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 .

Saturday, 25 February 2012

It ain't pretty, it just looks that way

 We have been kind of wondering where Winter was this year. Not complaining , but knowing Alberta winters are often not kind , around here we have been waiting for the other shoe to drop.

And it did , not particularly cold all things considered -11C  for the day and -17C expected overnight  then by Monday back to single digits and above 0 by the end of the week, but we sure got some snow today! 
 Woke to about 8 inches on the ground and it has not let up yet, pretty windy by times as well so there are some areas where it has drifted quite a bit 
 The horses are handling it fine 

 even playing a bit
  Quick test! In the following 3 pics,

 Who is who here , we have 3 pics , 2 are of one horse  1of the other 
 Which is FV Dreamboat Annie, and which is FV Catch a dream? (hint , socks and tails are the giveaway on these two ) I can tell them apart easy when I am with them  but in photos I often have to take a second look 
 Skeeter, less than impressed with the snow 
 These boys are always happy I think! 
And Winston, well I KNOW he is always happy! heading off to find more snow to roll in
Stay warm and safe! 


Sunray Gardens said...

Love the photos. They do look like they are having a great time. First of the 3 was one horse and the next 2 of the other horse. What did I win? LOL Kidding!
Cher Sunray Gardens

Jeni said...

Yah I'd say winter found you. Beautiful to look at - no fun as a human to be in it.

Shirley said...

You got more than we did, which is just fine with me. Fat baby in the first one and Annie in the other two. Love Winston, he's a lemonade kind of guy.
That sure is a lot of blog buttons on the blog hop list at the bottom of your page.

IanH said...

Life is really fun in the Alberta country. Where else can you get photographic opportunities such as these?

Country Gal said...

Oh WOW ! I think you got Ontarios snow there as well ! We had some but it all gone now the coldness is still with us but no snow ! Awesome photos ! First photo is one horse the other two are of the same horse who has more white or in horse talk grey , white isnt called white is it its called grey at least thats what I was always told in the horse world I was in growing up lol on its bum then the first horse ! Then theres a flea bitten grey ok I'll stop just love horses and miss having them . Thats what I see lol . Have a good day !

sally said...

What wonderful photos ....I have been a bit absent so just checking in to see how my far flung friends are doing .....and well it sure looks cold. Today I rode in weather so hot that arena work was out of the question ...so wine in the shade of my friends stable was the order of the day ....stay warm

4RRanch said...

At least you got some good snow pics. Hope it melts for you soon.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I guess Winston is okay with his pillows being cold. ;)

Sherry Sikstrom said...

you all are better at this than me, everyone has gotten it right so far!

Nicole said...

Oh wow. Great photo ops though :). I guess part of me misses snow b/c we haven't gotten much of that this year, however, at the same time I'm not a huge fan of it either... LOL

Janice said...

You look like us over here now....knew it was coming but then I guess most people did....right.I'm like you and was wondering when the other shoe would drop.It wasn't tooooo much of a shock when we got the new snow because we have been getting it all along......but it was certainly enough. All the critters look to be taking it in stride.....love Winston.

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Oh bless your heart, I know from experience it's no fun when ya have to get out and chore in it!!!

The critters seem to be havin' a blast and a half though.

Our dog puts her head down and just plows through the stuff!

God bless ya and have a marvelous week sweetie!!! :o)

Cut-N-Jump said...

It is beautiful, but it sounds colder than I want to ever deal with. Good luck to you on that one.

Winston looks to be enjoying himself though.

Starmyri Appaloosas Blog said...

It looks so beautiful doesn't it? That wears off pretty quick once you start shovelling! LOL We got about the same amount here and it is going to take me a few days to get it all plowed....already feeling sore and tired. Of course, it has to be when husband is away at work. Always seems to happen that way. Sure doesn't bother the animals much. :)

GoLightly said...

LOL, darn it, now that song is going to be rattling around in my head all day. LOVE that song..

Glad you managed to survive winter's (can it be?) LAST blast?!?!

Crystal said...

Brr looks so cold. And you sure got dumped on! We only got a couple inches and thats enough for me. Horses sure are looking good as is Winston :)

Confessions of a Closet Hoarder but you can call me Judy said...

I love the look on Winston's face. Pure bliss! :)

Is that 3rd picture, the one that has the stained glass cardinal in it, taken inside your home? I LOVE the windows! That picture looks like it could hang in an art gallery! The snow and ice on the windows is amazing! It looks like it's inside a cathedral or something.

I love your horses. Please don't think I don't. But I love the uniqueness in some of your other pictures. :)