24
Dec

Denise Moves Up

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Denise arrived at Respite Farm and was put
right to work dragging the arena on the
big tractor. She has officially been
promoted from the mower to the big toys.
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27
Oct

Spooky Pumpkins by Chase

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08
Oct

Our New Mailbox

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Bob and I decided it was time to jazz up the mail box and let everyone know we are Respite Farm.Mail-Box

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28
Jul

Grandson Chase pays a visit

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Chase driving the tractor – his favorite activity.

Chase up on Malibu “Bu” ready to ride.

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25
Mar

There’s Nothing Like Virginia in the Springtime!

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The snow just keeps coming on this “Springtime” day of March 25.

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25
Dec

Dressage Arena finally ready for use

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Dressage Arena at Respite Farm

Dressage Arena at Respite Farm


After a year of on-again off-again work, the dressage arena is complete.

What started in December of 2012 and continued in March of 2013 is now ready for some serious riding.

Derek Trimingham, owner of Tractor Works Arenas, picked up where Davis Construction left off. Derrick fixed the drainage issues around the perimeter of the arena by putting in swales to prevent rainwater from washing into the arena as well as to allow the rainwater to run off the site.

He then packed in six inches of gravel dust as the base and 1 1/2 inches of kyanite sand as the riding surface.

Laura has reported that Bella (her horse) has already shown progress in key dressage movements due to the condition of the arena. Laura hopes to teach other dressage riders and train other horses in the near future.

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01
Sep

Be prepared to work when visiting Respite Farm

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…Just ask Denise!

 

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03
Aug

My Brother from another mother…

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Bill Luestig and his wife (and my old friend) Ania and their beautiful daughter (and new friend) Tierra during a short but sweet visit Thursday night/Friday morning.

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A selfie with Laura, Bill, Ania and Tierra.

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04
Jun

Injured fox

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Fox that was wounded, possibly by hunting dogs. We heard a ruckus one night where the fox was crying out and the barking of dogs was happening.

There are indications that he is living under one of our deck steps.

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07
Apr

Buzzards & Bella

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Goodness gracious – I looked out the window this morning and we had visiting buzzards setting on our fence line!

And Bella has really taken to her window. Every time we look down at the barn, Bella has her head stuck out the window taking in the view.

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