I thought I would share some of my most favorite pictures from the last seven days.
Sunrise over Glenview Farms front pasture as seen from the living room windows here at the house.
One of the trees here in the yard on a very foggy morning that turned into an all day fog-fest and a No School day due to poor road conditions. Ice and snow was the main culprit I heard.
This is the very southern drive on the farm on that all-day fog-day.
I’ve been making a big effort to get out and walk around the property at least every other day if not every day lately. There’s just something about winter isn’t there? I mean, yes, one has to put on a boat load of layers depending on how cold it is and all that. I so love it, even if it means a person spends more time dressing and undressing than they spend outside!
Behind Paddock Three on the far western side of the farm. Walking around this day I realized once again how beautiful the fog can be and what great photo opportunities exist while walking out in it!
This is the neighboring corn field to the west. Not ours, but I heard them harvesting it the very next day. Speaking of which, we’re still in corn harvest and half done with it. Yeah!
Taken while standing on the fence of Paddock One looking at Paddock Two. I loved all the tracks Donny and Trooper had made while out for the day.
On my walk the next day. From the exact location and fence board as the previous photo. What a difference a day makes huh? Luke is pictured here looking at his neighbors next-door. Guaranteed he ain’t askin’ for a cup of sugar. Well, wait…Maybe he was.
This, on the same walk as above, is Paddock Thirteen with Pete and Jack taken from what we call the Back Lane. We had a big all night rain the night before as evidenced by the standing water in this photograph.
Taken from the fence rail on a yet a different walk along the Back Driveway, not to be confused with the Back Lane. This is Maggie and Dixie in Paddock Four.
On my walk Friday, as I was about to cut through the woods to the house because my face was freezing off, the much anticipated “Glenview Ice Arena” was going up. Big news here. BIG.
Every year my husband and son assemble an ice arena between the woods, shop and carriage barn. This year Jake’s friends from school came over and helped out.
Much to my husbands delight, Jake’s friends were anxious to get it underway this year. They’ve been here twice. Once to set up the frame work and then again the other night to roll out the liner and begin filling it.
After the ice is set, (maybe by Wednesday) they will screw up the back boards. We don’t have boards for the sides. Mainly because the ends are more important. Why? Because the goal nets or goal boxes are set at opposite ends on the rectangle of ice making backboards kind of a must as they keep the puck in play. This is so there is more ice playing and less puck chasing in the snow. Didn’t know you were going to get a backyard hockey rink lesson today did ya?
It’s unfortunate I didn’t get over soon enough to get pictures of them all while the light was still good at least on one of those days.
I’m not too concerned about it though because a short walk this grove of Aspen, Birch and Poplar trees stands the house. Close enough that I can hear from anywhere inside, the sounds of hockey pucks slamming off the back-boards. If it’s quiet and I’m on the west side of the house, I can even hear Jake’s strides as his skate blades bite into the ice. So, I guess they’ll be plenty of action shots once the arena freezes over and the boys take the ice! And those might be better pictures anyway.
I never anticipated how much I would come to love the sights and sounds of my kid skating, alone, with his dad or with his friends all hours of the day or into the night. Yes, even at night. You see, if you haven’t already figured it out, we’re pretty spoiled here (in many ways) as there are big lights mounted on one of the buildings for when it gets dark.
Come on Jack Frost, walk this way….bring on your cold temperatures, we feel the NEED for a hockey game!