What stunning weather, just as the children are back at school; typical. Today I have seen about ten lizards scuttling into the long grass, more butterflies than there have been all year, a profusion of flitting Emperor Dragonflies and, to my utter amazement, a new foal – number 10. He looks about three or four weeks old but I’ve never seen him before and he’s clearly way, way behind all the others. Very sweet. I do hope he’s going to be alright over winter being so small.
Lots of the others were there, either trying to hide from the sun, or basking in it.
The herd from a distance, at Middle Tor
Hiding in the shade
Lizzy, just woken up
On the 22nd of August last year, I had my accident and I had intended to mark the anniversary on the day by walking to the site with Trigger. However, Origami boy’s social life prevented it so I went there today. Too hot for Trigger and I couldn’t face fighting off the flies, so Snippet and I went on our own. I lay in the grass to take a picture of what I could see that day as I tried not to face the implications of the fact that I could feel nothing from the waist down. To be honest, despite the fractured neck, two spinal fractures and a vertebra which had basically exploded, I was in no pain whatsoever and, had I not been alerted to the seriousness of the injuries by the numbness, I would probably have tried to get up, with disastrous consequences. Every cloud…
The following pictures are a bit boring so I apologise in advance! I’m very, very lucky to be alive, let alone walking, and I do appreciate that every day still. The pain from the surgery is still ongoing, particularly in the evening and I think I’ll be very lucky to ever be pain free, but you never know ; I have to be positive! Brace yourself for some stunning photography.....
This is the path where we started cantering....
Just here, something spooked him and he shot off at a gallop, unbalancing me, and then proceeded to buck for the first time ever. I flew off over his head, landed on mine, resulting in those compression injuries, ending up on my back holding an empty bridle with my right foot in the corresponding armpit....very lucky not to break that leg too!
This is where the Devon Air Ambulance landed, about 50 yards behind me. I never saw it as I was carried in head first in a neck brace. I owe them my life amongst many other people.
This was my view, lying in the grass. I know I didn't black out as I remember watching Trigger disappearing over the horizon.....very touching! Champion the wonder horse he's not.
More boring than I thought having loaded them…..
Here are a few more interesting pictures from the last few days:
Small Tortoiseshell on our pot of Marjoram
One of our neighbour's honey bees on the same
My favourite spot at the river where you can lie on a rock in the middle and listen to the water raging past
Dying grass in the morning sun
The moor is going brown
Kestor in the sun today
A particularly attractive cow
That raging water
Until next time, have a lovely weekend wherever you are. I think it’s looking good for the
UK and we're building a shed for Trigger's 'stuff'.