Horsing around

It was one of those glorious autumn days

When the chill afternoon air turned

Breath to delicious smoke.

When my daughter met a new friend,

Isa, the New Forest Pony.

(The horse seems to be smiling, don’t you think?)

They rode into the sunlight

And round and round again,

While golden light – as thick as honey –

Made us thankful to feel alive.

(Sometimes you just have to hang onto that feeling of joy for as long as you can.)

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101 responses

  1. Delightful photos! My goodness, it was cold wasn’t it? Isa does seem to be smiling and I’m sure your daughter was, too!

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    November 14, 2011 at 15:24

  2. ***Sometimes you just have to hang onto that feeling of joy for as long as you can.)

    Lady Fi, The horse is SMILING :))

    Abundantly Lovely. X

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    November 14, 2011 at 15:29

  3. Karen

    Oh lovely, Fiona, and yes, the horse is smiling…what a glorious day – captured forever in your memory and shared with us through your camera and incredible talent. I do remember those days on horseback…I would not wish to miss them.

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    November 14, 2011 at 15:33

  4. so precious. 🙂

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    November 14, 2011 at 15:43

  5. oh love that one through the fence….these are beautiful pictures and what an awesom new friend…

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    November 14, 2011 at 16:24

  6. I love the first photo, although Isa looks as though she’s got a smoking habit – LOL! These crips, autumn mornings are just wonderful and the sunshine is glorious.

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    November 14, 2011 at 16:51

  7. Oh, what a gorgeous horse! I would love to ride him.

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    November 14, 2011 at 16:52

  8. What a beautiful horse! Your photos are lovely. I especially like the last two. Magical. 🙂

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    November 14, 2011 at 17:14

  9. Such a beautiful horse, looks very much like one I owned in Montana where we would see the same “smoke breath” on cold winter days! I love how you’ve caught the sunlight through his tail in the second shot! Your photos are always beautiful and you do capture the feeling of fun and adventure and beauty! Delightful as always, Fiona!

    Sylvia

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    November 14, 2011 at 17:21

  10. I think everyone needs a pony.

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    November 14, 2011 at 17:28

  11. Wow , wonderful, amazing, fantastic and gorgeous. What a wonderful post with fantastic photos.

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    November 14, 2011 at 17:31

  12. You have a way of making me feel the breath of the horse, the joy of riding, of being outdoors, the joy your daughter must be feeling.

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    November 14, 2011 at 17:42

  13. Enjoying all shots. What a beautiful pony…

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    November 14, 2011 at 17:56

  14. Sometimes
    the mind gallops,
    and
    thoughts race across,
    throwing up
    a lot of
    mental
    mud and sand.

    But sometimes,
    on a nippy winter morning,
    the sun shining
    in
    oblique benevolence,
    I feel
    the little feet
    around my sides,
    a featherweight
    resting on my back,
    my reins
    gently held,
    and
    it makes me smile
    and
    remember the days,
    when my Ma
    would carry
    this little girl’s Ma
    on her back,
    cantering
    in the paddock,
    squinting at the evening sun.

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    November 14, 2011 at 18:21

  15. JM

    I don’t know which photo I most like… Congratulations, LadyFi, all shots are fantastic.

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    November 14, 2011 at 18:26

  16. Fantastic shots of your daughter and the smiling pony.

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    November 14, 2011 at 18:36

  17. Beautiful captures. Beautiful memories.

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    November 14, 2011 at 19:00

  18. Thick as honey…so descriptive….may use this some time….can just feel the intention!

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    November 14, 2011 at 19:19

  19. the first and third shots are absolutely gorgeous!

    My Third Eye

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    November 14, 2011 at 19:21

  20. Beautiful shots!

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    November 14, 2011 at 19:23

  21. OMG!! i love the horse.. its so pretty, and the pictures are awesome!! 😀

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    November 14, 2011 at 19:28

  22. There is no need to go elsewhere because paradise IS where you are. It is lovely to see heaven on earth through your eyes and with your sensibilities. Thanks as always for sharing your world.

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    November 14, 2011 at 19:33

  23. Riet

    Beautiful and the horse is having fun.

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    November 14, 2011 at 20:13

  24. I miss horses!

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    November 14, 2011 at 20:45

  25. So lovely! I especially like photo no 3, beautiful sun star.
    Hope you have a nice week:-)

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    November 14, 2011 at 21:00

  26. That horse looks like he’s enjoying the morning trot- I think that’s definitely a smile!

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    November 14, 2011 at 21:37

  27. Wonderful, creative images of what should be the first of many days of fun.

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    November 14, 2011 at 22:31

  28. wonderful pics! 🙂

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    November 14, 2011 at 22:33

  29. Adorable and lovely. I’m a horse lover from way back! They can be great teachers.

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    November 14, 2011 at 23:15

  30. imac

    Magic captures – love the last shot.

