Thursday, December 22, 2016

solstice and holidays

I intended to update my christmas greetings... but I couldn't find batteries... eventually found some , then couldn't find lights... then found both , scraped mud off the pony and got camera ready.. then the lights didnt' work... oh well. ... maybe a new picture next year... many blessings xx
and I can't believe I forgot to update on Abbeys picture by Helen Wilson. its been mounted and framed. awesome awesome!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


 November seems to be passing quickly, this photograph from the beginning of the month, I think most of the leaves are off the trees now. dark nights and cold weather, I go to bed earlier to keep warm, so read a lot more than do anything else.
I like this photograph except for the pylon in the background. not sure  my editing skill are up to removing that, Abbey is keeping well and I ride out when the weather is not too bad. needless to say this waterproof rug is now in the 'to be mended' bag... again... wish for endless money to buy pony rugs...

Monday, October 24, 2016

ellie learning the 'curtain'

Ellie has a few issues with people and confinement, working with her for a while now. starting off with the plain hoop very high and bringing it lower, today I added two ribbons and here she is being so awesome with that. hopefully have her up to full curtain soon. bless her.

Friday, October 14, 2016

shadow rider

I'm hoping to get a lot of riding miles done in October, I log my rides with Abbey and its surprising to see how far we get. So far we're at 29miles and I aim to do 65miles this month. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

reposting from 1.4.2006....Saltheart Foamfollower

This is Saltheart Foamfollower(the name comes from a character who is a sea-faring giant in a novel by Stephen Donaldson) a Valley Nordkapp original, I think they are now calling it 'heritage' instead of original, ha. The beach looks a bit messy as they are doing some building on this island, its a National Trust island I think. This trip to Loch Lomond today being the first I have been on this year! A Scottish Canoeing Association trip run by Mike Thomson, well attended and great weather. I ran out of steam towards the end though so tomorrow I am going to be more than a bit sore!Ben Lomond still showing snow, a seagull obligingly flew into shot just as I pressed the shutter, a good photo moment by accident as usual!
I came home to find this crocus I bought last week had flowered. It is called Barr's Purple and I couldn't find it in any books so I had no idea what it looked like until today, and I like it! It is quite small so I suspect it is an alpine kind of thing. 'Stuff'is germinating away in the greenhouse, veggies and flowers but I am too tired out to make a list- I can do that tomorrow when I am so stiff I can hardly move, great!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Goodby Smokey Tiptoes

from the top- Smokey, Daisy Tansy

I am suddenly cat-less. it was already organised that wee Daisy will live with my daughter, being 17 she is in good health but her mind is wandery now... she has periods of agitation, if it rains she isn't seeking shelter, and she's been sitting sunning herself on the road... lucky its quiet but neighbours were concerned. I am happy that she will be safely inside and spoilt for the rest of her life.   Tansy was put down last year, age 14 with a very large ''lump''. so I was just  having lovely Smokey, age 10...then Wednesday she was so ill, very not like her,  it was heart failure and she was put to sleep. looking back over a couple of weeks she's maybe not been herself.. but its hard to tell as she rarely got out of bed anyway, an outside farm cat who came to live with me when she was 2 years old... oh my how she loved to be a house cat, bed, sofa, dinner... what a life. she did go outside but was always first back in for the best sleeping spot. I didn't expect her to be gone so soon.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Helen Wilson Animal Art

this is Abbeys portrait,  its fabulous!! I was very luck to win a draw to have this done. its by Helen Wilson Animal Art  and its so completely gorgeous!!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

16 Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar | Beauty Junkie

I use ACV sprayed on Abbeys hooves daily to keep them in good order, she also gets it in her dinner! A friend of mine told of this many years ago, she used to feed it to her goats.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

re-posting garden flowers, from June 25th 2008.

these pretty little flowers are from a sempervivum, a house leek. it lives in the greenhouse and seems to quite like it.
I took several photographs to try to show the bees in the foxglove flowers but this is the only one that shows, its very dark inside a foxglove flower and the bees can dissapear totaly out of sight!
and just look at all the flowers on the broad beans! I imagine every one turning into a lovely pod of beans. everything in the veggy garden seems very behind, some folks seem to already be harvesting these. I am getting great lots of lettuce, some nice baby onions and have had one teeny baby courgette.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

some peace

May your troubles be less,
may your blessings be more,
and may nothing but happiness come through your door.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

goodbye Granny Ann

not my photograph, lifted from facebook

Rock Rebel Granny, I called her Granny Ann.
nobody in the world was excluded from her world, an amazingly kind woman who will be missed by her family and internet friends.
leads to the discussion of how we could be friends never having met....
the world becomes a small place with the addition of a keyboard and a laptop... or even smaller now you can do everything (it seems) on a pocket phone.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

awesome awesome !!

I'm excited!! I won a Pet Portrait from so this is the painting of Abbey she is going to do.. final picture will not have a background or her headcollar on... just the lovely Abbey and she's got such a nice expression on her face in this picture. I spent ages deciding on which photo to use... as you may realise I only have a few.... er... thousand!!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

gratefuls for today

 i'm grateful i can continue to afford to keep this little lady, she is such at poppet, bless her
i'm grateful the owner of this lovely young horse is going to let me take part in her education towards learning to be a riding horse. such a sweet horse.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


wee Abbey had an eye infection which has now cleared up. while we were ongoing with ointment I tied her forelock up in a plait , and then left it in for another week.. nice curly hair now... bless her.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

growing away out of sight

lots of mushrooms growing on the muck heap at the farm... no idea what kind they are, and they're quite big.. about six inches tall some of them.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

saturdays wee walk

Abbey being a wee star. nice and calm, marching along. she's wearing hoof boot, you can hear them. 

Monday, February 29, 2016

''rescued crocus'' from February 29th 2008

2008 was a leap year like this one. I wrote ''a quick walk round the rainy wind blown garden, the helebores are flowering beautifully, snowdrops, crocus and daffodills, primrose, pulmonaria.....too wet to take the camera outside! I found a crocus with its stem snapped, and it was rolled up tightly so I brought it in and plonked it in a jar, within 20 minutes it had opened up, lovely!''
I do miss my garden, and hope to have another one someday. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

that look... lol

''the look''

this is Abbeys great-grandad on her dads side, also great-great-great grandad twice on her dads side... and also great-great-great grandad on her mums side and also great-great-great-great grandad on mums side.... too scared to keep looking back in her pedigree now....... er...

Tuesday, January 05, 2016


Abbey is mostly living out in the field now, she comes in overnight once or twice a week to get dried off, cleaned up and have her legs greased up.. waterproofing...  the weather is constantly dull and wet and the fields are sodden.
I have taken these photos with an old fuji camera that someone gave me. its in good working order though I find its 'technology' a bit stodgy and irritating... never look a gift horse in the mouth!! its a camera and it works!! and will have to be satisfied with it until I can raise some funds for something newer.