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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Productivity

This week has not been all about fun times.

I love living in Nova Scotia- this is never far away
Staying home on my vacation also gives us lots of time to get some projects done.

So yes, I guess it's still fun times. I enjoy the projects. Especially when I don't have to decide whether to do the project or ride. I am able to get both done.

In the winter Ed and walked through our woods and marked some trails. This week Ed started cutting them. We only have 10 acres of woods so the plan is to have trails that loop around on each other. It's not as much fun as going off on an adventure but it's a good way to train and cool out. I went in yesterday with the clippers and cut a lot of branches and small saplings that would be in my face or prevent us from going through.

it's more open then it looks
I haven't really been in the woods since I lost Steele. It felt good to be back in there- like I was reclaiming something that was lost. I took the dogs with me and Guinness was great- he didn't wander far at all and when I called he came right back. After I was done I cleaned my tack while the dogs napped. 
how a puppy looks after helping in the woods. You can't
see d'Arcy- he's on the other side
The farrier came out and he showed me these new shoes that a company wanted him to promote: 
I put a teaser on Instagram but didn't go for it. They are 'illegal' for dressage competitions (I believe) but they did appeal to my inner 12 year old.....

I also got into the ring and weedwacked the weedes that were starting to encroach. Carmen was enjoying snacking as we went around. We would halt and she would reach out and nibble some grass. To be honest it was amusing but still needed to be sorted. 
signs you need to beat back the weeds
Interestingly enough the corner that Carmen was giving me trouble on I found blackberry vines with big thorns on them. I wondered if they were grabbing her legs as we went by. Now that they are cleared out she has no issues with that corner. 

So it's been a good week so far and I have another week to go. By the time I return to work I will be tanned and fit. 

And probably tired. 

I will leave you with one last video. Turn on the sound though to get the context. 







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26 comments:

  1. I kind of like productive vacations! Having trails cut will be fun for you guys. And that video cracked me up 😂

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    1. Productive vacations are the best of both worlds

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  2. We have seven acres of woods out back and our landlord's adult sons make ATV trails for hunting purposes. They're getting more intricate, and it's beautiful back there. I frequently walk the dogs, and it's nice to have our own private "trails" even though it's not as exciting as going out in the real world to explore. I hope you get lots of enjoyment of having your own private trails to ride :)

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    1. That is the idea. Maybe I should borrow those boys.

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  3. I LOVE the sound of thundering hooves & the sight of manes & tails flying at just that one word!

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  4. How wonderful to have your very own bush trails at home! Enjoy the remainder of your vacation :)

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  5. Sounds like a great vacation even if it is a bit of work. Those trails sound like paradise to me and I remember doing something similar on my parent's farm :)

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    1. It's been great so far. I'm enjoying them and am getting excited for more.

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  6. Getting projects done makes my heart happy. I completely understand about the weeds around the arena! UGH!

    Also, I actually read your post about Steele last week. Being a newer-ish reader I didn't know about him. I had tears after reading it. I'm so sorry you lost him.

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    1. It's always a battle against the grass and weeds, especially since we cleared off the pasture to put in the ring.

      Thank you for your kind words about Steele.

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  7. Wonderful, happy post!
    I love your little bouncy balls coming in for their supper :)

    Thinking she's a smart cookie, and even if those thorns didn't hurt her legs, she knew they COULD, and it freaked her out in that area of the arena. Good for you to get so much done, impressive - be proud of your self. And hoping your nature trail loop will be cleared enough to get out on more, as a way to enjoy life to the fullest!

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  8. You can have quite a complex trail system with that amount of land! We once rode some mountain bike trails that were spread over 5 acres...they looped back on each other so expertly that we covered something like 2 miles in that small space!

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    1. That is the plan! I'm glad to hear that others have had success with small amount of space.

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  9. You didn't have to yell twice, did you? lol. They know when it's time for supper around your place. I'm glad you're enjoying your summer and having fun.

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    1. LOL- they really do. Often I don't have to yell- they are waiting outside the doors. If I take too long they start knocking on the door with their noses.

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  10. omg i love those shoes tho! too bad we seem to be on a two week cycle tho.... except on the other hand, maybe those shoes would be easier to find out in the field?? lol

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    1. You know I bet that they would be easy to spot! You could Charlie some lime green ones!

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  11. Your trails look so wonderful!

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  12. Sounds like a good time! I am excited for your trails, that will be great for y'all.

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