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 .
So , most of you will remember Maggie (FV Sparks Image) some of my long time followers were in on the foaling contest the year she was born
Together we watched her grow
And her sweet temperament shone through
Last spring I sold Maggie to a young lady named Kat.In a fun coincidence , I discovered that her mom and I had attended high school together !
Kat and her mom , have kept in touch and let me know how Maggie is doing,which is so nice.
Maggie has a great home and great life, I knew this going in ,but if I had any question the call I got last winter from Kat's mom to let me know Maggie was injured but they were taking care of it , and were prepared to go the distance for her ,made me ever so sure .
Thankfully their fast thinking and good care paid off and Maggie is just fine
as the following pictures , sent by Kat will show ...
this collection of photos is over the past 12 months , as you see they are a great little team
Yup, I think they are doing just fine together. Maggie is, btw full sister to another favorite from the blog.FV Dandy Line , who also is doing very well, hope to hear more on him soon as well.
Meanwhile thanks so much for sharing Kat. and enjoy! you are looking great together .
Thanks to all for all of the good wishes and support. I am feeling much better
A few things going on this weekend . Saturday was yard work, and getting things set up to process calves today . The we attended a dinner for a lovely lady on her birthday. Dolores is my BIL Mikes mom and we were invited to attend with all the family . Wonderful dinner and a great evening visiting .
Up this morning and ready to get to work.
Because of my arthritis and back issues , I was kind of sidelined today , the crew we had was not letting me get into the thick of things like I usually do. The did let me help bring the cows up, and sort , but beyond that I was relegated to vaccinating , and staying out of the way . Sigh
This fellow was watching the activity from a safe distance
Winston , and Abigail ,watching and supervising
The crew,Martin , Cory , Cindy, and of course our very own Dr Oakley
Beer and BBQ after a workout!
All smiles, this little supervisor, she seemed to have a good day , training , my friend Cindy and I to play fetch among other things
After everyone left I did have some work to do ,Martin went out ahead to patch the fence in a couple spots , and I gathered the herd up and took them out to the field .Shirley asked on FB if I took them out with a horse. Sigh ,head hanging in shame I did not . Johnnie and Wilder were , pretty eager to help and followed along the fence too, but as I was by myself ,it seemed easier to hop on and off the quad as needed for gates and such, and to go hurry up the slow ones. Could have got Angela to stay and ride with or I really could have likely done it alone with Johnnie but I did not . Next time I had better saddle up!
I did however get some good photos.
In other news , I got an email from Kat, the young lady who bought Sparks Image (Maggie )She and Maggie are doing well, and she sent several photos as well. just waiting for her permission to post them on the blog . She looks great! so nice to see the "kids " do well
No Fridays for sale post from me today , but check out Shirley's post at Ride a Good Horse there are some darn nice horses !
I am just falling behind this week, falling behind posting and reading . Picked up a bug last weekend , and I thought I had kicked it till Monday when it hit me full force again . I wont get into super details other that to say it was a full body experience! Yeesh! I feel like a worn out dishrag today , but I am in fact on the mend .
Will be processing the calves on Sunday , and turning the bulk of the herd out to pasture , or at least all but the last couple. Normally this late in the year I would just let the stragglers calve on pasture, but it has been an odd season,(understatement of the week! ) And I would prefer to see the last couple up and going before we turn them out .This season has severely kicked my bum!All farmers know we have good years and bad, and this wasn't as bad as some folks have had .The wet spring brought scours to many farms and other issues as well. All in all it hasn't been to bad , I just have gotten spoiled with some very good years lately.
But as I quoted my late Uncle a few posts back . If you have livestock ...
So sorry if I have been absent from your blogs, I have read, just not always commenting . and as for here , updates with pics will come . And soon enough we will begin to watch for the foals!
Meanwhile stay safe my friends
Does someone want to tell me how this road trip took 4 hours to get there, and a little over 2.5 to get home?? he is not that big a horse!
