I am.......................very behind.....................and also very scared.....................................
Hello it's me the rash you can't get rid of.
Guess we gotta start from the beginning
January Jamboree II/V: Ok I know I'm supposed to be looking at the gorls but your cluttering/decorating skills are just too much for my pea brain I literally don't have anywhere near the level of patience you have when it comes to these things and it just looks so lived in
January Jamboree III/V: For the longest time THIS was my favorite piece of writing EVER. I don't know why but I really just wanted to cry thinking about the starlets?? This post made ME feel like the starlet. Maybe we're all starlets in this WWE wrestling ring that we call home, fighting for a piece of humble success in our wack ass UC system trying to get jobs. (That got way too real sorry I'm just a crying wannabe starlet!) Also have you read The Santa Ana by Joan Didion? Because I VERY MUCH thought of it when I read this post. I remember reading it and the mention of danger just struck me because of how uncomfortable that piece made me
January Jamboree IV/V: A SEPIA CHESTNUT COAT. That's literally the most perfect way to describe anything ever. I've loved loved loved her adorably muted chestnut coat for so long it's so soft and perfect for the most soft and perfect and affectionate horse.
Peregrination: Ah yes my two favorite things. Trees. And California. How to inhale. Your game is literally SUCH a treat to look out but my favorite thing to see in your game is always the foliage. It always looks so so so real and I feel like I'm able to get away on a road trip up and down Cali just by looking at your pictures and this one is no exception. (ps Really is REALLY quite cute )
Victoria Winter: I hate reading this because I relate SO HARD. You write your characters so realistically I really feel like I'm getting to know them all on such a personal level, like I've known them for so long or like that one cool classmate you've known for so long but were always too shy to talk to.
Mirror, Mirror: Mirror mirror on the wall who's the most creative of all?? ITS ALEXA THATS WHO. I'd been wanting to make an edit like this for so long and here it is 100000x better than I ever would have done. I love all the ripples in the water it's so ominous like there's something more in the water although what could be more terrifying than Sailleur the literal Kelpie. There's just so many things to look at in your edits, the clouds, the water, the grass, those little glowing orbs drifting about, I really always find myself coming back to find new things
Lambretta AT: LAMBY LAMBY LAMBY. Did you ever watch Lamb Chop's Play Along as a kid? I didn't watch much of it but I just find myself thinking about the theme song every time I think of Lamby. A++++
Greeness: Hello Valencia and Victoria! (and also hello to that alliteration!) Tell them Denn loves them very much (and the color green so she can be as green as she wants!)
Travel: I actually have this one saved on my desktop. Not sure how it ended up there! But anyway, the BIRDS. (can you tell I love looking at the dumbest things instead of the ACTUAL focal point of posts) Every time I add birds in my edits I can never get them to look that organic and well actually bird looking! They look so natural, so cinematic. It's as if the moment Tia cleared that jump somewhere someone released a whole cage of birds to celebrate and its just
Quincetree kids take on Monterey:
Oh boy. Remember when I said that January Jamboree III was my favorite piece of writing for the longest time? Well it's because you wrote THIS. The first time I read this whole thing I was struck. SMITTEN. IN LOVE. I LOVE your kids so much and all their little musical talents but at the same time I KNOW that I would be SO SO SO SHY around them if I ever met them at a festival. I can't believe I'm imagining festival scenarios where I'm scared of some imaginary kids but that's just how real they are to me!!! Despite that little fear I want to meet them so badly and learn more about them This post literally has me crying because I've never read anything so close to me on this level. It takes me back to the last 19 years of my life travelling up and down the California coast exploring every city in between. I haven't been up to Monterey in over 10 years but your writing and pictures really just brought everything back. I remember the sunset skies and driving through such history, beat up fortune teller shops on every corner, eating a BBQ chicken slider while watching the sun set in a dingy little KFC. THERE'S JUST TOO MANY THINGS TO LOOK AT IN THIS MASTERPIECE OF A POST. I love the cohesiveness between all the different events. Your entry with Milkshake has pink and sunset hues embedded into every bit of it but somehow without any redundancy in sight. (How did you do that??) It's such a romantic depiction of California that I've been chasing for years (probably an unhealthy chase since 90% of it is a dump!) I'm so in love with the aquarium shots. I literally remember nothing about the Monterey Bay aquarium aside from otters??? But yes I'm the clownfish. Can you tell I'm starting to not make sense the more I fawn over this. There's just something so homegrown and organic about everything you do and it's really just you and California in the purest form. I really can't wait to see what you have in store my SoCal NEIGHbor. See u from the other side of the fence
“Ready, old fella?” Christina whispered just as they were about to enter the big arena at the Courtour Eventing Trials. “Can we do it one last time?”
The big grey stallion beneath her - having been her eventing mount since the beginning of their careers - whickered softly and tossed his head. Picking up her reins and nudged him forward with her heels.
“One last time” she prayed, as they trotted into the ring. The pair had been together for nearly eight years, and now Ris was coming to the end of his time at 4 star level competition. Now nearing 15 years old, Christina had discussed his future with Chloe and Richard, and they had all agreed to retire him from top level competition after this show - so she was hoping and praying with all her might that they had at least a clear round to go out on.
As it turned out, they did. In fact, they went and won the 4 star event.
One last time……
And as they did the outgoing grand champion’s lap of honour after the presentation ceremony, Christina felt her eyes well up with tears as Ris galloped around the ring; champion’s ribbon fluttering from his bridle and his ears pricked, occasionally whinnying at the gathered crowd as if to say “Look at me! Aren’t I great?!”
As she dismounted afterwards, she immediately enveloped the huge stallion that had become such a big part of her life and career in the biggest hug he’d ever been given, and kissed his cheek.
“Thank you buddy, thank you for everything.”
One. Last. Time.
With over 250 points to his name, we have made the sad decision to retire Ris from top level eventing competitions. Now, he can enjoy his retirement in the field, being our top stud at Winyard, and also helping out our newer riders as a kind of schoolmaster. He may even reappear in the show ring one day with one of them on his back - but only in the lower levels; he’s done with the heavy stuff.
I'm just posting this to say that I haven't gone anywhere but I have been quiet due to my close grandpa passing away on 3rd of September after suddenly getting really sick with pneumonia that couldn't be cured in the end.
That's why I haven't felt like simming lately at all. Just had his funeral yesterday, I helped my mom arrange the memorial at my house so I was busy all week too baking mostly alone and cleaning with my mom so I'm really tired as well...
I haven't competed my horses in few weeks but I'll try to get back into it right away when I feel I have the energy for it. I will be back soon, just need some time for some more days
@Lexi-House thank you so much for your lovely words Lexi, and for entering him in his last shows
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