Yes this is my puppy face. I am using it on you all right now because I’m handing in all my monies on Saturday morning and I could really use a bit of help on the donations front. For those of you who don’t know, it’s for World Horse Welfare (not just for me) and I’d really like to reach 300 pounds which could pay for all of their work after my 100 book challenge this year. If you’re unsure, look at the pug’s face. It’ll help you decide. JustGive.
Hello my readers. Before I move away from the land of blogging to ensure a lack of failure in finals, I just want to remind all you people, in particularly my 58 followers (58 followers- isn’t that awesome) that my blog is actually not just for fun, I’m actually doing it for the charity World Horse Welfare. World Horse Welfare is a great UK charity that takes care of abused horses in the UK and abroad helping not only these furry creatures but also educating people who aren’t able to take care of them. So even if you just donate £1 it could make the world of difference for the people at WHW and I would be hugely grateful if you could donate. Thank you!
It’s only taken me to literally till the last day of March to finish my 30 day challenge as I got distracted by numerous picture posts and other such things which I ended up posting instead- oops! Anyways, I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and as I’ve left you hanging on the books I’ve actually been reading for my challenge, the next few days will be dedicated to the books I’ve been reading whilst babbling about books from my past! The Challenge is going well, and you can view my progress on the Goodreads widgets on the side. Something about giving up television suddenly frees up one’s reading schedule. Thanks again to wantoncreation for giving me the idea for the challenge, and don’t forget to donate for World Horse Welfare.
For a blog that combines both my love of literature and my love of horses, it has taken rather a while before I’ve written about a book with horses. But on the 10th day of this challenge, with my favourite classic book on the line I must admit that it is Black Beauty that fills this spot. The front-runner of all later horsie based novels, Black Beauty was the reason I wanted a black horse through pretty much all of my childhood (much to the joy of my parents). Written by Anna Sewell, Black Beauty follows the life of a horse from being a foal through numerous adventures and owners. Other than being a great way of teaching children animal rights, and how to treat horses this book, for reasons unknown to me, remains my favorite classic- perhaps not the most sophisticated novel, but still beautiful and classic nonetheless.
I remember many years ago, before I had truly delved into classic literature, my view of it – I believed that it was all kind of the same, and that together it formed this kind of wall of intelligent writing and thinking which I figured people either break through or they don’t. Of course, now a bit older and wiser, I know this is a load of nonsense, but I think what has really made reading some of the classics a joy over the last few years is just how much each of them vary, and just how timeless many of these stories really are.
There is one classic though that has really captured my imagination more than the rest, and has also managed to inspire my writing in different ways. The Picture of Dorian Gray, the only novel ever published by Oscar Wilde, caught me off guard when…
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So, a small challenge for all my regular readers. Whatever the content of your blog, and whatever you’re interested in, watch this video and make a blog post with this video. Then challenge all of your readers to do the same on their blogs. Spread the word. Kony 2012.
£8,134.86 have been raised for the fly fringe appeal in Honduras! This appeal was launched in March last year when WHW visitors in Honduras realized that the working horses there are constantly plagued by biting flies causing open sore wounds around their eyes. Fly fringes are a simple way of making honduras horses just a little bit healthier and happier. Don’t forget to donate to support this work, and visit the full article.
Another win for world horse welfare as a woman in Kent is issued a 5 year ban for keeping her animals in appalling conditions. One of the ponies was found with only sand in his intestine and three ponies had to be euthenised as there was no hope of saving them. Without your support WHW would not be able to save such animals, so please, Donate!
People buy free range chickens because they believe in eating food that has lived in humane conditions before we eat it. The same is not true for horse meat- every year, 80,000 stressed horses are packed into trucks and driven long distances across Europe to slaughter. Exhausted, diseased, injured and travelling for days over thousands of miles: these horses are desperate for food, water and rest. Please help WHW tell the European Comission that this needs to stop. Sign the petition– it will only take you two minutes!
Well, just updating you on the reasons why you’re visiting this blog and hopefully donating– World Horse Welfare has secured the help of US vets to work in Honduras. These means more beautiful horses will live longer and healthier lives and their owners will be better off for it! WHW can’t keep up this kind of work without your help so please- donate! (Full Article)
Reading ‘The Daughter of the Forest’ (Juliet Marillier) was much like watching a romantic comedy with Jennifer Anniston- from the first line, you know exactly how the plot will unfold, but you keep watching- secretly hoping for something just a little bit different.
Marillier’s characters are- with no pun intended- straight out of a story book (possibly something to do with it being based on the ‘Six Swans’ fairytale). First the strong and beautiful female protagonist- the Irish princess Sorcha- youngest of seven siblings, who wanders her town working as a healer. Enter the evil stepmother- Lady Oonagh-who lays a curse on Sorcha’s six beloved elder brothers, turning them in to swans. In classical storybook fashion, Sorcha then has to complete an arduous task to save them- she may not utter a single sound until she has finished sewing a shirt of starwort for each of her brothers and dressing them with it. Last but definitely not least there is Sorcha’s star-crossed lover- the dashing ‘Red’- a Briton, who, despite their peoples being mortal enemies, protects Sorcha whilst she completes her task . After many trials and tribulations the brothers are saved, Oonagh is ousted and Sorcha and Red live happily ever after. Surprised? I didn’t think so.
Predictability may be the central premise of this work but it is not without merit- there are hints of rudimentary philosophy on the fine line between good and evil and even a few minor plot twists that weren’t entirely expected. Like many books in this genre, the characters and plot may lack depth but much like those Jennifer Anniston movies, you can’t help but enjoy them. Don’t forget to Donate for World Horse Welfare! Also check it out-Steph Stu Reads.