Those of you who have been following this blog for a LONG time might remember tiny Foal number 3 from the first lot of foals I followed back in 2012. He was born in March of that year and here he is back then with his mum:
He is the only remaining member of that herd. Most have gone for meat I imagine. So sad. I haven't dared ask what became of Lizzy and Betty. I know the farmers who owned them have got rid of their ponies because they're just not viable. Anyway, depressing thoughts aside, today I saw Foal number two who must be just two himself now, indulging in some Alan Bates and Oliver Reed style shenanigans with one of last year's colts.
Will he ever get any bigger? Probably not.
On Sunday, I saw a very big herd of yearlings with some mares and geldings in the rain and mist. SO nice to see so many of them together.
This afternoon I took Trigger down to spend the night with the Madams. The leading lady heard us coming:
As soon as Trig gets through the gate, he rolls and rolls:
What a mess:
A ewe and her lamb have taken up residence in the field but every time I go down there, the lamb looks keen to escape:
Caught in the act.
The Sparrows in the garden are incapable of eating with their mouths closed:
The Magpies are getting more brave but rarely dare to actually take any food; just looking.
I can't take too many Nuthatch pictures........in my opinion anyway!
You'll be inundated with Meadow Pipits too this summer I'm afraid. I like Kestor all blurry in the background of this one:
On Saturday we all went to our Tourettes group meeting in Exeter. It was a pretty poor show which is really sad. At first there were quite a few boys of OB's age there but they've gradually fallen away leaving a small core of young adults. I really fear for its survival.
Tomorrow I'm taking some card samples to a local shop in Chagford to see if they would be interested in stocking them and I really will get organised selling them here as well soon. It's just been so busy. So until next time, here are the dogs in our beautiful landscape - my sanity.
Love the magpie, what a handsome fellow! Mine do an early morning raid on the bird food, stuffing their beaks, but we don't see them again until next morning.ReplyDelete
I think these are the same ones that hang around Trigger when he's eating too.Delete
That last photo of the dogs in all that vast, empty but beautiful space just evokes such yearnings in me. I'm not sure for what, but I feel the same when I sit on the cliffs and gaze out to the sea. Must be the adventurer in me! Wonderful! Our house finches and sparrows have developed a taste for grape jelly(jam) which I actually put out for the orioles.ReplyDelete
I never think to put our sugary stuff but I'm sure they'll eat anything. I feel that yearning every time I go out Chris.Delete
It's getting busy bird wise now as they are returning from their winters hols.Oh, I do LOVE magpies..thanks for the fix. I love the pic of Jack watching the ponies.ReplyDelete
Magpies certainly split the population. I like them too - that flash of iridescence is so exciting I think.Delete
So lovely to see your beautiful photos of the horses, they look as though they are having a wonderful time! Good luck with the card sales, I hope that it goes really well for you. xxReplyDelete
Not bad....Snippet will be sold in the shop!Delete
Ouch for the meadow pipit on that prickly plant.ReplyDelete
The dogs crash through the stuff too and never seem to get hurt. It's agonising!Delete
The first phot reminds me of a novel I read when I was 14ReplyDelete
I've emailed you the cover I think you mean....xDelete
The leading lady is lovely, as is Trigger.ReplyDelete
That spiky plant looks wicked!
That leading lady can be quite nasty.....I've nearly been kicked a couple of times!Delete
Another enjoyable post from start to finish -- I love seeing all the ponies and the birds, the magpies were always my favorites when we lived in Alaska. But I'm sorry about your group not being so well attended, I'll hope that it change, and I hope you have a good week.ReplyDelete
You too Kim. I'd love to see Magpies in Alaska!Delete
Ah your sanity = same as my sanity! Aren't we lucky to live somewhere so beautiful? Thanks for the lovely pics!ReplyDelete
I couldn't cope without it!Delete
It is like a great photo story unfolding with all those pics of ponies, living their lives in such a bleak landscape (I know it is beautiful but it can be very hard at times).ReplyDelete
Hard for us too in winter! Now though, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.Delete
Wonderful to see at least one of your foals growing up and thriving!ReplyDelete
The Colt Games of Spring.......my NF geldings played these together when they were youngsters and they still do. This week I caught the 16 year old and the seven year old nipping ankles and trying to get each other down on their knees!
