Archive for February 2017

The Tunnel Gets Another One   1 comment

Actually, it’s not the tunnel — though vehicles occasionally land in it — but the curve over the top of it that causes so many wrecks.  Late yesterday, near the height of the storm, it got another one.

We got a call that a car was upside down in the ditch beside the tunnel, and a horse had broken through its gate and was running loose.  It was boarder Lisa, and she had efficiently called 911, put the drenched but OK driver out of the wet, caught the horse, and put it in an empty pen.  (It was my Kitty, so if you’re a boarder reading this, it wasn’t yours.  And Kitty is also OK.)

I called Scott, since Billy was out making a round and he doesn’t have a cell phone.  Scott told Billy, and he drove over to see what was going on.  By that time it was dark, and the towing company decided to put off trying to get the upside-down car out until morning.  It would have been very difficult on that dangerous curve, in the dark and blowing rain.  It was quite a nasty storm.

This morning, they got at it right away.  They righted it first, then hauled it up the bank.

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Soon it was on the road, ready to load onto the truck.  It looked remarkably good for a car that had spent the night upside down in a ditch.  I imagine it was totaled, though.

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As I walked back to the house, I spotted David on the roof of a tackroom, repairing roofing material that had been rolled up by the wind.

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Many people don’t realize just how many skills that have nothing to do with horses you need to run a stable!

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Posted February 18, 2017 by stablewoman in Around the Ranch

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Flight of the Egret   1 comment

I love watching egrets.  There are few things as beautiful as their snow-white wings, especially when backlit by a setting sun.  So I was really happy when I spotted one sitting on the riverbank during an evening walk.  I started sneaking up on him, snapping all the way.

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But . . . the dogs were with me.  They, too, decided to sneak up on him, with predictable results.

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Oh, well.  Maybe next time.

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Posted February 16, 2017 by stablewoman in Birds, Nature

More Rainbows   2 comments

Back to the weather . . . yesterday was remarkable for its rainbows.  Huge, double, and long-lasting, they must have had everybody in the county with a cell phone out snapping pictures.  Here are mine . . .

This one is a morning rainbow, in the west.  It was glorious.  If you look closely, you can see it was doubled.

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The dark clouds rolled in during the afternoon. There’s a little bird in this shot, looking rather worried.  He didn’t need to be; we got only a brief shower.

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Then the afternoon rainbow.  It was a clearly defined double.

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All in all, it was a great day for rainbows.  Today is a great day, period.  There are riders going in every direction, enjoying the sun.  Tomorrow the clouds are supposed to increase, with more rain in the forecast.  We’re ready for it.  I hope.

 

 

 

 

Posted February 4, 2017 by stablewoman in Uncategorized, Weather

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