I've had a tempestuous couple of days this week, so I was happy to be able to get out of town to visit Gracie this morning. I try to go once a week and since she went there in October, I've only missed once. There is a certain satisfaction in seeing her raise her head and trot towards me when I call, even though I know it's all about the apples.
This morning, the barn owner had just filled the pasture hay rack and the herd was gathered all around it, munching contentedly. It was like watching a living merry-g0-round as the horses moved around the rack, weaving in and out shuffling for position, and sometimes ending up with horses that didn't particularly care to share their space. At one point, Gracie, being the strong girl she is, took exception to being shoved.
But sometimes just a dirty look will suffice.
I also got some nice photos of a few of her pasture mates. These two are hardly ever apart, although I've heard the lighter colored one sometimes hangs out with Gracie. They, obviously, are on to the fact that Gracie is getting a treat and they aren't!
Arent' they cuties!!
Here are a couple more that I like a lot. All of the horses in the herd are very friendly, but most of them have figured out I'm not going to give them anything and generally stay away from the fence when I'm feeding Gracie.
I headed home feeling much better. This farm has quite a few horse-filled paddocks, so the walk to the pasture and back to my car takes me past a lot of different groups and they are all so content. And who wouldn't be? Lovely pastures, groves of trees full of singing birds, hawks soaring and calling overhead. Just a great way to start the day.
It's been at or near 70 degrees for the last three days, but unfortunately rain moved in this afternoon, so I expect that trend is over for a while. Not that I'm complaining, it is February after all and I know many of you have to bundle up to go outside. I hope wherever you are, you enjoyed sharing my morning walk.
Of course, it's not just horses that claim my heart, it's also Socks and Mittens. Both boys are doing well and still causing everyday havoc here. I was able to catch them in a reflective moment the other day, though.
I finished knitting a long cowl last weekend and just need to Kitchener the ends together to call it done. Hopefully, I can show that soon, as well as the cabled hat. And there will probably be more cat and horse photos, along with whatever else crosses my path.
I wish you all peace. We need it.