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Transylvanianhorseman
I'm a horse owner and engineer living on the Vale of the White Horse in Britain.
Interests: Horseback riding, travel, photography, trains, architecture, history
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I was surprised by the grey gloom of an August morning in the depths of Zion. But, far above, the moon was suspended in a blue sky as if nestling just beyond the distant canyon rim. The bright angled early... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Summer brought some interesting travels, including riding in Bryce Canyon. A most spectacular location, Bryce is nowhere near as precipitous as the Grand Canyon or indeed most canyons, making it a surprisingly straightforward place to ride. The riding operation based... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at White Horse Pilgrim
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What a wonderful cloudscape over the chalk hills! To the eat a huge thundercloud arose, strange in its appearance, massive in proportion. Appropriate, too, in these days of changeable weather. Sun one day, rain the next. A ride in bright... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Last weekend brought an excursion two hours westward by road, and an overnight stop at a rural equestrian centre. Two days riding had been planned, with two friends joining in. It didn't quite go to plan, with companions laid low... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Three of us made a trip as elves, staying at a medieval cottage as well as heading to Tolkien sites in Oxford. Brena got a turn as an elven horse, carrying a costumed rider and looking her usual pretty self.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at White Horse Pilgrim
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The truth of it, simply, is that the winter has been long, the riding has been limited (and mostly not photogenic), and I've had a lot of work on. Time has flown by. Now - as if suddenly - the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at White Horse Pilgrim
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This is the season of wind, drizzle and mud. Of riding in wind blowing 25mph and gusting 40mph. Getting pushed about in the saddle, Brena's heavy mane blowing across my hands. Penetrating a grey veil drifting damply across a sodden... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at White Horse Pilgrim
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It's a grey winter, the ground sodden after weeks of rain. Dips and ruts are full of muddy water. We splash and slither along the trails. It feels as if winter has been here for a long time. The woods... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2016 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Greetings to all my readers and friends! Another year nearly over! It’s been interesting. How so, you ask? May saw me off to Bosnia and Serbia for a week, mainly to see the last working industrial steam locomotives in Europe.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim
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A band of rain passed, revealing the last rays of bright sun. Shadows lengthened by the minute, dark fingers exploring stubbly fields. The rain had driven away all other wanderers. Brena and I tramped the muddy trails alone. Light after... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim
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A ride through the misty muddy winter countryside set me thinking. Isn't it amazing that this great big creature exists simply so that I can enjoy a relationship with her, expressed through caring for her and going for rides. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Brena finds a little colour amongst the overwhelming grey of a blustery November day. A little bright red amidst a day defined by sweeping veils of rain wind-driven to sting. Hawthorn berries which crunch in contract to the squelching, splattering... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim
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That's the snowy scene in Colorado described by my good friend B. Several inches covering the meadow, more in the mountains. They're proper mountains too, large and intriguing. The sort of vista that begs exploration. Just looking at the photo... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim
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November is a time to experience the hills supine, naked, cool. To watch shadows invade their curves. November is a month to ride fast through rain that isn't yet so cold as to be uncomfortable. It's the time when we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim
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A warm day, unseasonably so. Mist spreading in soft waves, burying the smooth hills. Bright winter crops sprouting from undulating arable. Inky shadows spreading across late afternoon. Unvisited by winter sunshine, the cool dewy margin beneath the eaves of deep... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim
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I'm back from a trip riding old trains in Sardinia, where several hundred kilometres of narrow-gauge railways remain. Some provide daily service, whilst others see just occasional use by tourist trains. The majority traverse lovely scenery, requiring spectacular engineering to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim
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We had a lovely Sunday morning for riding. It was the sort of day that invites one to take advantage of it, knowing intuitively that damp grey winter is almost upon us. K came with me, and our horses were... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim
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We travelled an hour and a half south to the New Forest, a broad expanse of public land not far from the ocean. Despite its name, only a part of the land is wooded. In fact it was established as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim
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A weekend away in the medieval cottage of Tanners Hatch brought company, conversation, food, drink and music. Lots of music. Late nights were the order - 2.30am on Saturday and 4.40am on Sunday. But there would be time to sleep... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim
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We're just back from three days riding in the New Forest area. This expanse of one hundred and fifty square miles was actually 'new' in the year 1079 when William the Conqueror ejected the population to create a deer park... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim
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A hour away by trailer there is a lovely circular ride of a few hours duration. A highlight is the long, gentle climb up the grassy slopes of Smeathe's Ridge. This outlier to the chalk plateau north of Marlborough provides... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim
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A cold front swept through, a band of rain dousing the land. But forecast thunderstorms passed us by. By late afternoon a clear sky invited me out to ride. Well, I couldn't refuse, could I? Green fields glittering in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Bare. Dry. Dusty. The harvested land stands naked, each fold exposed, bristling with stalks of stripped crops. Riding here in summer is like traversing a desert. Empty and waterless. Arid and superficially lifeless, the land appears unwelcoming. But it's just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Saturday saw me trailering Brena thirty-five miles to ride in Wiltshire, where the chalk hills stand proud above the westerly plains. There's a good spot to park, and a range of trails to make rides from a couple of hours... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Blue skies, warmth, a little breeze. Clear air. The occasional hum of a tractor. Fields deep under ripe crop, and fields newly bare. Quiet trails. Hours out and about. Such is a good day on the chalk downlands in August.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at White Horse Pilgrim