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Random Five Friday

The first RFF of the New Year!

1.) When I was a a little girl, my sister, June, would occasionally knit a sweater for me. Then she’d use the leftover yarn to knit a coat for my Barbie doll. (Sadly, when I was about 13, I gave away all my Barbies and clothes.) This year, for Christmas,  June gave me a pair of hand-knit socks.  Mmmmm…toasty!

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2.) A few days ago, the morning sky was beautifully amazing with contrail X’s.

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3.) Do you think Gypsy has officially outgrown her bed?  She continues to ignore the brand new, larger one that Santa brought her.

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4.) Update on the tablet that Motor Man and I got for Christmas: the Verizon store didn’t have the protective case for it the day we bought it, so they ordered it and had it sent to us.  After two days of trying to figure out how to put it on the tablet, we gave up and went back to Verizon to watch them have them do it.  Motor Man said they all probably had a good laugh when we left the store.

5.) Ever since we went sleigh riding in Townshend, Vermont last year around this time, I’ve kept the town as a favorite in my weather app.  This morning, it’s four degrees there. Yesterday, they had 3.5 inches of snow, and another inch is forecast for today. Is it possible to be homesick for a place you’ve only been once (for two days) in your life?

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Linking up to Nancy’s Random Five Friday.

~These Days Of Mine~

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Vermont – Chapter 3

After our sleigh ride on Sunday, Sjoeke and Diederik were led back into the barn.

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Now, I’m really not sure exactly how this next event came about, but I think Motor Man was at the center of it.

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Sara, the barn manager, helping me with my helmet

Yep, you guessed it.

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I had a riding lesson.

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Me. On a Friesian. A Friesian named Yarro.

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Now, I must admit that it was actually more of a pony ride – no way was I going to let Sara let go of that “lunge” line. She kept asking how I felt; “awkward” was the best I could do. But it was fun, and will always be a special memory.

Then it was time to say good bye to the Labrie family and those amazing Friesians and start the long trip home. At least we had gorgeous New England-in-the-winter scenery to help ease the sadness of leaving.

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Motor Man stopped the truck and took this next picture from his window. That’s snow blowing in the background.

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Does this picture not say: “Vermont in winter”?

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Shortly after leaving Townshend, we passed this covered bridge, so we took out our trusty tripod and snapped a picture.

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This was a perfect weekend, one that I know we’ll always remember. Thanks for enduring all the many photos (at least I didn’t share all 500 of them).

Although next week, we’ll be back to our “regularly scheduled programming”, you can probably guess that some future barn and fence photos will be from this trip.

Vermont…Chapter 1

Most of you know that I have recently become very fond of horses. This is most likely due, in part, to our trips to see the wild horses on the Outer Banks.

A few months ago, my neighbor sent me the link to this video on a breed of horses that I’d never heard of: Friesians. And my fondness went to the next level.  I really wanted to see Friesians in person, and began searching. But if there are any in our area, I haven’t been able to find them.

A couple weeks ago, the thought crossed my mind: wouldn’t it be amazing to go on a sleigh ride pulled by Friesians? (In case you didn’t click on the video and aren’t familiar with them, Friesians are jet black horses, usually with long manes and long tails.)  So I did an online search, and when I entered the term: “Friesian Sleigh Ride”, the first on the list was Friesians of Majesty.

But they’re located in Vermont. Which is an eleven hour drive from us.

And last Friday, Motor Man told me to call for reservations and pack my bags. We pulled out of our driveway Saturday morning at 3:38 AM, and eleven hours later, found ourselves in a New England winter wonderland.

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Our adventure began when we got stuck in the snow before we even reached the farm. But, thanks to the kindness of some other sleigh-riders, we soon made it to the farm and had the bonus of meeting some really nice people we wouldn’t have otherwise met.

At the farm we were welcomed by the owners, Robert Labrie, his wife, Lorie and son, Ben.  Lorie gave us a ride back to our vehicle, and Robert and Ben towed our truck the remaining mile and a half to the farm.  Once there, I began meeting the horses. I believe this is Mayken, who was born earlier this year, and is still practically a baby. He wanted to nibble on my coat.

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This is Geartsje, a mare whose sweet disposition is evident in these pictures.

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She was happy to pose with me.

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Just after these photos were taken, Robert surprised us with an unexpected treat. Although we’d seen the horses in their stalls……there was a special horse he wanted us to see out in the arena.

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Meet Othello:

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According to their web-site, Othello is the #1 Friesian breeding stallion in the world.  And he is breathtaking. (I took a video, but WordPress, Google, You-Tube, Photobucket and a host of gremlins teamed up to work against me today, so you won’t be seeing it. )

After Robert returned Othello to his stall, he stopped to visit Mathijs, another of their breeding stallions. Mathijs was born on the farm; his love for Robert is very obvious.

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Tomorrow, I’ll share pictures of our accommodations there on the farm and tell you how we spent our Sunday.