City Girl Country Girl

Susan Sheldon's Photograph of A Pacific Northwest Equestrian Property

I’m so thrilled to share this news with you. My Ted will be going off leash! No more Ted city walk! Or …please walk like a little gentleman! I’ ll confess to everyone here. I have no idea what I’m doing!

My Hunter Boots have real mud on them! Ted rolled in horse poop! I bought a farm!

Susan Nolen's Hunter Boots and Hobb's High heels

Hunter Boots and Hobb’s High heels

Well, is it a farm? No animals to see or hear. But there’s five acres in the Pacific Northwest. A horse ranch? Three stalls in the stables. An equestrian estate sounds way too posh!! What would you call it?

It’s a huge change for me!  I’ve only been in the country twice. Once in Provence amongst fabulous wineries and then once in Mexico on a bird ranch. Not the greatest qualifications for this City Girl to survive where people drive real tractors not just Chelsea Tractors!

I hope to keep you posted and ask for loads of help! Because out here Starbucks is a  15 minute drive! I can’t walk to it. ( Well,  actually I can. According to Google it will only take me three hours!)

My first task is a name. I’ve been calling it Hope Farm, but that sounds like a rehabilitation centre! So I ll be asking for ideas!! Please!!  Help me name this farm!  Here’s the view to the bottom meadow and the woods.

Susan Sheldon's Photograph of a Meadow


Ted is over the moon. He can’t believe he can actually roll about in deer droppings. Grass!! In the meanwhile, here’s  a shot of Ted leaving the stables! Where’s the horses? Where’s my ball?

Susan Sheldon's photograph of Ted The wire Fox Terrier leaving the stables


About susan sheldon nolen

It’s rare to catch me without coffee, a form of camera, or my beloved wire fox terriers. I love the history, the art, and it’s a massive part of my life, as I either paint, write, or get interrupted by my dogs, reminding me of the real world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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24 Responses to City Girl Country Girl

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    How exciting! You (and Ted!) will have lots of fun exploring.

  2. Pat Morrow says:

    Call it “Teds place”

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  3. Yvonne says:

    The Rolling Ted Place.

  4. June says:

    Best of luck with your new farm life – I reckon it will be so exciting as you add veg and animals little by little. Enjoy!

    • June Thank you so much! So far it’s pretty amazing. I am not sure what I am going to add at this point. I hope you follow along and see what happens. I hope I don’t hightail back to the city! 🙂

  5. Congratulations on your new home, that must be wonderful to have some elbow room. At least it looks very tempting from the middle of Seattle. Seeing this post is a tad ironic for me because I have a friend who lives in Kitsap County and she’s in the process of trying to buy her grandma’s small farm right now and I have my fingers crossed for her.

    I hope you stumble upon the perfect name for your homestead!

  6. yprior1 says:

    great news! the photo with the boots/heels is perfect! how cool to wing it like this – and you can do it… yes…. big change… but it might awaken a side of you that needs to be tapped into…
    and does this mean you will have horses too?
    and the name?
    I agree – the Hope part really does sound rehab – like.

    So just thinking of some names..

    when I read Ted is off leash – that phrase really resonated with me. the feeling/sound of being “off leash” is universally appealing and maybe you could add something like that in the name.

    In the 1990’s – we used to go to a CO ranch called “lost valley ranch” and they also had a branded logo with “LVL” but they reversed the first L so it is a palindrome and it is a cool name and logo….
    so as you pick the name, consider the initials… 🙂 which I am sure you will dear SSN!

    and these pic ideas are just for fun…..

    • Hi Prior I am hoping to get horses. Rescue horses not to ride but to just enjoy being. Loved the off leash concept. That’s how I feel there. I just don’t want to leave! Ted looks at me and you can tell he’s thinking. What get into the car? We just got here! Mind you that’s four hours later and without furniture to sit on! That’s a long time!!

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      • yprior1 says:

        sounds like so much to do – and the rescue horses – awe….. and I look forward to hearing what name you come up with – but the right name really will make it that much more special 🙂 –

      • Not good news on the horses. Insurance issues… What a shame..

      • prior says:

        oh that stinks! and we had some friends who were in a similar situation. They bought this house with some acres in a small town called “mankin sabot” here in VA – and down not he property it had a dozen horse stalls and all this stuff for horses. It sat empt for 8 years and it was partly due to the cost – but also the time – they were busy with other things and also for them – horses were a like/love – but not a passion – and whew, they can be so much work.
        but I am sorry it will not work out right now for your rescue – but who knows what will change down the road –

      • Thanks Prior…It’s probably for the best right now. I still have to find my way around the property! Let alone have a horse telling me what to do! Onwards! 🙂

      • prior says:

        🙂 – yes – too much can be overwhelming – but you have such nice heart to think of the rescue idea….

      • Thanks Prior…I hope it will still be a good idea! Be a win for me and for some horses! Fingers crossed eh. Early Days yet! 🙂

      • prior says:

        yes – and the city withdrawals can be very real – you might just have to get a hotel in the city one of these nights to get a dose of it and then go back to the farm….

  7. Cameron says:

    Congratulations! What gorgeous land, and rescue horses… Something writerly for a name? Or have you named it, and I haven’t caught up yet?

  8. Congratulations! What an adventure. And no sidewalks. 🙂 It does take a while to adjust to country life, but it’s worth it.

    You and Ted will have fun meeting the local wildlife. A cottontail rabbit join me for coffee this morning. Very exciting.

    Good luck with the naming of your new home.

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