2015 has been a good year for the horses so far. Once the weather broke (and it was horrid early on), I worked to get Alfie back in gear. It takes a while to get him going and we finally were able to hit the horse shows in April. Being the ADHD gelding that he is, Alfie must be in a routine, which means a quick ride five days a week. I must admit that I never thought I'd learn to love showing Alfie like I have this year. Maybe we finally have that 'understanding' that can take years to develop. He still has his moments, for sure, but he seems to finally understand that this is what he is supposed to do and he likes it. I have fallen in love with him, although I have always loved the guy in no uncertain way. It's just we now have that special something that Sega and I had all those years which I never thought I'd say about black boy. It's not the exact same, but it's more fun now, I feel like we finally have a true partnership. He's good most of the time, and his record on winning tricolors this year and blue ribbons is pretty special. He's all or nothing, lucky we've been "all" much of the time. Hoping that the second half is as good as the first. Love that face, how could you not? Cheers to Alfie. May you have many more tricolors in your future!
Thank you Adornment Needlepoint for letting us share these gorgeous needlepoint belts that were made to use with an Hermes belt buckle. What a cleaver idea and I can't wait to try this.....the belts are finished to 1 1/4 inches to go with the gold Hermes buckle. Love, love, love this....
Also like the color of leather chosen, not your typical brown or black. Another great idea.
Betty Meyer of Irondale, AL is the lucky winner of the giveaway decal. Congratulations Betty. Betty is going to use her decal on a wash bucket, for her Oldenburg's stall door. Hoping she'll send us a photo! Congratulations Betty! Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Thanks again to Foolproof Customs. You can see their adorable wares here.
There seem to be a number of what appear to be authentic lawn jockeys on Ebay at the moment. Some have hefty price tags but nonetheless these are hard to come by. If you are in the market for one of these vintage items and if you happen to live near the sellers (shipping will be high) then you might want to take a peak. The concrete ones may look old but they are not the original ones so don't be fooled. They are old, yes, but the "original" ones were made of cast iron. Here are few that I found today. You can start looking here.
We meandered over to our closest winery (and it's relatively new), Jump Mountain Vineyards, this past weekend. The wine is very good, especially considering the age of the vines.
We tasted reds and whites and even the reds (I prefer white) were worth bringing home a few bottles. The owners live in nearby Charlottesville and spend their weekends working the vineyard (and I thought I had zero free time). Very impressed with everything we saw. If you are traveling through Virginia and want to add another winery to your tour, make a note of this one. See more information here and they also have a Facebook page.