“Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” -Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Ubervilles
Welcome back, Muses, to another wonderful installment of our Treehouse Series! This particular segment was sweet because we got to go down to the stables and see the horses that lived on the property. Rebecca was a lot more daring than I and she really got up close and personal with the horses, and I really enjoyed watching her interact with them. The one photo you'll see of me petting the horse was pretty much my limited interaction with them because shortly after the horse nudged me in the chest (he was trying to say hello I'm sure) but I got pretty startled after that, ha ha! I LOVE horses and have taken two riding lessons, one day I hope to take more.
I've read and enjoyed several pastoral novels, especially those written by Thomas Hardy. Far From the Madding Crowd and Tess of the D'Ubervilles are my favorites (and favorites of many Hardy fans). I personally have never lived in the country but getting to transport to it (and to the countrysides of yesteryear) through literature has been intriguing and lovely. Though I truly am a city girl at heart, I can imagine escaping to the country for a romantic getaway, or even going for a retreat to discover farm life. I know I would be especially interested in visiting a sheep farm because I knit and crochet, ha ha. Getting to visit this lovely backyard filled with treehouses, sculptures, and then down on a lower level of the property, a few horses and little barns, was such a wonderful experience. For a curious city girl whose only experiences of the countryside were from books, this was a sweet little glimpse of not quite country living but something sort of like it. For my friend, Rebecca, pictured above, it was actually more nostalgic before, since she grew up in the countryside. She writes about it in her blog post featuring this photoset, here. I'd also like to note that many analysts of pastoral literature discuss a common element of pastoral novels which is: the contrast between urban and rural living.
Ha ha, I wished my boyfriend was here to stand next to me and make a serious face! If you know that famous photo, you'll know what I mean. I was thinking of it here, that's why I'm making that face. :P I love this photo! You can see my whole outfit!
Thank you Sergio for capturing one shot of me with the horses! :D
I hope you enjoyed this post and all of the lovely photos by Sergio Navarro of @tacticalme on Instagram. Read Rebecca's post, it's wonderful!
Thank you so much for reading!