Welcome to Fern Valley

Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .

Friday, 9 September 2016

"It's best to ride the horse in the direction it is going"

Time seems to keep on flying by, I have meant so often to blog,or to do many things. But somehow I seem pretty busy and when I sit down at the end of the day ... well I just sit down.
I did a little writing,but never seem to get back into the swing of blogging. I am not quitting,I am just giving in a little to the flow of life right now.I hope I will eventually get back into writing regularly again,but like the quote in the title,I think its best not to force things.Also with the Equine therapy, I have been doing a lot less of it of late, I have no intention of stopping but this summer has been a bit more about healing me I guess and taking my time with things.
When it is right I will do it .

Meanwhile we got the September cover of Saddle Up magazine again! SO out I went with the camera to see what I could come up with...
First I went to the Rusty Horshoe to see The filly by Cactus from this spring and the yearling colt







This kid reminds me of Dandy! 

then home to grab a few shots







If you dont already know,and you want to see who was the cover model, click on  the link to see! Saddle up

Also was blessed to attend the wedding of a dear friend of mine to wrap up August! we met just a few years ago lol (when we were 13!)  SO glad we were able to reconnect.Her mom was like a second mom to me, and she ,her sisters and I pretty much grew up together. We all have lost touch over the years but reconnected after "Mom Brown passed"
 Couple of kids all grown up! 
"Mom Browns" girls, together again, only missing mom and baby sister Bonnie ,who were with us in our hearts and as our angels.

That's all for now, stay safe friends !

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

2016 Horricks family reunion

Well ! that was one heck of a lot of weekend!
Starting Thursday night , we had family arriving from Seattle, then we got that party started!
Darwell BarnBurner (outdoor concert) on Friday, then an intimate breakfast for 26 ish at my house on Saturday morning, then off to my cousins home for the afternoon evening. About 60 or so people in attendance, and on heck of a lot of food!
Wrapped it all up for dinner on Sunday in town !
It was
quite simply
FABULOUS!!!
I adore my family, and extended family, and there is nothing better than spending time in their company.
This was a smaller reunion than usual, only the families of my grandfather and great uncle, but still wonderful!
I wrote this poem for the event , and my sister kindly read it for the guests at dinner.

The family that love built
We are Horricks
We proudly sing out and say
And as we gather
Together today
We celebrate who we are and have become
And honour the legacy from where we have sprung
From William and Mary
The journey began
Then George reached out
Taking Margaret's hand.
In love and in faith
The family grew
Albert, Bud, Peggy, then Bill and Ron too
And so very close, working right alongside,
Charlie stood too with Kay as his bride.
Family ties are a strong and such a fierce bond
In love there's a place you will always belong
The years passed by
And some have gone on
Yet shine in our hearts
Beneath gods
 sky
As our families grow
And new names come along
We are still built in love
We are Horricks, our song






















that's it for now, stay safe friends

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Story

Storytellers are part of every culture and "Story" is how we learn, teach,remember and grow. While they are part of every culture, none are respected and revered like those of the indigenous/First Nations people. 
 A fellow Equine assisted learning colleague shared this Credit to Kim Hallock of Red Dog Recovery Ranch

"This is a story that was gifted to me by a Cree elder some years ago. It has come to be the foundation of Red Dog Recovery Ranch, and has been shared many times around our fire.
'in the beginning of things, the creator made this earth...he made all of the rocks and all of the dirt and all of the mountains. It was so very beautiful that he left it like that for a very long time. After a good long while, he once again felt the artists urge and began once again to create. He made all of the trees and all of the grasses, all of the flowers and all of the berries. The world was full of color! He really enjoyed this beautiful addition to the world, and left it like that for a long, long time. Other than the whisper of the wind in the leaves, the world was quiet, so one day the creator decided to liven things up a bit. He began to make all of the animals, all of the birds, all of the fish, all of the bugs....what fun! The world was now a colourful, lively place and the creator loved to watch the goings on each day. After many, many years the creator got to thinking. Though the world was truly amazing it was also very predictable. You see the creator planted the seed of purpose in each and every being, every rock, plant and animal knew exactly how it was to live out its days, how to find nourishment, how to get along....there were no surprises. The creator thought it might be nice to have a few surprises, so once again he got creative and made us human beings. We are the babies of creation and the only being who was given the gift of free will. Well now things were gonna get interesting! For a while things were pretty good, but then we began to use our free will in selfish ways. We began to take away more than we needed from the other beings, we began to harass them and act as though we were more important. The animals, especially felt harmed by our behavior, and asked the creator to please do something about those pesky human beings. The creator understood and made a great rift in the world....all of the animals lived on one side....all of the human beings lived on the other. It was like that for a very very long time...so long that we forgot each other's languages. The only way we knew that animals existed is because they were still in our stories and songs that had been passed through many generations. When we'd sing we'd get lonesome and feel terrible for making such a mess of things. After a good long while, the human beings asked the creator to please let them live with the rest of creation. They'd learned their lesson, they said, they'd be more respectful this time. Well, like all father's, our creator had a real hard time saying no to the baby, but he remembered just how awful things were. He said "I can't promise anything, but I will try". He went across the rift and gathered all the animals into a great circle. The creator explained the situation and said he respected how the animals felt, and wouldn't force anyone to share their lives with the human beings....but he would sure like some volunteers! Right away the dog ran into the circle. He said "I'll go...I like those human beings, their fiesty! I think we'll have some fun." The creator said "thank you, thank you! anyone else?" Well it got real quiet. The deer's were looking over their shoulders, the rabbits were twiddling their thumbs...everyone was trying to avoid the hopeful gaze of the creator. After a long time....so long that it was uncomfortable, the horse strode into to circle. He said "I don't know about those human beings....I don't know if I can trust them...but I think they have alot to learn and I think I have alot to teach them." And so it is that the dog and the horse (atim and mistatim) are the only two animals in all of creation that we human beings can communicate with because they willingly share their lives with us. Hiy Hiy"
As we strive to learn from the horse,the dog and from all of nature, may we strive equally to learn from each other.
Stay safe my friends

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Picture perfect ?

Well maybe not perfect but pictures all the same.
Martin and I have been keeping busy of late, not so much accomplishing lots but we do seem to be finding things to do.Started the month with a trip to Calgary to celebrate Martin's brothers Birthday/anniversary


June was a little of this and that, dealing with leaks from the rain, and finishing up with the calving, getting everyone out on green grass.and I finally planted some flowers.







My roses are truly outdoing themselves this year, giving me beautiful displays and lightly scenting the breeze that drifts in my windows through the days

Martin and I have been keeping busy of late, not so much accomplishing lots but we do seem to be finding things to do.
We attended a concert at Lake Wabamun when Henry got to meet one of his fans,local radio host.He was a good boy and very enthusiastic!
Bathing in his dipping pool before heading out! 




After that out to dinner to celebrate my nephews birthday. Such a handsome "little guy"


Then we took a little trip...
Out first venture out with our little motor home, or should I call it adventure?











A little hiccup on the way but we got it fixed and had a lovely couple of days at Lac La Biche with friends.Henry got his firsat swim in big water and he did very well!
Then home to start with the haying... if the rain will quit!
Funny we were crying for rain so the hay would grow,(which it did! A bountiful crop too!) now we are praying for it to stop so we can get it cut and baled!
 Also celebrated my cousin's 40th birthday this weekend with an Eighties themed celebration!
 My fashion from the eighties wasn't a whole lot different than now, jeans and a t shirt pretty much summed it up, except for the bigger hair!

thats all for now.Stay safe!