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, 27 November 2014

Visit with Jack Frost , and catching up

It seems I have been neglecting the blog again! 
No real reason, it seems I have been just puttering around and doing things, and been a little tired of late, so when I am usually going to sit at the computer and write, I am laying in my bed and sleeping. I am continuing my work with the kids and coaching sessions, soon we will be moving Cat and Andee to a local barn where we can continue our work in an indoor arena, hopefully Martin and I will also be able to make use of this facility and do some winter riding.
Also I have continued to go swimming a couple times a week, and have increased my stamina to allow for 750 meters on my last swim, the shoulder is holding up well, and with the use of a tennis elbow braces so is my elbow. I feel confident I will achieve my goal of 100 meter by Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas,it sure is looking a lot like it around here lately, or at least like winter!
We have had several days with Hoar frost, which are cold but sure make for pretty pictures !

The boys are enjoying themselves 
 "That'll do little dog,that'll do"
 more frost 
 even makes the booby trap pretty 
 A different look at a favorite scene

 We celebrated a milestone birthday  for my sister last weekend , I even baked, not one, but 2 cakes ! 
One a gluten free Pumkin spice cake ( for my nephews girlfriend ) And an old fashioned carrot cake! YUMM

Today we had more frost, and an ice fog, which changed my plans to haul the girls, so it will be next week now, but I would rather wait and be sure we can be seen on the road, those two horses like all of them are precious cargo! So instead we have some pics of the gang frolicking in the mist. Well frist we have the kids, munching in the mist ...

 unfortunately I missed the real "money shot" here, as just a moment later Cat reared up then leaped in the air and kicked out !

  Boss mare looking regal ,Get Rich Quick, (That Richie mare) 
and the lights of my warm house where the wood stove was warming the kitchen and  home made soup! 

Stay safe and warm my friends 


aurora said...

It takes extra motivation to swim in the winter. My hats off to you, but not too long, cuz then a person turns into a popsicle head! Indoor coaching should offer some different (& warmer) scenario's. I didn't know Martin rode horses. Take time to enjoy!

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos ! Sometimes napping is just the body telling you enough is enough . Hope your shoulder gets better soon . We had lots of snow last week then we had lots of rain warm temps and high winds and now no snow left it is gently snowing here now but as soon as it hits the ground it melts ! Thanks for sharing have a good weekend !

Ami said...

I love seeing the horses. But you know Winston still makes me happy. *IF* we ever get another dog, I would love to have a golden. They're just so amazing.

Stay warm and post more pictures!!!


Shirley said...

Laughing at Winston and Skeeter swapping swats.
The horses all look happy and healthy, but seriously you can keep that weather there! We got 3 inches of snow and then it rained, so not much left. I wouldn't mind if it froze up again, it's better than mud.

Willow said...

Oh my i do hope things have warmed up a bit for you since this post . Great shots and that last pic looks so cozy. My current post has our little equines dashing through the snow too but our snow has since melted as the temps have gone back up.

Crystal said...

Oh that looks so cold! But lots going on to keep you busy. I love the shots of your house in the dark, so comforting.