Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Vintage babies

I think I’ve turned a corner in my life because I am beginning to notice that when I look back through my photo files at the life we used to have, it doesn’t hurt so much.

It doesn’t! And you know what I’ve found?

These photos actually make me happy.

It was May of 2008 when I took these photographs of the foals on the thoroughbred horse farm where we lived for over ten years and where my husband was stallion manager.

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The one above was taken just after a spring shower. You can see how curly the mane is and the wet fur on his side.

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Every year there was a new crop of foals and I fell asleep listening to the familiar sounds of them as they munched on grass outside my bedroom window.

Spring was the best. Not so great for the employees, however. My husband was on call several nights a week and from January to June, worked 7 days a week without a day off. It was brutal and ridiculous and I think I’ll stop thinking about that part of it right now before I get angry about it.

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But it was beautiful, too. And every day, just like I do now, I’d change from my nice working clothes, put on my jeans and my sneakers and head out for a long walk.

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The photos above and below were taken in the field behind our home.

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It was only two years ago, but it seems so far away now.

And speaking of babies, I really want to see this movie. Who wants to go with me?

Before I leave, I want to welcome all the different faces I’ve been seeing here lately. So glad you came by to visit. And to my regular visitors, thanks. For everything.

Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

43 comments:

Julie Harward said...

The horses are so beautiful..great photo's! I can't wait to see this movie...best thing put together in a long time I think! I think it will change a lot of hearts. Come say hi :D

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

That movie looks ADORABLE. Being that I am 25 and going suffering from intermittent bouts of 'baby fever' I do not know if my ovaries would be able to stand it!

And what farm did your husband work for? Was it in Maryland? My mother works for a thoroughbred farm near Winbak farms in Cecil Co. Know the people that run that farm and a few others nearby. Very nice people!

Mary Lou said...

What great photos and wonderful video. I know you miss the good part of your farm, as we do the Air Force but the hours and tribulations force you to make a change.
Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

Beautiful horses, I love to look but scared of them.

Low Tide High Style said...

Kate, I'm so glad you've turned that corner and I loved seeing all of the wonderful horse pictures! We have a horse farm down the street and every time I pass by I think "I should take some pictures!"

And I'm only a few hours away and completely on board with seeing that cute movie!!!

Kat :)

becky up the hill said...

I'm so glad you can look at these photo's and not feel sad..Happy Spring from me to you..snowy wet wonderful California!

from my front porch... said...

Working in the Arabian business for 20 years I totally understand.
I was a breeding mgr. 24/7 I had NO life outside the farm. Hence the fact I didn't marry until 5 years ago! "It was brutal and ridiculous" is so right! I have a lot of good memories. Some awful ones too.
These days I take care of my own five Arabians. That works for me!

The movie looks amazing! Thanks for the clip!
misha

These Nine Acres said...

Ahhh...love the horses. I am lucky enough to have two here munching near my windows. It is a comforting sound for sure. I am glad time is healing raw emotions.

Erica Houskeeper said...

These photos are stunning, and the horses are gorgeous. I'm glad you can now look at these photos and feel happiness. It sounds like there was something very special and unique about this time in your life. Thank you for sharing these lovely photos with us!

Snappy Di said...

I'll go with you to see it but you'll have to drive. Can you pick me up around 7PM? I'll be waiting on the front porch. LOL

Di

A New England Life said...

LOL! Funny previews!
I think you could just go to 4 different houses and be amazed by the differences in how children are raised! I know I could never do it right . . . no matter how hard I tried.

Wonderful photos, mixed with bittersweet memories. Isn't that the way of life? Always good to go with the bad.

deborah said...

Thank you!

beth said...

i love horses.....just love them !

and BABIES was fantastic !
there's not a mother alive that won't eat that movie all up :)

Hilary said...

I'll join you at that movie! Love the horse photos.. I know you must miss them. They're gorgeous creatures.

LizB said...

Ahhhh...so beautiful! Thank you for sharing more of your old horse photos! They are amazing! (I like to think you posted them just for me, but I know better. :) )

Gail said...

I see you have had your great talent for years. Beautiful.

Deb said...

I miss having a foal each spring - not that we don't have enough baby animals around here but there's just something special about a newborn baby horse :) I'm so glad your photos make you smile again :)

Finally, a happy, good for your heart movie! We don't see enough of them anymore. Can't wait to see it.

The Wife of a Dairyman ~ Nancy said...

The baby movie looks precious....makes me want to have another:)

Eileen@My Evergreen Place said...

