I had two fun days of riding the boys. I think Mom and I are going to ride together today! I know Pie and Sovey like it when they both get to go out for a ride together. I rode Pie on Sunday and we went the whole way over to Maplewood Farm. The grass hasn't been cut over there in a long time so I made him move very slowly so we could look for groundhog holes. We walked up and over a very picturesque hill that is lined with old-fashioned trees and looks like it is out of an episode of The Waltons. Unfortunately, the noise from the Turnpike spoils my pretend time travel back to the Depression Era. He was his usual inquisitive self, not shying at anything, but lowering his head and looking over his invisible bifocals the way horses do. We ran into an old friend who is going to put apples out on the fence post for us in the future. Pie and Sovey will sure like that! I rode Sovey bareback yesterday. Two helicopters flew over very low. Our farm seems to be a magnet for low-flying aircraft. Pie was terrified in the pasture, but Sovey remained calm. I stretched out on Sovey's neck and gave him the reins. I figured, if we were tight together like that it would calm him. It worked and he did nothing. Being bareback is always a challenge to figure out ways to stay on in an emergency! Sovey wanted to hang out at my parents' house and would not walk home. My dad, who loves all animals, but doesn't ride, performed a little "lead-line-pony" with us, and helped Sovey start back toward the barn. Sovereign loved that!
I put a detail of a painting of a straw package from the 1960's I painted a few years ago at the top of this post. I love the "Springy" nature of it - especially "for iced drinks" - oh, warm days are near, I think!