Around our place lately...

Posted by RodandDenise on May 23, 2015

We are no longer building saddle trees, but we have two videos about how Western saddles fit horses available on our website.

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So what’s been happening around here the last little while? Well, it’s May, and that means things have been turning GREEN!!! around here. We love green. It’s such a nice change from white…

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It means Rod can make rawhide outside again, surrounded by GREEN!!! trees and GREEN!!! grass. Much nicer than wearing a mask inside like he has to in the winter.  (He took it off for the pictures...)

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However, Rod can’t spend all his time outside, enjoying the sun. He still has to work in the shop, building trees… (This one is a 13 ½” wide Buster Welch fork.)

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And then he has to stay inside and rawhide those same trees…

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But then the trees get to go outside, next to nice GREEN!!! grass, while the outside dries. In weather like this, it takes only a few hours till they have to be put back inside for the duration of their drying time…

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After which, Rod stacks them on the tables and lets me know they are ready to varnish. That part’s my job…

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But even from the shop windows and open door we can see the garden. It is pretty much planted, except for the ones that really don’t like to get chilled - squash, beans and the like. It can still get cool here overnight.  The rhubarb and mint are doing really well. They’re GREEN!!!

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And some of the shoots are already up – peas and corn and onions and garlic, etc. And they are GREEN!!! too…

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Gardens don’t just mean veggies, but flowers. Tulips!!! (They survived the winter – yay! That’s not always a given this far north.) The leaves are GREEN!!!, but the different colors are lovely too…

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Other jobs around the place that wait for spring are things like replacing rails. The gate has needed work since last fall, so it is very nice to have that job done. The braces should last another 10 to 12 years. Not bad for native poplar.

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But while working outside, we are noticing a change. Some things that were GREEN!!! aren’t anymore…

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We had a reprieve last year, but it looks like we’re in for it again

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