This is like the year ending scavenger hunt…Hosted by Ashley Sisk, it’s a reflection of your year in photographs. I love this idea! It took a bit of work to find just the right pictures, and for some of the prompts, I needed more than one image, but that’s okay. It was a lot of fun to put together.
Here we go…
Now, I am not a fan of pictures of myself…just not. However, this one, is one I really love. My Kid caught it, while we were working with The Girls, and I love how Cookie is completely engaged with me here…
2. I Love You
Thank goodness I don’t have to stick to one photo per prompt!
There are, of course, more. Like all the cats, indoor and outdoor, but we’ll save those for other prompts. 😉
3. Still Laughing
Oh, Astrid! That pretty little girl makes me laugh so often! She is our resident photobomber. No matter the shoot, there is a 98% chance of finding her in a shot somewhere during edits. Here’s a couple of her best ones. 🙂
That’s our Astrid for you…these photos make me smile every time I see them. 🙂
4. Winter Wonderland
We had some crazy snow on the farm in 2014…was it a winter wonderland? I don’t know about that, but I do know, that I shoveled and pushed out more vehicles in Jan/Feb. 2014 than I have in my entire life!
This year is different…so grateful for that!!
I don’t have pictures of The Kid’s birthday, or Hubby’s or mine…nope, I have pictures from when Cookie turned 9, and she got her Birthday Carrot.
It took a while, but these guys finally became friends…
Astrid came in January of last year, and oh my…it was an adventure. We were not prepared for a 4th horse. We had no way to separate her from the other 3, so they could get to know each other from a distance. It was, sadly, a trial by fire for Ms Astrid. Certainly not how I’d bring a new animal in again!
It was hectic and frantic, and all around hard on everyone. But we got there…they worked it out. Astrid and Sable bonded fast, and now, the two of them are best friends.
7. I Was Inspired…
I have loved the looks of horse hooves for years. This past year, with the Girls coming home, and facing regular hoof trims, gave me the raw materials to explore using hoof bits for jewelry. Trying to find a unique gift for my Kid inspired me to pick up the goldsmith tools and create a few pendants. I have a few more ideas in mind for hoof clipping jewelry, and I’ll explore that in the coming year. 🙂
8. Spring Fever
Spring fever means one thing around here…crazy cantering horses!
9. Travel or Vacation
No such thing as a vacation for me. I’m good with that. Why would I want to leave all that I have at home ?
I do travel at times though…one of the places I travel to is the stable where The Kid take her riding lessons. There, I take pictures of other people’s horses, instead of my own.
Like these two ^^^^ who came in March, just wee teeny things.
Look at how tiny she is!! She’s not that small any more…Girl is going to be a tank when she’s done growing! A gorgeous tank. 😉
He’s grown a lot too, but next to Queenie, he’s still small. Adorable, and such a sweet, friendly little fellow too.
10. Summer Days
Summer days…oh, the best shoot of the summer has to be the Sow Thistle shoot! Giant dandelion like flowers, 4 horses, 2 people and a camera…how can that not be awesome?!?
11. A Day In My Life
Ooooooh boy…this is an interesting one. I could show you piles of poo. Goodness knows there’s a lot of that in my day! I could show you the house work I’m supposed to do…or the myriad of projects always on the table, waiting for finishing and traveling on to their destinations. Nah, instead I’ll show you the best part of a day in my life…
Getting to spend time with her really is the best part of my day. ❤
12. All Smiles
Can horses smile?
13. Autumn Harvest
My garden was under water for much of spring, and well into summer. We had a rain storm on July 1st that covered the pasture with nearly 6 inches of water, and my garden was completely under water. So when the fall came, and I took a chance on digging up the meagre carrots, I was happily surprised to see we had quite a few of them! Only problem was they were bitter and woody. Awful for humans, awesome for horses…
14. Family or Home
It’s Home…for us, for the Girls, for Daphne, for all the cats…Home. Whether it’s always this plot of land, or we move to another one (no, we are not planning to move!!), Midnight Calico Farm will always be Home.
There were so many things to celebrate in 2014. I could fill a post with just Celebrate! pictures…
~ Kid getting up on her girl for the first time.
~ Sable lunging on the surcingle (her and Kid were having problems communicating, ’til we got help from an awesome friend).
~ Ruby with her pretty purple halter on.
~ Cookie being haltered.
~ Cookie wearing her blanket.
~ Cookie wearing the scary camo cap.
~ Cookie wearing her halter where I didn’t have to have help from anyone else, and I didn’t have t put her in the corral panel stall…
Yeah, there were a lot of Cookie moments to celebrate. One of my favorites, though is her learning to be ground tied. This was huge. She’s uncomfortable being tied to the fence (we’ll work on that in the summer, after Hubby builds me a hitching post.), but I don’t always have someone out in the pasture to help when I’m lifting feet, rubbing her back, grooming her, or whatever…so, she needed to learn to stand ground tied. Lead rope attached to halter, but left in a pile on the ground. No moving, no walking away, staying put and doing as I ask. It was a big thing to ask her to do, and she does it beautifully. 🙂
16. Let’s Do It Again!
It’s the new year, and that means I am looking forward to the garden. I cannot wait for seed starting, then planting out in the garden, tending the plants, harvest, and putting up the veggies of my labours. 🙂
The amazing light stand. Can’t wait to use it again!
17. I Miss You
It wasn’t last year we lost her, but I kept finding pictures of her last year.
She loved Fisherman’s Friends. My Dad taught her how to cough for them.
She really hated having her picture taken. Always turned away like this. We lost her March 23rd, 2013. Just months before we bought the farm…Her ashes are here, and in Spirit she runs over the fields of Midnight Calico Farm. Too many days, I find myself wishing she had run here on 4 paws too.
Astrid is a beautiful girl, wearing her pink straw hat.
19. Dress Up
Sometimes, that’s all I have to share, are “dress up” pictures of the horses! Here’s a few favorites…
From the C is For Cookie shoot…
A few from summer holidays…
How does a horse so beautiful, so smart, and so even-tempered, end up at auction, with only the meat man and a rescue group bidding on her? I honestly cannot figure out how she ended up there…all I know is now she’s mine, I am hers, and she will never face the ring again.
22. My Favorite
I have many shots that I took this year that I love…this one, is one of the best!
23. Don’t Ever Change
This bond…it is amazing. I hope it never changes. That our Sable always loves her Girl. That the Kid never takes that love for granted.
24. Just Because…So There!
I. Love. This. Shot.
That’s all. 🙂
25. Hopes and Dreams
I hope that 2015 brings us all happiness, good health, and growth.
I hope we see an increase in farm sales…cards, photo prints, hoof jewelry, slippers, saddle pads…soon eggs too, once the chicken coop is up. 😉
I dream of helping my Cookie learn to be ridden…once her hooves are healthy!
I dream of the Kid coming home from school, Hubby from work, and we saddle up and go for a ride together.
I dream of when our back field is fenced, and seeded for pasture. 2 years before that dream happens. It’s okay, I need to save up for the seed.
I Dream of the day when no more horses need to be rescued from becoming someone’s dinner. I Hope that one day, in my lifetime, that Dream comes true.
Happy New Year friends of Midnight Calico Farm!!
Looking forward to see what the new year brings.