I Feel the Earth Move

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives!

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

Yosemite Valley with Bridalveil Falls

If you are a wilderness geek like me, you might know that today, April 21st is the 179th birthday of John Muir. If you didn’t know, let me tell you why he may have been considered (in my eyes) one of the most important men on Planet Earth.

John Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. He was the founder of the Sierra Club.

According to sources, Muir petitioned the U.S. Congress for the National Park bill that was passed in 1890, establishing Yosemite as our second National Park. Do you know which was the first? (hint: also starts with a “Y”).

The spiritual quality and enthusiasm toward nature expressed in his writings inspired readers, including presidents and congressmen, to take action to help preserve large nature areas.

He is today referred to as the “Father of the…

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“With a heart for any fate….”

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Let us then be up and doing with a heart for any fate. Still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labour and to wait.”  Longfellow

This is one of my favourite inspirational quotes. I am going to use it to take a look at my winter season in Florida.

Let us then be up and doing.

Mid December; Biasini and I were off down to Florida. This year to a new barn, Standing Oak Farm. I knew that my Florida coach, Lou Denizard, had moved his horses there so that meant it had passed muster with him.  Large stalls and good ventilation, each stall with its own fan above the stall and openings on both sides of the stall, so horses can look out into the aisle, and also out to the outside.

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But even the most glamourous barns are useless if the staff is not good.  So, when…

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Don’t Panic!

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Don’t panic!

It’s all right after all!

The quarrying is finished!

Is it?‘ I hear you cheer in relief, ‘how on earth do you know?
Well if you remember they did a bit of scraping about a few months back, we thought it may be a test hole – but no; I’m very pleased to report that that was it! Quarry dug.

Now we know you’re raving – that chairman at the public meeting was right!‘ was not really the response I was looking for.

If you’ll listen for a few seconds longer than he did I’ll tell you how I know – and that is because they’ve moved straight on to phase II – the infilling phase, see the picture attached, that’s how I figured it out.

Pardon?
You know, I think you may have something there.
I never thought of that.
They don’t…

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Nature’s Arena

In the Arena!

In the Arena

“The bird who dares to fall is the bird who learns to fly”

photo credit:original- White Ibis(Eudocimus albus), wading birds found along shore lines predominantly in southeast region of the United States, and Central America

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Monday Minstrel: The Miniature Horse

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Miniature: A thing that is much smaller than normal. A plant or animal that is a smaller version of an existing variety or breed.

The miniature horse is very diminutive in stature, with height less than 34-38 inches (86-97cm) measured from the ground to the withers. They are considered horses not ponies and were first developed in the early 1600’s. By 1765 they were frequently seen as pets of the nobility.  After the Mines and Collieries Act of 1842, in Britain, which outlawed the use of children in coal mines, the minis and also small ponies were most commonly used in the mines.

The first small horses date from 1861 in the US and they were employed in coal mines until the mid 1900’s.  By 1960 the general public began to be interested in the  minis and they are now used in a number of equestrian disciplines.

Although they are…

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CONGRATULATIONS!

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Congratulations to Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust for winning a top award offered by the Canal and River Trust for making our nation’s waterways exciting pla14441069_10154606696624850_933092009194229555_nces to live, learn and spend time.

Perhaps the Canal and River Trust would also like to throw it’s weight behind our campaign to keep an environmentally damaging canal side quarry, on former green belt land, out of the centre of Swindon village just a few miles away? You have after all got a sign on the towpath calling it a site of biological importance. It’s the same sign that tells visitors of all the nice cuddly (mostly protected) wildlife in the immediate area

The quarry is proposed for the field, which has dwellings to three sides, just behind this lock. The entrance will be on the (not very wide) High Street, a stone’s throw from the local shops, community centre, church and primary school. But…

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Later…

Cyranny’s Cove!

Cyranny's cove

via Daily Prompt: Later

Writing now

about later seems wrong.

Shouldn’t I

enjoy now, and

not care too much,

or at least not

worry about later

for now?

Now, will die

soon enough

becoming then,

and thens will add

up, and be the past…

And later is

so uncertain…

Take yesterday.

Yesterday, I believed

later would be as

sweet as then was.

But tables turned

and now is leaving

a bitter aftertaste

in my mouth

before turning into

the past…

If only it

had been true,

when you smiled

and waved as you said,

Later…

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What’s God got to do with it?

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You know that saying: God won’t give you more than you can handle. Really?  Well, I guess it all depends on your definition of “God” as to whether or not you believe that.  I would describe myself as a spiritual person but not a religious one. I also believe in free will. I believe we are responsible for the consequences of the choices we make in life. So…having got all that cleared up why am I asking what’s God got to do with it?

I am wondering why I seem to have a history of horses with unusual or interesting or rare health issues. It did not start that way. When I was young my horses were without problems. Then first horse I bought for my daughter was  a 17 year old school master when we bought her. She developed respiratory problems and finally when she was retired…

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Spring repotting and planting.

Lucky Otter’s Haven!

Lucky Otters Haven

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A few of the smaller plants on my porch.  The newly repotted money tree is on the right.

It’s still early, but I think the frosts are over.   It was a pretty day so I headed over to Lowe’s and picked up a couple of large clay pots so i could do some replanting of plants that had been indoors and become root-bound.   I also got some morning glory seeds.

I acquired two mannequin arms from the previous upstairs tenants and am using them as supports for the morning glories when they start growing. These arms will supplement the dead shrub I’ve been using as a support for the vine for the previous three years.

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A couple years ago I wrote about my lucky bamboo plant, which was very small at the time and has sat in my kitchen window ever since.   Now, it’s huge, way too…

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Nature’s Arena

In the Arena!

In the Arena

“I own my words, thoughts and actions.

I don’t own your reaction to them.

I don’t own your words, thoughts and actions.

I own my reaction to them.”

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