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Faraway Horse

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August 29, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Liddesdale: Dapple Grey

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August 12, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Shetland Pony and Pile of Stones

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Shetland Pony

A neat little character, in a very tidy horse blanket. I think this may be a skewbald Shetland under that covering, we shall see….

March 25, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Muddy-faced Horse

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Muddy-Faced Horse

This handsome horse has a companion, I am glad to say, unlike the mournful character who inhabited this field at the tail-end of last year. This horse just looked at me mildly, not bothering to approach nor to back-off, obviously quite happy in this field with its equine companion, a Shetland pony. Through watching various behaviours and distress, I have come to realise that horses need company, and get distressed when that company is taken away.

March 25, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Horse in Late Sunlight

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February 5, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Before They Fall 1

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November 17, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Walk by the Tweed: Berries, Birds, Broken Boxes

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The gulls have flocked inland, and are standing where Tweed water is shallow. There are no boats on the river round here, so I am the only person disturbing the birds. I like their white wings against the dark maroon of the ploughed earth, where the phacelia grew in high summer. There are boats left tied up here and there all along the river, and I photograph one of them, with its eddy of scum. I try and photograph little boats, as they often come into my illustrations (it was once remarked that the spindly oars I had drawn wouldn’t get anyone anywhere fast):

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The barley has all gone, but the stubble is still left in this field, beside the grass alongside the river which is thick and wet this afternoon, with red clover sprung up since I last walked this way:

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Swans as well as gulls stand in the shallows:

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But one swan is swimming near the edge of the opposite bank with its brood:

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As I turn up the lane towards the little wood that leads back into Coldstream, I see the blackberries in a transitional state, and the elderberries ripening:

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And then come across something more unexpected, standing amidst the cleared clods of earth at the edge of the field:

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Some rage here, perhaps. When in Sunderland my friend Fred told me of a friend of his who, seeing Mrs Thatch once more upon the screen, picked up the television and hurled it through the window: the house was rented, the television was rented, maybe not such a good idea.  My father told my youngest brother, one sunny day: “If you go on sitting there all day watching the television, I’ll pick it up and throw it out of the window.”  My brother: “Go on then.” So the television got hurled out of the upstairs window. However… the next day the Test Match was starting, which my father had not taken into account, so we had to trail into Carlisle and buy a new television, which actually worked much better than the old one. All the same, television reception wasn’t that good in the Liddel Valley, I can remember that at one time we would take turns to stand with the aerial held out of the window to stop the picture going jagged.

Coming back through the wood, I see the rowan berries, a fine crop this year, which is reputed to mean a cold winter:

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Coming out through the wood, I see theseat with its shreds of green, where I have never seen anyone sitting.

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It’s still a dim day, there is no-one around.  On the way back  I saw howdy to the horse, in the field  once in habited by the two shetland ponies.  The horse no longer has his hood on, as most of the flies have gone too.  The horse  has a melancholy expression.  It always comes up to the fence, then after a moment or so ambles off again. It does not strike me as particularly joyous:

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Its purple horse-blanket is torn. It would be happier with a donkey, maybe, to keep it company:

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I loved horses when I was young, I went from ballerinas to horses, and since I drew a lot even then, I was found drawing ballerinas with horses legs.  Not surrealist, just absent-minded. I can’t imagine any worlds I would fit in less: The World of Ballet, The World of Horses. But I still think horses are the most beautiful things, even if when I tried to sit upon them I spent most of my life sliding sideways or even down the neck on one occasion when the horse started to graze. I was a bit hopless. We went to Madame Tussauds and I threw a fit because we weren’t allowed to go into the Chamber of Horrors – the reason I threw a fit was because I thought it said Chamber of Horses.

I come back down past the cat in the window, who was in an earlier post, but instead is going to finish this one instead:

This Cat is Not for Sale

September 19, 2013 Posted by | Illustration, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

   

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