Monday, May 27, 2013


Well we asked for rain and boy did we ever get it. But before the rain, we had wind. So much so , that our dock system at the lake was pretty much dismantled by mother nature. Not only were dock pieces stuck in the mud and bull rushes (what was left of them) but we had debris from all around the lake. Thanks to Sherry for taking pictures. We had hoped to put it all back together this weekend, but the rains came.It's amazing how instantly with just a bit or rain, how everything greens up. So instead of working on the dock, I decided to help Sherry move the horses around for better grass. We moved the pregnant ladies no problem, other than the gate being snugged so tight we had to use a lead rope and pull with all of our might to get it open. The girls were such ladies, went in to their new pasture without any problems. So then went to Sherry's sisters for coffee before we moved the geldings. Good thing we did, as the heavens opended up agian with a down pour and hail, thunder, the whole gammit of weather. The rain stopped so we headed out to move the geldings.Now this is where my title, SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE comes in. Over the past 30 yrs that Sherry and I have known each other, we have run into situations that could be portrayed in a CM Russell painting. We have been in mud up to our butts, wrestled calves, built bridges, fixed fences in what some would call challenging situations. So any way we head to the bottom of the pastures to move the boys and wouldn't you know it, the heavens open up again with a down pour. We are soaked through and then begin laughing and thinking of all the times we have been in this situation. At least I didn't walk out of my boots in the mud. Years ago, the mud was so deep and we we're moving cows and I had to keep baby from charging past me so I ran to stop him and my boots stayed in the mud but I kept running. Just one of many situations that Sherry and I share between us. We both may be getting older and our bodies don't react like we wish they would, but I wouldn't change a thing and whenever the situation arises and she needs me to help, I'll be there trudging through the mud, crossing a creek on a log, fixing fences with whatever bit of baling twine we can find,getting soaked in the rain, it won't matter as we have such memories and a real special friendship and I hope that "SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE" . Maybe someday there might be a book produced chronicalling all of our exploits at Fern Valley Farms. No pictures as they are all in my head and will be there forever. Oh Sunday, we did manage to fix the dock and start cleaning up the lake front. Again I was in rubber boots with a pitch fork in hand, standing in mud, getting stuck and thinking back to all the great times on the farm. Till next time.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


We had a wonderful long weekend. Moved Angela to Sylvan Lake on Saturday. What a beautiful little resort town. She is never going to be short of something to do. She and her sister spent the resst of the long weekend decorating and unpacking. This is the first time in her life that Angela will have a place all to her self. Now Mayerthorpe is 1 and 1/2 hrs nw of Edmonton and Red Deer/Sylvan Lake is only one and 1/2 hrs. south of Edmonton; so why does it seem that now she has moved to Red Deer we won't see her as much. She used to use the shopping and the activities as her reason for coming home to Edmonton. Now that she has all of that in Sylvan Lake/REd Deer will she find the time to come home to visit. We have always looked after her two boys (cats) Elliott and Stitchy. Now if any of you are familiar with the movie Lilo and Stitch. Well this kitten epitomizes "Stitch" from that movie. He isn't all bad. My husband just calls him the farm kitten living in the big city. We have them for another couple of days until Angela moves her big horse and all her horse stuff down to Red Deer and then she will take the boys home. I always feel so empty when they leave. The little terds sure have away of getting to you. Autumn loves her kittens too. I really think she is kind of sad too when they leave. I won't put any names to the pictures. I'm sure you'll be able to tell which one is Elliott and which one is Stitcy. This month has just flown by. Time just moves so much faster the older you get. Hope everyone is safe and sound and be thankful for each and every day.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Autumn at 20 mths old. Staying with her Vet Dr. Oakley. Well it certainly has been a long time since I've posted. Kinda got out of it for some reason. don't know why. Since the last post, my daughter Angela, DVM2012 has graduated from WCVM and has worked in Mayerthorpe/Whitecourt for the last year and is moving to Red Deer June 1st. Hubby and I bought a new Campion boat and have taken her to many of the great prairie lakes and have parked her in Manitoba to be used there and on Lake of the Woods. New puppy autumn has grown into a beautiful very spoiled but much loved Golden Girl. Youngest daughter Cara had moved to Victoria to go to school and moved home at christmas and is hoping to get accepted to Interior Design at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Son Robert is still living and working in Medicine Hat. We have been doing alot of travelling this past year. Been to Arizona twice, Victoria, Winnipeg, Lake of the Woods and many stops in between. Now to the other point of this blog post. Now that I have been encouraged to become active with my blog again, which I promise to keep up with. My mare Arctic Frosted Pepsi is expecting her first foal. She is bred to Windwalker Cactus. She was bred on August 1st. She is a half sister to OK SpotsinXs. She is also related to Sherry's old stud Chile Poivre whose sons and grand son still reside on the farm. It is good to be back blogging. Hopefully I will stay on line.