Category Archives: MyShetland

Going Home

We are on the boat after a long and successful trip. Yes, one red rosette and we are very proud of Daisy and Kappi. Waffle was also an exemplary Shetland pony who made many friends.

We are on the boat now. My feet are vibrating from the driving. We left Spalding at 05:00!

Gin and tonics all round. More tomorrow. Night, night xx

Alive and well

We reached our destination exhausted after 12 hours driving.  I swear Google maps just added on more and more time and miles as went along, having originally said 8 hours.

Waffle and Kappi travelled so well. I love those dudes.  They took it all in their strides and have been perfect.

They are living in a fantastic livery yard a few miles away from the showground.

We are staying above a retail outlet so this morning was spent shopping.  In the afternoon, we took Kappi to the oval track for a practice.  Waffle ate grass in a supportive way.

No photos as we have very limited wifi but once home, then obviously I will inundate.

So fingers and toes crossed for Daisy and Kappi tomorrow.

On the Boat South Again!

Well, here we are on the boat going south with Kappi, Wafffle, Daisy and Bjørn (not necessarily in that order) for the British Championships.

During my absence, Daisy has been working on her lists of everything we need to take with us.

She packed the van up gradually.

We had to evict a small stowaway. My heart bled. I so wanted to take her but she hates travelling and there are no dogs allowed on the showground.

First, the traditional stop off en route for supplies.

Then onto the boat.

Waffle and Kappi are very happy in their quarters and they will be checked regularly.

WIsh us all luck.

The Foals have Grown

I am home and yes, it is wonderful (if brief).

(Tomorrow we are on the boat to go to the 2017 Summer Festival and British Championships in Spalding)

So, anywho, today, I spent the day with my horses and ponies.

The foals are growing “like Topsy” and looking wonderful.  Powerful little peoples.

Both foals are very independent, sleeping away from each other, not even near their Mums.

(there is a stream between them).

I can already see them developing and changing.  I love this stage in their brand new lives.

To start with, they sort of get on and talk to each other, which is wonderful, though Dreki has evil thoughts and Lilja is a perfect little girl.

Dreki just has to annoy at all times.  He must.

But the half-siblings do manage to skip around together in the field, which shows a bond of some sort.

Dreki can be forgiven for his midge-like behaviour as he is very handsome.

  

And Lilja is precious heaven.  She still hasn’t grown into her ears yet!

(It is wonderful being home) xx

Too hot

Hello all, Nick here again while Frances heads back home to Shetland today.

It’s too hot. I’m not a fan of temperatures in excess of 20C at the best of times. We are on our third day of this heatwave and it sucks all the energy out of me. Even Danny doesn’t know where to put himself.

I was reminded on Facebook that it’s exactly 6 years now since I visited Frances in Shetland – that was my first time on the archipelago, and I had a lovely time. I even got to ride one of her Icelandic horses!

You might have seen my photos from that trip when I posted about it back in 2013.

Anyway I’m stuck indoors today working on an edit for some portrait shots a friend of mine took last week. So I thought I’d share some of my more unusual images with you, just for something different.

I’ve been wandering around London with my camera photographing some of the more unorthodox, possibly overlooked architecture of late. One of my favourite new buildings is the Switch House extension to the Tate Modern museum. It’s an odd shape, a bit like a twisted pyramid made of bricks, and has to be seen to be appreciated.

The Barbican estate, on the other side of the Thames, is a grade 2 listed estate in the Brutalist style. I know not everyone likes this bold architecture, but I’m a huge fan, and I like to think that I might be able to convert some people to its charms by showing it through my eyes in this way.

One of London’s most famous landmarks is of course St Paul’s Cathedral and with the Millennium Bridge spanning the Thames directly south of the cathedral, the following is a much photographed view. I’ve added my own twist to it however, with the blur of people walking across the bridge looking like ghosts:

Finally, one cold January evening I met some friends by the Houses of Parliament for some night time photography by the river. That was a very cold, but very enjoyable evening, trying to find new angles on something that gets photographed thousands of times a day.

Anyway, sorry there are no animal photos today. In order to photograph any of them I’d need to go into the garden, and in this weather it’s just not something I’m prepared to contemplate! But suffice to say they are all well, we are still getting two eggs a day from Helga and Cinnamon, and they all pass on their best wishes to Frances’s fan club.

Thanks again to Frances for allowing me to share the stuff that interests me here on her blog. Please do remember to stop by and check out my own site if you like what you see here – most of my photography is for sale as prints there. For now, that’s all from me, and see you again soon!