Yesterday it was raining. I got out, of course. Pete and I went for a walk when the rain let up some. We took Tinni and Ryder for a woods walk, for which they were most appreciative. Upon our return, I drove (!) down to the trailhead and cleaned up the mess the hunters left behind – two firepits. I also grabbed the wood that they left in a pile. I took the wood because I figured this might be an invite for others of their kind to start a fire in the same place. As I was working, two ATVs with gun toting, camo dressed hunters went driving up the trail. My heart sank. I wanted to tell them that being on these trails when they’re water sodden breaks them down further. But no, I instead finished my clean up endeavor.
I came home and did yard work. I cut down more brush in the area between my two cabins. I am planning, when the rain subsides, to put compost on the hill. I was pleased to discover 5 spruce trees buried under the brush. The spruce bark beetles are taking out area spruce. I figure getting young ones going will rejuvenate the spruce tree population.
I feel good about my yard work efforts. In addition to making the planet a more healthy, sustainable, and habitable place, I am also contributing to my own physical and mental wellbeing. There is a great deal of movement involved, for sure.
I also did agility with the three mares who were so very eager to do something. I am now using targets in teaching the horses to move from obstacle to obstacle. This is a huge breakthrough for me because it means that, yes, I am now doing autonomously-based training.
Today I will study for a while, and then, though it is raining, I’ll spend some time outside. Pete is now at a meeting at VCRS, the local recycling center.
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