Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Beauty of Summer is Gone - but I am not sad

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

The beauty of summer is gone, but I am not sad...every season unfurls its own delightful beauty in exquisite cyclical succession.


aghisla said...

Hello Lynne! You took once again a set of gourgeous pictures. Legado is so chubby, he looks even more like a prehistoric horse.

Glad to read that you and your horses are fine, looking forward for winter posts - I hope it won't be too harsh in your corner of the world!


Lynne Gerard said...

Great for you to take the time to enjoy the Ravenseyrie photos and to pass along a comment. Winter last year was very mild and I think this year will be more typical - harsh - but we and the horses know how to find the beauty in it nonetheless. And a harsh winter makes spring all the more sweet! All the best with your work. Lynne

kentaur8 said...

kentaur8 said...

lYNNE i HAVE SENT TO YOU MY BOOKS' PRINT-READY COPIES! Such a sad event, that you had not been able to these documents!
----IMPORTANT: your e-mail-system don't work at all! I can write to you letters, only this way!

hug andrew

kentaur8 said...

an Idea: let try to send my documents to one of your friend's email address

Lynne Gerard said...

Hello Andrew!
It is great you still carry interest in the tarpanic horses. Thank you for the link on the rewilding of the Koniks. Your book - so many years of passion and hard may not be the right time, but hold on to it and see what the future brings. I am not experiencing any problems with my email:
This email address is the one I am receiving those many notices from your file-share host. Maybe for yourself, you have typed an error in the address. Check it again, to make sure. email is the primary means of contact for me, but also if it helps, here is my postal address:
P.O. Box 611
Gore Bay, Ontario P0P 1H0

Let us hope we can get away from the middle man of your file-share host or the blog and exchange direct emails or "snail mail", okay?

Winter's best to you and your loved ones!