Some exciting things are in store. We are being challenged by a new text we are using as part of our work. The text is called "The Visual Toolbox." I've read the intro and the first 25 pages and I'm excited to learn more through doing and experimenting this year.
Our first blog is not part of the text, but a free intro week until everyone participating has a chance to purchase the book. Our theme is "New" and you are going to find A VERY LOT of participation this time. Get comfy and be prepared to go through a MAJOR loop of blog posters.
It didn't take me long (thanks to winter finally arriving in Pennsylvania after an unseasonable warm start) to figure out my photo for the week. I had to completely clean (brush, curry, wipe down) six horses in order to blanket them for single digit temps this week. Not only does my right arm now hurt when I lift it, but I heard myself saying: "Oh, how nice these blankets look when they first go on." BOOM! That was it.
As all horse owners know, the best time to own a horse blanket is when you take it out of the bag. After that there are no guarantees. I've been lucky in that my horses are relatively good about their blankets and I get them laundered and packaged up every year at the end of the winter season, so they are clean and ready to go for the next winter season.
The blankets are then essentially....NEW. Shiny. Clean. Bright. This lasts for....oh.....about an hour.
Turns out this cleanliness lasted longer than an hour this time. I took a photo of him later in the day (see below) and the blanket was still very clean. This meant no rolling to try to remove the blanket, or grind in dirt to make it feel more homey. Now Roo's only question is, "do these peace signs make me look fat?"
As I noted before, we have quite a blog loop this week, so enjoy going through it and seeing what everyone has to offer in terms of the "new" theme. Since there are many newbies joining this week, if you find a link may not work, stop back later in the day. We will have worked out all the bugs by then and the links will be up and running. For now, start your journey all the way in Queensland, Australia with Jodie Pholi Images.