This is one of my favourite times of year! I feel excited! A time of New Beginnings. The daffodils give us a bright splash of colour and I can hear the newborn lambs bleating … the mornings and evenings are drawing out and I just want to be out with my camera! This is Zeeba who stars in my little book called Shaggy Sheep!
It’s always fun to have ideas for the next adventure and book, and often they go together!I I caught this little chap looking out to a rather beautiful sea on the coast of O’ahu on my long way from New Zealand … to Dartmoor where there was a smattering of snow yesterday morning!
My ponies above ‘Callum of Gargunnoch, (his registered name!) who I rode from the top coast of Scotland to Land’s End and around Southern Ireland. Below Thunder Bay who is one of the stars in my latest children’s book set. He galloped around and around me showing off how fast he could go!
At Arborfield Santuary Charitable Trust near Wellsford, Northland, NZ where animals and birds alike have a wonderful life. I took many happy photos of contented animals here last week. Every animals and bird had a name, … but I can’t remember them all!
I will be at the South West Equine Fair this weekend Saturday and Sunday 3rd – 4th December signing my new Rainbow children’s books I will also have my popular Dartmoor calendar and pony Christmas cards and other nice gifts for pony and horse lovers!! Come along and meet me at stand 77A
Above Lad and I promoting “Lad the Dog” book at the Dartmoor National Park Christmas Fair last weekend!
This morning my new book “The Little book of New Zealand Sheep” went to press ! I also have it translated into Chinese for the visitors to N.Z. Years ago when I was at Bible college in Colorado I met and made friends with a Swiss lady, who later worked in Tibet. Her Swiss and German bosses asked her to recommend a photographer! So I had a great expedition in Tibet taking photos for calendars. Loved it! I became good friends with her German boss and his New Zealand wife who are based in Auckland N.Z and they had a Chinese friend in their prayer group who kindly did the translation of the NZ sheep book into Chinese! Yet another God connection! I will be launching both the English and Chinese editions early next year in New Zealand.
These photographs are taken by my good friend and much appreciated editor Jonathan Constant. Above is me with Shilstone Rocks Lighning, who is full brother to Shilstone Rocks Thunder Bay, who is the star one of my new Rainbow books, called “Thunder the Foal”. Below I am holding Lad my Cairn terrier who has his own book “Lad the Dog”!
Just been photographing the Abondance cows coming down the mountain …with flowers in their Hair! With my Shaggy Sheep book proving popular I feel another book is brewing … about cows! To see my sheep books take a look at http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/books/shaggy-sheep/
A room/field with a view! Here on Dartmoor is Yoanna, who I traveled from Greece to north west Spain several years ago and features in my Across Europe book. http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/books/riding-by-faith-across-europe/ Beside her is my Dartmoor pony Shilstone Rocks Rainbow, who is another of my published stars in my new book set “Rainbow and her Farmyard Friends. http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/books/rainbow-childrens-books/
At a very rainy Widecombe Fair on Tuesday where we had thunder and lightning! Shilstone Rocks Thunder Bay won first prize in his class, Reserve Champion Dartmoor and 2 big cups, which he is very proud of! He is also a star in ‘Thunder the Foal’, one of my 7 Rainbow books series. Both the individual books and box set of 7 proved to be popular on the day. You can visit the Rainbow page at http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/…/…/rainbow-childrens-books/
Pinky the Piglet
Come and meet some of the stars of Tracey’s new book set ‘Rainbow and her Farmyard Friends’ some you can meet on the Widecombe Fair field on this Tuesday 13th September. If you can’t make it to the fair these books will also be available in outlets in and around Dartmoor or at http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/bo…/rainbow-childrens-books/
Gerty and Ruby the red hen
Thunder the Foal
Dex the Calf
Lad the Dog
Oh so good to go on a little adventure again! .. Riding/walking up ski fields over mountains. Exploring the Haute Savoie. When I saw Mont Blanc, it reminded me of several years ago, when I approached the same mountain called Monte Bianco on the Italian side (traveling with two ponies from Greece to North West Spain) and I was reminded of these words of Italian climber Walter Bonatti; L’avventura e dentro di noi” = “The adventure is inside us!”
With Lake Geneva and Switzerland as the back drop, we climbed, leading our horses up a red ski run. It was definitely worth it for the amazing views of snow capped mountains! Above me riding Junior, Ali’s lovely horse she saved. I first met Ali when I was 19 years old when we were both teaching horse riding (English style) in Michigan, America. Through our faith in God, adventure and horses we have been great friends ever since!
May I introduce you to all these real life characters in my new book set of children’s early learning picture books, which will arrive on my doorstep on Dartmoor in late August! Both adults reading to children and children learning to read will love these delightful stories of real animals, which live on Dartmoor. Each book cover is a different colour of the rainbow and each book has 34 pages of packed with beautiful photographs and illustrations.
