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Happy Friday! We have had an unexpected change of plans for the weekend here at Woodland Whimsy. It’s not a bad thing though. I should be able to get some felting in this weekend and that doesn’t usually happen. What are your plans for the weekend?

Coral Mushroom

Coral Mushroom

Isn’t this beautiful? I love how delicate it appears to be. I knew before that these mushrooms were edible, but I hadn’t eaten them before my Idaho visit in May. They are delicious. A bit more robust in flavor than white mushrooms, but not over the top.

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I encountered the oddest creature the other day. He was very shy and I had a difficult time getting him to come out and talk to me once I spotted him. I took photos from several angles. The entry to his home was so interesting.

Peeking out

Peeking out

He was just peeking out of the entrance to his home. He was very timid, rising slowly out of his hole.

Watching me

Watching me

As I sat patiently waiting for the creature to emerge, I noticed eyes appearing through holes in the log. I was being watched by more than the creature slowly coming out of the log.

Another angle

Another angle

Not only was I being watched by eyes, there were little worms that popped out to watch as well.

From the back

From the back

Finally the creature started to talk to me. He introduced himself as Ewgles. Ewgles is a goggler. They call themselves that because they have so many eyes it is impossible not to be constantly goggling at everything around them.

Eyes everywhere

Eyes everywhere

Ewgles and I had a lovely chat. Though, he never did come completely out of his hole. The gogglers are really afraid of getting caught by humans and experimented on. They live most of their lives in their underground communities, but they have to come out to find food. I hope I get the chance to meet more gogglers in the future. They sure are interesting creatures.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read today’s story. If you would like to see more of my artwork, you can do so either on my web page or my facebook page.

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Now that Pierre was feeling pretty comfortable with the horses. It was time to move on to riding.

One more bite

One more bite

Pierre fed the horse one more bite of apple.

Testing

Testing

Then he got some help to see if he would be okay with being on the horse’s back. I’m glad that these horses were so patient with Pierre.

Saddle up

Saddle up

Finally it was time to saddle the horses. Pierre was too short to help, so he watched from the fence rail.

First ride

First ride

For his first ride, Pierre rode with Kyle. “Can I ride the other horse too?” asked Pierre politely.

Ride number two

Ride number two

Of course that was fine, so he went for a ride with Heather as well.

 

 

Solo time

Solo time

Pierre was feeling comfortable and confidant after his rides with Kyle and Heather. It was time for him to have a turn on his own.

Tools for grooming

Tools for grooming

After they take people riding, horses need to be brushed and cared for. Pierre sat in the tool bucket while the process was explained to everyone.

Brushing

Brushing

Pierre was happy to help brush the horses. He thought it was a great way to say thank you for the nice ride.

Water trough

Water trough

That last thing was to make sure that the horses had plenty of water after their hard work. Pierre filled up their water trough for them.

Pierre had such a wonderful time on his horseback riding adventure. When he got home he sat on my lap and told me all about it while he showed me the pictures. It was certainly a day that he will never forget.

All photos in this post were taken by my husband Mike or my son Kyle. I really appreciate their help in telling this story. If you are interested in see more of my work, you can do so on the Woodland Whimsy web page or the Woodland Whimsy facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Friday! Do you have something awesome scheduled for this weekend?

Mushroom family

Mushroom family

These mushrooms remind me of a happy mushroom family. I can see Mom, Dad, Big Brother, and Little Sister.

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Good Monday morning! I hope you are having an awesome start to your week. While we were on vacation, My fantastic mother in law arranged for some of the family to go horse back riding. I didn’t go, I was involved in a project with my father in law. Mike thought that Pierre would like to tag along and ride too.

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Checking it out from a safe distance

“Please lift me up so I can see,” asked Pierre. He had never been around horses before and was a little bit nervous. (This is my beautiful mother in law, Charlotte.)

Going to meet the horses

Going to meet the horses

Pretty soon Pierre was ready for a closer look. Mike(my awesome husband) gave Pierre a hand in getting closer.

Getting comfortable

Getting comfortable

They found a nice post for Pierre to hang out on while he was getting used to being so close to the horses. “They are so big!” exclaimed Pierre.

About ready for the next step

About ready for the next step

It wasn’t too long before Pierre was ready to get even closer.

Startled

Startled

Pierre climbed up on the fence close to the horses. This horse neighed at Pierre to greet him. He was so startled he almost fell off the fence. Heather(my daughter in law) explained to Pierre that the horse was just saying hello.

Making friends

Making friends

“I can’t believe how soft their noses are,” whispered Pierre as he stroked the horse and fed her a bit of apple.

Pierre’s adventure with the horses will continue in my next blog post.  If you would like to see more of my art work, you can do so at my web site Woodland Whimsy or my facebook page.

The photos in this post were taken by my husband, Mike and my son, Kyle.

 

 

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Happy Friday! This week has been the week of the nasty summer cold here at Woodland Whimsy. Here’s hoping that today is the end of it.

Frilly Fungus

Frilly Fungus

I found this pretty fungus growing on a fallen birch tree while I was tromping about in the woods near Chase Lake. I reminds me of frilly skirts that look so cute on little girls.

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On the same fishing trip where we found Wiggles, I was also taking photos of flowers, fungus, and insects. There was a red beetle flying around and around. I told him that if he landed, I would take his picture.

Touch down

Touch down

The bug landed right on my shirt.

Settling in

Settling in

It’s a good thing I’m not afraid of bugs, as this one didn’t seem to have any where else it wanted to be.

Hanging out

Hanging out

I love the color and the texture of this cool beetle.

Checking it out

Checking it out

I was able to get a lot of photos. I’m only posting a few of them here.

Still here

Still here

This little guy stayed with me for over half an hour.

Time to go

Time to go

I finally scooped him off of my shirt with this leaf. It was fun to be able to get so many close up photos of this lovely insect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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