So, here we go into 2018.
Let’s take a last look back at 2017 first, ‘kay?
I’m not a Resolution kinda gal, but I do like that look back at the things that worked, the things that need a little tweaking and the things that were a fail. Then, we adjust from there, for the next year.
Plus, there’s all the pretty pictures to look at. 😉
So, since we’ve got 12 months of stuff to look at, let’s get at ‘er…
Very first image of 2017…first one I shot, first one I shared.
No Yule season is the same without a Yule pony picture…Ruby took that to a whole new level by trying to eat one of the decorations.
“Hey Mom, you put apples on the tree??”
My Old Ladies… ❤
Practicing their long and low trot.
It may not look like much in a photo, but this is so beautiful in person…I could watch them do this all day long. Just look at how in sync they are here…gorgeous!
Holding the heat vent down…
It was a typical frigid winter, so Miss Daisy Mae did what any good cat does…stay warm on the heat vent, while I Dreamed about the garden and coming Spring.
My shoe box full of seeds…
February saw us playing in the snow…
I love this shot so much…feral or friendly Palomino?!?
Doing some hoof maintenance…
“Make sure it looks good too, Dad!”
And doing portraits…
And then, there was this fun shot…
Who doesn’t like a pink mint?
March is when we start getting out more, thinking about the coming Spring. We can smell it on the wind, the snow is slowly melting…and the cats?
Ghost (in front) and Trouble
Out more, wandering, looking for trouble…but not these 2 ^^^ anymore. 2017 saw them become fat, lazy, neutered boys.
That’s a good thing, because those boys were going out fighting way too much!
“Do you mind??!?”
Gabrielle has a pee inside a hoof print in a snow bank.
Xena, asking for belly rubs…
Pretty Xena, enjoying the sunshine.
Max and Ruby
Aww, Max and Ruby. 😉
Then, the water came…
Luckily, Lake Midnight didn’t stick around nearly as long this March.
Splashing in the puddle…
Oh, but my Girl made sure to play in it. Splashy ponies are so fun to watch. 🙂 Do you see the heart I clipped into her coat? On her bum?
Then came the photo shoot to celebrate the arrival (if only on the calendar) of Spring!
“Oh! Hey Mama…whatcha doin'”
“Seriously?!? Why do you keep doing this to me?”
“If I have to wear this, I want treats.”
Easter, more portraits both at Home and at Home-away-from-Home, sleeping horses and mud…
The look I get when I wake Astrid from a snoring sleep…
And a muddy, stinky Palomino has a roll…
Pig babies arrived in May…
Bacon Bits 2017
They are so cute when they’re little.
Before they figure out the Food Lady, before they fully understand their new world around them…I just want to snuggle them, and hug them, and pet them…LOL!!
But wait, later on, I’ll show you how much bigger they get…
This is our brave piglet…
See? Little, so adorable…
The grass is coming back, the sun is shining more, the Girls love to bask in the sunshine…they’re like giant cats in the sun.
Sunshine melts their bones into jelly. ❤
Sable just wanted me to know she was tired.
Sunshine jelly bones means I get to practice my sunrise photography.
Sunrise is my favorite time of day to shoot. ❤
By June, school is almost done for The Kid, the garden has seeds and some plants, and we’re looking ahead to meatie chickens…
Tilling my soon to be garden space…
The Kid forking green food to piglets…
Pig babies are figuring out, and loving the weeds getting forked to them…and growing like weeds too!
Andy Piggie says “Listen Food Lady, if you aren’t bringing us food, then why are you waking us up?”
Daphne rests after running like a maniac (her everyday normal) and throwing weeds around the yard, while barking and growling at them.
Having a rest in the long grass…
Max helps me in my early morning photography, and our Blonde Girl…
Sable looks on with interest…
Is bright gold after shedding out her winter fuzzies.
July brings us the first hay cutting…I did good this year!
Near onto 700lbs of cut with a scythe, hand raked and baled hay.
Filled, strings tied…
July also brings us flowers, rodeo trips and bugs…
The air this bull got was amazing.
Did you want to pass?”
The deer in the middle of our road…we’d just turned off the highway towards the Farm, and youngster was standing there. Such a beautiful image of our road to Home.
All those bugs means smudge fires…Our Ruby, she does love a good smokey fire. 😉
“It’s just so relaxing, Mama!”
Blankets, a birthday, apple slices, ducks and more…
“Ermagerhd!!! I’m being eat…oh, wait, this ain’t so bad.”
Old Ladies need to know they *can* wear blankets. Especially when it’s frigid cold, and Mama needs to know Old Ladies are safe. ❤
I turned 45.
My Pony and I had a photo shoot together…
My Kid captured this perfectly.
I love everything about this shot.
“Oh, hello there Ladies…would you like some apple slices?”
My 4 moochers…
Kid has a bucket full of apple slices, I lay on the ground by the fence.
Wholly and completely inspired by Underlook and his Under-Horse project…
Some one got a sour one!
And then these 2 arrived…thanks to a friend from the Stable…
Quack quack quack
Gotta tell ya, these 2 boys have grown a lot!
Looking forward to spring, when I can get them some girlfriends. 🙂
The ears tell you how much she appreciated being photographed.
My BabyGirl doing a normal horse thing…enjoying the relief from bugs in the smoke of the smudge. ❤
My biggest accomplishment for September was helping my Cookie get over her fear of having her breakaway halter taken off.
It was huge for her…
In fact, you can read about it here:
They Don’t Need To Understand
In October I met a horsewoman that I have long admired at a clinic I was beyond excited about…
This was a preview image from the Anna Blake clinic…
I still have to finish those images to share them.
But, I learned a lot at the clinic and come home ready to share that knowledge with my mares.
Winter coats are more obvious…
Fluff from the poplars rests on long fuzzy hairs…
Naps in the sun are still a priority…
And the Pig Babies begin their journey to Freezer Camp…
See? Not so little and cute any more!
Joining their neighbours, the meat chickens…
The land is getting ready for sleep, its cooling off, and we’re ready to do the annual Remembrance Day shoot…
This year I wanted a simple image, with a big impact…
A yellow ribbon, placed on one who would always wait for her Love to come Home to her…
2 days after I took this picture November broke me.
Ripped my Heart right out of my chest and destroyed me.
I can never, ever forgive November for this…
Sable saying goodbye…
My Best non-human Friend.
My Cookie…crossed Bifrost, the Rainbow Bridge, taking a huge chunk of my Heart with her.
Hubby took this while I was working on convincing her to wear that ribbon…she loved cats. I love that they’re sharing breath here…Coal was an amazing comfort to her. She was the only cat other than Cookie’s Felix who was allowed to sit on her back. ❤
A funeral pyre fitting for my Warrior Queen.
I have no pictures for December.
I’ve taken nothing on the Farm since that fire.
I am, in truth, so glad that 2017 is finally done.
I have things to do.
I have places to go.
I have things to learn.
I have a Heart to heal and a camera to learn how to love again.
That’s all on the list for 2018.
Hope you’ll stick with us on that Journey.
Happy New Year.