study of the wild

Extremadura's air, plump with lavender, thyme and vultures who swooped away with my breath. We channelled our inner-Pottoka; scrambling over rocks and tunnelling through waist-high heather to observe these tough, contented creatures. ~ Since I quit my last full-time horse job after witnessing too many horses lose their spark at the hands of 'sophisticated' horsemanship, [...]

Contagious

Here's an article I wrote for Rosie Withey at Horses-As-Teachers last month *********** The amount of sheer enjoyment I get from just watching horses would make most people think I’m totally crazy. Hours, days, weeks… it’s been 28 years now and I’m still no less awestruck. Young horses, especially. The curiosity present in the eyes and actions [...]

Satisfyingly Free

Is it the freedom we have to make choices in life that makes living so satisfying? Amongst my most satisfying moments of 2018 were the days when my house-mates and I would head into the woods pre-breakfast and forage for chanterelles to fry up for the top of our morning toast, or ditching the shower [...]

Of Stones & Horses

These days I am frequently recollecting a quote by the Japanese philosopher Miyamoto Musashi: ‘If you know the Way broadly you will see it in all things.’ ‘It is called being human’, the Mountain Man answered with a knowing smile. Nothing is making me more excited at the moment than the sorts of words that were leaving the American man’s [...]

totems of the wild

I squealed in joy this morning when reading about Celtic tradition and Highland dream lore. It turns out that the MacKenzie clan totem is the deer. Super early starts were a given when I lived in the highlands. I'd quietly open the bathroom window each morning and watch the deer grazing below in the morning [...]