At the age of 9, Bonnie Morris began a lifelong relationship with horses. By age 10, she was the proud guardian of her own colt and at 22, she set the wheels in motion to open her own training center. Today at Morris's Shadow Mountain Stables, she and her staff continue to bond riders and steeds within a five-acre haven that's beyond the reaches of the outside world and its persistent chorus of honking bikes. They foster interspecies rapport through various types of instruction, including lessons and summer camps that teach showmanship and horse care. Trail rides mosey through nearby woods, meadows, and grasslands overlooking Mount Rainier. Birthday parties include horseback rides or visits to the petting farm. The petting farm facilitates up-close encounters with fuzzy ferrets, giant bunnies, mini horses, and baby goats as well as the stable's fleet of horses and resident cow, Henry, who also answers to, "Look! A cow!"
To maintain lush, green yards, Steve's Yard Service powers lawn mowers with more than 10 years of experience. They spruce up home landscapes with services such as weekly mowing, flowerbed maintenance, and aeration, a process that inserts small holes into lawns to deliver nutrients to soil and increase the oxygen flow into earthworms' underground condos. Steve's staff also installs annual flowers, cleans out gutters, and trims hedges. They'll even paint a house with a color that best indicates its owner’s mood.
A gypsy rides through the crowd while standing upon two horses. Behind him follow more members of his troupe, who do back flips off their steeds and then regale spectators with fire breathing and juggling. Performed by the seventh-generation acrobats of Cavallo Equestrian Arts, this spectacle—called Ma'Ceo—often draws standing-room-only crowds every day during the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire. It's these kinds of glimpses into the Elizabethan era that fulfill the mission of bringing renaissance Europe to life. Turning the Kelley Farm into the Village of Merriwick, entertainers of all types, from courtiers to peasants, engage fairgoers with a range of acts. Flanked by her entourage, Queen Elizabeth travels through the streets, perhaps on her way to watch the jousters compete for her phone number, or perhaps to watch sprightly performers such as the Celtic fiddlers or the commedia troupe. Merchants peddle wares to passersby, talking up goods such as hand-forged weapons and armor, hand-tooled leather goods, and roasted turkey legs. Camel rides and bubble-filled buckets cater to kids, and adults can duck into two alehouses where quick-witted wenches pour draft microbrews and ciders. For guests who want to spend the whole weekend immersed in the renaissance festivities, organizers reserve a section of the grounds for tent and RV camping.
Riding is a wonderful sport to build poise, confidence, posture and a great attitude about the rest of the world. Our specialty is equitation training for the rider. We have trained many champion junior and amateur riders, some of whom have gone on to be professionals themselves.
Bedrock Industries fans the flames of collage creativity with beginners courses in mosaic art, starting with the intro to mosaic class, which covers the use of the various tools, grout, tiles, and substrates for students to create their own mosaic trivets and art panels. Other classes focus on more specific techniques, such as the glass-on-glass course, which experiments with adhering glass tiles to windowpanes or vases, or the mirror mosaic class, in which students create a mirror frame and try to beat the person looking back in a staring contest. All of the tiles used in Bedrock Industries' classes are made from 100% recycled materials and are custom-made in the studio's own tile-manufacturing plant. Check the schedule for an upcoming public class or call ahead to schedule a private lesson.
12 years of horticultural knowledge and over 5 years professionally designing gardens sets my work apart from a typical landscaper. Focus on right plant, right place, and deep understanding of my client's aesthetic using clear communication. "Planting the seeds of great design."