Author Archives: Suzanne

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.

Life with a Comtois horse, Vanille

Vanille's shelter is a vaulted ceiling “cave” built in the 1800's for storing root vegetables. She just fits through the door! Spring has kept me busy. After a very quiet and extremely grey winter, the grass and weeds are wildly … Continue reading

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Tòti Bleu’s Book

My daughter, Ashlyn Brown, has taken her precious time to edit and design a book from the 4 years of my blog postings. I am in awe of her patience and many talents. I haven't been able to look inside … Continue reading

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Attelage Vanille – Synthèse et évaluations

An enormous thank you to Jean Francois Servat for this information. He has kept detailed notes for the past two years! (I've translated the french text into english. I hope it's understandable) This lovely Comtois mare, Vanille, lives here with … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring

We had a day of sun, bearable temperatures and no wind or rain so we harnessed up Vanille and went for a walk in the forest. Tòti is closed up tight, sleeping in the back garden. Vanille is in her … Continue reading

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Rest and Reflection

    The last days of 2017 find me on the sofa, a bag of frozen peas balanced on my new knee, a fire burning in the woodstove and a grey, wet morning framed by the glass door. Outside, wet … Continue reading

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Thinking Out Loud

  Autumn in all its beauty has arrived and we have been enjoying it! We have had bright, crisp days and lovely trips with Vanille pulling the caleche. Delicious mushrooms sprinkling the grass along our trail, the Pyrenee mountains in … Continue reading

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Tòti’s first long trip

I will let the photos speak for themselves with the exception of a few details. We left home on 20 September 2017, around 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Home is at an altitude of 750 metres and during our 4 … Continue reading

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