Peevish Pen

Ruminations on reading, writing, rural living, retirement, aging—and sometimes cats. And maybe a border collie or other critters.

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

4-Wheeling (and 4-Legging)

Yesterday, I joined my writer-buddy and fellow farm-gal Claudia (who lives about a mile over yonder from me) on a four-wheeling jaunt through her woods.

Claudia, Belle, and Penny

At first, we were accompanied by a couple of four-leggers—her Australian shepherds, Belle and Penny, who went for a swim in their small pond that a neighbor dug.

Then we brought Penny back home and went for a longer ride with just Belle, who—unlike puppy Penny— knows both the trails and trail etiquette (like, don’t get in front and go slow and don’t cut in front of the 4-wheeler.)

Claudia has a beautiful farm, and the woods were a welcome relief from the heat.

You never know what you'll find in the woods. This tree truck looks like a piece of sculpture.

We followed Jack’s Creek for a while. The drought has had its effect on Jack’s Creek—the water was very low in places.

We went through a place called Ice Bottom, where—many decades ago—men used to cut chunks of ice in winter. On such a hot day, it was hard to imagine the water freezing.

Back at home, a few more of Claudia's four-leggers waited:

A fun afternoon—and a way to keep cool!



Blogger Claudia Condiff said...

Oh wow, Really nice blog on my behalf! Thank you!It was fun, and lets do it again soon!Bring Maggie!
Now, anyone of our blogger buddies up for some 4-wheelin when the weather cools?
Love to have the company!
Oh and that little pond is ours, dug for us by our neighbor Troy Newcomb..its called the dog pond since its safer than their big pond with the weeds and snakes and turtles!

4:56 PM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

Just edited the pond reference!

Before I bring Maggie to your place, you and Belle have to come here and walk with Maggie (who can be a bit, er, demanding).

6:05 PM  
Blogger Amy Tate said...

Oh how fun! I'm glad ya'll had such a good time. I can hear ya'll laughing from over here in Boones Mill!

9:19 AM  
Blogger Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

What pretty horse and a really cute pony. Love her color!

3:28 PM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

Skye's a mini! And she is beautiful.

5:59 PM  

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