12 August 2012


Last Sunday, my oldest friend and her family came to stay. The evening they arrived, we all went for a short walk after supper. The skies were amazing. I’ve talked about us living in a cloud before, but usually we just sit in a big grey mass of it. This time, the edges and individual wisps and sections were very obvious. It was slightly drizzly, creating another of those rainstumps, this time very dramatic over the rocks. Here are the pictures I took which give a pretty good idea of what it was like. I rarely get out in the evening, so it was lovely to observe the difference in light.

Betty and Lizzy were hanging around that evening with a grey gelding who was acting very proprietarily. Betty seemed happy to have him around and, in the mood for anthropomorphism, I thought they looked like a lovely family group. 

One thing that has been really lovely about writing this blog is the notice I’ve been taking of the moorland flora. I think I only thought there a few flowers out there before, but having spent a lot of time scrutinising the ground, I’ve been amazed at their numbers. Everything is miniature or stunted in height, somewhere between normal and alpine I suppose. 


Red Clover

Hawkbit seed-head

In the disastrous vegetable patch, we decided to leave a couple of last years leeks to go to seed so we could sow them next year. I’ve been waiting and waiting for them to flower and they are spectacular; about six feet tall and such a lovely subtle colour. The bees are enjoying them too!

Trigger’s eye is healing well thank goodness. The bad weather came just in time for him in terms of the reduction in fly numbers. He’s looking good and the split in his hoof is pretty much gone after Tuesday’s trimming. 

Here are some pictures of:


Blurred fun...

Completely uninterested in the ponies

Rodent hunting....


And a few things I’ve seen over the week too:

More strange clouds

That lone hawthorn again from two different angles

A sparrow-hawk out the back from rather a distance I'm afraid - Sorry!

A drinker moth I think. Bit difficult to tell to be honest!

Again, rather difficult, but a common green grasshopper is what it most looks like.

Sorry to sully proceedings but I thought these dung fungae were rather beautiful 

These three are part of the herd I had the magical experience with some weeks ago. The middle one is the one who let me scratch and stroke him. Out of their own patch, they were far more wary

I may not manage to post before we go to London next week but I’ll make sure I take the camera. We’re staying with friends who live near the Olympic park so we’re going to try and have a look round. Origami boy wants to go on the London Eye so, as the person who doesn’t suffer as badly with vertigo, I’m the one having to accompany him. I grew up in London, only coming here ten years ago, and I only really look forward to viewing it through my son’s young, Devon-born eyes. His life is SO rural, it must be incredibly exciting for him. So, till next time and hoping Olympic cold turkey isn’t too painful!


  1. Love the photos, Em. The eye is looking so much better. Um so this is what leaving my leeks would produce in the way of a flower, if left? how pretty.

    1. I'm thinking of growing them just for the flowers next year. I've never had much luck with ornamental allium bulbs so this is obviously the way to go!

  2. Love the pics of Snippet. I think we have a distant cousin here. I call her Gnasher, but her name is really Delilah. She is a poodle crossed with a schnauzer, but I would never have guessed about the schnauzer.

    1. Snip is Patterdale crossed with Lakeland terrier, but obviously the outcome is very similar!

  3. What lovely photos and so many of them to drool over and get my Dartmoor fix! I loved the contrast between the acid colours of the moor grass and the soft grey cloud and muted green background in photo 6 or so.

    Enjoy London - I bet your son is over the moon at going.

    1. He is. I do wish we had a helicopter though; it's SUCH a long journey with a sore back! Don't forget to send your address so I can get that photo off to you. Perhaps you didn't get the when you get a minute.

  4. Gorgeous photos as ever. I love the Dartmoor rainbow.
    Trigger`s eye does look well healed. One of ours has needed treatment for a fly induced sticky eye this week. He has a fly mask but his friends keep pulling it off!

    Have fun in London. I would love to see the Olympic Park while the flower meadows are still in bloom.

    Did you know there is an exhibition about the development of the horse on at the British Museum? It has had very good reviews.

    1. I didn't know, no. I would love to see it but, sadly, due to a pending WW2 project at school, we're going to the Imperial War Museum instead. I'll have a look at the details on-line instead so thank you for the tip!

  5. What beautiful photos of the moor! I especially love the one with Betty and the grey gelding.

  6. So glad you like them. I like that one of the ominous sky best!

  7. Some great photos again! Especially love the rainbow and the three ponies standing together! Your dog looks fun! My landlady accepts cats, but not dogs unfortunately.

    1. He's a huge amount of fun but is missing his London border terrier friend now we're back....time to get him another dog perhaps!

  8. What absolutely GORGEOUS photographs. It makes me think of Wuthering Heights. You live in a lovely part of the world.

    A friend of mine is in London right now. If you see her, please say hello to her for me. ;-) Have a wonderful time!

    1. It is a stunning part of the world and, despite the rain we've just come back to, I'm so glad to be home. It was unbearably hot in London and we're just not set up for hot weather with air conditioning in this country!


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