I’m back

I haven’t ventured out much with the camera for a while as I haven’t been feeling well. I’ve been feeling quite sorry for myself. Last weekend I had to drag myself out as my daughter was taking part in a Cross Country competition. I took a lot of photos of her riding, and one crazy close-up of the pony she was riding (which made me laugh):

And a photo of one of the resident kittens:

I was so exhausted after that day out! Thankfully I’m feeling better now and hopefully I may get a few photos this weekend.


Happy Kitten


This kitten at my daughter’s riding school really wanted a cuddle this morning, and once she had her way, she was very happy about it πŸ™‚ Very cute.

Welcome to any readers who’ve joined us from my other blog which is going to be closing down – this will now be the location for Nature Diary blog posts as well as the usual posts you would normally find here. Thanks very much if you voted or commented on my poll – it was very helpful πŸ™‚

Horse Love


This is a photo I snapped on my iPhone to put on Instagram this morning while taking my daughter riding. This horse is called George and he’s old and gentle and very friendly. My daughter loves him and was giving him a cuddle. This really sums her up – she just LOVES horses! It’s not the best photo in terms of quality but I love it anyway πŸ™‚

Spot the Kitten

The sister of the kitten I posted yesterday was drawing attention to herself today at the riding centre … can you spot the kitten (clue: top right)?


The building is the Pony Barn which houses about 7 ponies, and the little kitten was spotted sunning herself amongst the climbers. Here she is close up:


She did seem to be showing off a bit when people were looking at her πŸ™‚ And here she is poking her tongue out!


Peeking Out


This is a photo I took last weekend when my daughter was doing showjumping. We had a ‘kitten break’ between the first round and the jump-off and we decided to go to the hay barn to see if the kittens were there. They were – there are actually 2 in this photo but the little female kitten was fast asleep behind this little boy. He looks kind of how I feel at the moment. I would like to have spent the week under the duvet, just peeking out occasionally to say hello. But life goes on. Hopefully the sun will shine some more this weekend and I can have a nice relaxing weekend with some photography involved πŸ™‚

Lonely Horse

IMG_8516I was out for a walk on Saturday and this horse was making a lot of noise, neighing and whinnying and galloping up and down. It seemed to be calling out to a friend as occasionally there was a distant reply. I think the horse was feeling a bit lonely – perhaps it normally has a friend in the same field.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy

10783184794_ae68ff82c0_oThis photo sums up my daughter’s joy in riding. She adores horses and ponies and she is always delighted when she gets to go riding. This was taken before a Show Jumping competition earlier this year, when she was very excited and joyful to be riding Dotty the pony, and to be doing jumping, which is her favourite thing to do when riding. Definitely a photo for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week πŸ™‚

Cross Country

This morning was spent with my daughter at a show – she was taking part in show-jumping and cross country on Carrots, a pony from the stables she goes to regularly. This is her jumping over one of the cross country jumps. I took many photos, as you’d imagine, and I think that this is my best shot of her in action.


She had a great time πŸ™‚