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Bloomin’ Lovely

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A common trick to focus a pet’s attention while taking their picture is to use a toy. Results may vary:

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Lucy is Not Amused

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“OMG, what is that???”

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Success!

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“I’m done. Nom the mousey!”

Conclusion: pet photography requires creativity, lots of patience, and a sense of humor. And bribery (ie. treats and petting).

Okay, so it wasn’t exactly an adventure, but it was definitely a somewhat surreal experience.

A few months ago a new family moved in next door, and it turns out that they run one of the local riding schools (not the one I go to, but we’ve crossed paths at competitions). And, as we recently learned, two of their students live two doors down from us. Fun, right? Yes, but it’s about to get better.

You see, with the lockdown, all the riding schools have closed for the time being, meaning I haven’t gotten to ride or be around horses for a month now. As you can imagine, I am not at all happy about this. I get why, and I’ve accepted it, but I still miss my horsey friends.

Cue amazing neighbors to the rescue. They had the fantastic idea to loan out two of their ponies to various families around the neighborhood for a few days at a time, providing some novelty, lawn-mowing services, free fertilizer, and a much-needed horsey fix for quarantined equestrians. Last week they asked if we’d be interested, and we all said yes very enthusiastically.

And that’s how we wound up pony-sitting last weekend. I had often wondered what it would be like to have a horse or pony in my backyard, and now I know. Not something I ever actually expected to experience, but then this year seems to be full of unexpected adventures.

Anyway, I’m sure you want to see pictures, so here you go:

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Noisette

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Parfaite

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*blep*

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Scronchy face

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I also grabbed some more flower pics:

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Have a blessed Easter and stay safe, everyone!

Like just about everyone at the moment, I am currently quarantined at home and with even more free time on my hands than usual, I decided to play with my new camera a bit the other day:

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Have a great day and stay safe, everyone!

Day 3 consisted of visiting St. Paul’s grotto and the catacombs in Rabat, then a tour of Mdina. I was a tiny bit out of it after dealing with a stomach bug the night before, but I was still able to enjoy everything.

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“The grotto’s that way.”

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A few final shots of St. Paul’s Bay:DSC_0036csDSC_0043csDSC_0045cs

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This is believed to be the island where Paul’s shipwreck happened

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And that’s it for Malta! A lovely little country, which I recommend you visit if you get the chance (once the coronavirus is over, that is). Just don’t be in a hurry if you plan to take the bus.

Hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! So far we’re all doing okay (I have a bit of a cold but nothing serious). France is basically shut down for the next 2 weeks, so no riding for me. Thankfully I have plenty of experience in keeping myself entertained at home.

Take care, everybody!

Back to our bus tour:DSC_0624csDSC_0637csDSC_0643cbwsDSC_0650csDSC_0658csDSC_0661csDSC_0666csDSC_0744csDSC_0775csDSC_0818cs

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Best “help wanted” ad ever

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Once we finally arrived in downtown Valletta (buses in Malta are SLOW), we took a little walk and grabbed a (very) late lunch.DSC_0876cs

Grabbed a couple of nighttime shots before we left:DSC_0902csDSC_0911cs

Up next: day 3!

As promised, here are some of my favorite pictures from Malta. I’m splitting this up into several posts because even after narrowing it down there are a LOT. I can see why Malta is a popular filming location. It’s SO PRETTY.

See for yourself:

St. Paul’s Bay at night:

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Day 2 was spent primarily on hop-on, hop-off bus tours. We started in St. Paul’s Bay and ended in Valletta:DSC_0333csDSC_0344csDSC_0378csDSC_0429csDSC_0436csDSC_0451csDSC_0485csDSC_0487csDSC_0560csDSC_0588csDSC_0620cs

(This is not the end of the bus tour. More coming shortly!)

I’m busy sorting through my pictures from Malta and I will hopefully have them posted later today; in the meantime, have a sleepy Lucy-cat:

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Back to work now…

New Year, New Camera

I got a new camera for Christmas (a Nikon D7000) and I’ve been having fun playing around with it over the past couple of months. These are some of the first pictures I took with it:

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A few from the New Year’s family dinner:DSC_3754csDSC_3756csDSC_3761csDSC_3777cs

Took these on a visit to Grenoble:DSC_3788csDSC_3790cs

More coming soon, including pictures from my trip to Malta! 🙂

Couelita du Destin

I’ve been putting off writing this for two weeks, but procrastinating isn’t going to make this any easier…

For the past three years I had the privilege to work with a beautiful young Anglo-Arab mare named Couelita du Destin. She was still quite green when I first started riding her and I will never forget the disaster that was our first competition together (her steering still needed work). Building a relationship took time, especially since I initially thought our partnership was going to be temporary: Mountain Blue, the horse I’d been working with previously, had pulled a tendon and was temporarily out of commission, or so we assumed. As it happened, that injury never quite healed properly and she ended up being re-homed after about 6 months. Needless to say, that was a blow. I’d invested three years of hard work and love into that horse and to suddenly have her gone was really hard.

And then two weeks ago I had to deal with it all over again, only worse. I got a call from Fred telling me Couelita had passed away very suddenly from a nasty bout of colic. To say I was devastated would be an understatement. As I said, building a relationship with her took a while, but after three years, we had a pretty solid one and I had come to love her very much. So you can imagine the state I’ve been in the past two weeks. Not a complete wreck, but there have been quite a few tears. I’ve been doing a little better this week, but it’s still hard. It’s going to take a while to fully accept; just how long, I have no idea. For now, I’m taking it one step at a time.

I know that at some point in the relatively near future I’ll find myself a new horsey friend; Couelita, like all the other horses I’ve loved, will always have a special place in my heart, but there’s always room for more.

In the meantime…

Godspeed, sweet girl. I’ll see you on the other side.

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