poetry and prose about place

horses in a field (day 53)

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7-53  December 1, 2013  35 minutes  3.0 km  (from north of Porthallow to Porthoustock)


This week on my stationary bike trips and my virtual tour of Cornwall, I saw this group of horses near Porthallow.  They stood so serenely in the field, I decided to paint them.


7-53 horses


December 2, 2013  'horses along Pengarrock Hill'   Jane Tims


As anyone who knows me will tell you, I am not always comfortable around animals.  I like horses and I have ridden, but this little story will tell you how afraid I am.  When my sister went to England years ago, she asked me to take care of her horse for the summer.  Marengo was a kind horse, and never did anything to frighten me, but my approach to feeding him probably made him wonder.  I would go to one end of the pasture, count out his ‘leaves’ of hay and spread them for him to eat.  By the time he got to the hay, I would be running to the other end of the fence to measure out his oats.  That way, I could feed him but never have to stay near him!  What a dreadful story.  Most girls would be delighted to have care of a horse for a whole summer!


Copyright  2013   Jane Tims

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  1. Is this for sale…I would be interested in purchasing it. Just let me know if it is still available. Your sister sounds like a truly wonderful person and for the record would like to point out that it was only for 3 weeks….maybe 5…


    Heather Spavold

    December 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    • Hi Heather. Thanks you for visiting my site! I do sell my paintings, but unfortunately this one has been promised to my sister. You are right, she is a wonderful person. As for the time spent feeding Marengo, I’m sure it was at least 30 days! Jane


      jane tims

      December 10, 2013 at 10:14 pm

  2. I enjoyed your story, too, Jane. Being around large animals fills me with trepidation, while my sister loves them. It makes me wonder how these fears develop…


    Barbara Rodgers

    December 9, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    • Hi Barbara. I also wonder where my fear came from. I have ridden horses but never really had a bad experience. Jane


      jane tims

      December 10, 2013 at 10:09 pm

  3. Wonderful painting, Jane. I enjoyed your story. I think I might have done the same. I like most animals, but if they’re bigger than me, I am also a little afraid of them. Well, if I’m honest, there are little animals I’m sometimes afraid of, too.



    December 6, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    • Hi Robin. When my sister reads this she will probably say that she did not risk leaving me in charge of Marengo at all! As for other animals, I am afraid of spiders, and cows, and mice, and …. Jane


      jane tims

      December 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

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