The dimensions of each book is 16x19cm (6 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches)
This year I took Callum, (Callum of Gargunnock) my Highland I rode from the top of Scotland to Land’s End and around Southern Ireland, and Thunder Bay (Shilstone Rocks) to the Animal Service at Widecombe Church. Thunder Bay had been last year as a foal he still did a huge leap over 3 steps into church. He grabbed the vicar’s robe when he got blessed and wanted to be involved in the singing, trying to eat the song book, while Callum fell asleep! To see more of Callum’s ‘riding around Southern Ireland” or Thunder the Foal’s’ stories please visit www.TraceyElliotReep.com
Early March on Dartmoor – Winter has arrived along with the snow! I went for an early morning walk with my camera and dog and suddenly several snow clouds opened up over Dartmoor, us and the ponies.
This is Shilstone Rocks Mountain Bay, dam of Mountain Bay who flew to New Zealand a few years ago. I think she wish she could have gone too!
The snow quickly came and went on most of Dartmoor on Friday, but looking west it still looked white on the high moor, so that’s where I headed! In the past in my old red landrover, I didn’t mind bouncing off the granite stone walls in the ice and snow, but now I have a newer model (only 10 years old without dents), I am more careful and parked in Princetown and walked and ran several miles through the snow with Lad my dog to catch the last of the sunlight on Nun’s Cross. The following morning after another long walk with camera and Lad, I returned to Princetown and to crowds of people and snowmen!
Loved to watch and photograph the mist slowly rolling in over the tors and hills of Dartmoor! What a gift to be out and about and get some atmospheric photos! Above is Great Mis Tor, near Merrivale and below is the mist rolling into Taw Marsh on the northern edge of Dartmoor.To view my 2016 calendar go to http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/dartmoor/calendar/
I was out looking for pictures, admiring the autumn leaves hanging over the lane here in the picture above, when this herd of Galloway cows came round the corner! I quickly backed back up the road, squeezing my landrover into a gateway, and jumped out to take some photos. As I followed them up the lane I learned they had spent the summer grazing on the moor near Throwleigh and were moving back to their winter quarters. A lovely Dartmoor scene indeed!
The Dartmoor Pony Heritage team leaving Widecombe in the Moor, on their 100 miles challenge across and around Dartmoor. www.dpht.co.uk/ The charity dedicated to the preservation of the indigenous Dartmoor pony. Congratulations team – keep it up!
Below: The Dartmoor Pony Heritage team on their 100 mile challenge, crossing Hameldown.
Fabulous Day at Widecombe Fair! After a misty start it cleared into a beautiful sunny day. Early on Cath and I showed Shilstone Rocks Rainstorm and Thunder Bay and they both won a rosette! This is ALL part of their story in one of the seven “Rainbow and her farmyard friends” collection of early learning books. Keep a look out for their launch date.
The ponies were as, as social as I, meeting people from all over the world and receiving many strokes and pats beside my stall of Photographic books, cards and postcards. MANY THANKS to Cherry, Annie, Cath and Chris for all their help.
Dublin Horse Show was a great experience. I went to cheer on my sister Joannna who had qualified for the show jumping. Here she is on her grey horse Cruisie, with whom she has done so well in Ireland. Two of her children, Oliver and Harriet also qualified for the children’s working hunter. It was a fun time. I especially like the photo below of Zoe, my youngest niece in the stable with her mum’s horse Cruisie.
Last week was the Dartmoor Pony International Convention with delegates visiting from all over the world, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Australia. Here they are at the Shilstone Rocks open day last Saturday where we were having a shilstone Rocks stallion parade.
The crowds walked around the fields among the Shilstone Rocks ponies, with the foals coming up to say hello!
At the end of the day! A beautiful day on Dartmoor, in which people from all over the world enjoyed beautiful and friendly Dartmoor ponies.
On Sunday we took all my ponies residing in Widecombe to church! Including my three Dartmoor ponies and Yoanna, which I had travelled with from Athens in Greece to north-west Spain a few years ago. She was the one to lead the way down the steps into the church and the others followed. They stood quietly throughout the service and each were blessed by Geoffrey the vicar. They left a large bucketful of manure as their offering! Everyone enjoyed taking their pets to church and God was certainly smiling down on his creation!
This is Thunder Bay (one day he will be a big beautiful stallion) having some leading lessons, with Rainstorm his mother looking on. Well, okay maybe he will not be that “big”! As the maximum size for Dartmoor ponies is 12.2 hands high!)
Photographs thanks to Jonathan Constant my good friend and editor.
My new Dartmoor 2016 Calendar is now out in the shops on Dartmoor, or available from my website. Please take a look at this years photos! http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/dartmoor/calendar/
On Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm I will be giving a presentation on my riding adventures on Exmoor. http://www.simonsbathfestival.co.uk/events.php
Postbridge on Dartmoor.