Pink stormclouds at dawn

pink storm clouds

mini-Mrs Moth & stormy day 013

For a brief few minutes yesterday at dawn, heavy grey storm clouds were turned into pink fairy floss by a gift of the light. The horses were not impressed by the rouged sky, preferring to remain buried head-first in the hay pile. I called out Jonathon’s name from where I stood on the verandah – I love to yell out to him because of the response I always get. His ears stood to attention, and his huge head wheeled up, right to the very top of his neck. He took a minute to stand and look straight at me, blinking, his bright white blaze painting his face with a bewildered expression. Then he released a deep, loud sigh and went back to eating his hay.

When I call out to Calais – Chappy for short – sometimes he’ll raise his head slightly and acknowledge me. It’s an improvement from the early days when he’d completely ignore me! It doesn’t exactly make you feel all warm and sentimental, at six o’clock in the morning.

So Johnny’s the one who gives me the enthusiastic “good morning” look. He may be a bit clumsy, and he doesn’t like to be patted, but there’s not much I wouldn’t do for the horse attached to that face.

Johnny's big head

The pink sky didn’t last long, but it turned into something equally special not long after, when sunlight hit the opposite hilltop, outlining the valley with gold.

golden hilltop

Anticipation of rain made the morning even better.


3 thoughts on “Pink stormclouds at dawn

    • Yeah, welcome to the world of Aussie nicknames! Names tend to be shortened then lengthened again… Dunno why.

      It actually took us a long time to come up with a “proper” name for Calais, so we just started calling him Chappy in the meantime. I don’t believe that it’s bad luck to rename a horse – much worse to be stuck with a name you don’t like! He came to us as “Red” – how original for a chestnut, and it didn’t really suit his cheeky personality. “Chappy” is a lot easier to shout across the paddock than his proper name, anyway, so it has stuck 🙂

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