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a morning walk

December 23, 2015

we got a dusting of snow during the night.

i awoke to the sound of snowplows rumbling down the road.

i’m on my way out to feed the horses–

come with me and then we can go for a walk out in the field.


the horses seem especially appreciative to see breakfast coming

on mornings like these.

their soft, breathy nickers are the kind of morning conversation i like best.


we still have plenty of snow on the ground from last week’s storm,

but this new dusting makes everything look fresh and clean again.

put your hood up in here–  navigating through the pines between

the horse pens it’s very likely you’ll brush against the branches

and release a tiny snowfall on your head!


the neighbors’ llamas are clustered around their shed this morning,

but the fluffy felted fence is festooned with evidence

that they spend lots of time leaning over to see if the grass is greener here.





if we walk very quietly

we might catch a glimpse of the pair of coyotes that hunt along the back ditch.

if they hear us coming they will lope across the hay field beyond,

separating in a large arc and coming together again at the other side.




it seems very still

but there is just enough air moving

that the long-stemmed teasel are doing a sprightly dance

in the slight breeze,

making it difficult to focus the camera on them with cold fingers.


the air seems pink and blue–

fog playing with sunlight creates an atmosphere

that is a cross between impressionism and abstraction.








we walk in the front gate just as sunlight burns through some of the mist.

do you have time to come in for coffee or tea?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. sageandspirit permalink
    December 24, 2015 1:34 am

    What a beautiful walk through the magical wonderland outside your door! I love those frosty horse ears and the llama-felt fence! And the air….so fresh and clean on this blue and white morning!

    Tea would be perfect right now!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      December 30, 2015 12:29 am

      i’m glad you enjoyed it, julie! sounds like we could have a regular tea party here– maybe that’s in our future some day?? and btw, we still have plenty of snow here in case yours has melted away. come help yourself!

  2. Mary Harte permalink
    December 24, 2015 1:36 am

    I would love to!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      December 30, 2015 12:31 am

      i knoooowwwww!! i still miss you, and so do the doggies! i hope that your christmas with matt was fun!

  3. December 24, 2015 2:13 am

    Georgeous pictures!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      December 30, 2015 12:32 am

      thank you– i’m glad you stopped by here! happy new year!

  4. December 25, 2015 2:18 pm

    I kiss that frosty horse head between the ears.
    The walk was wonderful…so quiet…a soft crunch underfoot. And the colors of your sky!
    Would love to top the morning off with the chance to talk to you again, coffee in one hand, and patting doggie heads with the other.
    I’m sure we will see you soon.
    Happy Christmas everybody on the farm!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      December 30, 2015 12:36 am

      colors and cold– that’s been the story of the holidays here! plenty of snow and sunrises that would have kept monet busy for hours each morning! yes, please do come back soon!

  5. Brandi B. permalink
    December 27, 2015 1:56 am

    I loved this morning walk with you. A cup of coffee with you sounds lovely, please and thank you.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      December 30, 2015 12:38 am

      would you like cream and sugar?! and wouldn’t it be simply divine if we could begin mornings together like this once in a while? gosh, it’s been so pretty this month!
      hope you are all well– all of us here wish you a happy new year!

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