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 .

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Third star to the right, and straight on till morning

Well not quite never Never land , but coming from this

and landing in this 

 it seems a 
 magical place 
 Martins sister  Connie and hubby Mike were our travel companions again 

My 3 Amigos 
 We had a wonderful week in Playa Del Carmen ,on the Mexican Mayan Rivera. Sun sand sea and warm temps ! We were pretty low key this year, didn't go shopping in town at all and only took one day trip to XEL HA pronounced "Shell haa" (will have its own post , but amazing is all I can say for now on that )
A couple  injuries among us and we all have been super busy at home, so we laid low, soaked up the sun and truly  just enjoyed one another's company.All I brought home  from this trip were photos , wonderful memories , and a rotten cold!
But it was  worth every minute .I did go for my yearly "pamper me " treatment had a massage and steam at the spa. Where they also  did a gift ritual with us that included the  4 elements, a wish  and a prayer . we were left with seeds to toss in the ocean  to help our wish  come true. It was very nice and special. The folks at this resort treat us soo well ! our little houskeeper  went the extra mile when I fell behind with my bedtime chocolates  and built me this

and I didn't get a pic all  of the towel creation's she made but there is this one 
and of course the staff at poolside made sure we had plenty of theses

 Mexican fiesta night  was a great  dinner and show  with dancers and music.
Moslty ate  breakfast in the room , but the one morning we did go out , this  little fellow offered to  join us for  our meal .He is a "quati" or "Coati" first one I have ever seen , but once we got to Xel Haa I tell you ...
But this frllow was called Jimmy by the staff and a very friendly fellow . Martin did share a little breakfast with him, proving two things, that cute and bacon are both universal communicators!! 

My favortie part of the holiday was of course time spent with my hubby , but also this little beach. we were told about it and finally madeit there on the last day . a 10 (read 30 min) walk down the beach  there is this lovely bay with sandy footing and warm waters. when you walk in as the waves  come up and subside you find yourself  surrounded by hundreds of beautiful silvery angel fish ! 

 Mike was maning the camera and had a hard time getting me to look up ! I was  just fascinated! 
 A bit of a whoops where a wave nearly  knocked Connie off  balance 
 I think the look on our faces says it all 

Well that's it for now , other than it is wonderful to be home with my critters. Winston and Skeeter  greet me like nothing else in the world!
All is well here with the horses and cattle, they even left me a welcome home gift in the form of an "Agricultural land mine " (frozen poop under snow) which I promptly tripped over and found myself hugging the ground of the home I love!
Stay safe and warm my friends, I will post the rest of the pics soon


Nicole said...

I'm ready to go now! Especially since we have snow/ice moving in tomorrow night. So glad you had a wonderful time!!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Looks heavenly!

Ami said...

Welcome home! It looks like you had a wonderful and warm vacation. Beautiful waters!!"Agricultural land mine" hehee!

We called them either cookies or sausages. Depending on the degree of decompositions.

Leah said...

Your vacation looks warm and lovely! Isn't it nice to leave but always nice to come home!

Buttons Thoughts said...

Wow that is what every cold blooded Canadian needs right now:) Looks like you had a blast. B

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos . Glad you had a wonderful relaxing time ! Thanks for sharing with us . Have a good evening !

Cut-N-Jump said...

Looks like you guys really had a good time. Always good to get away, always good to get back home. No snow around here, so the Dog Logs are fairly easy to spot.

Cut-N-Jump said...

Forgot to ask- what is that blue drink? Looks cool and refreshing.

Willow said...

Sounds like you had a great time. Looked fun and relaxing.
Aren't you glad you didn't take the cruise ship! Lol

Paint Girl said...

Oh my!! Looks like so much fun!! I have never been anywhere like that. I want to but it's so hard to get away with all the animals! Looks like you all had so much fun!

Laura said...

Oh, sounds like you had a great time!!!! Glad you got to get away from old man winter for a few days...

Reddunappy said...

Oh!! to be warm again!!!
Beautiful place!!!

Janice said...

Hey there glad you're home. Looks like you had a nice relaxing time.Loved that splash of color with that flower.....making me antsy.

C-ingspots said...

Oh Sherry, it sounds absolutely perfect to me! Just relaxing and enjoying good company, peace and sun and sea revitalizes the soul and refreshes like nothing else! I'm so very happy for you, and so totally jealous!! :) Glad you made it home safe and sound, and good to hear you remain less than graceful and unhurt!! God love you girl!! Welcome home!!!!!!!!!!!!

kden said...

The way you write makes me almost feel like I was there. There's nothing like the feeling of waves washing over your feet. Where we go though, the water is usually very cold. Welcome home but sorry you felt the need to kiss the ground upon your return ;-)

Sherry Sikstrom said...

Thanksa all , it was wonderful! Paint girl,I hear you on the animals keeping u home, I inly ever go for 1 week, as that is all i can or dare ask of the kind folks and family who watch over the place (I am blessed ot have them )
The drink is a "Blue Lagoon" lemonade fro grownups lol Blue Curacao, vodka, and lemon juice
I did hear about the strander cruise ship, those poor folks!

Shirley said...

Such a beautiful spot - I love the ocean photos, and yes, the smiles do say it all. Glad you had such a good relaxing time, you deserve it!