February has arrived but the cold snap lingers. The end of the first week has seen a BC wide storm that shut down all the major highways. Luckily we are stocked in with all necessary supplies for livestock and people so are just waiting for the long anticipated warmer weather. In a usual winter our snow would be gone by mid February. This year that remains to be seen. Meanwhile I am looking at more seed catalogues and planning more plantings.
January 2017 has been dreadful. Our usual three cold snaps per winter turned into four, and the snow just kept coming. We plugged in water heaters for horses and chickens and thankfully they all seem to be doing well. The chickens won't go outside in this weather but they have a nice roomy coop to enjoy until they can return to running around outside. Our first seeds have arrived towards our spring plantings and we are looking forward to summer rewards.
December, not a bad one this year. On the clear nights we enjoyed to stars shining above on the first part of what will be a nice big deck to enjoy next year. We got to visit with friends and family and wish all a wonderful season.
November, what can you say about a month that leads up to the Holly-Daze? We unpacked, painted, and shopped.
October has been a lovely month. The weather is great, the days long as we plan new fencing, put up temporary paddocks and get chickens settled in as well. We got our winter supply of hay in and called it good.
Moving day was September 1st. Amazingly the September long weekend is the busiest for moving companies, and with no local companies available we needed to book Bekins from Kelowna. They certainly made the move of our home easier and added some fun to the day as well. Horses were moved safely and we are still unpacking the farm equipment. We planted over 110 garlic cloves for a spring start to our market garden.
August 2016 saw big news on the farm. Wanting a change of pace as we get older we sold our larger property and bought a small market garden on 20+ acres just outside of Kamloops. Of course the horses are coming with us and may soon be joined with a face from the past!
The grand kids came to stay for July and had their usual good time with the horses and pony. The weather was still so cool that we only managed to get to the lake once!
June 2016 continued cool and four legged and two legged family had no complaints about that. Cherries were ready and really delicious.
May 2016 was lovely. Visitors came by to see the horses and and we had a great day. The pansies kept on blooming and everyone enjoyed the cool weather.
April 2016 saw the flowers come! Plums, cherries and apple trees bloomed as well as peonies, tulips and more. The cool nights kept the pansies going and their happy little faces are such a pleasure.
March 2016 saw guest come to see the horses and Legacy in particular. Horses and humans are always happy to visit and talk.
February 2016 saw us getting out to begin yard clean up and planning for the coming year. The snow was gone by the third week of the month and we looked forward to the coming warmer seasons.
January 2016 is zipping by! the weather has been great, some snow, but few days have seen below freezing temperatures. All of us are looking forward to spring flowers and green grass. btw, if you are looking for a Saddlebred horse of your own do get in touch. I know of several nice ones looking for new owners. References required of course.
December brought two birthdays, and Holly-Daze preparations. We always celebrate the Winter Solstice in style as it brings the lengthening of days that takes us into spring and green grass again. We wish all of our friends and clients the Happiest of Seasons and hope to visit with more of you in the coming year. The horses love company too.
November 2015 brought continuing good weather. Flowers and herbs continued to delight us and I made tinctures for future use from feverfew, catnip and thyme. I also dried some catnip for Sally, the new addition to the family here. (Otherwise known as the Crosseyed Cat, Sally is a great mouser and lap warmer.) On November 20th we celebrated 20 years from the day Fanny became ours.
October 2015 was such a lovely month. Great weather, lots of tomatoes from the garden, guests to see the horses - all in all a lovely month topped off with Halloween, our favourite holiday and the end of another farm year.
September 2015 continued gorgeous. The horses enjoyed slightly cooler weather and the quiet but the pony seemed lonely.
August 2015 brought more sunny days and more heat. One of our daughters went off her horse and broke a leg. She's the mother of those grandkids so she had a fun time for the rest of the summer. They all went home this month and the quiet was deafening.
