Peevish Pen

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Location: Rural Virginia, United States

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.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Roof & Hoof

After a few days of rain (four inches!), the grass was greener and sun shone through this morning's fog.

Consequently, the roofers returned to finish the job, and my cousin Mary came to ride Melody. It was a good day for the roof and the hoof.

The roofers were here early. Look how blue the sky was!

Mary came a bit later, saddled Melody and took off "around the block"—a three-and-a-half mile circle (well, triangle) from my house. I caught up with them as they came down Blacksmith Road.

Melody looked surprised to see me. (She also looked like an Arabian in this picture, but she's a Tennessee Walker):

They passed me and went down the hill.

Later they came through the Hainted Holler curve:

With one mile to go, they rode up the driveway to visit Mary's sister, Dixie, for a few minutes.

After they left Dixie's house, Mary thought she might catch a glimpse of her QH gelding, Doc. She didn't see him, but Doc watched her from his pasture:

When they passed Clearview Dairy Farm, Melody knew she was homeward bound. Only half a mile to go!

Melody's pasture is in sight (it's to the left behind the shop).

When she gets close to the "flower bed" (at the left), she knows she's only a few feet from home:

Meanwhile, the roof is almost done:

Before long, Melody was back in the pasture and the roof was finished. And the sky became cloudy again.

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Blogger Amy Hanek said...

Your yard looks so much better than mine!! I need to mow too.

I bet you'll be glad when that roof is finished, eh?

7:22 PM  
Blogger Amy Tate said...

What wonderful photos! Melody looks like she is having fun, but I feel sorry for Doc. He looks like he's saying, "Hey Mom! What's the deal?"

6:23 PM  
Blogger Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

She inspires me. Going all that way by herself, on a horse who hasn't been out much lately...that's a real horsewoman.

5:16 PM  

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