|Da Boys... napping!|
Today was a tired day coming from a long, busy and exhausting week. We had a spectacular Hunt yesterday - very physical and fun. Barn chores and dog walking are a given. Sug needed a ride to limber up from the day before. I was tired and sore... "A nap, a nap... TAKE A NAP!" I did not want to saddle up and work... I just wanted a NAP!
You see, had I filled my day with all things "necessary", I would have missed the simple gift of a trail ride with the New Barn Girl, the Donkey (Declan) and our "mixed" pack o' hounds. I would have missed it for a myriad of reasons... Dishes needed to be done. Sugar could have a day off. I'm tired and sore. The dogs need walking. I have to do laundry/food shop/insert house elf task here. All of the chores seemed critical.
It is a simple pleasure when two horse girls ride out shortly before a setting sun with hounds bounding about. The woods were dark, the trails along the pond shiny with shimmering sun and our pack of three running about in the tall grass. Actually, Jonah is hunting chipmunks. Carli is hunting Jonah. And, Chandler... well, he's our stirrup hound... he stayed right at our tail while his "team" bandied about.
|Exhausted and Napping|
Our pooches... what a treat! Two 9 month old hound teenagers and our anchor Lab sometimes leading the way, sometime following... mostly chasing something of utmost importance... the chipmunk's squeak, Declan's tail, a blowing leaf... intense and immediate joy! Another gift.
At one point, we lost our hunters... I know Jonah, he was probably dunking his body in the stream. Turning to look back at the New Barn Girl and whistling for the wanderers, I thought... this moment doesn't get better than this.
|Winter Wee Folk|
It was a gift! I'm glad I was present to receive it. I'm glad, that for just a moment, I slowed down and enjoyed it.