This is my new blog to continue my journey with my Dales Ponies. It will also be the story of my building a new life for myself, alone now, except for my friends, horses and dogs, since my partner died in March 2009. We had lived and worked together, mostly twenty four hours a day, for nearly 28 years and I have never lived alone before. It is a tribute to my wonderful friends that I am still here, still sane(ish) and ready to re-invent myself. I love them all more than words can ever say and can never thank them enough for all they have done and are still doing. It is also a tribute to Alexandra Kurland and 'The Click That Teaches' that I know how to save myself now. To new beginnings.......

Friday, 25 December 2009

A Very Special Christmas Present.

I recieved a very special Christmas present from a very special friend of mine in Scotland. He is quite magnificent and I will treasure him always. The fact that he was even sent at all means the world to me - that someone who was a stranger a short while ago would take the time and trouble, and care enough to bother.

He is a superstar and a hero and I hope we meet one day soon. A million thank you's for making this Christmas very special.

If you click on the photos you can see him in his full splendor. The pony in the photos was my beloved Ben, the sweetest, kindest, most genuine pony who ever walked on this blue planet.

Here he is with a new friend - a young Barn Owl I found dead when riding Grace in the summer and have had in the freezer ever since. I'm hoping to have him stuffed at some point as well, so they can stay together.


  1. That is a beauty. Not exactly my taste for the mantle, but absolutley gorgeous.

  2. Beautiful animals. At first I thought he was made of glass until I enlarged the picture lol. :) Merry Christmas!

  3. What a fabulous gift!! I love owls.

  4. belated Joyeux Noel Helen. I was very busy with family, I only got near the computer today.
    I wish lots of fun and adventure for 2010. Watch out how you drive that Land rover of yours!!

  5. Thank you very much, everyone.

  6. How fantastic. I love barn owls, we have them here on the holding. I often watch them swooping low over the fields at dusk or early morning. Very special creatures indeed.