If you read my blog at all, you have probably heard me mention fellow Michigan Shepherding Family (and all around nice folks) Mike and Lona at Shady Side Farm. I love Lona's blog - Farming In The Shade - for lots of reasons, but particularly for her realistic yet loving look at farm life - not just here in Michigan, but anywhere.
I invite you take a look at her last three entries (just click on the link above) - Tuesday, October 27 for fun and creativity; Monday, October 26 for truly dedicated farming and farmers and Friday, October 23 for a disturbing and all to real possibility for important (to everyone) programs facing the chopping block here in Michigan.
Thank you for your blog, Lona, and for making time in your busy schedule to post...
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Just a quick note to let my friends know that I am still around, here on the farm ;)
This picture is from a few Octobers-ago, the last fall that Bill was still able to drive horses. Fall is a more difficult time for him, emotionally. His favorite time of year and the time he spent so many, many hours on the lines behind a team. I am seldom at the kitchen sink, doing dishes, that I don't think of him driving up into the yard looking for a cup of coffee and calling me out to take a ride with him and share the progress of whoever he happened to be training at the time. He is an amazing man to me, who copes so well! Still, I catch a look on his face when he sits on the porch looking towards the brightly colored woods. We take walks and rides in the car, but it isn't the same you know...just a few days ago he was outside in his motorized wheelchair and I was working in the garden. He didn't know I was so close, and I heard him down at the fence, talking outloud to "Sam" - his horse equivalent of a partner, the grey mare who helped him start and train numerous young horses. I couldn't stop the tears in my eyes or the lump in my throat.
I'll be back soon with more regular posts...till then, enjoy every moment you can of our glorious Autumn days....