water tank was one both horses had before at a previous boarding stable and I guess my well water must not taste too different than what they’re used to.

All in all, it was a fun trip and very successful since both horses got to experience some new things and they both did great!