July 2015 brought the grandkids! Hot weather, energetic kiddos, a pony, swing set and wading pool and all were happy here on the farm. We took advantage of the nearby beach as well.
Melody was bred by TS to a fine stallion in the US, but unfortunately is not in foal for 2016. We are currently planning a Live Cover breeding to Legacy for her next spring.
June 2105 has been lovely so far. Day after day of glorious sunshine with one thunderstorm that turned the paddocks to mud instantly! Luckily the sun came out and dried it up almost immediately. Legacy and Melody have been saying hello across their paddocks and seem to be happy to see each other. We're busy planning a 2015 breeding for Melody and hope we get a filly to breed back to Legacy in the future.
May 2015 continued windy, what a change from winter. The trees leaved out, flowers began to bloom; suddenly it was lawn mowing and irrigating season! Melody settled in as we got to know her. She seemed to feel the cold here even though it was a warm spring. Guess that CA weather really is different from ours.
April 2015 has seen the wind continuing to blow with occasional insane gusts! On a calm morning a gift arrived at the farm; the lovely "Banner Baby" Melody's Banndana came home to stay. We are forever grateful to Patricia Hyatt for allowing Banndana to return here. Banndana is by the multi discipline Saddlebred champion Holly Akala Banner x the champion producing Saddlebred Renaissance Evergreen Melody and represents six generations of our breeding.
March 2015 came in like a lion, calmed down and then roared again. Strong winds the middle of the month were followed by two weeks of steady breezes. Well, at least the sun was shining.
February 2015 We can feel that spring is nearly here. Hoo-rah!
January 2015 We are all working to get settled in, quite the job!
mid December 2014 The Holly-daze are upon us! Oh, what fun.
It turned out to be a green Christmas and Yule but oh my! right after that we had a 90 year snow fall!
November 1st 2014 saw us move to our new location to be closer to family. There are not enough words to thank our clients and friends for their support through this difficult time. We appreciate you all so very much.
June 2014 This is "birthday month" around here. All kinds of celebrations are planned and we hope the weather co-operates! Legacy's book is now closed and we are happily accepting bookings for 2015.
May 2014 Wow! the snow melted early this year. Can't wait for lawn and flowers!
April 2014 Milder than usual we have hopes for an early spring.
March has come with some sunshine and melting of snow. Hoorah! Horse hair is everywhere of course, and even the dogs are shedding.
February 2014 was a nasty cold one. We all huddled indoors as much as we could, even the horses didn't want to go outside.
January 2014 Winter has been kind to us this month, with less snow and warmer temperatures. All of us critters here are grateful.
The first week of December has passed and it was a cold one. Frost adorned the horses as we added blankets and hoped it wouldn't last long.
Yule (the shortest day of the year), and Christmas are almost upon us! We wish you and yours a happy happy holiday. If you are thinking of breeding your fine mare next year, do check out the First Time Breeders Program!
mid November 2013
Deer have been coming into the yard. Amazingly they haven't been eating anything we wouldn't want to share.
Snow has fallen and we had to buy a new snow shovel. Photo on our twitter feed.
Last updated February 10th, 2017
The photo above was taken when we were riding up the valley.
Sharron presents Renaissance Accolade, full brother to Legacy (Holly Akala Banner x Capitola's Tiffany Diamond)
Accolade was sold to Certified John Lyon's trainer Jennifer Lyle, with breedings retained. If you wish to use one of these breedings we would be happy to discuss an every other foal lease of your mare to do so. (Portrait by Natural Visions Photography)
We thought you would enjoy this picture of Lucky Hi-Ball, sire of Holly Akala Banner.
Melody's Banndana a granddaughter of Lucky Hi-Ball.
(Holly Akala Banner x Renaissance Evergreen Melody)
(Photo by S. Wilcox-Oakes)
It was a Pony Birthday Party as Buttercup turned 19 years old in July 2015
Our beautiful mare Fanny. Portrait by Natural Visions Photography.