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It's a dogs life…

It's a dogs life…

If theres one thing I really quite enjoy on the farm it’s being greeted to the day with these two monkeys..     I love getting up to their big happy grins excited for the new day. Lately my usual winter mornings start off with making a fire, boiling some water for tea, heading out to feed the horses and then hitting the road for our morning walk before breakfast. These two get so amped up about walks it cracks me up, and my favourite part of all is watching old man Olie get his morning wiggle on. (I’ll get some video of that one day) I feel inspired to write about our walks together as I find it be be a great start to a day, like a morning meditation. I get my body moving and blood circulating, I clear my mind of the negative thoughts that start brewing and I just find presence in the moment.  I listen to the breeze rustling the leaves, the calls of the morning birds, and my mind lets go. I’m able to focus on my breath each step I take and my body softens. I find I’m then able to  start thinking about the day ahead with a clear mind, and it gives me great enthusiasm for the day ahead..        Not to mention the dogs let me get out and see all that life has to offer, and I’m truly grateful for this gift...
Blue Horse Ranch

Blue Horse Ranch

While visiting the family farm over the holidays in 100 Mile House, I was eager to go visit a good family friend and mentor Thea Fast of Human be Herd (www.humanbeherd.com). Thea and her family reside in Beaver Valley, BC about a 2 hour drive north east of my grandparents farm in Forest Grove BC. Johan, still being new to my family, hadn’t ever been further north than 108 Mile and I was excited to introduce him to an area of the cariboo that is very fond to me. We took our time and navigated the snowy roads with ease and excitement for the views around the bends. Enjoying the fun sights of the snow covered fields with frosty cows up to their knees in hay piles and round bales. I have to say there’s something special about watching those old farmsteads age over the years, so much history and many stories to be told. Thea lives on a beautiful 40 acre ranch nestled in the valley on Beaver Lake with her husband Charlie, daughter Hazel, 2 dogs, 1 cat and their herd of horses. Upon arrival we were greeted with smiles, giggles and a hot bowl of Thea’s homemade soup. We enjoyed our soup over good convo and catch ups, and settled into into a game of Settlers of Catan. Upon awaking the next day we were greeted with those big cariboo skies and the sun shinning down across the fields, what a perfect way to start our day. We sat down to a nice hearty breakfast, some hot tea and soon got to talking about the horse work Thea does with her herd, which I’ve had the pleasure...