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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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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 2 days ago 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
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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