First, breaking news; granddaughter Christina has a new baby daughter. Little — well, not so very little — Isabella weighed eight pounds, seven ounces. Mother, daughter, and big sister Liliana are doing well. Updates to follow.
Yesterday, Marion and I rode upriver, on the Panorama Vista Preserve. It was the first time for a couple of months that I had been out that way. The dry river, dying trees, and fire-blackened banks were depressing. It was nice when we got far enough upstream to find actual water, and green, healthy plant life.
You’ll have to take my word for it; there is water under the water hyacinth and buttercups and six-foot high cattails. Farther east, we came upon actual open water.
Xena really appreciated it. Here she is, looking oddly short-legged.
Marion’s horse EZ really wanted to go wading, too; but the bottom might be pretty soft, so she didn’t let him go in.
He is certainly a handsome boy. It’s too bad that the water hyacinth just comes out whitish, instead of the lovely soft lavender that it really is. It may be a pest, but it’s a beautiful one.
Poor Peaches didn’t get to go along. She doesn’t take heat well, so I leave her home until the weather cools. When we got back, though, she sniffs Xena so thoroughly that I would bet she knows exactly where we’ve been and what we’ve done!