Vanille arrived on November 19, one day after my 74th birthday. If you have been following this blog, you know our history and just how incredible it is for us to have her here. If you are new to Tòti Bleu's blog, please scan through some of the previous postings and you will see that she has been on the horizon and part of this dream for a long time. That she is living with us, on loan, is a miracle. That she arrived nearly on my birthday is just simply magical.

I'm quite speechless so I will just post photos taken on her arrival. I think this time, pictures say more than words.



It is an extraordinary feeling to be close, and at ease with 800 kilos of pure muscle on four stocky legs. Her gentleness could be a lesson to us all. She melts my heart!

An enormous thank you for the gift of 750 dollars from a fund established in the name of Cordelia Anne Brinton, who firmly believed (and benefitted from) the healing power of nature and animals, especially horses in her case. I plan to use this money for an Amish made heavy duty collar for Vanille and other needed pieces of harness.

The leaves have now fallen and been raked up. The firewood is stacked. Snow is predicted for the coming days and Tòti Bleu is sleeping safely in our neighbor's garage. In the spring, with renewed energy and warmer weather, we will continue the work. Hopefully 2016 will find us clopping down the road on an adventure!

Our first trial trip with Vanille on youtube:





About Suzanne

American living in France. Artist and lover of nature, gardening, all living beings. Married to the love of my life, mother of two wonderful daughters and grandmother.
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