Sunday August 3, 2008

Wow, I just cannot believe that it’s August 3rd.  What a great summer day we had today, in the low 90s, not much humidity and clear skies.  The sun sure was hot, though.  We tried to spend as much “talk time” in the shade as possible!

 

Today was a fairly uneventful day, with the usual mix of  kids and families as well as some smaller groups who were out sightseeing.  This morning, we had about 15 high-school aged 4-H kids.  They were on a “horse” trip to Kentucky, from Northeastern Ohio.  After their tour they had box lunches delivered, and we all sat in the shade and had a nice visit.   We’ll be waiting for y’all to come back next summer!  

 

We are also a regular stop for the organized sightseeing tours.  This afternoon, the tour guide from the Thoroughbred Heritage group got Marley started with “fetch the stick.”   I always try to stop the stick game, but I was too late today.  Marley found a “stick” the size of a small tree and nearly took half the people out at the knees.   It’s just so hard to get mad at her though, since she looks so proud of herself carrying that big stick!

 

Greg and I, along with Jake and Marley the tour dogs, are staying at the farm this week while Michael and Diane are in Saratoga.  Jake, Marley and the house cats gave one another the suspicious eye for the first day or so, but now Marley is too tired to care and Jake never cares unless his food is involved.  So of course, the cats have found a new treat…Jake’s dinner.  Turns out Bella and Princess kind of like dog food… Jake just sighs and looks at us to say “aren’t you going to do something?”

 

For me, it’s been great to spend the extra time around the horses.  This evening after everyone left, I took Silver Charm out of his paddock for a little walk.  We walked over to the house; I stepped out of sight and knocked on the door.  Greg looked to see who was knocking, and it was the Charmster!   Greg laughed and I think Silver Charm kind of got a kick out of it, too. 

 

I think I mentioned last week that Wallenda has been going outside at night, and he comes in each morning pretty tired.  He spends a couple hours each morning lying down to sleep.  Yesterday Janet was in the barn and just as she looked in on a napping Wallenda, a little gray field mouse ran right up over his back.  You just could never get a picture of something like that. 

 

All the horses are looking great.  The dark horses like Fortunate Prospect, Flying Pidgeon, Williamstown, and Kiri’s Clown are bleaching in the sun.  Pidge has these sort of brownish dapples on his hindquarters, and Kiri actually looks almost bay.  Pops has turned to a buckskin color and Kudos has lightened up considerably as well.  Lots of beach looks, unless you look at Ruhlmann, of course.  Yes, another hot summer and that horse still manages to stay black as night.  I know he does it on purpose, so that he can be the only “black stallion” on the farm….

 

Another weekend is over, and another Sunday is on paper, (or on-line I guess).  We hope you can visit us soon.  In the meantime, thanks for stopping by and spending Sunday with Old Friends!

 

-Val

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