Shetland’s Beauty

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 

UPDATE:

The bidding for SilWaffStormie or WaffSilStorbie has been incredible.

So far, purely as a guideline, the bidding is up to $100 (or £75.61 British Pounds) and there are 6 more days to go.

BN2A7253

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 

Anywho, we have a visitor staying at Thordale so, donning my chauffeur’s hat, we drove around showing off the “sunny” Westside.

Of course, the sun hasn’t shown itself since his arrival.  Typical. But, at least it isn’t raining.  Ok, it is raining but at least it isn’t all of the time.  There are gaps and we make the most of them.

L1220544

I also took the opportunity of taking a few snaps for myself.

L1220533

This photo is to prove we have trees in Shetland…..

L1220539

Beautiful flowers,…..

L1220564

Fantastic sandy beaches that are, mostly, empty.

L1220562

And stuff.  Most of all, stuff.  Stuff is good and sometimes very pretty or unusual.

L1220558

So here we are, driving around, suddenly slamming on the brakes, reversing, stopping the car, everyone getting out and taking a photo! Twice if you are me. I always take two almost identical pictures of the same thing.  I have to.

L1220550L1220552   L1220543

This is the Shetland I love.  The colours are always brilliant.

L1220542

And there is never a day I don’t get bowled over by its unique beauty.

L1220535

(My photos don’t nearly do it justice)

Up For Grabs!

Everyone, allow me to introduce you to……

BN2A7253

Waffle Silver Storm Lambie – or SilWaffStormie or WaffSilStorbie or whoever YOU want him to be.  The original Minions.

BN2A7251

Beautifully made by hand (yes, she spun the wool, knitted, created) and generously donated by my amazing talented friend, Karen, out of the original and highly treasured foal fur of Silver (main body), Storm (front hooves), Waffle (back hooves) and Lambie (mane, forelock and tail).

BN2A7260

What more could you want?

BN2A7256

Measuring in at 8″ x 5″, this wonderful little Shetland pony is Mark III from the original series who are currently living with me.

BN2A7254

This gorgeous pony, so generously donated by Karen, is up for sale to raise funds for The Minions’ ongoing costs.

BN2A7264

Like The Minions, there is no other pony quite like this one.  A perfect original.  Please note, THIS IS NOT A TOY as there is a wire frame inside.

BN2A7258

So, to bid, just leave a comment with your top price and the highest bidder will get him – definitely a him.  The comments will not be made public.  This is the “sealed bid” method and the closing date is in one week’s time – Friday, 5th August.

My photos do not begin to do this little chap justice.  He is a sweetheart.

PS.  He says he loves travel, so happy to send him anywhere in the world!

Sheeps and Faces

Just in case you are missing Lambie and ‘Ster, then here they are.

BN2A7070

Happy boys who go into the scattald during the day and, mostly, come home at night.

BN2A7073

Well, Lambie always does.  Last night ‘Ster stayed out but was waiting by the gate this morning for his breakfast.  That is their routine and it seems to work.  Lambie comes home early if it is raining.  He is not a huge fan of rain – wool always shrinks in the wash.

BN2A7071 BN2A7072

Hjalti is now Efstur’s best friend, despite their mothers trying to stop any fun.

BN2A7079

When they see Hetja and Brá with their heads in the grass, Efstur and Hjalti sneak away together to play.  It is lovely to see and, of course, when I wanted to photograph it, they refused to cooperate.

BN2A7084

Hjalti plays nicely – remembering he was trained by The Minions.

BN2A7085

Efstur also worships the very ground Hjalti walks on, that always helps.

BN2A7092

Like every horse at Thordale, Efstur is learning and practising his silly faces for the camera!

BN2A7094

It seems to be theme with all my animals.

13838304_10209703540695707_1955572639_o-2

I rest my case Milord!

L1120303

Back to Work

After removing Taktur from his ladies yesterday and putting him back with the boys, it was time to get back to work. He wasn’t too happy to leave the marital home, but work is work and he will just have to deal with it (the wives do not miss him).

After having new shoes put on, it was time to test them out with a quick ride.

BN2A6855

It may have been a while, but Taktur took it all in his stride and was stunning as usual.

BN2A6902

He needs a lot of work to bring him back into fitness but this is a very good starting point.

BN2A6905

Daisy and Taktur need to establish a relationship and this is extremely important if they want to succeed as a pair in future competitions.

BN2A6948

BN2A7032

Luckily, he remembers all gaits and work will be a welcome distraction from fawning over non-responsive mares (whether they are real or in his head is another kettle of fish).

BN2A7048

BN2A7051

So, it will be back to the daily grind of building up muscles, but at least there is a bucket of food at the end so life is not all bad.

BN2A7053

Taktur, I’m afraid the only lady in your life now will be your rider.

Bad luck!

BN2A6999

Splitting Everyone Up

Today is the day.

Everyone was excited (except Lambie, who was nervous and came to stand by me).

BN2A6728

Taktur was taken from his ladies, much to his horror, and went to join his gelding friends.

BN2A6731

Note, BeAnne’s help.  Norty little shite-stirrer.

BN2A6736

Anywho, they all cantered down the hill, pleased to see their friend.

BN2A6740

Even the geriatrics, Iacs and Haakon managed to feign interest.  Since then, there has been squealing.  Taktur goes back and forth while he decides if he likes living with the geldings (sorry, no choice matey).

BN2A6750

Next up, Daisy and I went over to Sandness to take Hjalti (plus Waffle and Silver) home.

Hetja shouted when she saw her son, Hjalti but, once we put him in the field, she was torn between keeping Efstur safe, while Efstur was determined to meet/play/munch on Hjalti.

BN2A6766

All Efstur’s dreams had come true but Tante Hetja and Ma-Brá were strict. Hjalti was ostracised.

Edit (2 hours on):  Efstur and Hjalti are now the best of friends and playing wild games – perfect.

BN2A6770

Last up, were Waffle and Silver who went into Camus/Tor and Brisk’s field.

BN2A6784

Despite Tor’s pleas, Camus took absolutely no notice of his mother and quickly introduced himself to the newbies.  First, Waffle.

BN2A6797

Then it was Silver’s turn.

BN2A6816

Brisk was less confident and hid behind Tor.

BN2A6799

But, all will be well.

BN2A6826

I am sure!  This is what the little boys need.  Silver and Waffle will be kind and not despotic (unlike the Storm/Tids combo).

BN2A6834

It may take a while for Tor and Brisk – strange to see her care about him but deep-down she feels he is her responsibility.  She is just not sure why.

BN2A6840

Edit (2 hours on):  They are all miles away (dots on the horizon) eating together.  Perfect.