I have to catch up on the blog a lot.
Last week Paul and I went shopping for a new car for him. He looked around a lot but there were a few places he wanted to check out again. At one dealership I noticed a nice sporty looking car in a vitamin C color. It was a Hyundai Veresta and only a few years old. All the info looked great. Paul looked at it and he liked it. But he wanted to get some more info about another car. He thought about it and had the next day a test drive in the Hyundai and really liked the way it drove. So long story short, Friday we went to the dealership to do the paperwork and get the car. Paul was at work in Yorkton and would come to the dealership, but David was so kind to drive me to Yorkton. Thanks David! End of the afternoon Paul drove his new car, all proud and happy. Yay! I'm so happy for him.
Saturday Carol organized a Horses, Spirit & Play one day retreat. I participated and helped where needed. It was really great and with a nice group of 4 participants all together. It's such a nice way to spend a whole day with the horses.
Freya amazed me. During one of the exercises where the group did a greet and meet in the pasture, Freya was eating from a bale of hay. Suddenly she laid down for a little rest, and wasn't bothered by the strangers around her. One of the participants, a young girl, went to Freya. I expected Freya to get up again but she didn't. The girl could pet her all over and Freya just enjoyed the attention. How wonderful! This is a big thing because Freya was always very cautious for strangers. Working in the Equine Assisted Program at Carols place really helped her to be more relaxed and trusting.
Flicka was volunteering a lot with the exercises. She just loved to be with the group. Such a sweetheart.
The day was filled with fun and new experiences and the food was, like always, amazing.
I also met with Carols Wwoofer, Simon. He was willing to stay a few days at my place to help me out with some things which was great news.
Sunday it was moving time! I was up at 4.30 am and started to get the things ready that I needed to take for the coming days. Paul helped with taking a load in his car.
I also took Polly, my house cat. Her first time since 2006 to move. Of course it was stressful but I tried to make things as easy as possible for her. She did amazingly well. A few days a little nervous, trying to hide in my bedroom. The screen didn't work to keep her out. I had to put in a door. Lucky I still had an older closet door and put that up. But after a few days Polly got used to everything and even wanted to go outside. She escaped one evening but when I called her, she came back right away. So after that I left her out during the day when she wanted. She would go out for short moments but Wednesday afternoon she had a long deep sleep, and after that she got brave and started to explore the yard, running around being playful and even hunted birds! Didn't catch any, but it was a good sign. She got back to her self. I think she will do just fine at the cabin.
After Paul left, I put things away and started to clean up the cabin. I was just swiping the floor when a white can drove up the driveway. Simon, Carols Wwoofer arrived.
We talked while having a drink and I showed him around the yard. He loved the place. We talked about what I needed help with and made a plan.
Then suddenly we noticed a deer in the pasture. So cool! It walked up slowly into the yard, eating grass and leaves from the young trees. I never seen a deer right in the yard so that was a treat!
I made photos of course. What a beautiful animal.
Later in the evening I was looking outside my window and noticed little lights moving in the darkness. I thought the eyes of animals, lit up. But no, that wasn't it. The movements came and go and would go up and down so fast. Fire Flies! What a beautiful sight! It was such a pleasure to watch them.
Simon is vegan, which means he doesn't eat anything that has animal products in it. I got groceries Sunday with that in mind so there was enough choice for him to have some good different meals.
Simon rebuild his van into a tiny house. It has a bedroom and a tiny kitchen. So cute!
Monday he build an extra woodshed right against the one I build last year. It looks awesome! He filled it up with the wood that was laying next to the cabin. We also went to get a load of water at the well.
Early Monday evening Wendy hauled the horses from Carols place to mine. Carol texted me that my girls were great with loading in the trailer. I was happy to hear that. Wendy is a wonderful horse woman.
Unloading went just fine and very relaxed. In the arena the horses started to graze and I felt so happy they were back!
Wendy met Simon and learned about Wwoofing. She never heard about it.
