“Become dust - & they will throw thee in the air; Become stone - & they will throw thee on glass." Muhammad Iqbal *Beyond the bushes, boiling with dust, is 4Shoes West boundary road.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Santa has Sent Us Some Spirit!

Remember that rare & wonderful winter that, just 10 days ago, I was riding along in on a daily basis? & wearing just my jeans, a sweatshirt & a vest no less.
Whelp, that's all over now.
WINTER arrived in the True North Strong & Free yesterday.
 Tiny flakes you could barely see started to fall just around dawn; the flakes got bigger, & thicker, & Mr Shoes had to bust out the plow. He cleaned the barnyard, then the drive & the lane. Then he plowed the gravel mile out to the market road so that Boot could get to work last night; we are one of only 2 places on a 2 mile stretch of road so the grader doesn't get around to us til last. At each end of the 2 miles stretch is a market road that the graders must always try to keep clear before starting on any of the cross roads.
The 4Shoes is in 4 wheel drive country, yo. Serious. 
So pretty right? But a little bit Bah Humbug too.
 Boot arrived home this morning to report that the highway had been 'gnarly going' last night & that the grader is out now but it had blocked access to our road with a huge ridge of snow. He had to go up another 2 miles to find a place wide enough to turn around, then backtrack out to the highway, go up that way a piece & turn onto another market road to access our road from the other side; it was a fight all the way for his little car to power through the drifts, but he made it & only had to go 9 miles out of his way to get home. Phew.
Guess Mr Shoes will be out on the plow again today - this time clearing all 2 miles of RM road.
Don't feel sorry for him; like most boys, at least the first few times he 'gets to' drive his plow each year he is almost gleeful. Coffee in hand & a toque set jauntily back on his head, he heads out to the shop with a goofy smile on his face.
God love him, because I surely do.
It's a good thing I just laundered Manic's clothes because that crazy little bitch* thought it was cold a week ago.  *It's not swearing when it's a technical term.
Now we're really getting into the Christmas spirit alright!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The Seat of Power

Linda over @ Beautiful Mustang has written a really great post & I encourage you to pop over & give it a read. Even if most of it is just a matter of refreshing your memory, your body (& your horse) will thank you for the effort.
Beautiful Mustang

Saturday, 12 December 2015

I'm Just her Laundry Lady

Have you ever had to do laundry because your dog's favourite clothes were dirty?
Manic waiting patiently for the dryer....  Even a mild winter is chilly to a nearly naked MinPin.

Monday, 7 December 2015

A Rare & Wonderful Winter

4pm - Enjoying a brisk 6 mile jog, mane EVERYwhere, the low sun setting off the fire in the Morgan's coat.

We're currently enjoying an unseasonably warm December & you won't catch me complaining. There is far less snow than usual; seeing grassy patches is rare for this time of year, especially in this part of the country. We've been taking full advantage of the clear skies & mild afternoons to ride; I think my chestnut's coat looks just stunning in the lazy brilliance of the late sun.
A mile further on, now headed North, the sun traces our horseback outline against the standing brush.
I should be Christmas shopping, or baking, or folding clothes... but I'd much rather throw a leg over a good horse & feel some wind in my face as we rock along the roadside, & I doubt I'm alone in that. Here's hoping that you too are able to enjoy some invigorating winter riding, wherever you are!

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Do You See What I See?

"Let us love Winter, for it is the Spring of Genius." ~ Pietro Aretino

"The Cat is a Puzzle for which there is no Solution." ~ Hazel Nicholson

"The Horse, through all its trials, has preserved the sweetness of paradise in its blood." ~ Johannes Jensen

"God made the Cat in order that Man may have the pleasure of caressing the Lion." ~ Fernand Mery

"Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really." ~ Agnes Sligh Turnbull

"Horse, Thou are truly a creature without equal, for Thou fliest without Wings & Conquerest without Sword." ~ The Koran

"When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator."
~  Mahatma Gandhi