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 .

Thursday, 4 May 2017

I have a grand foal! lol

Its been a while again, but with all the mud, calving and life I am just now catching up.
Starting with the most recent first, Early Tuesday morning, on my fiftieth birthday of all times I was blessed to witness another kind of birthday!
FV Sparks Image (Maggie) a foal I raised and then sold , returned to me for her pregnancy last summer. I no longer own her but have been tasked with her care for this time.
And the news is...
Its a girl!

Beyond that life is going along smoothly enough. Finally the snow seems to have abated and we are looking at spring! I hope!
I had a lovely birthday full of love and joy

The cows are not quite done calving but we are getting there. And the boys, Skeeter and Henry, are loving the mud! LOL, not so much loving the ensuing bath times 

Henry has had a couple " play dates" the neighbor dog, and his friend Sadie (my niece's pup)

That's it for now , stay safe everyone! I will try to come back and update soon! 
Off to see what everyone else is up to 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

A beautiful Birdie!

So now for the big news! Family day, I got a call, that my niece Tara had delivered her baby!
I tried my best to wait but I did rush in to see her that day!
Babies name is Birdie Patrica , named in part for her grandmother (my mom Patricia) her Cree name is Pyesis (Bird ) her dad is Cree.
Anyhow, I  wrote a poem for Tara, when we found out she was expecting, and it was posted here.
Well after meeting Birdie, another poem came to me.
 I have had an odd relationship with birds of late, with a raven hanging around very close to the house over the past year or so since mom passed, also Eagles and owls staying near and gracing my presence more than usual.
I guess they were trying to tell me something!
Not all the photos are mine, I have scoffed some from family off of Facebook
 Proud Grandfather 

Ecstatic Grandmother ! Nana Heather !
 Great Auntie Sherry , Great Uncle Martin
 The beautiful little family

 Already the apple of her dads eye! 

Great  Grandpa Ron! 
 Loving Auntie Dee 

 Great Great Auntie Elsie

Me and "my" girls my heart is full 
 And here is the poem
A little Bird Story
The raven and crows chuckled out their delight
Staying just out of reach
But not out of sight,
They would laugh and tease
A secret they knew
A secret I asked?
No, we won’t tell you!
An eagle soared high
And the grouse started drumming
What’s it all about?
There’s a miracle coming!
A single white feather drifted to the ground
The message it brought
there is hope to be found!
Excitement and joy in all far and near
Be patient, said wise owl
The times not yet here
Then suddenly, magically
On a morning, so bright.
The Chickadees sang their song of delight!
And what did the little birds sing on that day?
That Birdie Patricia, had come home to stay!

That is all for now .
Stay safe friends! 

Home Sweet Home , oops! forgot to post!

I started this post just after I got home from vacation, and then suddenly I had so much to do I never finished! SO we will start with this, and then hang in there I have lots of wonderful pictures! But they need a post of their own so I will have to do a second post for that. Also I have been on the computer,but busy taking a course and so only popping on and posting on Facebook. Which is silly because while it is easy it just isn't the same as the sense of connection we get blogging.The course I took was called  "Reconciliation through indigenous education" Tough going by times as the history of the residential schools is quite simply heartbreaking, but as I have said, if they could bear it , the very least I can do is to learn about it. Next course is called "Brain Story" about the lasting effects of trauma on the brain.
Anyhow here is a glimpse of Mexico 2017

I had a list of things to do while I was on vacation in Mexico 
Go to the turtle sanctuary 
Walk the sand bar out from the resort to view old town pvr 
Oscars bar( I go there every time, it is a beautiful oasis at the end of the waterfront market)
Pipi's restaurant (a favorite of many and a must do if you are in Puerto Vallarta)
Try one new thing 
Read life of Pi ( I have tried before and could not get into it )
Swim the lazy river not just float in a tube.

So how did I do? 
well other than in deference to a sore ankle I did not walk the peninsula( did however walk a heck of a lot,including the proximate 1/2 mile to dinner after the turtle release and then however far it was to the room)
I pretty much NAILED IT!
read Life of Pi, and 3 other books!( absolutely loved Life of Pi, such a departure from what I normally read, but well worht it ! 
chilled and relaxed
made it to Oscars,and Pips
tried a few new things, if I include the turtles ,the Panorama restaurant and swimming the lazy river.(3 laps around it total with the current,as I am not strong enough yet to swim against it. Though I do hold my own swimming against the current,just not gaining ground)
Overall I had a wonderful time, but as always, it had to end. Okay with me, I am happy to be home!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Fur,frost fun, family, and a special project

 February 1 already! Spring will be here... well when it gets here. Meanwhile here is what I have been up to,

 Hanging with Henry
 And some adorable kittens

 And of course Johnny,all the rest too but he gets to be the face of the crew this post
And family of my heart, Cindy and her kids,she is not my actual sister but a sister of my heart all the same, and I am ever so proud that these wonderful kids know me as Auntie! 

And the special project,made with love for my niece Tara, by ME! 
well I think the photo shoot she and I had tells the story best! 

The little peanut that I met and fell hopelessly in love with the day my sister gave birth to her is soon to be mommy to a peanut of her own! I wrote this the day Tara told me,

I cried the day I met you
And heard your tiny cry
The day I became your
I knew one day you would fly
And fly you did my beauty
Took on life full force
Not one to just go with the flow
you mapped your very own course
Time has passed so quickly
Truly it has flown
And here you are just starting a family of your own
What wonderful days ahead for you
A time of joy and glory
I want to say how proud I am
And blessed to share in your story

 And then just last month dug out my crochet hook to make the bunting bag for her