Returning from a hunt in the willows under the light of the moon…
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.
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!
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.
February saw us playing in the snow…
Doing some hoof maintenance…
And doing portraits…
And then, there was this fun shot…
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?
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!
Gabrielle has a pee inside a hoof print in a snow bank.
Pretty Xena, enjoying the sunshine.
Aww, Max and Ruby. 😉
Then, the water came…
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?
Easter, more portraits both at Home and at Home-away-from-Home, sleeping horses and mud…
Pig babies arrived in May…
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…
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. ❤
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…
Pig babies are figuring out, and loving the weeds getting forked to them…and growing like weeds too!
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.
July also brings us flowers, rodeo trips and bugs…
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.
Blankets, a birthday, apple slices, ducks and more…
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.
And then these 2 arrived…thanks to a friend from the Stable…
Gotta tell ya, these 2 boys have grown a lot!
Looking forward to spring, when I can get them some girlfriends. 🙂
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.
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…
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. ❤
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.
Happy Mother’s Day.
If your kids have 2 feet or 4 feet…
If your kids are no longer with you, for any reason…
If motherhood in your world is complicated…
If you’re the picture perfect Mama…
Happy Mother’s Day.
I see you. ❤
I feel you. ❤
I love you. ❤
Thank you for all you do.
You got this. ❤
Happy Mother’s Day.
This week’s prompts for Friday’s Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills are Starts with S, Week’s Favorite, and Family.
Starts with S
Hmmm, I don’t know what we could use for S…
Might be too hard of a prompt for me. 😉
Of course, starts with s would have to be our dear sweet Sable.
Our amazing golden Girl, who someone dropped at auction with no explanation why, but we were Blessed to meet and fall in love with.
She is meant to be here.
Another one who is meant to be here…
He came here from who knows where, feral and frightened of all humans.
It took The Kid and I near onto 2 years to convince him that humans can be trusted. He’s become my FarmYard pal, following me all over, talking up a storm. We just recently got him neutered, so he’ll stop heeding the call to find a willing female to spread his rugged handsomeness around the community. 😉
Dang, the boy knows how to pose for a picture.
He’s so good-looking!
Here we have Miss Xena…
This little missy is one of 3 of Ghost’s kittens who are still here.
Of our 5 remaining barn cats, 4 are family, and 2 in the house are related as well (Nancy and Daisy Mae).
Xena is a fantastic huntress.
This kitty took down a seagull on her own!
Of course, all the Ghost babies seem to have skill hunting…
Xena with gulls, Gabrielle is an expert with rodents, and Trouble?
Yeah, Trouble has taken down smaller geese.
That’s pretty darn amazing!
Every where I go on the Farm, there’s a cat.
Here a cat…
There a cat…
Every where a cat, cat…
Today I wanted to take a few shots of the horses dozing in the sunlight. Instead, I took kitty pictures.
She does love a good belly rub, that girl!
Then I hear meowing…
Every where Ghost goes, it’s with a conversation. He’s a talker that boy. Oh, and he’s a pretty big fan of the whole belly rub thing too.
So much for my big tough TomCat!
She popped into a hoof hole to have a pee…seemed like a fine time to take her picture. Clearly, she is not impressed!
Notice the Ghost influenced eyes…she is obviously his daughter, seeing as how her Mama (Fiona) was a Siamese with blue eyes.
Finally, one from Saturday…
Just in case you don’t understand why this is hilarious to me, here’s a link:
Happy Wednesday…only 5 more days to Spring!!