Gorgeous horse pictures. We are renting out our pasture to two horses right now. There are plenty of picture taking opportunities. They make great subjects!

Holly said...

Lovely photos as usual. I had baby foal fever till Noah arrived....then not so much. He's a pest. I am, however, glad that your heart is healing and you can look back with fondness. As a friend said to me not long ago when we were talking about some artwork she did ohhh...25 years or so ago....that was a different life. My daughter has done barn chores for the barn owner when she has gone away for the past year and that cured her of ever wanting to have a boarding barn. I can't imagine having a foaling operation. If your life is restricted with a boarding barn, it would disappear with a breeding operation!

myletterstoemily said...

i loved your gorgeous photos of extraordinary
creatures!

we were just talking about the "babies" movie
tonight. can't wait to see it!

Cloudia said...

You made my heart gallop with joy!



Aloha from Hawaii


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Jill of All Trades said...

Oh so love the horses...Always were one of my fav animals. Wish I lived closer, I would surly go to the cinema with you!

JO said...

The baby movie looks adorable. And it reinforces what I've always said that we "think" we have to have XYZ for our babies, but truthfully their needs are much smaller than the marketing companies want us to think.

Love the horse pics too - very pretty, but horses are not really my thing IRL.

JO

corfubob said...

I shall have to wait for the baby video,well found, well posted. Stallion Manager is no mean job, and 10 years is a long time to have been abused, if that's what happened. Visiting from sunny Corfu, Greece. go well.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Don't horses make such beautiful photographs. These are stunning. A credit to your photography as always.

CJ xx

Karen said...

Beautiful photos... a Stallion manager! No easy task, they are a handful. No pun intended!

I've had a horse or two for all of my adult life, they are truly a magnificent animal.. also much more frail than people think. To live on a horse farm (breeding farm) for so many years was quite an experience!

Glad you can look back and admire. There are always painful moments, but to recognize the beauty is to enrich your own life experiences.

Mary said...

Such beautiful images, Kate! I love that you have "turned a corner" in your life. I know it's taken a lot of work to get there, but the joys and the sorrows together have brought you here -- to this moment of contentment. And that is a beautiful thing. Thanks for sharing it all with us.
xoxo

Nurse Nancy said...

Horses of all ages are so majestic and elegant. Thanks for sharing your past and your present....

Emom said...

Reviewing old photos is the best way I have found to inspire, renew, and gain confidence. Seeing how far we have grown, and also, how much talent is innate seems to be part of the process.....good for you! smiles.

Daryl said...

I am going to try to leave a comment again,something is wrong with Blogger ..

I prefer those colts and foals to the human babies . but then I am just a mean girl at heart

Mental P Mama said...

I'll go!!!!

mrs mediocrity said...

The horse photos are incredible, I can see why you would miss them so. Change, sigh...they say it's for the better...

Oliag said...

Those vintage photos show how talented a photographer you were even before starting this blog...when did you start photography as a hobby?...So glad you can take enjoyment from these beautiful pics now...

...as for Babies...what a fantastic trailer...I wish I lived close enough to join you at the movies:)

The Japanese Redneck said...

Wow, my dream - a horse farm.

LOL...I was waiting for her to WAP him with that rock next!

Rachel Lynn said...

That reminds me of home. I loved having the foals and calves. Beautiful pictures!

Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food said...

Pretty horses!! The human babies? I do love to hold a warm little baby boy from time to time, but am happiest now when I can him to his mommy.

Misty Dawn said...

These images are absolutely wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Yesterday I saw a segment about the Babies movie and thought we need to go see that (haven't been to the movies in years!) When our children were young some of my friends "couldn't wait" until their children were 2 or 6 or 15. I always felt, and still feel, that they were little for too short a time, and enjoyed them at the age they were!

Linda (GillLink)

Leslie: said...

I would love to see that movie, or would it be a documentary? Sorry I haven't been around much, but if you check out my blog page, and scroll down a bit, you'll see that our lives have been put in turmoil with Lorne being diagnosed with colon cancer and now having to start chemo. *sigh*

Tiggeriffic said...

I enjoy your blog so much.. I think horses are so beautiful.
The movie is wonderful.. can hardly wait until it's in the theaters.. Keep blogging ~ it makes my day~! Ta Ta For Now~!

Jo said...

Kate, I remember when you lived there, and how devastated you were to leave. It's wonderful that you can look back at it now, and not feel sad. :-) Sometimes "life" is a four-letter word, isn't it?

Cheers!

Josie

Kerri said...

Oh so lovely!
PS - thanks for the kind words earlier today :)