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

27 October 2014

EQUINE FRIENDS


These three are firm friends;Diamond and, er, two others.  Diamond was whinnying for them and looking around when I first saw him:



He soon found one of them:


Then two were three:


A lot of bonding went on:





Here two of them are, relaxing with a grown up:


Two mares grooming:




The sky was stormy in the distance. My favourite kind of light for photography: sun in the foreground and dark skies in the background. The colours really were this vibrant.


The Kestrel has been around again:



These next ones are just views of the landscape over the last week; different every day and one of the reasons I love this place so much. 









That's my shadow in the early morning sun: 


Half term is in full swing although OB is completely exhausted after his week in Brixham. He had a fantastic time and I'm SO grateful to his teacher for getting him through it. A child with Aspergers can be a challenge in new situations with big challenges. They wrote a postcard home on the first evening and OB wrote:

'I want to cry. I'm very homesick. I will try and cry before bed. I love you.'

As I reached for the car keys, I read the note his teacher had written on the edge of the card saying that this was a temporary blip and that he was fine. I reluctantly put the keys back. A brilliant example of the Aspergers mind: not thinking of the impact actions might have. I was SO pleased to have him home on Friday. He was very tearful as he was missing his friends that night. Much better now and he and his friend staying with us were so tired tonight they crawled up to bed at 7.30 and were both asleep ten minutes later! Right, I'd better light the fire or we will have no hot water tomorrow. So, until next time, have a great week and here are my very active canine boys.



46 comments:

  1. Would you like another very active canine to go with your two, only female? Pops is driving us mad! Clearly going through a crazy teenage stage.
    SO glad all went well for OB and you now have him home and half term to enjoy. Love the pic of the blue sky behind the grey pony. And you have sun! We do not :o( xx

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    1. Perhaps we should do a temporary swap? See if their respective partners can lick them into shape!

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  2. Glad to hear OB is grand now. Love all the horses. their manes are glorious. the scenery is fantastic, a wonderful atmospheric place to live.

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    1. I wish my mane was more like theirs Margaret.

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  3. What a beautiful world!
    Love those curly forelocks.

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    1. Aren't the curl's sweet? I'm assuming they'll grow out of it though.

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  4. A relief to hear that OB survived Going Away (bravo that teacher) and I bet you were glad to get him home. Superb horse photos - Diamond is such a sweetheart. Every time I see your photos of the moor, they just pull at my heart strings . . .

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    1. Diamond is very inquisitive and has a lovely character. I think he'd be good for domestication....I hate the word 'breaking'.

      The cards are being printed as I write....

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  5. beautiful photos as always. I particularly enjoy the ponies as they remind me of my natives. The rainbow is awesome and I always like to see the dogs charging about having a great time.

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    1. I love the way the rainbows when the sun is low are so wide like that. The dogs are driving me mad at the moment as they don't get the same level of walking when OB's around!

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  6. Oh that blue sky! Have a great half term week.

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  7. I saw a rainbow recently as well. OB's letter...awwww.

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    1. Who's have thought he was actually having a great time.

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  8. Wonderful photos! Loved the ponies and moor shots so much.

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    1. It's a magical landscape, especially as the seasons turn.....well all the time really!

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  9. Em, I love the land you live in.
    I've mentioned the rocky outcrop before; I is exactly as I picture Weathertop in Tolkien's, Strider and the hobbits and the dark riders.
    Beautiful rainbow, too.

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    1. Do you know they're doing 'Weathertop' Lego now? Everything must be commercialised it seems.

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  10. Breathtaking shots of the horses, landscape, and silly pups. ♥

    Good to hear you and your OB are together where the tears will dry and turn to smiles. =0)

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  11. Well done OB! That was no mean feat being away from home!
    Jane x

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    1. He did so well. Everything came home bar a really unpleasant woolly hat and it all fitted back in the case, as practiced the week before!

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  12. awwww , what a sweet sad story. But what a feat that he stayed. Good job by all.

    The horse photos are so beautiful.... so very beautiful.
    Luck you for living in such a wonderful place.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. He's fine now if still a bit tired. Because of his tics, he requires a third more food again than a 'normal' child and came home having lost weight! I'm not one for advocating eating between meals but he has to and they didn't do it there. I should have said something but it never occurred to me. He's so slim anyway that a few pounds makes quite a difference to him!

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  13. Em, I find your attitude to Asperger's so very uplifting.

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    1. I try to keep positive. I'm reading a book about executive functioning at the moment which I think will help us a lot.....as recommended by GOSH.

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  14. Fabulous photos Em and I'm so happy OB enjoyed his week in Brixham. I remember going to Ilfracombe for a week when I was about ten with the school, and stayed in a room with three friends, one started crying which started us all off.

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    1. I went to the Isle of White for that week; it must have been 1974. Very few memories of it and none of them particularly positive I'm afraid. VERY pleased OB's experience was so different.

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  15. So glad to OB enjoyed his trip away, and well done you. Lovely photos of the ponies.

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    1. Thanks Chickpea. I'm very, very proud of him.

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  16. Being alive and in tune with the world around you Em is always heartbreaking, children always wring our hearts, but then everything is so precious, and capturing the mood of the landscape or ponies which you do so well is the point of our 'aliveness'. Not sure I put that in its proper form, but lovely photos.....

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    1. I liked it in whatever form it took!

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  17. I love the stormy dark skies with sunshine in your images Em, just beautiful, you are right such a changeable place, it never looks the same from week to week, or even day to day. Love the pony pictures.

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    1. Thank you. Let's hope it's not raining next week!

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  18. Lovely photos!! So glad that OB had a great time.

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  19. Hi Em, I am glad OB had a good week. His teacher sounds wonderful too. Your pictures are as ever absolutely wonderful - I really admire your photography. And the setting is just so beautiful. I am having a real crisis of "Why do I live in the city?" at the moment - they come and go these feelings! xxxL

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    1. I'm not sure I'd have the courage to do it now and I;m not quite sure how we found it then! Leaving our jobs and heading to the unknown. Working from home wasn't such an easy option then. I honestly don't miss the city at all. xx

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  20. Glorious captures of beautiful horses and sweet moments. Thank you so much for sharing. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada.

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    1. Hi Linda, Sorry! I only just got this comment. Lovely to have you pop by. I love hearing form Canadians as it's somewhere I've always wanted to visit. I had the chance as a child as my Great uncle lived in Toronto but never took him up on it as he was extremely boring and I was only ever invited on my own!

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  21. Beautiful photos Em, those stormy skyscapes are just my cup of tea and I love the one of the pony and the dark, menacing sky in the background.

    Glad to hear that you and your family are reunited once more and best wishes to you all :-)

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    1. We had similar skies today at one point but no owl unfortunately....see the latest post!

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  22. Oh Em the captures of the ponies on the moors always delight me , actually all your photos are always wondrous . Gorgeous scenery ~and that rainbow , what a treat.
    Nice to hear OB has an insightful teacher and is adjusting to the new situation.

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  23. Em these photos are amazing. What a beautiful series of images to share!

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