I work with a lot of people who could not live out in the hilltowns like I do. One of the complaints is that you have to drive so far just to get basic groceries. But look! Right in between Bill's place and mine, you will find Sidehill Farm. And here you can get milk as fresh as it comes every day of the week. Just put $5 in the ceramic crock, reach in the fridge and grab your yummy gallon.
And this time of year, you don't have to go far at all to get your Christmas tree! This is a sign for Pieropan's Christmas tree farm where we get our tree each year. Peiropan's is on of the craziest Christmas tree farm I have ever experienced. The trees are not growing in sweet little rows. They are growing in massive tangles on a steep hillside. You really take your life in your hands when you start bushwacking up there with a saw in your hand. But we love the adventure. And Mr. Pieropan.
I didn't get to ride yesterday because we are having a crisis with our oil tank and furnace. But today as soon as I could, I went over and tacked Lilly up. I headed out alone since Bill was working with Ruby in the ring and Jackie didn't have enough time to actually ride. If you are wondering what happened to Christine, she has been in school all semester and by next weekend she will be finished (YEAY!) and back on the trail. And speaking of being finished, shotgun season is over and about that I am very glad. For many reasons.
When we got close to the BP, Lilly let out a long whinny. All the horses there looked up and came running over.
I think Lilly feels reassured when we get to the BP and the Winter Pasture and finds her old friends are still out there....even though I know if I set her free in there with them, she'd try to kick at everyone.
It was cold but sunny. Here I am waving at you! Hmm, you can't even tell I am on a brumby in this picture.
There, that's much better: horse and rider!
After this I returned to the woods and galloped up the hill Lilly and I both love to run up so much. While Lilly ran, I thought of 38 Special: Hold on loosely/ But don't let go/ If you cling to tightly/ You might lose control... and I thought this totally applies to riding galloping horses as much as it does to romantic relationships.
After the gallop, surprise! We encountered Faith and Carol on the trail. I hardly ever run into them! Faith lives down the road from Bill and she is an excellent rider, and always rides english. Faith (in back) just got a new horse which is a thoroughbred. I am not sure what Carol rides. Maybe that horse is a Percheron cross of some kind. I had to keep Lilly away from them because I knew she would kick and squeal if she got too close and I suspected Faith and Carol would not appreciate that. I just hope they didn't hear me singing 38 Special as I galloped up to them!
Hope your weekend was great! And remember:
Hold on loosely
But don't let go
If you cling too tightly
You're gonna lose control
Your baby needs someone to believe in
And a whole lot of space to breathe in
Don't let your heart get in her way
Don't let her slip away