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And, Once Again….Horses

I know it’s difficult to imagine, but I’m starting off the week with pictures from a recent trip to Carova.

Since I made some errors in the last post in which I attempted to name the foals in the pictures, I’m just going to leave this at “this is one of the babies”.

As you can see, it was a gorgeous day on the beach (although we had some rain on our way there, and there were serious clouds in the distance).  The horses were out enjoying the beach, which always makes for great photo ops. This was a stallion who was involved in a disagreement with Raymond, the resident mule.

And you can see for yourself in this video that the “sand was flying”. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund folks always say, when referring to Raymond: “Shhh…don’t tell him he’s sterile”. Raymond thinks he’s as much a stud as any stallion on the beach. (Be sure your volume is turned up.)

 

We also saw something we’d never seen at Carova. Although this isn’t a foal from this season, we’re thinking it might be one from the past year or two. Apparently, it was time for Mom to get up from her rest.

Recently I found the perfect shirt to wear while photographing “my” horses on the beach.

Motor Man and I had another wonderful day.

And remember his broken shoulder? THIS is his physical therapy.  (Don’t tell his doctor.)

That’s my wheel man Motor Man!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

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The Best Part of Blogging

Since I began blogging in 2010, I have made some very special friends in the blogosphere. And I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person several of those bloggers.

Last week, I added another one to that list: a very special one.

Beth Ann is the author of the blog “It’s Just Life“.  Through her “Comments For A Cause”, she has a wonderful way of using her blog to give back to worthwhile charitable organizations. Each month, Beth Ann chooses a charity that’s special to her. At the end of the month, she and her husband, Chris, donate 50-cents to that charity for each comment left on her blog.

You may recall that a few months ago, she chose The Corolla Wild Horse Fund as her charity after reading about “my” wild horses on my blog. You know how much that meant to me.

Last week, Beth Ann and Chris visited the Corolla area of the Outer Banks. And, yes, the four of us met in person. Although they had taken an “official” horse tour earlier during their visit, Motor Man and I  invited them to ride on the beach with us. We were happy to see so many horses and to take them to parts of the beach their other tour didn’t cover.

She and I were thrilled to see two of the new babies born so far this season.

After the tour, the four of us enjoyed a leisurely lunch.  The conversation and laughter never stopped.

Beth Ann brought me a sweet little gift bag with items from the town of Brevard, NC, where they’ve lived for several years. Apparently white squirrels are very prevalent in Brevard: who knew?

Beth Ann has a huge collection of tea pots, and since it was her birthday week, I thought a tea pot would make a nice gift. I brought her one from the Bacon’s Castle gift shop. And of course, a calendar of some of my wild horse pictures.

Motor Man and I so enjoyed our time spent with Beth Ann and Chris. On our way home, we agreed that, if we all lived in the same town, the four of us would probably be good friends.

We look forward to visiting their area in the future, so they can show us around their town. Maybe we’ll get to see those white squirrels.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

Here A Foal, There A Foal

In my posts the past couple of weeks, I’ve mentioned that there are new foals at the beach at Carova. Unconfirmed reports are saying four or five little ones have already been born this season.

So, each trip we make, I’ve been anxious to catch a glimpse (and take a bajillion pics) of those sweet babies.

And, recently, we’ve been fortunate to see some (if not ALL) of them. This is Renzi*, the firstborn of the season. If you missed my post about how Renzi got his name, click here.

I especially love these next pics, taken near day’s end.  I believe this is the second baby of the year, sweet Rosie*. This is either Dad (or an “auntie” from the same harem) teaching Rosie all about the ocean.

Family photo: Mom’s tailing blowing in the wind almost looks like Rosie has an exceptionally LONG mane.

Names have been announced for only two of the new babies: Renzi  and Rosie.

I THINK we’ve seen babies # 3 and #4*.

This sweet one has a similar forehead marking to Rosie, but it’s just a bit different, plus she has a lighter color that Rosie doesn’t have down the left side of her face.

And this little boy with just the tiniest facial marking. He is SO cute.

And frisky! It was fun to watch him trot off with mom and dad.

*I am so confused about all the little ones, I can’t guarantee that my info in this post is entirely correct.

But, hopefully, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund will post pics of the newest babies soon, so I’ll be able to properly identify them in the future.

It’s a population boom in Carova! And we are loving it.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Our Easter Sunday

As we do most every Sunday, last week, Motor Man and I spent the afternoon at Carova beach. It was a gorgeous day.

Seeing the horses lying down is one of the most peaceful scenes we find. We often have our in-the-vehicle picnic while facing the ocean. But, on this particular day, we decided this was the best lunch-time view.

