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Random Five Friday

Happy Friday!  Here are five randoms for the week:

1.) This has been a totally changeable weather week for our area.  A couple of days ago,  we had temps approaching the 70-degree mark, giving us all a good case of spring fever.  Wednesday evening, a cold front blew in (and I do mean blew), dropped the temps and brought pre-dawn thunderstorms yesterday morning. By late afternoon, the skies were clearing, but it was still cold and very windy.

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2.) We’ve been keeping an eye on the winter storm in the northeast, especially in the Vermont area where the Friesian farm is that we visited recently. Have you ever visited a place, then been almost homesick for it after you leave? I keep Townshend (VT) as one of the cities in the weather app on my phone, just so I can see how the weather is there at any given time.  Thinking about those beautiful black horses out having fun in all that fresh snow…

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3. I’ve heard of a Christmas cactus, Thanksgiving cactus and holiday cactus (cacti). But,evidently mine thinks it’s a Valentine cactus.

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4.) What a busy evening it will be tonight….the Full Snow Moon, a lunar eclipse, plus the chance to see a comet in the pre-sunrise hours tomorrow morning.  One day, I will learn about night-time photography, but it probably won’t be today.

5.) Tomorrow…. antiquing and lunch with a friend (possibly friendS).

How about you? Care to share your weekend plans?

~These Days Of Mine~

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Celebrating Fifteen

Today, Motor Man and I are celebrating our fifteenth anniversary. For an early celebration, he surprised me with an overnight trip last weekend. I’m sure it’s because he’s heard me say several times that our previous time there was like a “fairy tale”. So we returned to the Friesians Of Majesty farm in Vermont.

We stayed overnight in a cottage on the farm and went for a sleigh ride the following day. Our sleigh was pulled by these two beauties: that’s Ymkje at the forefront and Jelke to her left.  When Robert, the owner of the farm, took us on our sleigh ride, he told us that Ymkje was his first Friesian and that she actually started his love for the breed.  She’s 19 now and is a “model mare”, which means she’s among the best of the best.  He said she’s also one of the largest Friesian mares he’s ever seen. (The Friesian breed originated in the Netherlands, so they’re all given Dutch names.)

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It was a beautiful day for a sleigh ride: sunny and chilly, but not frigid. Would you like to join us?

Imagine our surprise when we learned that Robert’s apprentice on the ride, Haley, is from Chesapeake.  That’s about 30 minutes from where we live.  We stopped a couple of times during our ride to allow the horses to rest. And to take a photo.

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Four years ago when we were last at Friesians of Majesty, we met Othello, the number one Friesian stallion in the world.  The morning of our sleigh ride, Othello was outside, enjoying some fresh air. That’s him on the left; even sporting a horse blanket, he looks regal.

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Once back from the sleigh ride, Motor Man decided that I needed a riding lesson pony ride. My instructor, Sherri, chose Gurbe as my horse for the lesson. Here I am, meeting him….that is one BIG horse.

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Sherri spent quite a bit of time with me in the arena, giving me pointers and threatening saying that the next time we visit, I will trot.  I was too much of a coward to do anything other than let her lead me around the arena. The wind picked up, and Gurbe was a bit uneasy about it, so Sherri had me dismount earlier than we’d planned. It definitely wasn’t the most graceful thing I’ve ever done, but I “stuck the landing”, so that was a relief.

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Thank you, Motor Man, for another fun trip to that magical place.

And here’s to many more celebrations of our special day.

~These Days Of Mine~

Barn Charm – Vermont (Again)

Since we made such a quick trip to Vermont a couple of weeks ago, my barn photos were limited to just three different barns. So I’m going to write one Barn Charm post and include all three barns.

You’re probably thinking of our Vermont weekend as “the trip that keeps on giving”, but maybe this post will finish it up, as far as the blogging goes. Unless I find another horse picture that I just HAVE to share…

I took this photo on Saturday near Townshend. As you can see, it was snowing like crazy.

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What a difference a day makes! This was on our trip home the following day.

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This little wooden barn was closer to the Friesians of Majesty farm, which, as you know, was our destination.

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And this sweet little red barn was even closer to the Friesian farm.

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It even had its own matching barn birdhouse.

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Linking up to Barn Charm.

Friday’s Fences – The Vermont Trip

As promised, here are pictures of a few fences we saw during our Vermont trip. Amazingly, a couple of them also feature horses.

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Maggie Ladd Road, where the Friesians of Majesty farm is located.

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Near Townsend, Vermont, not too far from the farm.

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And still further along, Motor Man stopped briefly for me to snap this photo. I liked how the snow from the day before was still on the fence rails. Unless that’s an odd camera angle, that black horse has a HUGE head. Does anyone know what breed that might be? (Certainly not a Friesian!)

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And finally, a cemetery, also near Townsend. I think there’s a rock/stone fence there, under all that snow.

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Linking up to Friday’s Fences.

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