Monthly Archives: February 2011

Are Horses Good for Us? And Are We Good for Them?

(Today’s soundtrack?  “Good Vibrations”.  I do love the Beach Boys.  I can remember learning to dance with my pre-teen friends to “Good Vibrations” – what a horrible vision! –  but it’s impossible to listen to that tune and not feel good ……)  … Continue reading

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Light My Fire

(Today’s soundtrack, “Light My Fire” – the Doors or José Feliciano, take your pick.) It’s been one of those weeks.  I was so tired today that when I lay back in the orthodontist’s chair, I warned her I might fall … Continue reading

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Just a Jealous Guy

(Soundtrack for today’s post;   Bryan Ferry’s version of “Jealous Guy”.  Sacrilege for someone who has some Liverpool ancestry, but I was never a great Beatles fan!) Our silver wedding anniversary passed uncelebrated last autumn, as did my birthday, and generally, we … Continue reading

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Progress with Pom and Green Shoots in the Garden

I’ve included a little slideshow of all those first signs of spring hoping to gladden the heart of any “outdoors” type, like me, longing for winter to be over!  (Mini daffodils, snowdrops, hellebores, croci and violets are out!)  Roll on springtime ….. So … Continue reading

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Sloe and Dangerous …..

Spring can’t be far away.  Never mind the buds breaking on the japonica, or the snowdrops giving way to the yellow croci.  Almost every day a new garden catalogue arrives in the letter box.  And of course, they are a … Continue reading

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Two midlife crises and – we resort to drugs

  In my last post, I was hoping that the local hunting season had come to an end, but no, yesterday (Sunday) I rode past the chasseurs’ cabin in the woods and, judging by the number of camouflage-jacketed men and their dogs, … Continue reading

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No More Men with Dogs and Guns?

   When we bought our house in the 80s, it was no rarity to find country houses for sale with considerable amounts of land attached. In remoter areas of France where agriculture was small-scale, cultivated land had been in decline … Continue reading

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Natural and “Unnatural” Horsemanship

  Hello again, I was going to write more about our horses, but enough of us for the moment! Where do you stand on the scale of horsemanship, if “natural” is at one end and competition and artistic riding, say, are … Continue reading

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On Being a Foreigner

  Previously, I wrote about how our two older horses came to live with us.  After they both retired, I really missed the physical and emotional closeness of being able to ride them, even though we still loved looking after … Continue reading

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