This morning we had beautiful cloud filled skies when I went down to the barn to feed.
|To the east, from our driveway across the neighbor's property.|
|West, from the orchard|
|North west from the arena|
I rode Jackson immediately after I finished with chores. I was hoping to beat the heat. We warmed up on the bridle path and then headed into the arena. Despite running the arena sprinklers and trying to ride in the shady corners as much as possible, I didn't last long. We tried working on trot for about five minutes but when we came down to walk I was nauseous and light headed. When I got up to the barn I checked the temperature -- already 90F at 8:30am. I don't know how people ride in the midwest, east and south in the summer. I hosed off Jackson (and myself) and went up to the house for breakfast.
At noon I went back down to the barn to feed lunch. It was 103F then. Sedona was sprawled in the coolest corner she could find.
The only animal crazy enough to be out and about was.... Bella. She was chomping away on my apple trees.
She followed me down to the barn where we were greeted by Darth Vader.
|Jackson: I'm not the one who picked out this fly mask, okay?|
I'm not sure, actually, that they are donkeys. They might be oversized termites. Or maybe they thought Brett didn't have enough projects around the ranch. ...they've been eating the barn siding.
Bella was busy in the barn inspecting the horse laundry, saying hello to Flash, and climbing on the furniture.
I keep the barn refrigerator stocked with soda for Brett, the farrier, and the UPS delivery guy. I was tempted to take one although I am not a soda person. Instead, I opened the door and stuck my head in enjoying the cool air.
I was about cooked, so I walked back up to the goat area knowing that Bella would follow me. She has done a number on my newest apple tree. I am not pleased. She apparently has developed quite the taste for apple leaves.
Back at the goat pen, all the other members of the herd were snoozing in the shade. Thistle greeted me from the correct side of the fence.
Then it was back in the house for me. I don't think I'll venture out again until the sun starts going down.
And to all of my blogger friends and followers who are dealing with Hurricane Irene -- please be safe.