Monday, August 31, 2009

Diego Frolicking

It's not easy to photograph horses. This year, the theme of the Saanich Fair is 'Horses' - so the kids were determined to get some good shots to enter in the Junior Photography category.

Being a) tiny and b) on a hill, our place is terrible for getting horse photos. The other problem is that the horses are a) friendly and b) nosey so the only thing it's easy to get a shot of is a huge horse head lunging nose-first into the camera lens.

Fortunately, a neighbour up the road has a field where we can take the horses out for a romp. The nieces positioned themselves on a small rise overlooking the field and then we turned out the three geldings. A grand frolic followed, during which Cyd (age 11) snapped this great shot of Diego.

We will duly print it at the official size (4X6) and mount it on black construction paper and drop it off with all the other art and photography projects on Thursday.
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Sunday, August 30, 2009

This week it's all about the Saanich Fair

The nieces and nephew have been visiting the farm in shifts all summer. One of the projects that's kept us all busy is getting ready for the Saanich Fair. The kids have entries in the draft horse show, the regular horse show (same horse, multi-tasking), the poultry and waterfowl section, junior fruit (apples), and household arts (best decorated birthday cake). They each also have entries in various photography, drawing, and painting categories. The last few days before the fair are full of last-minute preparations. Today, for example, we'll be addressing the princess hat addition to Aly's riding helmet (for the costume class in the horse show) and figuring out how best to affix the unicorn horn to Dinny's forehead (Dinny being the multi-tasking Haflinger).