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The Gift of Fire

amywink October 19th, 2017

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The Gift of Fire

After the destruction
of enraged burning,
radiant spires
erupt out of
earth blackened
yet hardly dead,
phoenix from ash,
a flame of grace for
a charcoal landscape.

When you, during
weary afternoons,
gaze out this
photograph into elsewhere,
think of me
and know I,
looking through
my own window
remember you,
growing beauty
where there
once was
fire.

(1996)

Driving From the Left Hand

amywink April 20th, 2013

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I have returned to driving lessons in an attempt to get myself unstuck from the mire I’ve been in for several weeks. Last Saturday, I had my first lesson with Francine since December and it went spectacularly well. To improve my whip-handling, I am learning to drive from the left hand, while using the whip in my right hand as the horse bends in the corners. It is a very exciting step in my driving and is adding a great deal of finesse to the “steering”. Last Saturday was my first try at it and this Saturday we worked on it again. I felt a great improvement in my corner steering and in the straight lines. The subtlety of movement in my wrist and fingers–mostly my wrist rotating from flat to upright, like the turning of a key– makes a much more finely tuned directional movement of the horse and it’s a complete “Wow” moment. I know that Blessing is going to love it.

In addition to the new stage in my driving training, I have been really enjoying driving the new carriage Francine has. It’s a De Lemerij made by Dominiak and during the last two weeks (since I saw the carriage in early April), I’ve distracted myself with carriage research–and it was very very helpful this last week. This carriage (pictured above) is the Karo and it drives very smoothly and has the kind of floor that Lily would completely love–she did hop up happily up and spread out “frog-legged” comfy when we tried it unhooked a few weeks ago. I liked the ride and how it looks hooked as well! Here it is hooked to a friend’s Welsh Cob mare who is about the same size as my horses.

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So now I am dreaming of my own and thinking how I’ll save and save for the purchase.

It rained this week and I caught these drops on the Hello, Darkness iris.

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And Thursday was Lily’s first birthday. We celebrated with a lovely cookie from Groovy Dog Bakery.

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Happy Birthday, Lily.

Lily Flies

amywink March 20th, 2013

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And she still loves her Tidy Cat Easy Pour Jug.

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Happy 11th Month Birthday, Lily!

Ears of Joy

amywink March 9th, 2013

Practicing with my new camera has lead me to an new appreciation of Lily’s ears. As I worked on learning the settings, figuring out the correct focal length, etc, I captured many amazing shots that capture her sense of joy and excitement. Often she reminds me very much of dancing Snoopy.

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Photography also has been a good tool for dog training. This week, when Lily was Wild in Play, I got out the High Value Treats and did some sit/down training….also known as “posing”
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Of course, when I asked her to get into the flowers, she was reluctant. . . unlike when she is getting into the flowers of her own volition.
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Full disclosure, in this photo above, the adoring look is because I had a piece of pork roast in my hand. But still, lovely pose. Good dog!

We have also registered for The Mighty Texas Dog Walk and we will be practicing for that for the next 3 weeks. I suspect Lily will be ecstatic with the experience and I am happy to get her involved in some “Austin Dog” events.

107, 108, 109, 110

amywink August 27th, 2011

I *wish* that was a count of the driving hours I had completed since my last post.

However. It isn’t.

It’s the temperatures we are expecting having this weekend. The last weekend of August.

The heat is ghastly and so is the drought. It’s a terrible thing to be envious of the East Coast this weekend and their date with Irene. But there ya go….envious. Makes me wonder how we might develop some kind of water pipeline system to divert water from regions that have too much to those regions that have too much.

We may get a nice cool off next week…..with temperatures predicted to only be 100.

The drought is bringing out lots of wildlife we don’t usually see and last week on my drive out to see the horses, I spotted a very very large owl resting on a fence post. He/she was kind of enough to stay put while I turned the car around to take some photos.

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Once I got home, I checked my Sibley Book of Birds to find that my posing friend is a Barred Owl. We have regular backyard visits from Eastern Screech Owls and a Great Horned Owl, but this was my first Barred Owl. I hope she makes it through the drought.

I did, by the way, hit 81 hours of driving in July, with my last lesson. If it cools down sometime, I *may* be able to make 100 hours by November 30. I’m hoping next weekend will be cool enough for a nice drive. If not, maybe we’ll have a hurricane…..Come on, Jose…..

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