I have listed my farm for sale.*
I have lived in this old farmhouse for longer than I have lived anywhere in my entire life. It is the first home that has been solely my own. It is the first place I have experienced the peace that emanates directly from place. I love it. It loves me. When I first arrived, I think I sat in a rocker on the porch for two solid years, soaking up the silence composed to birdsong and the snufflings of animals. There are so many reasons to leave. Maybe in some later post I will burden readers with those reasons. Maybe I’ll get an attack of compassion and spare you!
I have also sold Maira. Since Maira and I became partners, I have been plagued by injuries (a bad fall, two herniated disks), traveling, and finding my time occupied with my daughter (as it should be). Maira knows Nancy, the woman who leased her while I was in Hawaii, better than she knows me. This painful reality, plus the obvious fact that my back is not going to get better overnight make the decision to send her off to be loved and ridden daily by a foxhunter’s hubby the right one for me and for Maira.
I will ride in Hawaii, but I will not own a horse. I am in negotiations for a condo with a sea view and welcome the opportunity to shrink my life to smaller, more manageable proportions. Not to mention looking forward to the weather. I plan to practice TTouch® and equine massage in Hawaii, in addition to my regular duties for Linda Tellington-Jones and Animal Ambassadors International.
The question is, can a person who no longer rides, hunts, or even has the opportunity to groom a horse on a daily basis really have the right to write a blog about horsemanship? It seems the real meat of the matter may be lost. I’m interested to know what readers may think.
* If you know anyone who wants a completely renovated farmhouse plus nearly 40 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central VA with pastures, woods, a pond, fencing, a barn, heated black-bottom pool, miles and miles of blackberries, Black Mission Figs, black walnuts and peace and quiet, located within 20 minutes of the University of Virginia, please contact me! (Sorry, couldn’t help it.)
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