She's a Haflinger (an Austrian breed), and mum's new pony. After the very sad start we had to the new year when we lost our mare Lou, I am hoping Shanti will prove to be a new chapter for ma and her riding.
Ted is more than used to horses (too used to them- he can often be found sitting nonchalantly under their bellies), but Poppy isn't, and today she came face-to-face with Coco, our rescue pony. I rather think she was glad of the fence between them.....
After that she spent the remainder of the time we were there chasing and being chased by Dylan...
They had Great Fun and she was gratifyingly exhausted when we got home.
The sun was shining this morning which made for some nice photos....
|Single Apple left on the tree|
|Daphne growing outside the house. Wish I could take a picture of the smell- it's heavenly.|
|Robin in the sun|
Talking of wild things, we had some sad news from The Chalk over the weekend- Vera, one of the sheep, has had to be put to sleep due to a dicky heart. She was losing condition and starting to limp badly and really wasn't looking at all good when I saw her last. Animal husbandry does have these sad moments. So now there are 28 sheep to look out for.
To balance the sad news, there was the Most Beautiful Rainbow shining in the sky as I went to collect L from school this afternoon. The photo doesn't do it justice- it was really vibrant, almost painful to look at......
We've had snow forecast here for Thursday. Whether it will materialise or not remains to be seen, but we certainly don't need any further rainfall- there is no-where for it to go, and all this water is destabilising the trees.
Walking through the woods this morning, a great many of the paths were blocked with fallen trees and there are branches down everywhere. I can't remember a time when so many trees fell, and those that haven't aren't necessarily safe which makes walking and driving under them dicey.
It is a time of water indeed. I can't remember so much rain falling over so many consecutive weeks before. M could tell you exactly how much we've had, and even I know that we're fast approaching record-breaking-territory.
In Chinese medicine terms water governs the emotions and the organs of water, namely the bladder and the kidneys. They are connected with feelings of grief, worry and anxiety. If watery energetic flow is compromised, it can make you more susceptible to experiencing these feelings and a good and simple way to avoid or combat this is to keep warm and dry and to eat warming foods.
Water is of course absolutely necessary for life, but too much of it can be damaging. And of course, when water freezes ice forms and we all know where that can lead.... Incidentally, M's check-up yesterday was reassuring. The bone continues to heal well and has remained in the right place, so as long as he continues to be careful there's no reason at all why it shouldn't heal up and be fine and dandy.
I'm in the middle of inputting my moth data from last year onto a spreadsheet for the county recorder. Moths don't like too much rain either, although they will cope with surprisingly more than you'd think.
The data entry is proving to be a rather a long job so this year I think I will do the entries as I go. Believe it or not, there are moths flying at this time of year, so as long as we get a dryish warmish night soon I shall be putting the box out and seeing what's there in the morning. Last year's total was 311 different species in the end- it'll be very interesting to see what this year's total is. I'm missing my moths considerably- writing up the results from 2013 has brought them all back into sharp focus and I can't wait to see them again.
I'll leave you with a picture of three doggy people having a ball chasing each other round the garden....Animals have a lot to teach us about the simple joys of life, don't you think?
Hope all are well.