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    November 14, 2011 at 23:18

  31. She will never be cold while soaking up the joy she must surely be experiencing on the back of that horse.

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    November 14, 2011 at 23:33

  32. What a delight for your daughter – special moments captured – beautiful!

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    November 14, 2011 at 23:42

  33. gorgeous photos. such a beautiful horse and that must have been fun. 🙂

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    November 14, 2011 at 23:44

  34. Roshni

    I love horses!!! Hope your daughter enjoyed her ride! 🙂

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    November 14, 2011 at 23:53

  35. Oh such gorgeous photos. What could be lovelier than the connection between horse and rider… add that golden sunlight and you have perfection.

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    November 14, 2011 at 23:57

  36. You have an amazing connection with nature and capturing the same in such a delightful mannner

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    November 15, 2011 at 00:17

  37. ds

    Lovely–I think they are BOTH smiling. Adore the thick-as-honey light…

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    November 15, 2011 at 00:37

  38. These are so crisp and clear … I feel like I was there!

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    November 15, 2011 at 02:05

  39. Your anklebiter sits a horse well..she is doing great! I bet she loves her time with the horses..and such a pretty smiling horse at that:)

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    November 15, 2011 at 03:04

  40. Well, you knew I’d love this one. There’s nothing quite so wonderful as a girl and her pony. I wish her many joyful hours with her steed.

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    November 15, 2011 at 03:19

  41. Yes — the horse is as happy as his rider is! Pure joy and the golden light just adds to it. (And certainly everything in this beautiful post is worth hanging on to as long as we can.)

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    November 15, 2011 at 03:24

  42. I want to always hang on to that feeling, Fi! Just seeing your daughter riding on such a glorious day makes me feel happy. My Granddaughter is taking riding lessons, too.

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    November 15, 2011 at 03:40

  43. Just beautiful – and it looked like both your daughter and the horse were having fun. And you too as the unseen observer. Thanks.

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    November 15, 2011 at 03:59

  44. Delightful.

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    November 15, 2011 at 04:37

  45. Trotting around with pretty horse, lovely.

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    November 15, 2011 at 05:38

  46. thick as honey and sweeter!

    Aloha from Honolulu

    Comfort Spiral

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    November 15, 2011 at 06:18

  47. Wonderful shots!!! The one with the sunlight is my fav!!!

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    November 15, 2011 at 07:08

  48. Wonderful images!! All so beautiful!

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    November 15, 2011 at 07:57

  49. Hello Fiona 🙂

    Wonderful shots and I LOVE the horse!! The addition of your words are, again, AWESOME!

    “While golden light – as thick as honey -Made us thankful to feel alive.” ~

    ~ SO beautiful and one of my favourite shots because of the sunlight!

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    November 15, 2011 at 08:01

  50. Fabulous, I can almost feel the clean pure air and hear the ponies hooves!

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    November 15, 2011 at 09:03

  51. Great snaps…Horse is my fav animal..I have sketched or painted more horses than any other animal….

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    November 15, 2011 at 10:37

  52. Wonderful shots. In the first shot the breath out motion by the horse is very clear.

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    November 15, 2011 at 11:07

  53. Love the sunlight in the pictures!

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    November 15, 2011 at 11:19

  54. Hi there – like the images made from under the fence rails – different way to look at the horse.

    SM

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    November 15, 2011 at 11:25

  55. Love the way you have been playing with the sunlight in these. The last is my favourite.

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    November 15, 2011 at 11:39

  56. The thought of light “as thick as honey” is such a wonderful image, especially to someone who is stuck in an office!

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    November 15, 2011 at 11:40

  57. It
    s always a pleasure coming to your blog. You created a real autumn atmosphere this time with words and photos. Thank you! Have agreat week! BTW the horse WAS smiling! ;))

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    November 15, 2011 at 12:02

  58. I think the horse enjoyed it as much as you did. Lovely light.

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    November 15, 2011 at 12:23

  59. lovely captures and superb captions

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    November 15, 2011 at 12:31

  60. Wonderful photos of autumnal atmosphere with a wonderful light, very pretty.

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    November 15, 2011 at 12:39

  61. What great photos – always had a strange fear of horses myself though 😉

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    November 15, 2011 at 12:42

  62. What a great post…. There is definitely beauty all around us… Sometimes we need to slow down and take time to see and enjoy it….Love seeing the pictures of the horse and rider… YES—-that is a smiling horse… Bet the rider is smiling also!!!!! BUT–it does look COLD there… So far, we haven’t had very much cold weather here… BUT I’m sure it will happen soon!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    November 15, 2011 at 13:03

  63. Ash

    Fantastic photos, Ladyfi. Absolutely fantastic photos. The light is surreal and dream-like!

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    November 15, 2011 at 13:04

  64. Simply superb!
    I like the way you captured light in these.

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    November 15, 2011 at 13:46

  65. Jenn

    It seems like both were enjoying the beautiful day. Love your shots.

