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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Rain on a barn











The winter rains, thankfully, have come with full gusto. It was a long hot and dry summer, people's wells went dry, we lost a lot of plants and a second hay crop seemed to fade for many. I worked in the rain all morning transplanting and reworking our beds, and the soil is still like dust. Funny how even though summer ended not too long ago, one can still have a flutter in the heart thinking about the plants, and how they will do next season. Gardens are hope.

I had a nice morning. It was raining a lot, but was warm. I did my barn chores and then spent time just hanging out and putzing around the barn. I love that rain on that tin roof. All the animals inside munching on hay, some at your feet. Martyn built Sky Flower the most wonderful new stall. I always say, it is the nicest room on the farm. Now she has access to come in and out of her stall on her own from her pasture, and I can choose to lock her in at night or not. Before, I haltered her and led her in to her other stall. Her new stall has an overhang with a tin roof too, and she can hang out right outside the stall and still be dry. Because the barn sits up on a hill, she can see everyone coming and going on Tupper RD, and she also can join in barn activities by just sticking her head out the stall door or window. The barn cats sleep nearby on the hay and she has them for company. So this morning after chores, I just hung out with her in the stall, grooming her, watching the comings and goings of the neighborhood.

It was hard to pull myself away from her beautiful head. "See you later most beautiful horse ever", I say as I leave.

As I walk back to the house, I hear three shots. The neighbor's cows were being harvested. I just kept walking.

5 comments:

Donna said...

That sign is charming! Thank you for sharing.

Karen in VT said...

Re: the cows.

There is so much to love about this time of year--the color, the smells, the warm feel of the first fire. But it is also the time when we face death--whether it's the flowers decaying in the garden, or deer taken by a rifle shot. I lost four chickens this week to a neighbor's dog, and I tried to explain to my daughter that with life, there is always death. It is our sadness that heightens our joy.

Katherine, I enjoy your blog, and look forward to hearing more about your animals and art.

Cheers from Vermont,

Karen

a. said...

hi! i came over from alicia p's (posie) site. what beautiful horses...my friend in college had a white horse and i'd always take photos of her.

:( in regards to the last few sentences.

Cherry Menlove said...

I can imagine that hearing the shots ring out would have been so hard. But what could you do but keep walking. xx

Jade said...

What a beauty Sky Flower is!

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