I stayed with Patty for about 5 weeks at the end 2014. It was a sort of ‘unofficial’ work-stay. I was put in touch with Patty through the director of a sustainability project that I was interested, which, at the time was next door to Hinchinbrook Farm Society. It worked out quite well as I was able to look after the house and animals while she was away for a little more than a week and then stay longer and assist with barn chores and the like.
It’s one thing to like animals..Patty doesn’t just like animals- she understands them in a way not many people can. Even one of her rabbits is a therapy animal. Having worked with horses for many years and understanding their role in therapy, Patty has an abundance of knowledge and experience which she is always more than happy to share with others. I myself knew almost nothing about therapeutic riding before my time at Hinchinbrook- if it’s something you are interested in, I could not think of a better place to learn.
Patty herself is a passionate and critical woman. Conversing with her is never boring and talks are seldom short and sweet, rather, they are stimulating and thought-provoking. Her house and barn are not necessarily suitable for neat freaks. Bear in mind that large dogs shed, bunnies sometimes smell and horses are big and so are their messes. Blockhouse is a quiet rural community in one of my favourite parts of Canada. It’s not the easiest thing to get around on foot, but a bike or walk on accessible trails allow for some beautiful exploration.
I am ever grateful to Patty for welcoming me into her home and busy life and It is always a pleasure to revisit when I am in her area. Anyone would be lucky to have an experience like I did at Hinchinbrook Farm Society.