I Will find a Way!

I Will find a Way!

I‘ve tried for two hours or more to transfer all of the great pix that Deb so generously sent me, but alas, WordPress may be willing but the mind is weak.  I’ll get them on somehow.  For now, with a humidex at a nearly unbreathable 34 in the house, I’m prepping for bed.

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Wittgenstein

He wrote:  “Man may signify things by words, but God signifies by the things themselves.”  Deb Harper was good enough to teach me how to listen to her horses without making a total horse’s xxx of myself.  Words fail me here so read the nuances here in each picture as if you were reading text. (For more pix, go to the Photos menu on the left.)

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The Princess and the Pea

Before I post the fabulous photos Deb and her husband, Ron, took of me while I was at their “horse heaven” in Abbotsford, I need to think through (which, for me, always means “write through”) the many comments and opinions I’ve heard thus far about Ground Manners. A Novel.  I suppose I could describe my readers as either general fiction readers or horse-owning readers.  The general readers enjoyed the storyline and/or the historical bits and/or the narrative style (which some thought poetic and others thought easy to read).  I was thrilled when Evelyne Villers, journalist and horsewoman, caught the few witticisms laced throughout the text here and there.  I’m not sure anyone else did, or if they did, they didn’t see fit to mention them.  That omission brings me to the horse-owning readers.  

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Linus at the CHHAPS Pacific Canadian Horse Show 2011

Linus at the CHHAPS Pacific Canadian Horse Show 2011

My fingers have been hovering over the keyboard for about five minutes now, much like the scene in You’ve Got Mail in which Tom Hanks ponders how to explain his no-show on his date with Meg Ryan.  I was so privileged to be part of the Pacific Canadian Horse Show in Maple Ridge, British Columbia that my gratitude has all but rendered me mute. Everyone was warm, welcoming, helpful–and that was just the people.  The horses were, well, breathtaking, and since my booth was less than five feet from the shed-rows, you can easily guess where my heart led my feet, again and again and again.  I couldn’t get enough of these superb horses, each one a credit to the Canadian breed in looks and temperament.  All the owners and riders were very good about letting me pet, kiss and generally bask in the energy and beauty of their horses, and everyone graciously tolerated all my questions–and dumb and wordless staring, which I did a lot of.  Even while there, I was very much aware how different this Show and this group of people were from those at other Event and Competition shows I’ve attended.  

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Happy Feet Airborne to BC

I leave tomorrow for Maple Ridge, BC, to attend the Pacific Canadian Horse Show.  CHHAPS (the Canadian Horse Heritage and Preservation Society) is the Show sponsor, and I may get to meet Bromont Loupin Prince, the splendiferous stallion featured on the cover of Ground Manners.  Even if I don’t, I will be breathing the same air as he does, and Betty Baxter, co-owner of Five Winds Farm and Vice-Chair of CHHAPS has assured me that I will meet his progeny.  Deb Harper, NH trainer and official photog of the event, will meet me on Friday and spirit me away to her place where I will meet her miniatures, Lyric (a Trakehner) and assorted precious cats and dogs.  Deb asked if I wanted to do any ground work with the horses–ground work!–all ground work is to me is, ‘how close can I get to your silky face and will you let me kiss it a la Pepe Le Pew’!  Could anyone be any more fortunate than I am at this moment in time?!!  To boot, I will be meeting with a cousin of mine, Carole and her husband, Danny, whom I haven’t seen in nearly twelve years. I won’t be bringing my computer, but I will report back here with photos upon my return…a return, I’ve no doubt, which will be one of ebullience (to misquote Freud)!  British Columbia, here I come!

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