I thought it was about time I caught up with this thread again. My stress fracture is mostly healed up now, but my husband and I actually got the flu this year, and this is the second week he's off work because of it, as it came with an awful night cough that went nonstop. The flu shot didn't cover this strain; it happens. We've not had flu a while; we did have that swine flu about ten years ago, which wasn't as bad as the one we have now, but it was one that kept coming back just when you thought you were over it. Anyone here got that particular flu back then?
We're recovering, and I'm even riding several times a week, but we have to avoid cold air, and of course, winter has just started here, so we're indoors till mid-morning and back in before dark, and not out in the rain when it's raining. We did harvest all the olives off our three little olive trees, finishing today, and got 6L of olives - three big coffee jars full, which are at varying stages of their pickling process. This is the first time we are curing olives - have any of you done that before? If so, I'd love to know which process you used, and how it went for you!
, you get an award for using the word discombobulated
I enjoyed the vicarious ride in your country, and the carabao!
, gorgeous tulips! Hope you enjoyed your community weekend, and that your horse heals up soon. Also, not good that you had all that flooding and bother. It's just starting to get muddy here in our Australian winter, after a record dry start to the year. We finally got ground-soaking rain at the start of June, and normally it happens in early April where we are. It's been such a dry summer and autumn that for the first time since we've kept bees here starting 2010, we got no honey harvest at all this year - the hives had only enough for their own use, as the eucalypts never flowered this summer. Normally we take buckets and buckets of honey from our three hives in summer.
, I hope things have dried out properly where you live now. That's a nice-looking mare; in Australia, a horse with that appearance and colour would likely be an Anglo-Arab (TB x Arab), but you've got so many more breeds in America, so I'm interested in what other people think here. It's the general shape and build, absence of feathering (unless that's been clipped off), pretty head, cresty neck. If there is indeed Arab in that cross I would guess would be Crabbet or Polish, rather than the Egyptian type, or the halter lines. The Polish lines in particular carry a lot of flea-bitten grey genes, by the way. - How did your sister break her fingers?
, I'm sorry about the horse you lost recently; and I'm glad the rehabilitation project is going well. I hope that you've had better riding opportunities since that post of yours from three weeks ago (boy, I really did get behind here!). ...I'm now a bit further on and see that you indeed had a fabulous outing! Excellent!
It's great she went so well away from home, and that you had fun. Gorgeous photos! I'm sure the whole thing seems worth it now - rather than crazy!
...is that an equestrian-only trail, or shared with hikers? And...are motorbikes allowed on those trails?
, I too am missing
... and her amazing projects!
@george the mule
, how's George doing? ...it's very naughty of you to be giving us horse riders any
cost estimates in $ per mile terms!
Ignorance is often bliss.. Great post, BTW!
Made me think: When we were feeding our old tooth-challenged Romeo with huge amounts of chaff, soaked cubes, canola, copra, bran, and vitamin/mineral mix twice a day, I avoided adding up all the stockfeeds bills. The quarter after he died, I did an estimate. He cost nearly as much as a human to feed; around $3,000 a year - more than all the other eight equines put together... it's a good thing we didn't add it up when he was still alive; that way we could enjoy him while we could help him. He, of course, had been retired from riding for more than five years. I'm amazed at the shape of your oldie Banjo! Must have great teeth and an amazing constitution...
, hooray for the truck getting fixed, and may it run smoothly for years without needing more tinkering! How was that Friday ride?
, is everything healing up OK? Have you had to subsist on oatmeal and ice cream for the past week? - And why would you have to rent a goat? You could buy one, no? A dairy goat, maybe two. Milk it - if you get a Nubian, the milk is less goaty than from the European breeds - which matters for the milk in your tea and coffee and on your cereal, but not at all if you're making cheese... Turn all that grass into something delicious... mowing is overrated... On a serious side note, there are people in Australia who have put guinea pigs in movable cages and have a programmed robot move the cage along at regular intervals, to "mow" the lawn... down side is, it's so hard to milk guinea pigs, no?
I hope to hear lots of adventures with you and Luna. It's great now having someone living in South America in the group - it's very culturally diverse here, and I love the views we get into other parts of the world just from talking to each other!
, hope it's not too hot where you are!