Wednesday, July 28, 2010

an interview with sandra of world's end farm

i hereby give you my interview with sandra of this and that. i recently visited her beautiful home and saw her gorgeous horses and we had an afternoon blog camp of sorts that you can read about here if you haven't already. here are her answers to my questions...

1.  the very best horse you ever had...

I have several favorites, but other than the first I had as a child, I have to say the gray Arabian gelding, Shaka. He was a willful, prideful animal who taught me I am in charge only if I am respectful and if I ask politely. And then I am granted an equal partnership at best. A little humility is good for a person. I think more people would benefit from a Shaka in their lives!

2.  you must share the recipe for your fabulous white sangria.

If I must! I like to use citrus, but apples, cherries, etc.
can be used as well.

cut into thin slices and place in 4 qt pitcher:
3 oranges
3 lemons
3 limes
Add to pitcher:
Peel and quarter 4-5 peaches or nectarines
Dice about 1 cup of fresh pineapple
About 1 pint of strawberries
Fold in about 1/2 cup of sugar (to your taste) and allow to macerate for an hour or so.
Pour 3 bottles of chilled dry white wine and about a half cup of brandy or cognac.
Cover and chill for at least 3-4 hours. I let it sit overnight. 

The sangria in the photo was made with cherries. I don't like it as well.

3.  if you could never watch t.v. ever again, would you miss it? and what would you miss?

Initially, yes. But I don't watch a lot of TV as it is. I would miss the noise in the background I think. The idea of it bothers me more than the actual doing of it would. I believe that is so.

4.  what is the most outlandish thing someone requested in your horse business? (if you can tell without naming names.)

Oh you know the business! Mostly it's just been a series of egocentric requests from boarders. Everyone always thinks they are the only person with a horse. It was interesting to consider this while I cared for 36 horses and someone would want me to spend the time grazing their horse for 15 minutes, with incremental increases each day to ease the beast onto pasture. I had nothing else to do.

I had someone rewrite my boarding contract to suit her wishes. Ya, that will work.

I was asked by someone I know to allow a stranger to me (and a relatively inexperienced person) to come out and ride my Lipizzan crosses so this person could experience baroque horses. Put your dime in the slot and ride the pony. I had to give her credit for the chutzpah. I said 'no'.

My breeding clients were mostly reasonable people and buyers are what they are. But boarders are a whole different breed of cat. Something happens within the brain when a person (woman) gets a horse. This is a broad brush statement and doesn't apply across the board, but I'm telling you.... After twenty years in the business I have probably heard and seen it. I will say the trend that has come up in recent years to take a horse off the farm on trial is something I consider a bold request. But it has become commonplace.

5.  if you could be a presidential advisor, what would you advise?

Get a spine. Or at least a set of principles. People who straddle the fence end up with a sore groin and little else.

6.  the best thing about living in the country?

No close neighbors.

7.  the worst thing about living in the country?

No close neighbors!

I live in a politically conservative part of the state. It can be tough to be surrounded by Tea Party types. So I guess my answer is, I am somewhat isolated. I guess this is why I started reading blogs.

8.  what do you do about the flies? (we have a serious fly problem around here and i had totally forgotten about that.)

I hate to say this, but I have never found a good solution. It is part of the bargain. Some years are worse than others and this has been an awful year for the buggers. In the barn I am very low tech:  fly strips! I do put fly masks on the horses. It is not much, but it does keep them out of their eyes. I shy away from chemicals, so the only other thing I can suggest is a good fly swatter.

9.  if you could travel anywhere (and not worry about the horses), where would you go?

This is a tough question for me, as I have been so narrow in my scope for so long I hardly consider something like this anymore. A trip to Saint Paul has become an adventure for me. I would like to go to France for the food, Italy for the countryside. Ireland because my mother talks of it so much. I am no longer interested in far flung and exotic. Comfort. Food. Culture. I'd be pleased to go to Denmark. Truth be told, I'd be pleased to go to Des Moines! 

10. comfort food?

Yes, please. Fried chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy. Anything baked that contains butter and sugar. You cannot live in a cold climate and not appreciate the starch and fat of comfort food. It's just not sane.

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sandra, thank you so much for sharing your answers, tho' frankly, i'm a little disappointed about the flies. they're really bad here this year and we have stocked up on fly swatters. one in every sure to visit sandra's blog!


kristina - no penny for them said...

hi julie! really enjoyed reading this! only trouble - the images don't show up, no matter if i go to your blog directly or use the bloglovin' feed. funny that...

julochka said...

please let me know if the pictures are ok now, everybody! they're fine on my end, but it's really weird!!

stephanie said...

I love the strangest request question. People are so hilarious in business transactions sometimes. I would have a really hard time being nice to folks that got all crazy when trying to board their animal. Thanks for sharing these interviews with all of us!


wonderful interview -well done you !

kristina - no penny for them said...

looking good now - all pics up at my end... :)

Char said...

that horse is just gorgeous!!!

Jess said...

We always used to fill a ziploc bag about half way with water and tack it near the top of a doorway/entryway. It seemed to help with flies. Not sure if it *really* works...but there's a lot of those in the south.

The Queens Table said...

By choice we have been without television for a year and a half now. You really do not miss it and the world is a much happier place!

Nice series of interviews...mmmm fried chicken....pancakes and sangria! said...

Oh, I enjoyed this interview very much. I must go "meet" Sandra in person now on her blog. (I came home from camping to find the biggest fly I've ever seen in my kitchen! Where did that come from and what has it been eating in my kitchen while I was gone to get that huge?)