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2016 Blizzard One Week In

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Paloma presiding

Paloma presiding

The snow is still deep. We’re still cutting trails with lots of effort. Sophie is shorter than the snow is tall. But frankly, the slow melt is fantastic given our location on the Shenandoah river.

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One Week From Solstice: Where is Winter?

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Tacking Willie

Tacking Willie

Tacking Paloma

Tacking Paloma

Not coming

Not coming

What? 70 degrees on December 13th?

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Riding by the Shenandoah

Riding by the Shenandoah

Well, the solstice is coming anyway!

Solstice fire is ready

Solstice fire is ready

Apothecary shed?  Ready!

Apothecary shed? Ready!

Red shed?  Ready!

Red shed? Ready!

Muddy face

Muddy face

VA: Horse Day While the Eagle Watches

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Step 0: Get out the tack

Step 0: Get out the tack

Step 1: tack em up

Step 1: tack em up

Step 3: Tacked up

Step 3: Tacked up

Step 4: View from Willie

Step 4: View from Willie

Step 5: Into the fields

Step 5: Into the fields

Virginia in October

Virginia in October

Meanwhile overhead, an eagle watches.

Bird's eye view

Bird’s eye view

Step 6: Put away tack

Step 6: Put away tack

Step 7: Remove helmets

Step 7: Remove helmets

Yay! You're home.

Yay! You’re home.

Horses

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It’s not all just art and music around here. In fact, there were more horses this weekend than anything else.

Willie cam

Willie cam

Riding around the garden, again?!

Riding around the garden, again?!

Willie cam.  Paloma, Puck, and Amy.

Willie cam. Paloma, Puck, and Amy.

Who's that?

Who’s that?

Paloma and Amy

Paloma and Amy

Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley

Bluebells, Dogs, and Horses

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Virginia is gorgeous in the Spring. Flowers everywhere you look, even hidden in the grass. And miles and miles of bluebells by the river. There is nowhere I would rather be.

Jonquil guards the fence

Jonquil guards the fence

Home is where the flowers are

Home is where the flowers are

Jeffersonian tulips

Jeffersonian tulips

Tulips

Tulips

Yard flowers

Yard flowers

Violets

Violets

Sophie contemplates life at bluebell level

Sophie contemplates life at bluebell level

Bluebells in Virginia

Bluebells in Virginia

Paloma's first Virginia trot day

Paloma’s first Virginia trot day

Willie says, what is that whirring noise?

Willie says, what is that whirring noise?

Paloma leads

Paloma leads

Willie goes around the tree for no apparent reason

Willie goes around the tree for no apparent reason

Willie and Paloma

Willie and Paloma

You can Bring a Horse to Water…

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.. and she wants to eat grass.

.. and she wants to eat grass.

Apothecary Shed Welcomes Paloma and Willie

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It’s Spring. Time for new leaves and new arrivals at the Apothecary Shed.

Spring Leaves at the Shed

Spring Leaves at the Shed

They come from the great white north where there is still snow on the ground.

Big Trailer from NH

Big Trailer from NH

On an eight hour trailer ride.

Welcome Willie

Welcome Willie

Welcome Paloma

Welcome Paloma

The Herd

The Herd

Hey, is that a carrot?

Hey, is that a carrot?