April in Pennsylvania isn't always this beautiful, but we have been very lucky this year. You can see some sort of fruit tree over Pie's head in the woods on a recent ride.
One lone tulip is blooming beside the lush green grass.
The grass got so long and green in this small paddock that I opened it up for a strictly timed (20 minute) gobble fest for fat Pie and the skinny brothers.
Day 2 of gobbling - now the grass is at a reasonable height. Thank you, boys!
It was a great week of riding. Our weather has turned windy now, but we sure had some nice sunshine for horses and tennis. Maizie had off school for five fantastic days! She and I played some sets and she also hit against the backboard while I rode. I like that the horses aren't afraid of the "boom, boing" sound the tennis ball makes when it hits the backboard. They could care less.
Maizie had to bring in brioches for a French project right before the holiday, so she and I baked these little yummy, buttery, luscious treats! She wanted to tackle croissants, but I convinced her that brioches were more our speed. They still took us three days to do properly. I think real croissants take seven! She was certain that all her classmates were making their projects from scratch so we had to also. I admire her innocence, but I am sure that some moms smartly snuck off to a bakery for their goodies. She was deaf to my pleading so our kitchen became a patisserie each evening. Let's just say with that heavenly bread smell, we all were running extra miles that week.
Speaking of heavenly smells, here are the little pink blossoms of the horses' favorite apple tree at the barn. Their smell right now is unbelievable! Sovey pulled me over there today while he was grazing and I just inhaled...mmm.
This is a little Crabapple tree that a friend planted last year at our Kentucky Derby Tree Seedling party. Our record rainfall year (2011) was a blessing in disguise with all our seedlings. I would estimate that we have a 90% survival rate so far. Silver linings abound.