Crisp & Creamy Light

The sun was low in the sky and really beautiful when we arrived to see Mara B this afternoon. Jay said it looked like “creamy light.” It is still very icy and very crisp but we had a nice warm visit with Ms Mara. She was delighted to see Jay.

We all appreciated that the ice had been covered with sand for better footing leading into the arena.

First thing we did was to let Mara move about in the indoor arena. Her game is to head straight for the camera person! Although she doesn’t intimidate us she does come within an inch or so.

After grooming her and giving her a bit of hay we returned her to her paddock and loved the warm glow of the setting sun.

May you also enjoy a warm glow as we end 2018.

Hoot n Happenings

Hopefully Mara B is looking for me, I’m looking forward to seeing her again soon. Maura G has been taking great care of her while I’m away and has told us that Mara has been superb.

I had some time with Hoot, a Great Gray Owl and a star in the Harry Potter movies. He played Errol in all the movies. A special experience for me.

Following are a few more happenings from our time “away” out west to share with you.

Wishing you peace and calm today.

Solstice

Mara B is home for the Winter Solstice.

We are “away” for the Solstice embracing its promise of coming light. The ritual of the Christmas holiday “away” helps our family make space for the grief of missing Benjamin. The early years after Benjamin’s death when I felt like I could not keep my head above water it was a relief to get away. Now, eight years later maybe it’s our new normal?

(quote by: Andrea Gibson)

Now I know that when we make space for grief, we open our hearts to healing, and I want to share the importance of that. We all miss someone, a grandparent, a parent, a child, a sibling, a spouse, or partner, a friend, or a pet. Today our family is “away” together remembering Benjamin, and honoring nature’s pause in a quiet way.

Mara B and I wish all of our followers a peaceful Christmas/Holiday season.

May we each move towards what lights up our heart. 💛 Helen

Reindeer Chat

Mara B and I chatted about Santa’s reindeer with Landon and Lorrie today. Landon also treated Mara to a nibble of hay and some sweet pats!

No ride time today though because when I lunged Mara I saw her limping at the trot. Darn, we rode out yesterday with no issues so I’m not certain what happened. I gave her some Bute, a snack and a clean up then just hand walked her down the driveway. She is favoring her front left leg and it seems like a shoulder strain to me. So Mara rested and I hand walked a friends horse who is in on stall rest.

Time with these two was pleasant even without saddling up Mara and riding out.

Gentle Snow

Jay and I had a ‘warm’ visit with Mara this afternoon. When we arrived snow was just starting and continued to fall throughout our barn time!

Mara B liked to have time in the indoor arena with us, a chance to eat some hay and Jay’s deluxe grooming treatment. Then when we returned her to the paddock the snow was very steady and beautiful.

Welcome December.