4Shoes 'BOOKENDS'; Morgan Horses

4Shoes 'BOOKENDS'; Morgan Horses
“Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.” ~Langston Hughes *pictured: '4Shoes Bookends'

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Sucky Apologies

We introduce our children to the premise of apology even before they can talk. As they grow older, we teach them empathy & the concept of regret. We also teach them how to make a sincere apology when they have hurt or wronged someone, & why making an apology is so important...
Important for both the offender & the victim.

Why is it, then, that so many people just can not suck it up and behave like decent human beings? 

And, why is it that so many of these douche-bag folk are celebrities, psuedo-celebrities, politicians, or some other form of jerk that has either been put up on a pedestal, or certainly thinks he/she deserves to be up on one? 

I am stumped. 
Your thoughts?

Monday, 30 April 2018

Clear Signs of Spring

Out riding the south side, I came upon what is, for me, the surest sign of Spring... beautiful pussy willows in bloom. 
You can also be certain that Springtime is upon the 4Shoes when we have new layers. Hens = eggs. Marvelous Eggs. 
The pussy willow is a genuine country beauty - understated & demure, but undeniably warm, soft, & pretty. 
Over the winter, Mr Shoes hauled home a milkcow for friends with 5 sons (& counting, Bless her Heart!). A favour done not for pay or for praise, only out of friendship.
Just as we had our coop ready for fresh occupants, the same folks gifted us with 4 young, fluffy butt brown hens! Compared to the white leghorn hens that we've had the last few years, these brown hens are much prettier to look at, calmer to walk through, & they lay brown eggs. Not that colour matters in relation to taste, but the brown eggs are just more aesthetically pleasing to me somehow. 
I couldn't resist sharing this lovely shot by Michael Quinton of a wild hare enjoying his pussy willow treats. I can attest that all the occupants of the Bunny House are quite happy to scarf down as many fresh, young willow branches as I can cut. 
pring has definitely arrived at the 4Shoes.
Now, if Mother Nature would only oblige with a couple of days of warm, slow, & gentle rains to soak the Earth & show us some