year...where does the time go. We have been experiencing a mixed bag
of weather. We have had extremely cold and also some very nice mild
days for a Manitoba winter.
We enjoyed having
family here over the Christmas holidays...fun was had by all. Too
bad it was very cold most days but it warmed up for a couple of days
allowing the boys to have some outside fun too.
The horses have a
very nice warm coat so the cold weather is not a problem for them.
We are always amazed on a sunny day to put your hands on the darker
colored horses and feel the heat...
to be the horses "very best friend". When George comes in for coffee
or a meal Buster waits for him at the door for quite awhile then
gets bored and goes and romps with last year's babies. They have so
much fun together. I don't think he knows that he isn't a horse!
George has felt
"kicking" in a number of mares lately so that is exciting. We look
forward to Spring when the babies start to arrive. Watch our
foals page for the new arrivals.
We have had two wonderful little
foals so far in April...a filly and a colt. Check them out. We have
also been busy with our 2011 maple syrup production. The weather has
been different this year and far from ideal but all in all we will
enjoy what we got.
Two of our boys have gone to live
with the Hamstra family in Landmark. They are enjoying them and are
planning on getting a cart soon to proceed with driving.
One of our mares and her foal have
gone to Murillo, Ontario to live with the Maxwell family. We are
told that they have adjusted nicely to their new home and getting
lots of attention.
We have gone from one extreme to
another with the weather. It was so very wet in the spring and now
we are experiencing a very hot summer. It is a challenge keeping our
greenery alive with all the 30+ days. We are not used to that kind
of heat for such a long stretch! We won't complain though as many
have had severe flooding in our Province.
All our babies are doing well. We
have two late foals coming this year and one arrived today. Oh my he
is small. We get used to seeing the 3 and 4 month babies and they
have grown so much already. We forget how tiny a new born foal can
had our two youngest grandsons (the twins) here for a visit. While
they were here our Fluffy had 5 kittens, Tutsi had her foal, baby
wrens have hatched on our patio and let us know they arrived with
their loud chattering and a stray cat showed up. Hopefully we will
find the owners as it is a very friendly little guy and I'm sure he
is missed by some little boy or girl.
We also participated in the
Pioneer Days Parade and the boys did very well with their first
There is never a dull moment
here....wonder what tomorrow will bring?
Our weather has continued to be
very warm and very dry conditions. Any rain predicted has somehow
missed us so we have had to "water" the garden to keep things going.
Unfortunately with all our good
times we sometimes have bad/sad times. We lost our little Lady Kate
to a perforated gastric ulcer. We are heartbroken as she was
one very special little girl.
Fluffy had five sweet little
kittens this summer. One has gone to a new home but we still have
four here to enjoy. They are just so cute. Buster has a second house
in his kennel area and these little duffers moved in there on their
own. Everyone loves Buster!
The leaves are all pretty much off
the trees and most yard things are done for another year. It has
really cooled off this past week so I guess the horses are getting
furry for a reason. I expect winter is not too far off. Since I am
not a "winter" person I am already thinking about what I want to do
next Spring and looking forward to new little ones.
We are enjoying very mild weather
and breaking many old records with our above normal temps. It is
hard to believe it is December when you look out and still see grass
poking though the small amount of snow we have received.
As we say goodbye to 2011 we
reflect on all our blessings. It has been another great year that we
will remember with fondness. We still enjoy good health and enjoy
the time spent with family, friends, and all our little horses and
other pets. We wish you all the very best in 2012.