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 .

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Equine therapy, for me. Wrapping up Christmas, and the big move!

So busy times this last while! Dad took possession of his new house on the 18 Dec, and we hit the ground running , I had great friends come and help clean the driveway, we picked up a few new items for the house and set to unpacking the little stuff before the 22 when the movers came  with the big load of stuff. Then dad , my honorary nephew Cal and I set to work unpacking, sorting and doing what we could on the 23 . After that I took a break to finish getting ready for Christmas.But first I took a little "me time" 
Went to see the girls and had a little photo shoot

As you can see I had a blast! 

Then all of a sudden it was Christmas! we all gathered at my sisters house for Christmas eve. Dad ,Martin and I and Heather Marc, Tara, and Russ,Deanna and Adam, and Brendan. A house full of love! We laughed, had a few tears but mostly celebrated the way we knew mom would love!

Christmas morning Martin and I had a little time here then back to Heather and Marc's for brunch. Home for a little nap and out to Adam and Deanna's for supper! It was wonderful! Deee outdid herself with the meal, and while I felt a little at odds not having to cook anything, I got comfortable with it pretty damn quick, and simply enjoyed the day! 
Stopped to see Martin's sister and family on the way home, then to his other sister on Boxing day. My heart and belly are full! 

Today I had guest in the form of the Oakleys, Deb and Brian,  Robert and Rhiannon.I was so pleased I haven't had a visit with Rob in a very long time, the first of my honorary nephews,he holds a pretty special place in my heart.
Angela and Cara were unable to come but they sent some lovely cards, words and treasures. One in particular, moved me to tears, not in a bad way but while every gift I receive is wonderful and perfect, there are some that just ...well I will let you see it 
This is a watercolour that Cara did from a photo I took in the spring shortly after Henry arrived in my life. Winston took mentoring the little one seriously and we joked that this pic was him telling henry how to make a snow angel
"ya gotta get yer back into it"

the original pic

Then after the company left I headed back to dads (it is so cool that he is only 10 min away now!) 
to unpack some more, he has kept moms curios and china some for the grandkids and some just because, plus his own treasures .Luckily my Uncle was there with his fiance, so I had help too Sharon helped unpack and clean then flattened the boxes, you know the story , many hands  make light work! 
So now that he is in and it is official here are a few pics of the new digs! 
 the shed

and inside before the move

 Now with the goodies put away 

Its a two bedroom, so room for an office and very comfortable, the infloor heat is amazing! I think dad will be happy here, and I am thrilled to have him close! 
Back to work for a couple days this week then New years will be upon us! Hope everyone is safe and happy, with loved ones around during this blessed season! 


aurora said...

Sorry you didn't have any fun with the horse photo shoot ;) I can see why the watercolor is so special to you, what a beautiful gift. Your dad's place looks great, and even more so that it's close-by. Infloor heating is wonderful in the winter. We don't have it, but the cabin we stay at does.

C-ingspots said...

So glad you had such a happy Christmas. It's wonderful to be surrounded by people you love, and that love you in return. That's what makes it special. Love the shots of you and the horses! I'm sure you'll cherish those for years to come, and that painting of Winston and Henry...so sweet, sure would have made me cry too. Your dad's new place looks amazing! Lots of windows and natural light, beautiful floors, ceiling and heat in the floor! Pure luxury!! Here's to another busy and happy new year Sherry!!

Crystal said...

Sounds like a perfect Christmas! I love your dads new place and how awesome hes so close now! And that card, what a special gift.

kden said...

Even horses need some Christmas cheer. The painting of your pups is fabulous! And the new house looks very warm and inviting, the woodwork is beautiful.

GoLightly said...

So glad I dropped by, there he IS. Great shot of you-know-who up there.
sigh. That face, those eyes...
Love to you and family.

Love dad's new house!

Happy New Year, all the best in 2016!

Linda said...

Merry Christmas and all the very best in 2016!!!��������