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And The Winner Is!

You may recall my blog post back in March where I announced a giveaway regarding the Corolla Wild Horse Fund 2020 calendar photo contest. The link to that post is here.

And….I am honored, once again, to have had TWO of my photos chosen for next year’s calendar.

This will be the June, 2020 photo (appropriate, since my birthday is in June):

You may also recall my post from a couple of weeks ago in which I sadly noted that the horse in the above photo was Joaquin. Joaquin was recently injured when trying to cross through a barbed wire fence and had to be euthanized because of those injuries. The 2020 calendar was already being printed at that time.

And this will be the November, 2020 photo:

So, for those of you who left a comment on my blog post choosing one of these photos, I assigned a number to your name and asked Motor Man to randomly select a number.

The winner will receive this little “prize package”, which includes a key chain, a packet of “Sandy Hooves” tea (by ‘Tea By The Sea’), the 2020 CWHF calendar,  a CWHF mug, postcard, and a black stallion magnet, all purchased at the Corolla Wild Horse Museum in Corolla, NC.

And the winner of this giveaway is: Joyce F in Kansas. I have notified Joyce by email that she is the winner.

Thank you to all my readers who participated. I’ve already started selecting possible photos for the 2021 CWHF calendar.

~These Days Of Mine~




The Corolla Wild Horse herd suffered another tragic loss recently.

This was posted on the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Facebook page on August 17:

We are devastated to announce the death of Joaquin, a young stallion who was well-known in the Swan Beach community. Joaquin was severely injured when he attempted to go through a barbed wire fence on USFWS *  property earlier this week. A good Samaritan spotted him Thursday afternoon and immediately called us. Upon closer inspection of his injuries, it was determined by our vet that his leg was beyond repair and the most humane course of action would be euthanasia.

We have feared this scenario since the barbed wire was installed several years ago. USFWS has been very sympathetic and responsive since the accident occurred and we hope that we’re able to come up with a replacement for the barbed wire that serves their purposes without endangering the horses. Meetings are already being set for the coming weeks, and we are optimistic for a positive outcome.

We know Joaquin was well-loved and our hearts go out to everyone who will grieve his passing. He was just four years old; a lovely young Banker with a bright future as a harem stallion. His loss is a major blow to the herd and will have an impact for generations to come. And we will certainly miss seeing him regularly. Rest free, Joaquin.

(*USFWS: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

This was one of the photos CWHF shared with that post:

Corolla Wild Horse Fund photo

This is particular heartbreaking for me.  You may recall this photo from 2015. The foal is Joaquin. I submitted this to the CWHF calendar contest, and it was chosen to be in the 2017 calendar.

A few months ago, I shared a blog post with photos I submitted for the CWHF 2020 calendar. (More about that in weeks to come.) This was one of the pictures:

Yesterday, while speaking with a CWHF volunteer/staff member at the beach, I learned that this, too, was Joaquin. I hadn’t realized…..

Run wild and free, sweet boy, where there are no barbed wire fences.

~These Days Of Mine~


These Days R5F

We’re on hurricane alert here in southeast Virginia, so let’s begin this week’s Random Five on that subject:

1.) At this time, Hurricane Joaquin is expected to pass just off our coast. We’re hoping that track will continue. We’ll still have strong winds, rain and tidal flooding, but it will be much better than a direct hit.  It’s been raining here for several days – unrelated to Joaquin. Yesterday morning, my rain gauge was full: 5 inches, and we could get 8 more.

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On a lighter note, yesterday, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund posted a picture of one of this year’s foals (born in May), with the comment: “This is the version of Joaquin we all love”.  As it turns out,  Joaquin is the foal in this picture I posted on Monday (and submitted as an entry in the 2017 Corolla calendar).  It’s nice to know his name.

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2.) Tuesday evening, I realized I’d missed a text message from my neighbor. This is what she had to say:

This was pathetic – white swan just banged on your back door several times with his beak and squawked, then walked away dejectedly – what a scene!! Should have thought to take a pic!!

Rest assured, I apologized profusely to Antoine, and he has received ample nourishment since that time. I’ve discovered that he likes “corn soup” (water and corn) in a repurposed Cool Whip bowl. And yes, he has now officially been IN our garage. The can to the left holds corn for him and his duck buddies, waiting outside.


Doesn’t everyone have a swan in their garage?

3.) It’s usually around lunchtime each day when I get to our shop.  Most mornings, Motor Man will send me a pic of Gypsy – usually it’s a selfie of the two of them, and she’s lying on his chest. Wednesday morning, he was holding her and took this picture.  Sweetness!


4.) Since I try to remember to always have my camera near at hand, that usually means that, when I’m in a vehicle, it’s on the floorboard.   Wednesday afternoon, as I was getting out of the car,  I bumped my camera with my foot, and it hit the asphalt pavement.  My heart sank, but, thankfully, it seems to be fine. Whew! Close call.

5.) As I  mentioned in an earlier post, this week marked five years that I’ve been blogging. I enjoy sharing pictures and snippets of our life with my readers. But, once in awhile, attempting to keep to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule seems like having homework that must be done.  So…don’t be concerned if my posts are a bit more sporadic.  Blogging should be fun, not work. Isn’t that right, fellow bloggers?

Happy weekend, and let’s all hope that Joaquin (the storm) heads out to sea.

~These Days Of Mine~