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    November 15, 2011 at 14:19

  66. Very lovely photos and words.

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    November 15, 2011 at 15:32

  67. Wow, what fun. Our crew would certainly want to be there. Excellent shots LadyFi.

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    November 15, 2011 at 16:35

  68. Life quality!!

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    November 15, 2011 at 16:45

  69. These are wonderful photos, and it does indeed look as if the pony was smiling. Obviously he enjoyed carrying your daughter on such a beautiful afternoon. I really like the color in these photos, and the way you’ve captured the pony’s breath.

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    November 15, 2011 at 16:50

  70. Hanging on to that joyful feeling sure is the way to go. Beautiful photographs of happiness Thank you ladyFi 🙂

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    November 15, 2011 at 17:22

  71. Vakre bilder av jente og hest! – dine poetiske beskrivelser passer også så godt til.

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    November 15, 2011 at 18:41

  72. Love the horse ~ Great photos! ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor)

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    November 15, 2011 at 19:23

  73. what an adorable daughter you have!

    those photos are really stunning, especially the last one. i was particularly drawn by it.

    thanks for the beauty you offer us.

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    November 15, 2011 at 19:28

  74. ..i was particularly drawn to the bottom photo…for some reason.

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    November 15, 2011 at 19:30

  75. Another wonderful series of evocative images, Fiona. The first one gave me the chills, and I’m in the tropics! I’d say better ALWAYS to hang onto that feeling of joy for as long as you can. 🙂

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    November 15, 2011 at 20:09

  76. Maggie May

    The horse was definitely smiling 🙂
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    November 15, 2011 at 21:30


  77. · I can’t see your daugther’s face but the horse is very beautiful.

    · hugs

    CR & LMA
    ________________________________
    ·

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    November 15, 2011 at 22:35

  78. The light is gorgeous in all of these. Gives an ethereal quality to them. Well done!

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    November 15, 2011 at 22:45

  79. What magnificent shots of that big beautiful creature and the beauty who rides it. I can almost feel the breath of the horse in the cool of the air.

    God bless and have a magnificent day sweetie!!!

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    November 15, 2011 at 23:23

  80. We had horses when I was young – these photos are gorgeous and brought back wonderful memories!

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    November 16, 2011 at 01:43

  81. Al

    What a beautiful post with lovely photos! I also love crisp autumn mornings, before it gets winter-cold.

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    November 16, 2011 at 01:56

  82. Beauuuutiful!
    I love the horsey and the star on its head! Methinks horsey is related to unicorns.

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    November 16, 2011 at 02:22

  83. Whaaa, I commented via facebook? Weird.

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    November 16, 2011 at 02:23

  84. beautiful light in these photos! Of course the horse is smiling. I’m sure your daughter is as well!

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    November 16, 2011 at 06:07

  85. Gorgeous light in these photos!

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    November 16, 2011 at 06:12

  86. Lisa, Hawaii

    You have a beautiful blog! I love the horse photos, particularly the ones where you can see his breath in the cold air.

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    November 16, 2011 at 07:31

  87. I am truly thankful that you stopped by my littly blog and led me here…. I am in awe of your work and can not decide which post I love the most. I think I need a day to have a proper visit here and just absorb and drink in the beauty! I am follwing so I won’t miss out!!!

    Thank you so much

    Veronica

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    November 16, 2011 at 15:40

  88. Delightful photos, Fi. I’m so happy for your daughter, having a wonderful new friend. “Horsing around” is a great title, too.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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    November 16, 2011 at 17:36

  89. Dumdad

    Gorgeous photos. I haven’t visited your lovely blog for a while – bad Dumdad!

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    November 16, 2011 at 21:18

  90. nice shots. Gave me a lot of memories. 🙂

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    November 16, 2011 at 22:49

  91. The joy in these is palpable. Extraordinary photos.

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    November 17, 2011 at 04:17

  92. This brings back memories of my own teenage years and my avid passion for riding.;)) Stunning images of a beautiful moment during that lovely Scandinavian autumn, when it is at its best.;))
    xoxo

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    November 17, 2011 at 11:23

  93. Just beautiful!

    Murray really enjoyed seeing the horse!

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    November 17, 2011 at 22:55

  94. Love the first Photo….

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    November 18, 2011 at 15:41

  95. The Last shot is beautiful… I absolutely adored it… Rishi

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    November 19, 2011 at 02:59

  96. Felicia

    Hi, I was searcing the internet for a horse I used to take care of about 4 years ago and I saw these pictures.. How old is Isa?
    It really looks like the wonderful and amazing Isa that I used to take care of, she was born in 1987.

    Would be very greatful for an answer, and those are some really beutiful pictures!

    /Felicia

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    November 19, 2011 at 05:26

    • This Isa is 23 years old.

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      November 19, 2011 at 07:58

  97. Absolutely wonderful shots! WoW!!! =)

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    November 19, 2011 at 19:29

  98. The last photo is my favorite!

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    November 19, 2011 at 22:02

  99. Definitely a smile on the horse’s face!!!!!

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    November 20, 2011 at 21:19

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