Ain't nuthin like ridin' a fine horse in a new country - Augustus McCrae – Lonesome Dove

Saturday, January 3, 2015

I Have this Friend~

She is a friend - who is more like a daughter to me, since she is the one who seems to know when I need a lift, the one who remembers things...  Like the Silver Anniversary of the Homestead.  When Farah & I came back from our ride the other day, Farah 180's right at our driveway!  What?  What are you thinking mare?

Well, there was this Big, flat box at the gate, with a plastic bag around it flapping in the breeze!  What self-respecting equine wouldn't spook at that?  It took me a minute to convince her that all was just fine.  I dismounted, went to lift the box & found out that it was HEAVY!  What on earth could it be?  I hadn't ordered anything?
The gift!
The return address label read;  Diane Stevens...  OK!  Safe to open...  she'd said something about my new pair of tights?  But No Way did this box contain tights!  If it did, they were made of cast iron!  It took me a while to get it cut open - very carefully - since I still was totally stumped!  Not for long - soon overwhelmed when I realized the size & scope of the gift!
By Chris Martin
When I called her - she said;  "Isn't it your Silver Anniversary on the Homestead?"  Yes it is - twenty-five years that in ways - went by in the blink of an eye.  During those years life happened & continues to - thankfully -  here at the place on planet earth we call home!

(Butch spent the afternoon standing on top of the camper putting it up & now says it's time to re-build the arch once warmer weather arrives.  That will allow him to hide the light etc.)  These pieces are made to rust & we could have hastened the process, but have decided to see how long it takes Washington State to do the deed!  :-)
A New look for the New Year!
  It's such an wonderful feeling to know there are people in the world like John & Diane - the kind of people who create happiness with their thoughtfulness -  no matter the miles between us!


  1. Beautiful! and what a great surprise.

  2. Looks great!
    Made by an endurance rider, give by an endurance ride to an endurance rider!

  3. Gorgeous! What a perfect gift!


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