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.