Little Boys Playing

Sunday morning – everything was a little later than usual.

Lambie and ‘Ster managed to cadge two breakfasts off me (and Daisy).

When we had finished all our chores and I was going back in for a well deserved cup of proper coffee, I noticed two little boys playing in the field adjacent to the garden.

Well, this was not an opportunity to be missed so I grabbed my camera.

I often see Albie and Camus play but usually they are too far away and look like silhouette ants galloping about on the skyline background.

Today, they were closer.

They chased each other one way.

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And then the other.

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There was a Mexican standoff – both maintaining their ground and strategic tension, giving nothing away for at least 5 minutes.

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Before rushing in for the “kill”.

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It makes my heart glow to see Albie playing with Camus and giving as good as he gets.

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He dives in and everyone is equal.

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Neither one is the bully or the bullied.

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Lovely little bottoms cantering happily away.

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Seeing these photos makes me realise that we have done good and all is well and Albie, God-willing, he will grow up to be a well-balanced normal Shetland pony who has, most importantly, a sense of humour.  He will make a great Minion.

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We never under-estimate the Shetland pony sense of humour. To be a Minion, it should be developed and encouraged at all times.

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Laughing at the world means everything is alright.

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As well as the ability to bite each other’s legs!

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I may make this my family crest!

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Two Shetland ponies rampant?

Apple Bobbing Again

Today, if you didn’t already know it, is National Bobbing for Apples Day!

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No, seriously, it is.  We know these things.

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And the Minions know it too. Such an important date in their social calendar.

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When we told Storm today was his Apple Day, he was very enthusiastic.

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He even managed a silly-billy hair-do while he jumping the world’s smallest ditch (bless him for trying).

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Tomorrow HOYS – Storm is on his way!

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Daisy had to show the Minions what they were aiming for.

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(I would hate to say they are not very bright but, to be honest, they are not very bright!)

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Once led to the water, Tiddles and Storm gave it their best effort.

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They knew what apples were for.

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Eating.  But it wasn’t easy, so Daisy let them eat an apple without the water to keep them focussed on the job in hand (or in hoof).

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Waffle, of course, was brilliant – a natural talent.

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The others were hopeless and needed help.

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I love these little Minions bottoms.  My little boys all growed up.

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When we visit, we don’t leave anyone out, so Daisy took Delia her own apple.  She adores apples.  A major reason to keep on going.

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As do other small Minion-like pony-peoples.

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It is not all about food and I like that.  The Minions enjoy our company.  I wished they lived nearer to Thordale but they can’t (at present).  If we sit down with them, the Minions spend their time talking to us and that is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.  Lots of hugging.

I miss my boys  The summer grass is good so they need to live outwith Thordale but there is no choice.  Once they are home, there will be lots more hugging.

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Cake for Breakfast!

Yesterday I took photos of this little lad.  He is divine.

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You may remember him from his birth – (Yes, I blogged)

OMG! OMG! OMG! I saw a foal being born!

And then I made a filum.

So now Andante is growing up and I may have to pop him in a pocket and take him home to hug.  I am sure he would be a BFF (Best Friends Forever) for Albie, my orphan Shetland pony foal.

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But, this morning, I received a message saying please come over and take more photos as the Andante had been washed, in readiness for the Unst Show.  He was looking rather gorgeous.  All clean.

(What a chore, how I suffer)

So I pottered over (09:30 is early in my world) and, firstly, had to negotiate my way through the standard black Shetland pony mares who waited by the gate.

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I have a very soft spot for standard black Shetland ponies. A few years back, this is what we specialised in as Thordale Shetland Pony Stud.

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This is one of the photos I took of the newly washed Andante.

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He is very wow.  That is some trot.

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While I was taking photos, I also snapped away at ponies – I am easily diverted by pretty pony faces.

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This little filly is a sweetie and came over to be endlessly hugged.  I had been given cake (with cream) for breakfast and she wanted to help me eat it.

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Everyone should have cake for breakfast, especially with cream!

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Just sayin’

 

 

 

In Town This Afternoon

Daisy and I spent the afternoon in Lerwick (or the Big L, as we like to call it).

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Lerwick is the main port of Shetland.

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There is some great architecture – I am very partial to turrets with crow-stepped gable ends.

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Small pedestrian lanes radiate outwards from the main street.

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Commercial Street, although looking rather empty today, is very busy when the large cruise-liners dock (as well as Saturdays).

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The bunting is out to meet and greet our summer visitors.

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You never know who you will meet in “da Street:…

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or what you will see.

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All the shops make a huge  effort and, I, for one, appreciate that. This is not a high street full of the usual names but somewhere that individual shops do their very best for their customers.

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The sailing dinghies are moored, ready for the next sailing competition.

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And then I saw the Dim Riv – their website

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It is a replica Viking longship built in Shetland in 1980 and run by a group of volunteers. They operate trips around Lerwick harbour from May – September.

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Not bad for a day in town!

Playing with the Boys

We needed to help a friend out.

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If you ask, I will never say no (unless of course I have something I can’t get out of like a spinal operation or injection – that sort of thing takes unavoidable preference. Next Wednesday, I will be busy.)

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Anywho, having been asked, we went to help with some stallions.

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They were a bunch of awesome dudes.

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They liked carrots and people – and probably in that order!

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I am a huge fan of stallions.

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They have a great attitude to life.

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Basically, it is black or white.  Nothing else.

(I was responsible for showing this little miniature skewbald colt.  He managed to roll and then sit on his bottom in the show field – he was bored and, funnily enough, we did not win.  Can’t think why not.)

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Stallions have beautiful forelocks.

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Long flowing manes.

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And always tell you what they are thinking – very expressive.

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Some even like to eat amongst purple flowers, whilst still remaining beautiful and manly.

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Their home is this field – huge and many stallions/colts or, as I call them, little boys, norty little boys, happily live there.  With so many stallions and colts together there is lots of playing.

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Even so, they all have their own special friend who they stay with all the time.

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Love is a many splendored thing.

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But it can also involve teeth!

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As I said, dear little boys or norty little boys!  You decide.