Fabian arrived the day after me, a 19 year old German boy from Hamburg. We got on reasonably well but he wasn't a big talker.
For the first week, I got to know the place and the horses, I cleaned the two that I would be "in charge" of (Dennis and Pepe) and watered plants. I even got to ride bare back for about half an hour.
In preparation for the second week, where Danny and her son would be leaving for Japan and then Hawaii, we were introduced to all the projects we would be completing during week two. Unfortunately there were also several horses that required medication, so I learned how to do that as well as which grain to feed each horse and which hay bales to use for the morning feed.
In what seemed like no time, the second week was upon us and Danny and Ty left for the airport, and my days were spent in somewhat of a routine.
My day started at 7am, I would get up and let all the dogs out, some would follow me while I fed the horses their hay bales, (sometimes Glenn, Danny's husband, would help me), then I would feed the horses their specific grain and apply the medication that was needed. On the way back to the house, I would water the plants along my way.
After feeding the horses, I would feed myself; Fabian and I would take the two "puppies" in the car to one of the four local towns, our choice was mostly Davis, if we hadn't eaten breakfast at the farm, we would get breakfast somewhere in town and then walk the dogs. Sometimes, if I wanted to walk the dogs for a little longer, Fabian would drop me off and pick me up in an hours time.
After walking the dogs, I would return to the farm and start on that days project, which included things like replacing the barn doors with Fabian and Brandon, cleaning the white pony fence, removing the 4x4 beams from one of the stable's fences and painting fences white.
It would usually get too hot for me and Fabian to be outside for long at around 13.00, so after lunch we would take some time off. I spent my time playing with the 6 dogs I had to look after and looking at Netflix.
Once it cooled down again, we would either continue with a project or I would apply the horses medication again and make sure that the barn was clean. Dinner was then made by Glenna and we would eat it in front of the TV, usually watching a motorbike race or a survival show.
|Tiny and me, with cream on my face because I had a rash on my face for a bit|
|Day trip to the Redwood Forests where we drove through a real tree|
|Humming birds outside the windows|
I left Davis on the train to Richmond, where Delaine and Lucy (Rachel's parents) picked me up and drove me home.
Let the real adventure begin,