Saturday, October 29, 2016
|Ravenseyrie mares on the Twinravens range|
The beauty of summer is gone, but I am not sad.
|Sorraia stallion Legado (Altamiro x Sovina's Zorita)|
The sleek, lean horses are now fat and shaggy as wild equines should be at this time of year. Torment of biting insects is gone, ample grazing remains, seasoned hay is at the ready.
|Taking leave, Canada Geese|
Also gone from Ravenseyrie are the Canada Geese, Sandhill Cranes and all other entertaining migrants...(always a bittersweet parting there). Deafening gale winds fill the void left by those cacophonous birds and Miles Davis comes through the speakers. Dawn comes later - dusk comes earlier.
|Taking leave, Sandhill Cranes|
This week several Snow Bunting scouts reclaimed the bluff - their kin are sure to follow.
Frost and forest duff make an amazing perfume. Potatoes, garlic, onions keep well in our unheated basement.
Centred in the kitchen/living space, the Jøtul 602 has a glowing interior, curried yellow split peas simmer on top. Step outside, sometimes the chimney smoke smells like incense - Cedar, Poplar...divine!
Take down the screen doors and patch up the thermal boots. Yes winter will soon come - this we all know. So it goes. Raise the glass, drink the wine! Things are as they are, and feel just right to me.
|Sorraia stallion Capaz (Interessado x Pinoteia)|
|The wrinkle "stripes" of Sorraia stallion Gosto (Altamiro x Bella)|
|The wrinkle "stripes" of Sorraia stallion Legado|
Sorraia skin is thick and wrinkles like a walrus
|Actual stripes on Belina and Rija|
|Bella, bi-coloured ears and mane|
|Altamiro, bi-coloured ears and mane|
|Short and sturdy, Capaz|
|The horses are watching several Whitetail deer passing|
|A lovely doe, watching me watch the horses who are watching her!|
|Burr season, Ousado and Fidalgo|
|Silvestre and Fidalgo|
|Altavida, Zorita and Esperanda|
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
|The August Moon Over Ravenseyrie After Sun-up|
At the present time,
Since I could bring no offering,
See Mount Tamuke!
Here are brocades of red leaves,
As a tribute to the gods.
--Sugawara no Michizane
Here August is almost September and I have really no good offering for the blog - not for lack of ideas, but for an inability to compose things in a fashion that lives up to the magic of the Sorraia horses and Ravenseyrie. So, like Sugawara no Michizane's poem, please accept these glorious August views in lieu of a proper descriptive entry in this Journal of Ravenseyrie.
|Sorraia Stallion, Legado|
It is easy to feel one lives in an enchanted place when rainbows are frequent visitors:
|Rainbow over Ravenseyrie|
Back in August of 2012, day two of a young Sorraia colt named Capaz (Interessado x Pinoteia)...trying hard to find an escape from pesky, pesky flies:
How special it feels to be walking out over the range and have a Raven circle overhead:
Back in August 2013 for this glimpse of the young, awkward Sorraia stallions and the older boys in their favourite shady spot with a good breeze helping keep the flies from completely tormenting them:
Bi-coloured manes on both light and dark grullo stallions at Ravenseyrie:
|Light Grullo, bi-coloured mane|
|Dark Grullo, bi-coloured mane|
A new mineral block gets delivered to the Ravenseyrie mares living on the Twinravens range - how quickly they made use of it!