Yes, very briefly.
First, Willow Tree (where I board Charm) lost another wonderful lesson horse recently. My trainer wanted to gift our barn manager with a remembrance of Dale, a Belgian draft who served not only as a lesson horse for riders, but also for those wishing to drive. He ferried tourists on trail rides and carriage rides about the area during the summer and colorful Midwest fall, and also pulled the carriage for Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Bangor Christmas parade. So this little Aquabord™ portrait of Dale now hangs just outside the tack room door in the barn. Of all the Willow Tree farm horses, he will probably be missed the most, not only for his versatility but also for his gentle disposition and quiet ability to keep the gelding herd on good behavior!
Second bit of news: I met a lovely lady at the Cass Area Artists outdoor show in mid-July, and she spent quite a chunk of time at my booth talking about art in general, my art in particular, and her years-long search for someone to paint her cottage on nearby Diamond Lake. We got it together, and a few days ago I showed up at 6:30 in the morning to go out on the lake with her in a pontoon boat and wait for the sunrise to cast its best rays on her cottage. Unexpected bonus–a boat tour of Diamond Lake, which is so large it even has an island in the middle of it, complete with its own ferry. I then spent the requisite amount of difficult judging time going through 200 photos to pick the very best. So, “commission accomplished”! Progress posts upcoming as soon as available.
Dale looks like a lovely fellow and certainly a valuable horse.
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Those dawn moments are worth the effort of getting up and out to witness the awakening day. I’m not surprised you took so many photos – I would have as well!