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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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Here, at the dark end of the year, the corner is turned. The solstice is passed and, imperceptibly, hours of daylight begin to extend. Snow has come and gone, the wind has blown hard, and it feels like I've experienced... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at White Horse Pilgrim
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As of today, I am legally disabled in the UK, thanks to assessment by a specialist. My Asperger's is sufficient that the Equality Act covers me. At one level this has come as a shock. Most of us would like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at White Horse Pilgrim
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We had a little snow. Here we are riding through the melting fragments on a north-facing slope below the woods. Now it's gone, leaving the ground sodden and muddy. I'm looking forward to spring. Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my readers. Here's a Christmas Eve photo of a festive train conductor at Droitwich Spa station, to the south of Birmingham. The old-fashioned semaphore signals and associated signal box are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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I was away for the weekend staying in a cottage in the woods. Walking around on Saturday afternoon, there was so much detail all around. I took a few photographs to capture the intricacies of English woodland, rather than the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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We've had three nice rides so far around Brena's new home in South Gloucestershire. Last week I came back across the valley, bursting into bright sunshine after a brief shower. Here's a view across to the cluster of houses and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Last week I moved Brena to her new home. I haven't had time to take photos there, however I will soon. Brena has settled in nicely as a member of a herd of fifteen in a huge field on the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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I do enjoy a bright afternoon when the days are drawing in. And it's time for some pretty photos. I'm beginning to feel like it's time to hibernate. Although a nice couple of hours out in the sunshine temporarily puts... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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This is an atmospheric time of year. An afternoon ride not far away was bathed in bright low sun, lovely to perceive even as I felt the temperature fall. And it was quiet, so very quiet, as if none were... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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We see a lot of helicopters around here. There is an army base nearby from which intensive training is carried out. Given the nature of operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere, much of this involves low level flying. There are even... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Currently I am riding Brena using hoof boots. Chiefly this is because the farrier removed rather a lot of hoof wall in an attempt to balance the feet. He seems to be interested in pretty feet rather than functional feet.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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It's a pleasure to witness the seasons changing, and with them the colours, textures, smells and inhabitants of the hills. Of my beloved chalk hills, hard and porous, and yet also rich in all that they support. One season leads... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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We went out collecting sloes so that K and I can make sloe gin for Christmas. A horse was useful because the best sloes grow out of reach to a pedestrian. Brena and I had a good deal: she grazed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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A hurricane blew towards Ireland, moderating somewhat but nevertheless causing several tragic deaths and much damage. Here, a couple of hundred miles to the east, the wind blew 25 miles/hr. gusting to 50 miles/hr. The wind carried dust from the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Today we went on a bit of an expedition, four hours around the Hampshire countryside. A highlight was fording the river Test, a clear chalk stream popular with anglers. Here the river is wide and shallow, and the ford went... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Brena has decided that she likes rose hips. Brightly they dot the hedgerows, providing a healthy snack. She seems to be able to avoid the thorns, or perhaps they do not bother her. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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When K met me, she asked how someone with a profile photo showing them leading a big roan horse loaded with trail gear down a steep mountainside could possibly........live in a suburban town and work in an office. Sometimes I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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I just look at a scene like this, and dream. Of course it's a remarkable experience to be able to climb a medieval church tower and look across open green hills. That just plays into the hands of my imagination.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Here are two shots of the mare Roua, owned by me from birth to eight, and by Countess Kalnoky from eight to her current seventeen. The mare is still going strong. It's interesting to see how her colouring has changed.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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This evening brought a sun dog. Just one, not the usual two, however beggars cannot be choosers. I enjoyed the surprise visitor in a watery autumn sky, silent aloft within the evening quiet. The land has taken upon itself the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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I've no idea who that is, riding across the field behind the barn. Not one of 'our' riders. Upon closer inspection it looks like the rider is talking on the phone. An odd thing to do on a bright autumn... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Just a few words.....here are a couple of photos from the tower of Viscri fortified church, capturing much of what I love about rural Transylvania. Compact communities surrounded by lovely fertile land, architecture that is both functional and attractive, a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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Suddenly, after a great pause, I'm back. Changed. Divorced, after nine years of marriage. It's sad, but for the best. Diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, which explains a great deal about the course of my life. At last some clarity. Riding,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at White Horse Pilgrim
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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