Nos dias 27, 29 e 30 de novembro aconteceu em nossa cidade no auditório da câmara municipal, palestras sobre a degradaçao ambiental  recuperação e reflorestamento com o geógrafo, analista ambiental do setor florestal do IDEMA do RN especialista em reflorestamento, Ronile Roberto e com o analista ambiental Marcos Costa.
Durante estes dias vários estudantes, professores e associações estiveram presentes no plenário da câmara municipal de Jardim de Piranhas, atentos ao assunto e na oportunidade, cobraram a presença dos fiscais do IBAMA e IDEMA.
Pedido este que foi logo atendido no dia seguinte, vale salientar que cerca de 700 estudantes com seus professores compareceram a estas palestras, e todos sairam de lá com um grande conhecimento.
Diassis Silva idealizador deste projeto que teve o início desde o dia 18 de novembro com a revitalização do rio piranhas, no dia 22 audiência pública e nos dias acima citados com palestras, vem aqui agradecer a associação dos amigos de Jardim de Piranhas na pessoa do presidente Francisco das Chagas Bezerra (AAJAP ), aos amigos do IDEMA, ao presidente da câmara municipal, a todos os professores e estudantes, aos cidadãos jardinenses, agentes de saúde, aos meus companheiros de rádio que deram uma grande parcela de contribuição como: Vito d,Luck, Alex Maia, Marcondes Gurgel, Eila Fernandes, Flávio Silva, Sandoval Araújo e toda população que direto ou indiretamente  participaram deste projeto em defesa do rio piranhas.


Esta é a qualidade da água que temos, quase todos os dias é natural chegar no Rio Piranhas e encontrar águas coloridas, um dia é verde, no outro é amarelo, outro dia é azul.
Para falar a verdade é um verdadeiro show de cores, acompanhado de um verdadeiro exemplo de desrespeito ao nosso maior patrimônio que é o rio piranhas.
Até quando isto vai continuar? será que somos obrigados a conviver estes tipos de agressões ambientais?

Reba Rousseau Sold

After a short stay with us, it was sad to see one of our most talented young horses leave today to start her new career in San Francisco. Reba Rousseau was owned and bred by Bonnie Stedt in New York and came to us after her basic training had been started. We got her jumping in a short period of time and managed to get her to a couple of events in October of this year. Whilst she is very green, she definitely has potential as a dressage or jumping horse for the future. It looks like the new owners will be continuing her training as a pure jumping horse. We wish them all the best with this project and thank Bonnie for placing this nice mare with us.

-Boyd and Silva

Letting Go

Over the last few months, I have felt that I gradually started to slip my PhD down on my priority list.

While finishing is still one of my top priorities (don't get me wrong), I've finally managed to let more important things in my life be on top again.

Maybe I simply still am cherishing my honeymoon feeling, but somehow I have the impression that through the wedding preparations, the actual wedding and the honeymoon, I've gained a fresh perspective.

Maybe I am just getting older and finding it easier to put things into perspective.

Maybe it is a consequence of my actions to Simplify, and adopting a more minimalist view on the world.

Whatever caused this, I have recognized this newly gained ability of letting go of worries as one of the greatest tools in the final months of dissertation writing.

And while I cannot really pinpoint what caused this shift in mindset, I can recommend the following ways of letting go and getting a new and refreshed outlook on your PhD research:

1. Escape for a weekend

If your head starts to fill up and your thoughts can't move around anymore, you're already way beyond the point where you need a break. Grab your beloved, your parents, your friends or whoever is up for a little break and head out for a weekend.

2. Take a side project

Divert your thoughts by taking one of your hobbies (as part of forming your creative habit) to the next level. Turn it into an actual side project, and engage in this activity for a significant amount of time per week. Don't just run, but train for a race. Don't just play music, but sign up for an open podium and work towards a performance.

3. List your priorities

Time for a reality check. If you can't think of nothing else but your thesis, have nightmares of everything that can go wrong when printing, or all the possible negative feedback your committee could come up with, then it's time to see if you really wanted your thesis to be the most important thing in your life. No, right? So - grab a pen or open your Google Drive or Evernote, and make a list of what keeps you busy in life. Identify your priorities, and go and spend a little more time on your other interests.

4. Question your worries

For every panicky thought that crosses your mind, you can train yourself to actually question that thought. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What's the reason for this panicky thought?
- To avoid real panic, what should I do?
- If something really needs to be done, when can you do it?
- Schedule it, and tell yourself - see, we are going to do it, and all will be fine.

5. Use a guided meditation

If you can't sleep without the nightmares, try freeing some space in your mind by using a guided meditation,

From the archives: Author birthday extravaganza

Today is the birthday of three favorite authors:  Madeleine L'Engle, C.S. Lewis and Louisa May Alcott.  In honor of their birthday, I have listed some favorite quotes and books and one movie.

The Insistence of Chronology

During our mortal lives, however, chronos is not merely illusion. My body aging is aging according to human chronology, not nucleon or galactic chronology. My knees creak. My vision is variable. My energy span is shorter than I think it ought to be. There is nothing I can do to stop the passage of this kind of time in which we human beings are set. I can work with it rather than against it, but I cannot stop it. I do not like what it is doing to my body. If I live as long as many of my forebears, these outward diminishments will get worse, not better. But these are the outward signs of chronology, and there is an other Madeleine who is untouched by them, the part of me that lives forever in kairos and bears God's image.
From Glimpses of Grace: Daily Thoughts and Reflections of Madeleine L'Engle

But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not.  It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him. 

From Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Every few weeks she would shut herself up in her room, put on her scribbling suit, and fall into a vortex, as she expressed it, writing way at her novel with all her heart and soul, for till that was finished she could find no peace.

From Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Favorite books by these authors:


(worthy of note:  we love the movie of The Inheritance, but the book didn't do it for us.  The father in the movie is a great character, and he is fabulously quotable.)

Last year's meme post in honor of Lewis, L'Engle and Alcott.

2012 As You Like It Owners Award to be Awarded to Densey Juvonen

A huge congratulations to Densey Juvonen on being selected as the recipient of the 2012 As You Like It Owners Award. Densey has been a huge part of my riding career and is truly the epitome of of a first class owner. A huge thanks to Densey and Ron for being there through the good times and the bad times, and for all that they have done for me. -Boyd

The following is from the PRO newsletter: 

<Densey Juvonen
has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 As You Like It Owners Award and Emma Ford has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Liz Cochran Memorial Groom's Award. Phillip Dutton has won the 2012 PRO Tour Series Rider Leaderboard and Kristin & Janet Schmolze's Ballylaffin Bracken has won the PRO Tour HAYGAIN Horse Leaderboard. Congratulations to Jennie Brannigan who topped the PRO Tour Multi Radiance Intermediate Challenge Leaderboard. All winners will be honored at the PRO Awards Reception on Friday, December 7th at 6:30pm at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs. >>

Also thanks to the folks who created these tribute videos on Youtube. Enjoy!





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A Walk from Milldale to Dovedale

The walk started in the car park in Milldale. It's quite a size, but it does fill up, so arriving early is a good idea.

It was fairly early in the morning, around 8am, and the sun was low in the sky. The side effect is quite high contrast photographs, not the best conditions to make nice pictures.

In the small hamlet of Milldale there is a barn near the river with information inside about Dovedale and the places to walk. Next door are some toilets, and later in the morning there is a shop that sells sandwiches, drinks, nik-naks etc.

From the area near the barn you can cross the River Dove using the Viator's bridge. As you can see, it was early and the sun was hiding behind the hills.

The Dove River was not particularly high, but it did look cold. There are points where the path drifts away from the river a little, diminishing the character of the walk.

The scenery around the Dove River is extremely picturesque, even at this time of year with no leaves on the trees and a sun far too low in the sky to do it justice.

The lack of clouds made for a breathtaking morning to walk in. It was quite cold, around zero and never getting above 3C. But this was my kind of walking weather. I stayed nice and cool and was enjoying the fresh air.

I've been playing with some of the features on my new camera, the image below is a panoramic shot of the Dove holes. They are an interesting feature and worth a look around. In adverse weather they would make for a welcome resting place.

This is looking back at The Nabs, a couple of small peaks situated slightly east of the Dove Holes and becoming more visible as you head south along the river from the Dove Holes.

The Ilam Rock (below) is quite dramatic. It's a serious slab of rock shooting up from the river bank high above. There is a bridge here at this point in the river allowing access to other paths.

There is a section around halfway between Milldale and Dovedale where the river cuts through a gorge. The wooden path here was a little slippery in the icy weather, so caution is needed as you are right next to the river.

In the area of the gorge are the occassional stream feeding into the river, the one below was particularly interesting. The small stream of water can be seen in the bottom.

The rock formation below is part of The Tissington Spires, an amazing rock feature that on a nice Summer day will probably be highly photogenic.

The high point in the middle of the photograph is Lover's Leap, I had no intention of finding out how much of a leap it is, but there is a reasonable drop at the other side.

The path enters into Dovedale. The sun was still low in the sky, I was not having much luck from a photographic point of view. It was a constant battle to find the right exposures and best choice of shots. I will definitely have to come back next Summer.

The Dovedale stepping stones were particularly challenging to cross on this particular morning as a little ice was still settled on the top of the stones. They raised the heart beat a little.

The sun did provide some positives, such as lovely lighting on the river.

Once near to the Car Park I took a path off to the right heading east around the back of the village of Ilam and towards Bunster Hill, a popular spot for para-gliders.

Looking back I could finally take a good photograph of Thorpe cloud and the surrounding hills. In Dovedale the sun was far too low for a good photograph to be taken.

The walk to Bunster Hill(below) is quite easy, although it does get a little muddy. The top of the hill is another nice spot for a quick break and a look round at the scenery.

Looking north from Bunster Hill, the path to follow looking at the OS map was pretty clear with a sharp turn off to the left and up the hill along the stone wall in the distance.

Once to the Ilam Tops the scenery around you is very nice. It reminds me a great deal of the Dales, with maybe a few more trees.

The path cuts round to the right of that plantation in the centre of the photograph and on to Ilamtops Farm.

At the farm you take a turn right which takes you down the farm track Dovedale Wood.

Following along the wood, heading north you are able to cut back down to Ilam rock and it's footbridge back across the river. I headed north from here back to Milldale.

It was an interesting walk, but by no means a challenging one. If you want a no brainer, easy but enjoyable walk, this is worth a look. But I would take a camera. Even in no so favourable conditions, when the sun is so low, you'll still take plenty of photographs. In the summer, I dread to think how many I will take.