Yellow snails

Trip Start Jun 20, 2012
Trip End Aug 05, 2012

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Today I went for a long walk around the area. I jumped a proper tall gate to help a horse who had gotten her legs stuck in the barbed-wire fence. I had gone down a horse-trail and had seen no one for the hour I'd been walking so figured if the owners rocked up they would be okay with me having helped their horse... I was actually really scared of getting myself hurt because the horse was pretty scared, needing a lot of coaxing to stay still as I approached and was cautious that she'd go crazy if I got too close and she felt trapped. She was alright though, I unhooked her leg and she followed me around for a while neighing happily. I snuck into another farm across the lane and brought some oats back from their stable for her.

At one of the farms I went into, with guinea-fowl, there was a dead rooster which had been decapitated with a brick. It had been left there where it had presumably been killed and the guinea fowl seemed to be staying away from the area it lay. I can't think why there were no other chickens and why it had been killed that way and for what purpose.

I saw a pair of whippets(sp?) towards the end of my walk and collected a tiny baby black-bird from the ground after finding him stuck in an alley, too young to fly away. I gave him to a lady who was pulling up into her driveway and the little guy is being housed in her aviary until he's big enough to fly. In this lady's garden there was a squirrel who bounded towards a tree as I went in.

Around noon Arwen and I went to The Bell for a cider and then came back for some lunch, followed by a journey to the Balbury Castle horse trials. Here there were hundreds of dogs of all breeds and as well as the actual events there were stalls set up selling ample tweed, many riding boots and heaps of equestrian related equipment. 

One English lady whose husband has something to do with the event seemed to like the look of me and dragged me around to meet some of the jockeys afterwards. It was a little intenseof the lady; Malinine, but kind of cool getting to meet riders who had qualified for and would be competing in the olympics. Apparently this was a major English event with it being the final opportunity for jockeys to make it into this year's olympics. 

Some of the dogs today were a delight. 

We went back to The Bell for dinner and then to the house for tea before bed.
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withintheforest on

Some beautiful imagery to keep me warm at night. The idea of you strolling through the English countryside as you casually save wildlife from danger wrenches at my heartstrings. You have got me wanting a cider and a hearty English meal.

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