Anyhow he traveled well , and I am looking forward to seeing him progress
Before the trip, I hosted a little barbecue . All of the Oakley kids (honorary nieces and nephew) were home do the family came over ,also my sister Heather , and BIL Marc . We enjoyed BBQ roast beef, potato salad that I prepared , Deb brought coleslaw, and beans ,and fresh corn.Angela prepared grilled veggies and Kale Heather ,her yummy macaroni salad , and apple cobbler . This all was washed down with Marc's homemade wine !
A wonderful meal , and evening spent with wonderful people .
So that pretty much wrapped up our Victoria day weekend , other than the regular farm work, and a calf , that is at least temporarily needing some extra TLC, and her fire breathing dragon of a momma!
This is a bit of a different take on Fridays for sale. Yes I still have 2 horses to sell, but have yet to really begin to promote Comet and Quinn, other than here on the blog and in flyer's at the Mane event .Hoping to clean them up a bit and get after it this weekend. But meanwhile I am trying something a little different. I have my books and photo cards to sell, and I do by times take in outside mares for breeding so I need to promote my business. Most print advertising seems to be cost prohibitive and , what we are willing to pay for (1/4 pg ads or smaller , really seem to get lost in the shuffle .
I have come upon an opportunity this month though that while a bit more than I would normally choose to spend, is a screamin' deal for what I am getting!
Fern Valley Appaloosas are going to be featured on the front page, and also on a 1/2 page ad inside of Saddle Up Magazine !
June will be an Appaloosa feature, so it seems to be just the right time to get my name in there.
Again , not something I might normally do, but I have to take a chance now and then. The add will also feature my books and a link to them. And the Editor has agreed to read and do a review and article on both books in the next while.
The picture, we are hoping to put on the cover is a favorite of mine.
edited to add this photo is the one I was hoping to use, however I really like them both
FV A Shocking Comet
This picture is one I was never really sure if it would turn out , with the odd lighting and the movement . Glad I took the shot as it has truly become a favorite so ,like with the photo , I am going to "take a shot " with the add and see where it takes me
This is another of my little walks,mostly a picture post . I always try to take the camera, sometimes I get great shots, sometimes none at all , but this evening as I went out to check cows...
The late day sun in spring sets the world alight
golds and green seem lit from within
the grass seems to somehow have an emerald tone
even more muted colors seem to be crisper & brighter
Definitely a good time of day to be taking pictures. and it doesn't hurt to have such beautiful subjects to photograph, though I might be a little biased .
Not much new here, hope to get some things done over the weekend with the horses. Comet had an odd injury high in his inner hind that needs a bit of follow up cleaning(he is not sore any more just watching to be sure it heals well ) Also I am going to work on my flower beds too(those who know me and my gardening skills try not to laugh)
Stay safe everyone, and have a wonderful Mothers day .
Waiting still for the last few calves to come. The waiting seems longer this year , as we have had a couple problems, and the time in between the last calf born and now is quite long.Maybe also because we have such a small cow herd .
Likely it has something to do with the fact we had a couple bulls get in with our herd last summer for a few days, which you might think would speed things up, but they have to spend a day or so fighting and jockeying for position in the herd , and can be so busy doing that , they forget the "task at hand " so to speak.Or they took a break for some odd reason. No lameness issues or hoof rot last summer with the bulls so , who knows ,maybe like the title says its just one of those things. Anyhow I wish they would step it up a bit , I want to get the cows out on pasture soon and start watching the mares . Looks like Peps is not bred, and Jazz? hard to say for sure. Jewels on the other hand looks large and hugely uncomfortable so I guess we will have one or 2 foals to watch for this year.That's farming though , gotta go with the flow and things can change pretty quick from what you planned to what you get. For no real reason other than "Snakes don't have armpits" yes ,in point of fact there is a little more science to it than I am letting on , and ways to assure some of the variables are out of the mix, but the mares were confirmed , and sometimes they lose a foal early on. And the cows were checked as well. Any way you look , it is what it is, and we will be done calving, right after the last calf is born.