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Anthropomorphic. Saturday March 28, 2015

I went to grammar school - one of the 'elite' 5% just after the war. The village kids gave me hell. You were destined for great things and your parents had to 'sign you on' till you were eighteen, presumably university headed.

When I was sixteen my father wheedled me out of school on the pretext that I was to get practical experience before going to agricultural college. Rubbish. He promptly left me in charge of his business and went abroad with his latest mistress.

All school leavers got a little 'homily' from the headmistress. "I see you" said she judicially "as working with people." Me, "but I hate people" (at that time I had good reason to). Then she said 'you can't fall in love with a horse'. She was wrong. My current love weighs half a ton, and burnishing her massive hind quarters is super therapy. When I went to exercise my horses before school they were often lying comfortably in the early summer sunshine. I would curl up in the curve of their head and neck, and doze with them.

Our daughters in their early teens would erupt into the garden, tearful and hating the parents, getting as far as the latest Labrador, fall round his huge neck and tell him all. That dog worked harder than the Samaritans. Our current cat, so beautiful, often has her coat washed by my tears of despair late at night, and she always has a sympathetic lick for me.

At the orphanage we supported in a poor village in India, the most joyful welcome was the day they could have animals in the new building. Those hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs were almost literally 'loved to bits'. The brand new building where my husband goes for respite has marvellous facilities - one thing missing - rabbits and chickens are to be introduced in the large grounds.

And, greatest joy after the massacre of my birds last year, I have an abandoned garden to rescue. I'd hardly put my tools down, when there was a 'Tsk, tsk' above me. The resident robin, 'Well, get digging, then'. A bird table will go in before the fertiliser.

The Gardener.
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Adam Sat, Mar 28th 2015 @ 7:17am

That was a very lovely post, thank you.

Hopeful One Sat, Mar 28th 2015 @ 7:42am

Hi The Gardener- Thank you for the post.Great to see that you have picked yourself up after the garden disaster and are going to start again with your worn out tools to paraphrase Rudyard Kipling.Why is it that we bestow unconditional love on our pets but find it hard to do to our fellow beings?

green jean Sat, Mar 28th 2015 @ 7:49am

How true, animals are just so therapeutic! Although not experienced with horses & enjoy them from a distance but have a friend whose horse is her true loyal therapeutic companions through all her difficulties and life trials,another has rabbits,for me a purring cat on my lap or a faithful canine to cuddle. And yes the robins just gladden the heart when they suddenly start singing to you. Thanks for such a lovely reminder.

Anonymous Sat, Mar 28th 2015 @ 8:04am

Lovely post, I enjoyed the images. I too love animals, and find them very therapeutic. Our cat was very in tune with our autistic son, and she was the only one he would open the door to!

Anonymous Sat, Mar 28th 2015 @ 9:29am

I once took my guinea pig to a case conference stating it had been of more theraputic value to me that the whole of 'the services' put together. Needless to say they thought I was crazy, a label already bestowed

Les Sat, Mar 28th 2015 @ 10:11am


The Gardener Sat, Mar 28th 2015 @ 10:24am

Approaching my 80th birthday I have to admit, at last, that my headmistress was right, and animals have been consigned to their rightful place

Anonymous Sat, Mar 28th 2015 @ 10:51am

I am comforted by your warmth and honesty and transported to another dimension by your writing. It's very beautiful. Thank you. susan

Silvia A Sat, Mar 28th 2015 @ 10:12pm

: D

Silvia A Sat, Mar 28th 2015 @ 10:15pm

I agree.

maryblackhill Mon, Mar 30th 2015 @ 4:55pm

Loved every word of this. Every. Damn. Word. Thank you.

Suzy Tue, Mar 31st 2015 @ 6:34am

Beeeeeeeeeauuuuuuuutifuuuuuul! x

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