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, 12 March 2017

A beautiful Birdie!

So now for the big news! Family day, I got a call, that my niece Tara had delivered her baby!
I tried my best to wait but I did rush in to see her that day!
Babies name is Birdie Patrica , named in part for her grandmother (my mom Patricia) her Cree name is Pyesis (Bird ) her dad is Cree.
Anyhow, I  wrote a poem for Tara, when we found out she was expecting, and it was posted here.
Well after meeting Birdie, another poem came to me.
 I have had an odd relationship with birds of late, with a raven hanging around very close to the house over the past year or so since mom passed, also Eagles and owls staying near and gracing my presence more than usual.
I guess they were trying to tell me something!
Not all the photos are mine, I have scoffed some from family off of Facebook
 Proud Grandfather 

Ecstatic Grandmother ! Nana Heather !
 Great Auntie Sherry , Great Uncle Martin
 The beautiful little family

 Already the apple of her dads eye! 

Great  Grandpa Ron! 
 Loving Auntie Dee 

 Great Great Auntie Elsie

Me and "my" girls my heart is full 
 And here is the poem
A little Bird Story
The raven and crows chuckled out their delight
Staying just out of reach
But not out of sight,
They would laugh and tease
A secret they knew
A secret I asked?
No, we won’t tell you!
An eagle soared high
And the grouse started drumming
What’s it all about?
There’s a miracle coming!
A single white feather drifted to the ground
The message it brought
there is hope to be found!
Excitement and joy in all far and near
Be patient, said wise owl
The times not yet here
Then suddenly, magically
On a morning, so bright.
The Chickadees sang their song of delight!
And what did the little birds sing on that day?
That Birdie Patricia, had come home to stay!

That is all for now .
Stay safe friends! 

Home Sweet Home , oops! forgot to post!

I started this post just after I got home from vacation, and then suddenly I had so much to do I never finished! SO we will start with this, and then hang in there I have lots of wonderful pictures! But they need a post of their own so I will have to do a second post for that. Also I have been on the computer,but busy taking a course and so only popping on and posting on Facebook. Which is silly because while it is easy it just isn't the same as the sense of connection we get blogging.The course I took was called  "Reconciliation through indigenous education" Tough going by times as the history of the residential schools is quite simply heartbreaking, but as I have said, if they could bear it , the very least I can do is to learn about it. Next course is called "Brain Story" about the lasting effects of trauma on the brain.
Anyhow here is a glimpse of Mexico 2017

I had a list of things to do while I was on vacation in Mexico 
Go to the turtle sanctuary 
Walk the sand bar out from the resort to view old town pvr 
Oscars bar( I go there every time, it is a beautiful oasis at the end of the waterfront market)
Pipi's restaurant (a favorite of many and a must do if you are in Puerto Vallarta)
Try one new thing 
Read life of Pi ( I have tried before and could not get into it )
Swim the lazy river not just float in a tube.

So how did I do? 
well other than in deference to a sore ankle I did not walk the peninsula( did however walk a heck of a lot,including the proximate 1/2 mile to dinner after the turtle release and then however far it was to the room)
I pretty much NAILED IT!
read Life of Pi, and 3 other books!( absolutely loved Life of Pi, such a departure from what I normally read, but well worht it ! 
chilled and relaxed
made it to Oscars,and Pips
tried a few new things, if I include the turtles ,the Panorama restaurant and swimming the lazy river.(3 laps around it total with the current,as I am not strong enough yet to swim against it. Though I do hold my own swimming against the current,just not gaining ground)
Overall I had a wonderful time, but as always, it had to end. Okay with me, I am happy to be home!