Monday, October 14, 2013

Empty Barn Seeks Pony






In the five years since we moved to our farm, this barn has sat empty. The yard in front of its doors has grown thick with burdock, nightshade, and elm saplings. It offers refuge from the wind on winter nights when our cats won't be called inside, but has mostly sat empty.

Over the weekend we worked to remove every last burr, cleared the hillocks of grass from the doors so that they would open easily, and talked about how to facilitate the deep-snow trips we'll make to it during the winter with buckets of water. 

Today our ponies are arriving. Velvet noses, braids in manes, the sweet huff of warm, grassy breath, and the sounds of hooves and whinnies in a barn...all a dream come true. The thought of  kids trotting up the lane way on strong backs and whispering secrets to equine friends who will never betray their confidence calls Alison Lester's book, My Farm to mind. 

These ponies will be the first mammals (besides the cats) that we will welcome to our farm. I know they won't be the last. 

10 comments:

  1. How exciting!! Can't wait to meet them :)

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  2. Oh, wow! I can't wait to see pictures of your ponies, and hear all about them. So exciting! We don't have a cool old log barn, but we do have a small horse shed the previous owners built, and we are seriously thinking of getting a pony.

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  3. How exciting! I'm sure your children must be beside themselves with anticipation!

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  4. How wonderful! I can't wait for an update.

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  5. Yay, yay, yay!!!!! I can't wait to meet them. SO exciting!!!! Oh, how wonderful farm-growing is.

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  6. Oh wow - that's exciting !!! Can't wait for an update !!!

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  7. Beautiful old barn. How nice it will be full of life again!

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  8. oh wow! It truly is exciting. We just got our 5 chickens and the kids are beyond. I can imagine what a couple of ponies would do to a child! Best wishes.

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  9. Oh how fun! I'm so happy to know you are staying at the farm and getting animals. What a wonderful barn too!

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  10. There's nothing like a pony except an actual pony; I am so happy for you all.

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