Monday, July 2, 2012

happy monday!

As a birthday present Patty hired Milt to join me today in a drive with Merlin, me doing the lion's share of the actual driving. I was the one harnessing, fixing the bridle and bit, putting on the collar, adjusting hames and all the usual grunt work of preparing for the road. Patty was doing the same with Steele, taking her boy out in her large fancy meadowbrook cart while we used the forecart. It was a beautiful ride through the back roads and fields of Maple Lane farm. I got to hold those lines and work with my horse in a whole new way. It feels so great behind a horse in a cart, like how things are supposed to be. Made me want to write up another chapter of Birchthorn, get back in Anna and Lara's heads and Cambridge in 1918...


Happy Monday!

11 Comments:

Blogger Unknown said...

Can you explain a little about the different carts that you have for Merlin. I remember you got one as a gift on the day of your barn raising, which seems to have different wheels that these two you are now using. Was that one not a good fit? How does the one you made a video of today, differ from the one you just painted, and are you going to be using both, or do they have different purposes. BTW, reading all about your new ventures now that you are done work, is informative and interesting. I did that about 15 years ago and remember all the thrill of baby goats in the spring, and chicks hatching, etc. So seeing your farm take amazing shape is a fun walk down memory lane, as well as interesting to see how adventuresome and successful you are. Good for you, and I am rooting for you here in Canada.

July 2, 2012 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Sure! So the cart that was a gift at barn raising was from Brett, and it needs longer shafts to fit Merlin (but it is sized perfect for Jasper). This cart patty found is a PERFECT ready to go fit for merlin, but needs work. Both of those carts are basic driving or pony carts, enough room for a seated driver and a pasenger if you are in tight. The heavy metal cart at the top is Steele's forecart, a forecart is a farm work vehicle, used to attach wagons and balers and plows to. It is a little big for Merlin, but at he weighs a 1,000 pounds so he can pull it.

July 2, 2012 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Pit Stop Farm said...

I am especially smiling at this photo because at the moment, my truck is broke down in my driveway needing a seriously expensive repair. Oh how I'd prefer to only have one horsepower moving me around!

I recently noticed a few potential job openings at the Vermont Country Store corporate headquarters in Manchester - that would be one way to force a move from PA to Washington county. Although it wouldn't help me in leaving behind corporate america....

July 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Kelsie said...

Watching this video makes me sing, "The Road Goes Ever On" from Lord of the Rings. Love it.

July 2, 2012 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Well, this is seriously making me think about a horse and cart. I love this. And you look so good at it already. That Merlin is amazing! You really did good getting him. I hope you have many rides to come!

July 2, 2012 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

Merlin clearly loves his work :)

July 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Mare said...

I loved feeling like i was sitting right next to you on that cart! Thanks Jenna!

July 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks so much for explaining about the different carts. That makes perfect sense. Am glad you have things working so well for you. Have a great day. Ginny

July 2, 2012 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

That is amazing. Merlin seems to have really taken to cart pulling. I've had one cart ride and enjoyed it. Have fun!

July 2, 2012 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger redbird said...

Oh my...got to get one of these! And the horse to pull it.

July 3, 2012 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger Jenny Glen said...

Love that still shot of you in the cart!

July 3, 2012 at 4:29 PM  

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