I never expected it to be that foal funnily enough. I still have no idea who he and his mother belong to as they're not branded or marked. They are absolutely tiny! I love the idea of your NF geldings playing at that age.Delete
That's a nice picture of the horse in the mist - very atmospheric.ReplyDelete
Nothing like a bit of mist to blur any photographic mistakes!Delete
Really enjoyed your post today. I remember foal #3 he looks so much like his Mum.
When I see Jack with the horses, it looks likes his manners are better, or not ?
I am also so envious of your bird photos. You make me want to be a better photographer.
Jack is getting better VERY slowly. He's such a strong character!Delete
Lovely photos of the ponies and the birds. Still no nuthatches here, so I'll just enjoy the sight of yours!ReplyDelete
I can't resist them Wendy. Not quite sure why they set the pulse racing but they do!Delete
Always love the Dartmoor madams. So sad to hear many of the ponies went to horse meat. Something I don't think I could ever eat.ReplyDelete
We've had horrid storms and tornadoes. Haven't gotten my latest batch of photos sized yet to post.
Glad to hear you've made it through the tornado Gail. As for horse meat, I'd be quite happy to eat it if it was all done properly. There are so many horses and ponies in this country being abandoned because people can't afford to keep them. At least if they were being raised for meat they'd be well looked after!Delete
A very enjoyable study on the Dartmoor Ponies Em, and along with your other lovely photos, they all make another marvelous post.ReplyDelete
I got some shots of a foal yesterday which I'll post tomorrow. Probably the only one we'll see this year.Delete
Love the Dartmoor ponies - great photos (and still so envious of your nuthatch!!!). Sorry to hear that support for OB's group is fading away :( Do hope more attend of OB's age.ReplyDelete
re: your last post - sounds like you had a lovely day out :) Love the Yellow Archangel photo and the Rusty Ducks :)
I'm trying to feel the love for yellow Archangel but it's fast taking over my dry shade border. I keep tearing it out and it keeps coming back. No sign of the dreaded Enchanter's Nightshade yet but I know it's in there somewhere.....Delete
it always looks as though the horses and dogs are having such fun gallivanting around... your images are great. hope all is well. have a great day~ReplyDelete
Today could have been better! Hope tour's is going swimmingly. XDelete
I have so loved watching the ponies on the moors the past year .ReplyDelete
Sad to know some go for meat .
The madam at Triggers field is quite a good looking mare.
She looks much better for being alert like that; she can be a bit of a lump when she's relaxed!Delete
What a splendid series of pictures. How wild Dartmoor is compared to the very tame hills of the Shropshire/Welsh Marches. All we have is sheep and raptors. Wonderful raptors like red kite, buzzard and goshawks, praise be.ReplyDelete
How great to see Red Kites! Very envious.Delete
I love horses and seeing the ponies has been great, although I don't want to think about what has happened to some of them! Great pictures of Trigger and love to see all your visiting birds, the Meadow Pipit is a beautiful subject...happy to see more.ReplyDelete
They're like tiny Thrushes close up - so pretty.Delete
It must be sad getting to know the ponies on the moor and then seeing them no more. Lovely pictures of the ponies. What a shame if the Tourettes group meeting in Exeter continues to receive lower numbers. We always try to avoid Exeter on Saturdays as the traffic is always bad from this end. Sarah xReplyDelete
I miss those two I mentioned so much. They were very special and I was offered the foal by the farmers in question but had nowhere to put her and no money to keep her either!Delete
The mare and foal in the second photo and the sheep series are wonderful! Do the farmers cull wild ponies? All best to you Em.ReplyDelete
They sell them for meat on the continent where they are far less squeamish than us about eating it than us!Delete