No I'm not lost. I'm just on a blogging hiatus. Just so much going on. I'm stretched for time almost every day. It leaves me wishing for more solid routines and such.
Last weekend I went to a Friesian Keurig. Are these not the most beautiful animals you have ever seen? The event is not the same as a horse-show, but more of a grading, which can increase the value of the horses significantly. With these horses, it's pretty much.. you've seen one, you've seen them all. They are almost all black, every one of them. There is a rare reddish color, which we had the opportunity to see, but by rare we are talking there may be less than 10 in the world. The Association brings judges and runners from overseas. If you view the website, the runners we had were the East Team; although one of the runners now resides in Texas. They take the horse at the gate and hold them for the judge. Then they run them around the ring. They look for particular characteristics and a certain level of action in their trot. All in all, it was an educational experience.
After the Keurig, we had lunch at the Dumplin Haus in Volant, and then visited the Amish tack-shop and an Amish farm for some fall flowers. We got a steal-of-a-deal on our mums paying only $12 for 4 pots of them. The cornstalk were selling for $1 a bundle for which we informed the nice Amish lady that she was being ripped off royally. In our town they would go for somewhere between $8 and $15. She said "Tomorrow we'll make them $1.25." What a riot! The pumpkins there were voluminous, but we were out of room in the car, so we passed on those. I hope to get back up there and get some. They are very reasonably priced.