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Let me explain.

No, there is too much. Let me sum up. 😉

The past few months have been busy with work, weddings, and assorted “stuff.” Add a hefty dose of procrastination, and, well, here we are. I’m not quite even sure where to start at this point.

Work-wise, things are still going well. This summer was pretty busy, as I expected, but nothing overwhelming. I have to say, it’s nice to have a boss and co-workers who don’t freak out over everything. Looking back, we made and processed a ton of nougat (lots of huge orders for the rest stop, plus quite a few tourists coming through), but we always managed to get everything done without anyone having a meltdown. I was still pretty pooped at the end of the day, but nothing compared to when I was at The Big Nougat Factory That Shall Not Be Named. Things have slowed down a bit since September, but Christmas season is approaching fast, and we’ve already started on the nougat logs (they’re fun to eat, but a pain to make). At least I’ll get a break after Christmas.

As far as the critters go, I unfortunately have some sad news: we had to put Twilight to sleep back in July. Her arthritis had gotten really bad and the pain just wasn’t manageable anymore. Needless to say, it’s been a little rough on everyone. 😦 Lucy had a pretty bad bout of anxiety for a couple of weeks afterwards. It didn’t help that just a few days after Twilight passed we all went away for the weekend to attend a wedding. Lucy stuck to me like glue for days after we got back. She’s doing better now, but she is definitely a lot cuddlier than she used to be, even with the others. Before, I was pretty much the only one she’d snuggle with, and even then only occasionally. Now she wants cuddles at least once a day, and she’ll even ask other people for petting.

Blue is still as energetic as ever, though she’s certainly settled down quite a bit lately. She still has the occasional spazzy moment, but overall she’s much more focused. We mostly worked on jumping over the summer, and both Fred and Lucie have been very pleased with her progress. For the last month or so we’ve been focusing on dressage, which is what she’s had the most trouble with, and miracle of all miracles, she’s been improving significantly there as well. I might finally be able to do eventing with her this year! In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy the little victories. 🙂

In other news, there were two weddings this summer: Thomas and Melodie got married in July, and Olivier and Sissi in August. Both weddings were accompanied by lots of rain, which was mildly inconvenient, but supposedly it’s good luck. In any case, everything went well, everybody was happy, and I got lots of good pictures, so yay. 🙂 That said, I hope the next wedding I go to doesn’t last until the wee hours of the morning. I was kind of a zombie after those two.

Sandrine was here for 3 months before heading over to Wales, where she plans to settle permanently. *sniff* My little sister is all grown up and leaving the nest. Okay, she was already pretty much gone with those 5 years in the States, but this is the Big Move. Naturally, this has been a mixture of exciting and mildly terrifying. But mostly exciting (I hope).

Oh, and guess what? I HAVE A NEW CAR!!! 😀 I finally saved up enough to buy a very nice (slightly) used car at the start of the summer, and here she is. Folks, meet Lizzie!

20160708_110356bThis car is a real blessing, let me tell you. For one thing, IT HAS AIR CONDITIONING. You never appreciate stuff like that until you have to go 7 years without. Driving in the summer suddenly got a lot nicer. Particularly when we went to the beach one day and got stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the way back.

Anyway, that’s pretty much what’s been happening lately. Pictures to follow at a somewhat more civilized hour. Right now, sleep beckons. Good night/morning/whatever…

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Back in August, I did a little shoot with Blue, partly for fun and partly in hopes of getting some pictures I could submit to a photo contest (which I did enter, but sadly did not win). The result was nearly 200 pictures, and it was hard narrowing it down to just four. This horse is ridiculously photogenic.

I did a few fairly traditional portrait shots:DSC_0383cs

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Some action shots:

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A little silliness:

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“Neener!”

And some “artsy” shots:

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That last one is my favorite.

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Hi everyone! Apologies for another long silence; I don’t even really have a good excuse this time, except possibly that I’ve been spending a fair amount of time working with “my” horse. I mentioned a while back that Mountain Blue had basically become my project horse. Well, as of October, that is officially what she is. I’m leasing her, as is another lady, who, incidentally, happens to be the other resident French-American at the barn. What are the odds? Anyway, we each work with her 3 days a week, and between the two of us, we’re making quite a bit of progress. We still have a long way to go, but Fred and Lucie (and others) have said that she’s improved significantly over the past year, so we’re on the right track at least. If nothing else, this will teach me more patience.

All right, I know you probably want pictures now, so here you go:

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Now that the weather is mostly sunny, I’ve been able to bring my camera out to the barn more often and get some nicely lit pictures.

A couple of Mountain Blue after class:

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This may be one of my favorite horse-related portraits yet:

 

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Blue’s ready to hit the trails!

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I dropped by the barn one afternoon to get some pictures of one of the classes, and I got these gems:

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Afterwards, the kids took the ponies down to the creek to cool off:

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DSC_1058csLast week I got Elise to take a few pictures of me with Blue and I think they turned out pretty well:

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