I'm thrilled to report our busiest week yet with riding lessons - of course the hottest week of the summer! This morning, before it became too muggy, Shadow had a terrific workout over a few crossrails with an athletic young rider. But I think Shadow's favorite part was the nice cold hose-down afterwards. A number of younger siblings were present, so the sheep, bunnies, Gretchen the dog and Peanut Butter the cat all received plenty of attention (well, maybe Peanut Butter got more than he wanted, and ended up hiding under the bathroom sink)!
The ring footing, which was delivered and spread last spring by Mr. Boxley, is holding up just great under these dry conditions. During all the mud and snow last winter, I never thought I'd be worried about dust again . . . but "if you don't like the weather, just wait and it will change."
A new addition around the house is a hummingbird feeder, and there's already a repeat customer, pictured below. What a beautiful, fragile little creature!