The temps were in the 70’s, the sky was an unbelievable blue, and horses were easy to spot. From the dunes….

…to the canals….

…to the ocean…

We smiled at the serene….and laughed at the silly.  Is he mocking me, as in: “Here’s a smile for ya!”.

And, now, anyone for horse yoga? S-t-r-e-t-c-h.

As I’ve said many times, each beach trip is different. But never disappointing.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Weekly Horse Report

I may not have a post EVERY week about the Corolla horses, but I probably don’t miss many weeks.

Here are pics from our most recent trip.  These two gave me some great photo ops:

Love the stance of the darker one in this picture; perhaps another horse spotted on the other side of the dune?

We also saw Raymond, the resident mule, again this week.  “Everybody loves Raymond”, especially our friend, Renee. She always comes to mind when we see him.

Inspecting a new fence perhaps?

I love the many old sprawling trees in Carova. This one made a perfect frame.

And, now for a bit of silliness.  As we ride the “back roads” of Carova, some things catch our eye that, at first glance, make us think we’re seeing a horse: garbage cans, barbecue grills, shrubs. (No, our eyesight really isn’t that bad; this usually happens from a distance.) Last week, Motor Man and I saw this tree, and both of us immediately thought of how much the top branches resembled a horse’s head.

Our trips to the beach always include talking, laughter, a picnic in our vehicle, enjoying all the sights…..and usually a little silliness thrown in for good measure.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Ah, Corolla

When my Motor Man learned last week that the first foal of the season at Corolla had been seen, he decided that we needed to make a trip. You may remember that he broke his shoulder a couple of weeks ago, and we’d put beach trips on hold for a while. So he cinched up his sling really tight, and off we went. (Shhh….don’t tell his orthopedist.)

We didn’t see the new baby (Renzi), but not for lack of trying. And just this week, we’ve learned that the second foal of 2019, a filly named Rosie, has been spotted. So now we have TWO little ones to look forward to seeing.

We did see several horses last weekend, including three down by the ocean.  They were walking among the stumps.

Recently one of our local papers published an article about those stumps. “Orrin Pilkey, a professor emeritus at Duke University and expert on coastal geology…. estimates a maritime forest existed here some 2,000 years ago but was decimated as the barrier island drifted west toward the mainland, covering the roots in salt water.”

The stumps and the waves and the horses made for some interesting photos.

And for this video, you definitely want to turn on your sound.

 

Ah…..among my favorite sights and sounds. But, then, you already knew that.

~These Days Of Mine~

The Kindness of Corolla

Those of you who read my blog know that Motor Man and I love to travel to the Corolla area of the Outer Banks, North Carolina. (Our trips there are on hold for a while right now until his shoulder injury heals.)

I follow several Facebook pages from that area, including, of course, The Corolla Wild Horse Fund, the organization who cares for the wild horses.

Over the past couple of days, I became aware of a community-wide effort to provide an exceptional weekend in Corolla for one very special person.

That person is Melissa Renzi, who is dealing with several issues, including gastroparesis. Melissa is in hospice care for mitochondrial disease and also suffers from dysautonomia fibromyalgia.  I contacted Melissa regarding writing this post, and she graciously gave me permission to share all her details in order to bring awareness to these diseases.

Seeing the wild horses of Corolla was on Melissa’s bucket list, and one of her friends has been planning this weekend for her for quite a while. Several businesses in the area worked together to make it a memorable weekend for her.

  • Uncle Ike’s Sandbar and Grill and Cosmo’s Pizza provided food.
  • Hampton Inn of Corolla gave Melissa and her husband a discounted rate on their room.
  • Bob’s Wild Horse Tours treated the Renzis to a ride on the beach.
  • And Corolla Wild Horse Fund gave the Renzis a tour of the rescue farm, so Melissa and her husband could meet the horses who live there.

Photo by Jeff Kelly

Reading all these Facebook posts and the comments on them was so heartwarming, I was brought to tears.

BUT, wait, there’s more!

It was discovered that the first Corolla foal of the 2019 season was born THIS past weekend: the same weekend of the Renzi’s visit. So….the folks at Corolla Wild Horse Fund decided on the perfect name for the new baby boy.

His name:  RENZI.

Photo by Mike Davenport

The story of Melissa and her special trip has touched so many people in the past few days.  It’s heartwarming not only to realize the kindness of all the folks who made this happen, but also to think of all the well wishes, positive thoughts and prayers for her.

All our best to you, Melissa.

~These Days Of Mine~