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post #261 of 306 Old 04-18-2013, 08:07 PM
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I envy the fact that you live in alberta! I love the mountains:) welcome to canada
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post #262 of 306 Old 04-19-2013, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you Gypsygirl for the welcome.

Maple - I feel for you. I'm from South London originally. When we were in Shropshire I was 200 miles and three generations away from ever being anything other than an incomer. People don't mean to 'exclude' but the huge 'inclusion' of their 'own kind' can make us feel second rate.

And it's just not like that here! I am so lucky.
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post #263 of 306 Old 04-19-2013, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Snow is melting , mud is sloshing , and the vet is booked to do their teeth on Monday. Which means I will be able to bridle... and ride!

Woo hoo!

On a different note, if I eat out at Boston Pizza more than once a year I think I may well be the size and shape of a blimp very very soon Perogy Burger is just too yummy!
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post #264 of 306 Old 04-22-2013, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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I had to put sunscreen in today

Ooh yes, spring is here. The vet-dentist was due today so I spent an hour spring cleaning my barn in preparation. I should point out that the dentist visit was just a catalyst;it needed doing anyway. Tack room tidied and swept, stable swept, feed/supplies room tidied and swept, buckets and oddments put in their proper places.

Then vet-dentist phoned to postpone until tomorrow as an emergency had come in so I got to go play with the horses instead - hurrah! That's all on my other thread Two Horses at Home, a journey of Discovery.

Both Chica the hound and Rufus the shaggy one have had the citronella anti-bark collar on today. First off when I was sweeping the barn Chica got stuck in a 'go away coyotes I know you're out there' bark while sitting on the deck of the house. I ignored it for 15 minutes then could stand it no more.... Once she'd been given pause for thought she was fine for the rest of the morning without it.

Then when I was working the horses Rufus decided to get into his old routine of barking in Arthur the donkey's face hoping to get a reaction. I have now told Rufus that he will have to wear the citronella collar EVERY time I work the horses.

Little Fluffypants Hermes came into the round pen at one point when I was with Ukon. He skedaddled pretty quick sharp when Ukon moved towards him

Then when I was grooming Riley I think Riley was playing a game at Hermes expense. Hermes was obviously curious at what I was doing and kept on creeping closer and closer until Riley turned his (giant) head to look at him and each time Hermes retreated in alarm across the yard.

A friend has just called and I have spent an hour (!!!!!) gossiping. I kept on telling myself that gossiping is part of building and strengthening social networks...

Now off to take the tractor into the pasture to drag & spread some of that manure that's been uncovered by the Big Melt. We have a lake in our pasture now.....
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post #265 of 306 Old 04-25-2013, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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Mud, mud, glorious mud

As the snow departs, the arena, round pen, and various parts of my pasture have become mud-wallows: good only for hippos. Oh, and half the pasture is under a snow-melt lake. I have no idea how long it will all take to dry up! All I know is that it will.......

The mysteries of Albertan weather

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post #266 of 306 Old 04-25-2013, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Proof that Spring is Here

I set my first mole trap of the year this morning

The pond is now a pond and not a solid lump of ice

I can see all the autumn leaves on the grass after the snow has departed

Shaggy dog is going to Petsmart for a thorough grooming and clipping on Monday. I am counting down the seconds to this as he soaks up SO MUCH MUD!

Fluffy dog had a bath, a blow dry, and then I set about him with the clippers. A good enough job for my first attempt at dog clipping

My barn yard is coated with ginger hairs from Ukon's grooming session today

It was so hot this afternoon that even heat-loving smooth dog went for a dip in the pond to cool off.

I can see tiny shoots of green in amongst the brown of the pasture
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post #267 of 306 Old 04-25-2013, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Proof that Winter is still lurking

Son tells me that he has to take his coat into school until there is no more snow on the ground. But that they are allowed to take their coats off to make them into goalposts.

Son tells me that he is going to continue to wear thermal legs under his trousers until ALL the snow has gone.

There are still big piles of snow dotted about!

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post #268 of 306 Old 04-26-2013, 01:00 PM
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Your comment applies to the US as well as far as being English goes - my husband & I both mostly grew up in Staffordshire and even though we went to good schools and our parents were reasonably affluent through mixing with local children and people in general we have retained our Staffordshire accents to some degree and they are always sneered at in the UK in certain areas. Our son is lucky to have the acceptable more refined accent.
Over here we are just 'English' and people are always saying how much they love our accents!!!
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post #269 of 306 Old 04-28-2013, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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It's raining!!

My Lurcher and I are equally unimpressed. We thought we'd come to the land of No Rain.

Apart from that minor blip, I am astonished at how quickly the world is drying up! The round pen and arena are soft but not muddy, and the lake in the pasture is now merely a pond. Soon I will be able to take the tractor into the pasture to harrow the muck. Parts of it are dry, but the gateway is of course still a bog...

Friends came over last night (our ski holiday friends) and we all drank far too much and had a lovely time. We did some clay pigeon shooting first, and I managed to kill a fair few with my new Girly Gun. My Birthday present from husband - a sexy black Italian number, semi-automatic

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post #270 of 306 Old 04-29-2013, 09:33 AM
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I don't think I could even see a clay pigeon these days never mind hit one!!
Years ago I was escorting a load of city students on a hack from the riding school I was working at and we passed a sign that said 'Clay Pigeon Shoot' (with the date) and they all said 'Ahhhh poor pigeons how cruel' It took me a few minutes to realize they meant it!!
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