THE RAMBLINGS OF A STRUGGLING ARTIST ON LIFE WITH TWO TERRIERS, A PONY WITH ISSUES AND OTHER WILDLIFE AND BIRDS THAT CROSS OUR PATH

9 January 2014

RAIN RESPITE


Today the dogs and I had the first walk some time where we didn't return drenched. We have got off very lightly compared with those for whom the floods have brought destruction and danger; we have merely suffered road flooding and a new damp area in the house. It was a joy to be able to use a camera again, and this morning was the first time Trigger was able to go and see his madam friends for a week. We combined his collection later this afternoon with our walk:







I like this one in black and white too:


The Devon Air Ambulance off to save someone again:


Jack found a sheep bone:


The pair of them were delighted not to battle the elements today.




The ponies heard us coming:


On the way home, Jack stole a foil food container from a bin bag, mistakenly put out on Monday when it was actually a garden waste collection day:



Trigger is looking woolly and is also enjoying the lack of rain today. I've had to dump the rope halter in favour of a more traditional one for the moment as I have a very small window of opportunity to catch him and get him out of the field, and knotting the rope one takes too long. 


We saw a sweet foal hiding in the long grass before we got home:


Over the weekend, perhaps burning the Christmas tree in the garden wasn't the best idea....




Jack has been habitually escaping from the garden so we've had to put up unattractive chicken wire on top of the wall we mistakenly thought could contain him. The only up side to this is its new status as bird perch:
 


It's raining again. Sigh. Until next time, here are those two boys working together rodent hunting. For the first time ever, I saw their intended target, who trotted out of this tussock across the path and into another. The dogs didn't notice and were still snuffling and pouncing five minutes later. Useless. 
 

48 comments:

  1. Nasty weather everywhere it seems! We are finally getting out of single digits and now hear rain is due this weekend. We don't need anymore moisture!

    Love the photo of Trigger and the Madams watching you! Lovely head shot of him also.

    Such a darling photo of Jack-sheer innocence although I'm sure that's a front.

    Your new "bird perch" is working out well. Hopefully it will contain the escaping one.

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    1. I just hope your rain doesn't freeze into ice...the last thing you need.

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  2. I do enjoy seeing the dogs playing together. My biggest regret is that I didn't have a good enough camera to snap my 2 when they were young and played like that.
    Little Jack must think he's in heaven, isn't it lovely how well they get along.

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    1. He does seem happy but is such a scamp. I can't leave him in the garden if I'm off to see a neighbour as he finds a way out whatever we do!

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  3. It looks so windswept ,rugged and beautiful!
    One of our cats in the UK once came home with a foil tin with mashed potato in it, she presented it as a gift.Lovely.
    Jane x

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    1. I'd forgotten about the cat's present thing - dogs don't do it in the same way do they? This foil thing had a bit of what looked like mashed potato crusted round the edge, so I'm so glad he didn't pass it on to me.

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  4. My photos are taken on my phone most of the time but the quality does not compare anywhere near my camera. Tonight I am sorting out my camera ready for tomorrow on the beach!

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    1. My phone is useless but am thinking of upgrading......

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  5. Love the boys double teaming the rodent !
    The first photo is perfect, the atmosphere, the layout of spaces beautiful.
    The photo of the line of trees is one of your best.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I do like the moon in that first one. I try not to over photograph Kestor but it does ask for it really.

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  6. My field just looks like the Somme EM x

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    1. I bet. Peat is very good at not going Somme-like and slides off the welly like shit off a shovel...as they say.

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  7. That's a great photo of Trigger with the sun on him. What a wonderful colour he is.

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    1. I have a thing about Chestnuts but he wasn't a great move generally, much as I love him!

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  8. Only a short respite unfortunately Em.
    Not much chance of the Christmas tree fire spreading though.{:))
    Nice shots where you have used the clouds to good effect.

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    1. The garden is sodden Roy...only resin allowed that fire to start at all.

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  9. I especially like the second and third photos--shadows.

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    1. Me too - I like the shapes the trees make.

