After chores, our two WWOOFers, took to the stream to take water samples and test for basic stream quality. Maureen and I want to make sure that our ranching practices do not have an impact on the quality of our surroundings. Edward and Sarra enjoyed being able to help us with the monitoring. As expected, results were coming in good. Its also enjoyable for me to do activities I did when I was working as a research assistant back in my college days.
Our relentless attack on blackberries got some help from Edward. It was a chance to try out the DR mower and flex some muscle. Look out Quatre. There is another willing DR operator. Cool machine!
Life isn't all chores around here during the summer. We took advantage of the mild evening to get in more riding lessons. Lady is so good when it comes to helping someone learn to ride. Sarra, looking so small on top of Lady, is getting better with each session. Sarra's smile also seems to increase with each ride. This is basically her first time riding and on such a big horse. Long way down when trying to dismount. Edward is turning out to be an aspiring cowboy also. Problem is no cattle to round up. And... if I remember right, Charm is not the best cow horse to give it a try. I remember all to well winding up hugging Charm's neck when we attempted to cut some cows. He decided he was going to go the opposite direction we were aiming for faster than my reflexes. We haven't tried since then. He does make a good trail horse though.
Well as the clock ticks close to roundup time for us to hit the trail (driveway!) to get on with the morning chores, I will bid you all a farewell. Hopefully tomorrow Maureen will be back on the two finger keyboard. Maureen does a much better job at this then I do.
Take care and stay safe... The Old Cowboy...