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Monday, March 1, 2010

I should have known it would be a hard winter...

This isn't gardening related, but it does have to do with the natural world. It also gives me an excuse to show off my equine companions :-)   

Nature tends to prepare itself in advance for the seasons, with perhaps a sixth sense we don't have.  If I had paid attention, I would have known it was going to be a hard winter.  One look at the unusually thick and woolly winter coats my horses put on this year should have told me that this winter was going to be like no other winter I have seen since I moved to the United States, or at least in the 22 years my ex-racehorse, Annapolis, has been in my life.

Annapolis (left) with the love of his life, my Percheron mare, Star
See what I mean by long winter coat?

Even though Annapolis is now 31,  we still enjoy going for a stroll around the farm where I board.

Annapolis and Star love my husband, as long as he keeps the treats coming!
 Of course, looking at the bright blue sky in all these photos, taken in December 2009 and January 2010, and you'd wonder if it was winter at all. I have to admit, although it's been the coldest winter the Houston area has had for decades, we have had some glorious, if chilly, days.

I'll try and remember that when it's August and I'm whining about the heat and humidity.

Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.


jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Jayne, thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on my March 1 post. Your horses are lovely. My horse is starting to show signs of shedding, but our donkey (who is also about 31, like your Annapolis) will hold onto some of her winter coat til about August. It will be good to see the end of winter.

Kyna said...

You have such beautiful horses! I've always wanted to ride horses. I've done it once or twice, but you couldn't really call it riding, it was more 'leading' by someone else that was walking lol. I feel like I'm too old to start now lol.

Jayne said...

Hi Jodi, I noticed when I was grooming last weekend that my two are showing signs of starting to shed. Kyna, you're never too late -- my dad took his first trail ride up a mountain in Colorado when he was 70!! You'd have thought he was John Wayne reincarnated to hear him talk! LOL!