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  10. What a wonderful bright brassy chestnut Trigger's winter coat is! And I love those bird photos too. Shame the wire hasn't contained the escape artist, but it's providing great shots for you! I hope the weather lets up - damp does become depressing quite quickly in my opinion!

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    1. Trigger is going grey in places I notice though. He's developing a white star that definitely wasn't there last year. The grey Dartmoor Madam used to be fully chestnut so maybe he'll be grey too in a year or so!

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  11. Jack has really grown- is he full size now? Love the shots of the moor and glad you haven't been flooded. We've also escaped the worst although the lane looks like a river and a road or two have been shut locally because they're under water. M cycled to work through 1/2 metre of water in one stretch this week!

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    1. I think he may fill out a bit in a year or so but I think that's it for height. Parson's Jack Russel height it seems. At least we won't have to buy him a new cage!

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  12. It's great seeing the moor in some winter sunshine. Harry and I have been coming back soaked and miserable, too, from our walks. Jack and Snippet look as though they're loving the dry weather. I love all the photos, and I particularly love the first one with the moon and the gorgeous little robin.

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    1. That fence is nice and close to the window so I'm hoping to get more nice shots of bird visitors perching there. I love that moon too. I had to walk a while to get it directly above the rocks!

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  13. I love the two black tails, all happy eagerness, as Snippet and Jack hunt in the grass!

    That is a beautiful head shot of Trigger. Such a gorgeous deep chestnut in the sun. My little chestnut NF , Ginger, is greying out into a roan just like his mother did.

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  14. Another marvelous series of photos Em. Love the ones of your dogs in action, the ponies enjoy those two, not forgetting the Moors in all their glory. I was sorry to hear about all the flooding in the UK. Do hope the weather settles down soon for everyone.

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    1. Yes - definitely for you in the States. Some of the photos we've seen on the news are like your heading into an ice age.

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  15. That should have read 'too' not 'two'. Haven't had my first cup of coffee yet ;)

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  16. I`m so envious of the scenery you have on your doorstep, Em.

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  17. Great pictures Em, particularly like the ponies. We've had some leaks too, the rain was terrible with everything wet and muddy and hardly any chance to dry anything. Tomorrow is supposed to be much better so I hope to get out with the camera to Berry Head. Love the last picture with the dog tails up.

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  18. Good to see that the seemingly relentless rain has eased up down your way and you have escaped all the awful flooding :-) Lovely pics of the canine members of your family and of course the stunning countryside and landscapes which you are so fortunate to call home. The first pic with the moon is very nice indeed :-)

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    1. Thank you David. I like it. Right place at the right time.

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  19. Lovely pictures as always. Dartmoor is just so beautiful:) I'm so glad the rain has eased off for you for a while and you escaped the worst of the flooding.

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    1. There are advantages to being this high up....water goes downhill!

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  20. Moon over Weathertop, that first one. What size lens are you using for the wide angles? They are wonderful.

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    1. I am going to reply Joanne, when I find the booklet! It's a bridge camera, so spans a HUGE range, from macro to wide angle, but doesn't print it on the outside!

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  21. The dogs seem to be enjoying running around in the sunshine again. I'm glad you haven't been to badly affected with the rain.
    Sarah x

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    1. So lovely today....blue skies and sunshine..........not for long......

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  22. Glad you were able to enjoy the sun!! It's hard to not feel energized when the weather becomes sunny after so many days of clouds, especially this time of the year! We've had rain and cold this week, and more rain for the weekend, I can't wait!! ;-)

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    1. Lots and lots of very wet BIG dogs too Kim! You must have a room full of drying towels!

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  23. What a landscape to be able to view daily , marvelous really.
    That is a neat angle that you took the photo of all the ponies, I saw just bit of a glimpse of Triggers blue rug as he was staring up from the wall.

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    1. I was up on a ridge when I took it; they hear us coming and then spot us too. They have amazing views from their field, but don't really appreciate it!

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  24. Oh how lovely to see the sunshine again on the moor, looks like it was thoroughly enjoyed by all! That picture of Jack thieving is brilliant, such a naughty puppy look!

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