After Wendy left, I opened up the arena and let the horses in the little pasture. Later I went to put some Off on them. The horse flies were awful and made the horses running around! Once wiped down with Off, they could relax and rest. It was funny. As soon I called them they came running and when I asked them to come for some wipe in the little pen, they came right away. They remembered the routine! It was like they never left. Wonderful!
Tuesday Simon and I fixed the fence in the big pasture. We had good team work going! It is great when working together goes smooth and with fun.
Later in the afternoon we went to Canora to pick up a scaffold and to shower at my house. We also filled up some bottles of water again, while we were there anyway. Paul came home later and met with Simon. After talking for a bit, Simon and I went back to the cabin. We both felt great after our shower. Working on the fence in the woods is like being trapped into a tick nest. Hahaha!
Wednesday we worked together all morning to get the eaves throgh up and put the water barrels in place. It was hard work, but Simon was amazing. He is so handy and such a good worker. I'm SO very happy with my water system set up. Now I can collect all the rain water for the garden in a proper way.
Now we just need rain. It is so dry and no rain in the near forecast neither. But if it comes, I am ready!
While on the scaffold, Simon checked the nest of the Eastern Phoebe and yay, we got babies! I'm so happy.
Thank you Simon, for all the hard work. The results are amazing. It was a great pleasure to meet you and working together was a lot of fun. You're welcome to visit anytime!
Simon had to go for another job and after he left, I did dishes and cleaned up the ya.rd.
Suddenly I noticed a coyote coming out of the pasture walking on the driveway. I could catch a picture, even though it's not the best.
I prepared the dog house, made it into a cat house. Cleaned it, and put in some thick foam that Simon gave me. I covered it with a blanket and some old pillows. Nice bedding for the night for the farm cats.
I put a piece of wood at the entrance, so it formed a way in and a way out. Hopefully that will keep coyotes or foxes out, or at least give the cats a chance to escape if they come and peak in. I also put the house on cinder blocks and made a little over hang so rain won't go in. The farm cats will have their own little cottage. LOL
After a drink and a rest on the deck, I put up the shelve racks I got from Melva and Carol last year and put my clothes on it. It looks great. Makes it a lot easier to find clean clothes then grabbing it out of a backpack all the time.
I also reorganized my cooler. It's a large plastic box with coolers in it. When I was home I took ice from the freezer to put in it and keep the food cool. When its cool at night, I put the box outside, and that really works great. But in the future I have to make something underground so I don't need ice to keep things cool.
Thursday morning I was writing my blog. I looked up to see my horses in the pasture (best view ever!) and a young buck was walking right in front of the cabin. WOW! Right away I took my camera and made pictures through the window. Then he walked off into the woods. I looked through my kitchen window and another deer! A female this time. Just walking through. So beautiful!
What a joy it is to have nature at my doorsteps.
This morning, Friday, I was up just after 4 am. Very early but awake is awake. Time for coffee! LOL
I looked out of the window and a fox was walking through the pasture and crossing the driveway. He was not in a hurry but I still couldn’t get a good picture. After my second coffee I noticed a kind of weasel hopping from the little pen towards the woods. Also a bad picture as he was fast. But still so amazing to see all that wild life so close by.
After my coffee I went for a walk. I took my camera. Scruffy stayed in. She was deep asleep. Too early for her! Hahaha.
In the back of the cabin on my way to the hill view, I noticed a clump of something on a tree. I went to look closer and it was a whole bunch of caterpillars on top of each other. I see them everywhere. They crawl on anything that is laying around, and even come up the stairs to the cabin via the railing! Interesting to watch them. Sometimes they just drop themselves on the ground to start all over again with their trip to who knows where.
The Eastern Phoebe has babies and i finally got a picture of her on her nest. She gets less scared and seem to be ok with me hanging around the yard. When I sit on the deck, often she sits on a post not far from me, just watching me. Sometimes daddy also joins us. It’s cute. They love the bird bath, as do the Blue Jay.
I’m glad I put that together for the birds. I will make a bigger one but for now this is fine. Birds are happy and I can make photo’s easy from the deck.
All happy! Hahaha.