I'm a grown woman, I'm married, and I pay taxes. I have grey in my hair.
And I lurrrrve Heartland.
No apologies #notsorry
Like millions of pony mad tweens across the world, I am a devotee of the Canadian Tv series and now seems as good a time as any to have a massive love fest all over my blog and outline just why it is such a treat. If you're a fan too, maybe you'll agree, or share your own reasons for loving Heartland, and if you haven't seen it yet, maybe this will encourage you to get on it asap.
SPOILER ALERT: References up to the end of Season 8. If you don't want to know, look away now and come back when you're caught up!
Set in Alberta, with the Rockies as a backdrop, Heartland is the Mother lode when it comes to stunning scenery. It also pays gorgeous tribute to the farm and country lifestyle. The cattle, harvest season and fence mending all creep into the background and the story.
My fixation with bodywarmers has only been fuelled by Amy's adorable wardrobe, which also leans heavily on jeans, boots and heavy-knit cardigans. She is my wardrobe soulmate, except much more stylish (and clean) obvs.
Modern Woman by Matthew Barber, Dreamer by Jenn Grant, and Eyes Wide Open by M'Girl are just a few of the best. If you heard something you loved, here is a great list of the soundtrack so you can find it.
Amy and Ty, Ashleigh and Caleb, Lisa and Jack, Lou and Peter - there is no shortage of beautiful, romantic weddings at Heartland, all with their own little touches. Amy wearing her cowboy boots under her dress and arriving on Spartan, Lou and Peter's sleigh horses, Ashleigh's short dress (typical rebel) and Lisa and Jack's tying the knot at dusk.
Of course! Copper, Spartan, Ghost, Pal, Shorty, Sugarfoot, Harley and Phoenix to name a few. And the nicest thing is that they stick around. Characters are loyal to their horses and don't change them like underwear. The riding scenes are really good too. Big efforts have been made to show decent horsemanship.
Snow storms, fall leaves and blazing sunshine bring the seasons to life on the series and make us long for hot chocolate in winter, crisp rides in autumn and galloping around the fields in summer.
He's grumpy, sarcastic and he tells it like it is. Grandpa Jack keeps everyone on the right track.
Your mum gets killed in a tragic accident, your boyfriend brings another girl home, a client tries to sue you - what do you do? You go ride your horse. Cowgirls don't cry.
The end. If you love Heartland like I love Heartland - come join the fun on my Facebook page.
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