I finished the 3 novels in one bundle book by Catherine Cookson. Great stories, all 3 of them. Now I started to read the Horse Whisperer. I’ve seen the movie but reading this book, a lot of things are different then in the movie.
Tuesday after doing all my chores in the cabin, around 10 I went and I helped my neighbour with some fencing work. It was a nice warm day and we got it all done. Now her horses can’t go out anymore.
I was back at the cabin around 2.30 pm and after having lunch, I worked on the white shed in the flower garden area. The roof leaked so now I put on a tarp. After I was done with that, I ‘baled’ the alfalfa I dried in two tiny round bales. I just used a garbage can. Put some bale string in there, put the alfalfa in it, pressed it down well with my foot, and tied the strings. Then I just pulled it out of the garbage can and tadaaaa....one bale.
I made a nice pasta salad with lettuce from my garden. It tasted really great. In the evening I did my usual walk again. Dog and cats were present too of course. I walked along the pastures, giving the horses some fresh picked greens on my way. They always come running as soon they see me. Sometimes they are way in the back pasture, but when I call my cats: Here kiddy kiddy kiddy, they will come running SO fast! It’s really funny.
At the end of the big pasture I noticed the young fox again. While taking pictures, I noticed another one! So cool! This one was more worried though, but the little one was very curious and was just watching Scruffy and me. Scruffy never noticed the foxes. Hahaha. She is more a bird dog.
When I sat on the deck later in the evening with a nice glass of wine, I saw a bat flying around the yard! That is SO great! More bug eaters, as there are also hundreds of dragonflies circling in the yard all the time. Wednesday was a rainy day. Great for the gardens and less work for me. Hahaha. It’s also great for the horses feet. When it’s so dry their hooves get so brittle. When I was having a coffee on the deck, I smelled a skunk! I checked under the cabin but didn’t see anything. Later the smell was gone so it must have come with the wind out of the woods. Good. It’s hard to get rid of the smell of a skunk.
Scruffy went out in the morning, but she didn’t seem to feel so well. I heard her stomach making bubbly sounds and she slept most of the day. With her being inside, wildlife comes into the yard. I’ve seen deer walking through my yard and on the driveway all day through. It was amazing. One was grazing right next to the pasture where Flicka and Freya were grazing. They didn’t seem to care about the deer. This deer came closer and closer to the cabin. Slowly I went to the bottom of the stairs, and started to make pictures and video’s, while the deer was approaching the cabin. She came real close to me, but not seeing me. She probably thought I was just a part of the yard. But then the silly crow that makes human screams, really weird, started to call and it startled her. She became really alert, and then calmed down again when the crow stopped. But then she must have gotten a whiff of my human smell, and started to stare at me. She was maybe 20 feet away. She got really nervous, and I kept filming. Then she gave a loud snort, and hopped to the edge of the woods, where she stood still for a bit, but then moved on. But she didn’t go away. She started to explore behind the cabin now, where the white plastic shelter is. I could take a good ‘peek a boo ‘ picture, of her looking around the corner of the shelter. Later she came back. I think it was her again. Now she was on the other side of the cabin, walking from the gardens towards the yard. Polly was sitting on the ground, also watching the deer. For her it’s the first time (that I know of) that she saw a deer. I started to make a video and photo’s again from the deck and at one time she looked at me. I lowered the camera, and just tilted my head from let to right. She got really curious now and stared at me, coming a step closer towards the deck! She wanted to check me out, but very nervous and changed her mind. She snorted again and then she left the yard towards the hills. Beautiful creatures!
Early in the afternoon the rain stopped. Only a soft misty drizzle so now and then. I read a lot between making photo’s of deer. My feet really needed a rest after all the walking the day before with the fence work. Thursday I started to clean out the white shed. Took everything out, sorted things and put a lot of stuff in bags for the garbage. There is mould spots here and there, so I have to take the mould spray from my house in town. I left the door open for a couple of hours to let it air.
While going through everything I found a lot of screws, a nice big valve for the water tank and a cute little note box. A little wooden box that says: Leave a Note. You can open the box, and get a piece of paper out of it. A hung a pen beneath the box, so people can write a note and put it back in the box. There is a tiny wheel you can turn up so the arrow points up, when you leave a message. Years ago I bought this on a garage sale. It’s really cute.
In the evening I went for my walk with the critters. I put on my old sneakers as I knew I would get wet feet from the grass. And I sure did. My feet were soaking during my walk. Hahaha. But it didn’t mind me so much. At the end of the big pasture I saw the two foxes again. It is so cute to see them watching us from the hill. Scruffy never notice them and the cats don’t go that way. One time Dizzy and Hunter went all the way to the entrance of the driveway, following Scruffy. I called Scruffy, and soon the cats would follow her back too. Taz came running right away ahead of the dog. Dizzy took a while, and I was touched by Hunter, who waited for her niece to catch up. That was really sweet. It’s always fun to go for a walk with dog and cats. As soon I have my camera over my shoulder and work gloves (for picking greens for the horses) in my hand, the dog runs ahead, totally happy, and Taz is always the first to run right after her. Then Hunter comes, slowly followed by Dizzy and sometimes Polly when she is outside. Where ever I take my walk, they all follow. Must be a funny sight. Hahaha.