Well, our vacation time is up, and it was back to work this week... :(
We were fortunate to have gorgeous weather as we settled down in this great place. The house, the land, the sounds of the nearby horses... it's all very inspiring. It’s feeling more and more like home here, and we both truly love it.
We continue to put things away in the house, but since all the important stuff is taken care of, we’ve also been assessing our outbuildings as future barn and chicken coop,and seeing what modifications will need to be made. It's pretty exciting, and weird that we can talk about it for real... no longer in a “when-we-have-our-country-property” kind of way! We’re thinking to move the chicken coop to the other side of the tree line where there’s more shade, and so we can see it from the sunroom. I’ve been reading as much as I can about converting sheds into coops, and that seems to be a very common thing. I’ve registered on the “Backyard Chickens” website, where there’s a multitude of information from chicken keepers all over the world. A fantastic resource.
Other recent events include my horse lesson, where there was a change of plans and I had a different instructor. My regular coach is temporarily away, so I was with an instructor who had me ride in English style. I really didn't know anything about English, so it was a good experience. The saddle is obviously different, being very flat and small compared to the Western saddle. The instructor compared it to sitting on a yoga ball - it's more of a balancing act. I did some different patterns and transitioned between walking and trotting. It was good, and I'm glad I got to learn more about it and the different techniques (it's like a horse dance), but I'm definitely a Western gal. I love the Western "culture" of riding, if that makes sense. I guess I like the horse techniques for what I envision myself riding for, alongside the rugged and natural look of horse and rider. What can I say... I like to get dirty!
Our neighbour started cutting the grass out back, but couldn't get too far because of water in the field. I'm glad he got the front and side sections done first, as we can now walk back there. I'm pumped to have cattle grazing out there. Is it just me, or does anyone else find that watching them eat for any length of time is hypnotic? The consistent speed, the sound... yes, I'm strange!
We hosted my parent’s birthdays over the weekend here, and it was a beautiful day! With the cut grass, we took a walk through the field, visited the neighbour horses, checked out the forest at the back of the property - and found a platform built in the trees!! Can’t wait to check that out with hubby and my dad in the fall when the bugs have calmed down… we want to see the wildlife and get lots of photos… no hunting!! We also took advantage of our huge yard behind the house and flew my niece’s kite!
Daisy had a blast, and no longer than 10 minutes after everyone left, this is where we found her! Have a great weekend!!