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 .

Friday, 5 January 2018

2017 review

So 2017 has come and gone, and it was a year.
A year of joy and tears and growth.
I didn't blog much ,and I have come to grips with the fact that at  2017 was not a year for me to be writing, at least not on the blog. But I am not giving up.I had a pretty big bobble in my spirits with the loss of my beloved johnny Handsome  this year. But life is a constant circle. Because before that heartbreaking loss came a time of great joy, that carried through and continues to bring this family smiles of wonder and pure joy with the birth of my great niece  Birdie Patricia!And let me tell you, through all of this year she has lit up our world!

 I got a new mare this year,from a fellow breeder, Jenny's Spirit Hawk. She is bred to Phoenix for a 2018 foal! 

Speaking of foals, on May 02 (my birthday at 12:05 am  "Imagine That" daughter to FV Sparks image was born. Not my horse but in my care for her arrival, kind of a grand foal, since her Dam is Maggie ,a mare I raised here.

Oh yeah, my birthday...
I turned 50! and had not one but 2 birthday parties! 

Then another visit with Birdie for Mothers day , or Aunties day depending on your perspective! 

HAd a guest here on the farm for a while , Eurus the Quiet Giant came to stay for a few months 

I was blessed to attend a special wedding, Katie and Mark, Katie is the daughter of a dear friend ,and as honorary Auntie I wouldn't have missed it ! 

We have come a long way together Katie and I , from ponying her and sister Amy on their little Rio, and I on the "solar powered" Boomer! 

The boys continue to be ,just who they are and the rest of the critters seems to be doing well

Happy New Year Everyone! As always  stay safe! 
Hopefully a new post soon. I can tell you my plans for my next 50 yrs! 


Shirley said...

I absolutely love that photo of you and Birdie napping!
Saying goodbye to Johnnie must have been so heart breaking. Something I am dreading when that day comes for a certain black horse.
I hope this year is a good one for you- keep your feet underneath you and your dreams sky high!

aurora said...

Sooo good to hear from you! I saw your comment on another blog & thought to myself ~ I miss her!! Happy belated 50th, welcome to the other side ;)

Miss Izzy said...

Wowwee that filly has some Legs on her. Those legs are probably longer than I am tall. Life is So not fair.... lol

C-ingspots said...

So my thoughts exactly with Miss Izzy about that foal, and the injustices of life. *sigh*

Overall, it was another year. Laughter, joy, heartache and tears...seems to be a theme. I am so sorry about your handsome Johnny boy. I know that pain only too well. But they're worth it, aren't they?

50 huh? Happy belated birthday Sherry! In a couple weeks' time, I will be turning 58. Aye yiyi! Where does the time go?

Your little Birdie is so precious. Time marches on my friend.

Happy 2018

Crystal said...

That was tough with Johnny, I never met him and was saddened by his loss I can only imagine how you feel. But the rest sounded fun, babies and weddings and birthdays oh My! What could be in store for this year??