I am a firm believer that the best way to leave an old year behind and welcome a new one is on the back of a horse. So yesterday Lilly and I saluted 2011 goodbye with a ride through the woods. It was just the two of us and the dog. Right away Lilly was up to her old tricks. Oh, I'm sorry. Did I say Lilly? I meant to say The Fern Gobbler.
It wasn't cold at all, just damp. And as the ride went on and it got later in the day, some fog began to creep in.
As we passed this pasture of course Jodie had to try and stir up trouble by racing along the fence line. She is such an instigator. Lilly was luckily oblivious to all the pasture commotion, plunking along the road, probably looking for ferns.
Not a bad way to bid the year adieu at all. Since I was alone, I was able to make several stops on the trail, using my new saw to chop down branches and limbs that have annoyed me for months. I must have taken a long time because just as I got back out on the road, Bill appeared on his 4-wheeler to make sure I wasn't dead on the trail. This is what he said to me: Having a cell phone on the trail doesn't mean anything if it's not on! Sorry, Bill. I thought it was on!
New Year's Day (my sister Molly's birthday by the way!) I was back at the barn. Christine showed up with Henry (sufficiently recovered from surgery for a romp in the woods) and we headed out to ring in the new year right. Bill and Jackie were busy doing yardwork but snapped this photo on our way out. This is the best way for me to be in a photo: totally hidden.
The trail was wonderful.
Meanwhile, on the other side of our fair bay state, my friend Karen P and her horse Misty were also celebrating the holidays.
Here is Karen's beautiful mare, Misty. She is wearing rhythm bells just like my brumby's!! About a month ago, Misty (somewhere, somehow) got a needle wedged up in her foot! Can you believe it? It was some old needle from who knows when, used for sewing up sheep! It had probably been in the ground for decades!
Do you see the dastardly needle?? Oy vey, Misty! You poor dear!
Anyhoo, Misty was tended lovingly by Karen and her whole family. Does it help that Karen is a nurse? Oh yes, that is a very good career for a horse owner to have! I think Misty looks smashing in this pink dress.
Happy New Year, Everyone. May it be your best year yet.