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100 Happy Days: Week Three

I'm so excited about our mule! :D Ha, sorry, I will stop talking about him soon. ...Until he arrives, anyway. Omg I hope we can persuade him to load!

Having something as smart, loyal and long-lived as a mule is going to be a challenge and a huge responsibility; in fact I feel like it's almost akin to parenthood, only better because we can leave him in a field overnight ... and he won't cost anywhere near as much. I've also been hearing that, once you gain a mule's trust, they will stick with you through thick and thin - and, unlike a horse, are capable of actually loving you (rather than just seeing you as a food provider)! Oh no - what if the mule loves Ben more than me? D: What if, because Ben is the one training him, he loves Ben and doesn't want to be my riding mule?! Noooooooooooo!

...Oki, sorry, calming down now. Here are some happy moment photos from week three of my challenge. :)

26th March: Ben and Iris came to meet me from work this afternoon, and we went home the long way round (a little over 6 miles). A joint celebration of me no longer working 7 day weeks and Ben getting a new job.

26thmarch

27th March: A pretty blue haze over the distant hills. I still love seeing hills on a daily basis! I was also pleased with the capability of my camera's extreme zoom, because I was actually stood next to the A3 motorway when I took this. :P

27thmarch

28th March: A fantastic night in Reading, watching The Patient Wild (glenatron's band - he's the guitarist on the left) play their first gig of 2014!

28thmarch

29th March: Going through last night's photos the next day and being pleased to discover that they weren't all terrible. I cropped one or two (like this one), but I didn't have to do any other form of editing.

29thmarch

30th March: My glow-in-the-dark Derpy who stands on my bedside table. I love stuff that glows...

30thmarch

31st March: I was happy to be living in such a pretty village, and I was also happy because there was *almost* elf-light on the way home.

31stmarch

1st April: Lovely atmospheric ride on the fabulous Count Otto this morning. It was surprisingly warm, and as we rode past the hammer pond the combination of humidity, running water from the weir and a very weird bird calling (I think someone's parrot had escaped?!) reminded me strongly of exploring the temperate rainforests in Australia!

1stapril

I've been having trouble with FB pixelating some of my photos, so I've linked these from my Flickr account; but do they still look kinda fuzzy and out of focus to you? :s Some of them do for me. Argh!

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kismythi
Apr. 2nd, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
Again, more stunning pictures! Love the village :D SO picturesque.
herecirm
Apr. 2nd, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
fallenfaun
Apr. 2nd, 2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
Wait, is he going to be your mule once he's trained? Because that would be awesome! :D

How tall is he? He looks like a chunk but we know you only love 17hh+ chunks.
herecirm
Apr. 2nd, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
Yep, the idea is that he'll be mine! <3 He's only 14.3hh (his mum was an Andalusian), he just looks quite chunky in his photo. Hee.
fallenfaun
Apr. 2nd, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
I read that he was part Andalusian but I didn't know if he was somehow taller, we have a few draft mules around here and they are bunny-eard giants.
deguspice
Apr. 3rd, 2014 02:14 am (UTC)
14.3? That's the height of Ann's horse.
meowmensteen
Apr. 2nd, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
My kitty likes Jeremiah better than me. I'm still not over it. I've had her longer than I've known him, yet she still loves him over me, and I even feed her more than he does. I think it's because he's warmer.
siberian_angel
Apr. 3rd, 2014 10:19 am (UTC)
Aww, that glow-in-the-dark Derpy is cute!
Already asked on FB, but anyway - what's Otto done to be fabulous, all of a sudden? I take it that means he's getting used to you and stopped trying to unseat you with rearing incidents?
meri_sielu
Apr. 3rd, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
I kind of wanna ID the bird now haha, have you ever heard a green woodpecker? They can sound remarkably exotic! http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/g/greenwoodpecker/index.aspx

/birdnerd

meri_sielu
Apr. 3rd, 2014 02:08 pm (UTC)
May I also present to you the horrendous call of the Jay :P

http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/j/jay/index.aspx

It's more likely to be a Jay now that I think of it.
glenatron
Apr. 3rd, 2014 02:25 pm (UTC)
Actually there is a very talkative songbird in this area who makes quite exotic sounds. I don't remember who it is, but I've sometimes thought I was hearing some kind of parrot when it was one of the thrushes or something like that.

We are also within about 20 miles of the southern boundaries of where feral parakeets live, so we might start getting those soon.
glenatron
Apr. 3rd, 2014 02:27 pm (UTC)
But yes, yaffles and jays are fairly common round here.
herecirm
Apr. 6th, 2014 09:31 pm (UTC)
Hmm nope, it wasn't either of them; it sort of sounded like the woodpecker in parts, but it preceded with quite a whooping, whistling cry! I actually thought of you at the time, and whether I could get my phone out and figure out how to record sounds so that you could ID it for me. :P

Edited at 2014-04-06 09:32 pm (UTC)
meri_sielu
Apr. 6th, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
Hehehe next time try it if you can. I'm so puzzled but Ben might be right with the ring necked parakeets, I know there are wild parakeets in the Surrey and London area. :)
ccangel42
Apr. 7th, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
Ouuuu! Glow pony!!!
emaciatedwords
Apr. 8th, 2014 01:27 am (UTC)
The new camera takes pretty nice photos!
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