No matter what happens life at the farm has it's own rhthym and pace. It makes it easy to gain perspective and helps me to find my center again.
I had, optimistically, scheduled a lesson with Shanea on Monday. It wasn't my choice but it fit when she was coming and I figured it would be fine. But that night I woke up in the night unable to roll over- my back was so tight as to be seized. The combination of lugging show stuff and Carmen's shenanigans had irritated my lower back. I got up and took some ibuprofen and realized that a lesson would not be a good idea. I sent a text cancelling (and explaining why) and Shanea was very understadning.
Guinness felt that that was the right choice.
|you spent the whole weekend with the horse-beast.|
It's my turn now.
He was velcroed to me all day. And we had a good day- walking, and playing and getting belly rubs (well he had his belly rubbed). Ed has been doing a brilliant job on the trail he cut. It's pretty well finsihed. We just need to let the dirt settle and be packed down and then he will use the chipper to cut up the trees he cut and put on the path. It's a short path but was a lot of work. I now have a circling option which will be great to add to the routine.
It's hard to believe that was brush and trees a couple weeks ago. the dogs enjoy walking on them too. This is a feeble attempt to show you the paths using MS Paint (pretty much not to scale):
|the blue indicates paths I can take|
There are a lot more woods to the left of the blue line where we will put more to do even a larger circle. Below the blue line is yet more woods but that will be more work so I want to go to the left first.
Our house is finally getting the siding replaced. This had been in the plan since we moved there. The guys are a father/son team and they are doing an amazing job. They are meticulous and clean up every day. so our yard/deck is in disarray but it will all be worth it.
Soon, all our buildings will match. The big question is what colour to paint the door. I am thinking of a burnt orange. Once the siding is done we can tackle the
flower bed. I need to dig it up and start over. I think I want to do a climbing plant to the left of the door - maybe roses?
And Guinness and I completed Obedience 1. He's very smart and would be much further along- it's hard to find time with work, the farm and Carmen. But we do what we can and he catches on quickly.
|smart dog is smart|
I am still working on my take aways from the show and will probably do a blog post about it. But for now I'm going to ease up on the riding and enjoy some time just playing at home.
I have also stepped back from riding a bit - not because I don't enjoy it, but because it has been SO hot here lately. I've been enjoying taking the dogs to the lake and going hiking tho.ReplyDelete
I think it's good to take a step backDelete
Those doggone back issues. I have to be careful as well. A little exuberance from Lucy and its talkin' to me.ReplyDelete
I am pretty sure that it's just muscular and will get better pretty quicklyDelete
Your home is so gorgeous, and Guinness has got BIG :)ReplyDelete
Thank you. I love my home.Delete
Just when I was going to start complaining about a lack of Guinness!! He looks great, and congratulations on your achievement in obedience school! If I took Bess to school, she would collapse upside down on the floor like a sack of potatoes with her cute white teeth hanging out, as she is way into passive aggressiveness! Maremmas do what Maremmas want to do. Their attitude makes the Border Collies sick!ReplyDelete
lol. I might be a Maremma!Delete
Guiness is beautiful or should I say very handsome. He's gotten big. We all know how smart he is already from his blog writing!ReplyDelete
Rest your back for a for a few days. I know how that feels and it's not good to overdo it . Love your riding paths.
He's gotten very big and is still not done. :DDelete
That is a neat little trail - so cool that your husband has helped you create it! Also, Guinness is the cutest!ReplyDelete
Thank you. In this case I am more the idea/project manager person and he has supplied the labour. :DDelete
Guinness has gotten so big. He is a handsome pup!ReplyDelete
He is growing like a weedDelete
Ooooh nice work on that trail! Even if it's shorter than you wish, it's still SO NICE to be able to escape into the woods to finish off a rideReplyDelete
It's a great one to work on things with Carmen and for use to figure out how to make them.Delete
What a beautiful property. Amazing work on the trail! And congrats on the obedience class achievements.ReplyDelete
Take care of that back! It is hard, I know. Good job on the trail! Y'all will love having thatReplyDelete
It's feeling much better.Delete
What about morning glory or clematis for a trailing plant?ReplyDelete
I've been thinking of clematis.Delete
Oooh I love the trail through the woods, I wish we had woods to ride through but ours is much easier to make a pathReplyDelete
wide open spaces are great too.Delete