Yes, it is true!!!!! On Friday a very special thing happened at Honeysuckle Faire - the adorable blogger Colleen from Bay State Brumby and her family came to visit us!!!!! Here the lovely Colleen leads Pie-Pie out to the pasture.
And guess what? Colleen rode our Sovereign all around the farm - how great is that?!?!
Way back in February of 2009 I received the kindest email from Colleen telling me she enjoyed my blog. She didn't have a blog yet, but she told me about her sweet Lilly. This was our first communication and I could tell immediately that Colleen was my kind of person.
She started her own blog soon after and the rest is history - everyone adores Bay State Brumby and the adventures of Lilly and Colleen, Brandon, Kestrel, Bill and all the furry friends at Bear River!
There is a funny story about Colleen's first email. In January of 2009, Maizie and Brian felt sorry for me because no one had commented on my blog up to that point, so Maizie composed an email from a pretend "reader" to encourage me. I fell for it hook, line, and sinker and ran through the house whooping that I had a reader. Poor Maizie then had to tell me that she made the whole thing up to keep me inspired.
In February of 2009 when a real live person named Colleen wrote to tell me she liked the blog, I again ran around the house squealing that I had a reader (I just can't be kept down). Maizie was standing behind a closet door and silently mouthed the question to Brian, "Did you write that one?"
The whole thing was hilarious, but it was the start of a true blogging friendship. I hoped for a long time that I would someday meet Colleen. Friday that dream finally came true!
If you follow her blog, you know Colleen is a character! Here she is cracking me up!
Brian took this shot of Brandon, Kestrel, Colleen, me and Maizie in front of our house. They visited with us there before we headed over to the barn. It was extremely hot and humid so the plan was to stay cool in the house as long as possible before going to see the horses.
Action shot of us grooming up Pie.
Here I'm talking about horsey things while Mom and Colleen (and Pie!) listen. I probably was trying to figure out how we could ride together in that awful heat! It was finally decided that Colleen would ride Sovey and I would walk along on the ground. When I ride with someone else, there is always one horse left behind. That horse is usually a little fussed up because he is left alone and it was just too hot to have a horse all worked up so I left two back at the barn and walked along on foot with Colleen.
Here I am showing Colleen that she actually does have a "stop" in the bitless bridle. Sovereign is backing up for her too.
The sky was blue and the grass was green, but don't be fooled. This was a hellishly hot day! Ugh - the temperature was horrid! But our sweet Sovereign is the best horse in the world and kindly walked Colleen all around anyway. He is my go-to-boy for unfavorable weather conditions - a one in a million horse.
Maizie only took photos of the first half of the ride. Both families and my mom walked along on foot behind and I think they all were melted by the end. I hope the Bay Staters visit us again in cooler weather when Colleen and I can ride together!
And!!!!!!!!! We are heading up to see our sweet Sage in Vermont in a few days so maybe I will get to visit Colleen and family and meet Bill and the lovely Lilly Brumby very soon!!!!!!
Imagine my surprise when after checking in with Bay State Brumby (and no one was home), I travel to Honeysuckle Faire and find her visiting with you!! Glad you two got to meet and had a wonderful visit! Colleen always said it was going to happen;) I Love your blog too!!ReplyDelete
Karen P. (Misty rider from The West)
Hi Karen P!Delete
Colleen and I were talking about you when she was here. I was saying that I wanted to live with my horses - have a house right in the pastures. She said you have your horse in the backyard and you read a book in a chair and your horse nuzzles you up as you read!!!! You are sooooo lucky!!!!
That is so cool that you got to meet a fellow blogger, and have her ride too!ReplyDelete
I hope to meet you too one day, Kate!!!! I still have a blogger friends riding get-together on my to do list...Delete
Jealous...(in a good way) ;DReplyDelete
Some day!!!! We will all get together and ride and talk horses in person!Delete
That's so great that you got to meet a blogger friend! Looks like you all had such a fun time together.ReplyDelete
Thanks Grey Horse Matters - we really did have a fun time!Delete
What a wonderful opportunity! That's so cool they you were able to hook up. I was just saying yesterday how fun it would be to ride with fellow bloggers. And despite the awful heat--everyone is smiling. :)ReplyDelete
We definitely have to get all our horse blogging friends together sometime to ride!Delete
what a fun and wonderful day!!!! Love love love it :)ReplyDelete
Colleen and I talked about how we love you and sweet Laz when she was here! I shared Laz's cute poster and then we tried to get Foggy to curl his lip and show us his tattoo! He wasn't as good at that as your Laz!Delete
I love your story about getting the first comments on your blog. I remember feeling exactly the same way :). How nice that you two met! How cool is that?ReplyDelete
Sovey is one in a million and your wonderful management brings out the best in him.
How fun! Looks like you had a great meeting.ReplyDelete