Monday, March 26, 2018
Spring break is three weeks earlier on the calendar this year. Although there is little that resembles spring, hints of its pending arrival appear from time to time. Birdsong, mud and geese laying eggs have all arrived on schedule. Nothing has been more welcomed than the daily dose of azure sky and sunshine. Despite too many inches of lingering snow, the brightness lures us outside to thaw our winter blues. We are not alone. Call it exercise, call it therapy, call it meditation. Whatever you call it, don't forget to include the word fun! 4 goats, 3 donkeys, 2 mini-horses and 2 llamas are determined to eliminate any remnants of the darkness from shorter days. Enjoy!
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Happy New Year everybody. The Adirondacks are about to heat up after a very long brutally bitter cold stretch of sub-zero weather. These are the conditions that make me rethink why I live in an area where these temperatures are even a possibility. Tomorrow when I am basking in the glow of 15 degrees Fahrenheit above 0, I will have returned to my senses of course. Until then let me share the latest offerings from Wellington, Florida, the winter horse capital of the world. Feast your eyes on properties that have more than you need and all that you want for a carefree equestrian lifestyle. Enjoy!
$6,850,000 This is the bargain piece. 5 acres to design and plan all to your own specifications. Don't forget to include a place to hang the pitchforks, shovels and unsightly wheelbarrow out of view.
$14,000,000 There aren't too many barn details for this one but since the mounting block is near the pool your horse will meet you there when you are ready to ride him. It's all good.
$15,000,000 This is my personal favorite. I don't see a substantial house, but I do think there is a luxury apartment somewhere in the mix. Doesn't matter because the barn details are everything I imagine for luxury horse keeping. My fitness tracker might run out of memory after a few days of cleaning stalls and riding horses here. Hopefully updates and upgrades will keep my data accurate for awhile.
$23,000,000 I like the idea that these 50 plus acres can be subdivided so that several of us can share the horse facilities; thinking along the lines of a coop. Let me know if you want in.
$28,000,000 Just like the the next one only cheaper. Use the balance to improve the lives of those of us shivering up north. Maybe invite us to visit with our horses so we don't have to worry about finding caregivers for them while we are away. Besides, they would love a week of green grass on which to graze. We will even bring a bottle of wine or two as a house warming gift. Surely there is a wine cellar there..somewhere.
$36,000,000 This is the masterpiece. Everything and more to pamper you and your horses while the rest of us layer our clothing for months on end. The only thing you will need to do is hire a HUGE staff to maintain everything. Don't worry, it will be worth it.
Enough of Wellington dreaming. Truth is I am perfectly happy right here in the bitter cold and blowing snow. Just when I think I have had enough and can't take anymore, there will be a hint of warmer days to come and the magic and glory of spring will soothe once more. You can't have that experience without a few months of this. I know I don't want to miss the transformation this year...or ever. Stay warm.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Happy New Year,
It's time for my fourth annual Fantasy Farm Shopping tour, brought to you by the cold and endless white landscape of the Adirondacks. Just after the holidays I begin to long for good weather and green grass. I am not alone. My six month old goslings have been cut completely off from their daily fill of vegetation. Hay chaff and alfalfa cubes are making due at the moment. If the sun comes out at high noon, I do indulge them by filling one of their kiddy pools with tepid water so they can bathe. It's a small token of luxury.
My three baby goats who are also six months old have grown thick full coats that appear to be keeping them insulated in the bitter cold air. At night they instinctively snuggle close together for additional warmth in their deep hay bedding.
The horses and donkeys demonstrate once again their ability to accept the cold and bare it. All I can offer them is protection from biting wind and as much hay as they can eat.
The thought of leaving our farm in search of milder weather conditions is tempting but not really what I crave. However, perusing listings that only 2% of the population can afford is kind of soothing. The mood is ruined when I begin to wonder who will dust the chandeliers in the barn or mow the forty-two acres of grass? How much does hay cost in Wellington since you can't really grow it nearby? Who cleans the pool? Actually, who has time to sit by the pool when thirty stalls need cleaning? Back to reality I am jolted where there is plenty of time here at home to clean stalls. With horses, donkeys, goats and geese milling about the barn on these harsh winter days, there is plenty of incentive too. Enjoy!
For your dreaming pleasure...
Rabbit Hill, $10,000,000
Ironwood Farm, $7,500,000
Haras Santa Maria, $6,950,000
Czech Mate Farm, $2,700,000
Skara Glen Stables $45,000,000
Saddle Trail Park property $10,000,000
Although I wish the white would turn to green...
....spending time with my hooved and feathered family....
...is a joy, no matter what the weather is.
Monday, September 5, 2016
Summer vacation is coming to a swift close, now only a few hours left. It's been a relaxing recess of extended sunshine and rejuvenation. This year it was made extra special by the addition of baby goats, goslings and an incredible transformation in the garden. Nothing marks the passing of time more profoundly than the growth of baby animals. Despite a few episodes of heartbreak along the way, I couldn't be happier with this next generation of pets. The following is a pictorial journey of the past four months. The pictures prove once again, that living things are simply amazing, not to mention a joy to behold. Enjoy!
Baby goats, Hazel and Audrey were selected from Nettle Meadow Farm in mid May.
The tiny doelings were only two days old when I brought them home.
They took to bottle feeding fairly well...
...and introduced themselves to the residents of the farm.
The month of May played icy tricks with the weather...
...so the little girls had to live in our house.
Due to their feeding schedule...
...they attended school every day for the first week.
It was a happy time.
At a month old, Hazel became very ill and died, leaving Audrey all alone.
Two new baby goats named Pearl...
...and Ivy arrived to establish a herd for Audrey.
They were tiny too.
The two new kids provided much needed company for Audrey...
...and for me too.
The goats have touched the lives of so many.
Meanwhile, a gaggle of goslings arrived one day in the mail...
...while another hatched in our incubator.
Their first swim was in a dish pan.
Eventually, they graduated to deeper water.
Oh how quickly goslings grow!
Colored leg bands permanently identify each one. Green is Vivian.
When the "kiddy" pool became a tight fit...
...an updated spa with lounge deck was installed.
The most impressive transformation this summer...
...took place in the garden.
Chickens patrol the perimeter in a dry moat, gobbling pests along the way.
At summer's end, sunflowers reach for the sky and garden bounty awaits a fall harvest.
Thank you summer for such glorious gifts that soothe the eye and fill the stomach. May winter be kind to us until you return next year.