I'm blogging about my home, a Midwest farm in Indiana and my travels, hiking & horseback riding, wherever that may take me. Visit often to get your outdoor "fix"! Whether it be from the back of a horse, in hiking boots, or in muck boots, I promise to share a little of Mother Nature with you as often as I can!
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We had a full house! After our Christmas festivities, both daughter & son left for the in-laws. That left us with the critters. Left to right: Nikki, JoJo Starbucks, Bo, Brody, Hunter & Willow and somewhere under a bed, one stressed-out cat, Simba!
Rocky's Herd For the past year, two does have been bringing their fawns into the pasture every evening. Usually the horses have been put in the paddock for the night, but sometimes the deer come out early. Several nights ago I glanced out and saw a few extras in with Rocky, all grazing peacefully.
Today is the last day of firearm hunting season for deer. The two does made it through the season, as did their fawns. Tonight there were nine deer in the pasture, leaping and running! Maybe celebrating life or just reindeer games!
While driving to the local trailer dealership, I noticed some sculptures along the road made from recycled farm implements. Stopped to take some pictures. This lizard has saw blades lining his back and railroad stake legs.
This bird has a wrench head, a chain waddle and a shovel body.
Hippo with a gas cylinder body and an oil pan head.
Praying mantis & fly
Large dinosaur chasing a little one with a snake between them.
Tag Me, my mellow Appaloosa turn 22 on April 9th. Tag was purchased in 2002 at the age of 15. I am his second owner and he has always been a trail horse. He is the perfect first horse, very willing and compliant. We celebrated his birthday with carrots, a good grooming session (shaving off his winter beard) and a brief ride in the sandlot. Since it was so muddy, we worked on obstacles such as walking over a tarp, weaving cones, pulling a tire and chasing Rocky with a swim noodle.
Rocky tracked the tire as we dragged it around the sandlot.
Our lunch view from Mammoth Saloon at Goldfield Mine
I spent five days in Mesa, Arizona visiting my good friend Debi and horseback riding. We rode in the Goldfield Mine area, around Saguaro Lake and to Hackberry Spring in the Superstion mountains. What fun!
I had suspected we had a fox roaming around and had been trying to capture him with my spy cam. I had to move the camera several times to get him. After we had heavy snow last week, I decided to observe the plowed driveway assuming he would travel the path of least resistance. I still didn't get him until I baited the site with a turkey carcass. Finally captured him!