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A Sunday postcard

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

22 thoughts on “A Sunday postcard

    1. Thank you, Cathy. 🙂 It was a mini-holiday. An afternoon and evening at the beach yesterday. I’d love to see the pony swim, too, but I’ve heard it’s hot, humid, buggy, and crowded, and everyone keeps telling me it’s not worth it. That’s probably the main reason I want to see for myself.

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      1. And I just noticed that I managed to get the date wrong when I typed up the back of the postcard. Too late to fix it now. It should have been yesterday’s date.


  1. Brilliant idea for a post – a post-card! 😉 Lovely day for the beach. I love the term Saltwater Cowboys. 🙂 Do they cull the herd or do medical care? Why do they round them up?


    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 There are two herds of wild (of feral) horses on Assateague Island. The herd on the Maryland side is wild and gets no medical care or help in order to keep them wild. On the Virginia side of the island, the “wild” horses are owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department. They keep approximately 150 horses on the island, and to control the population, they hold an auction every July (the last Thursday). The weekend before the auction, the Saltwater Cowboys round up the horses and pen them. Today at sunrise was the Beach Walk when the cowboys move the ponies from one corral to another. Tomorrow the vet will check them out, and on Wednesday they will swim the horses from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. They do it during “slack” tide when there is no current. (As a side note: The horses look almost terrified in most of the close-ups I’ve seen, but I don’t know how to judge the facial expression of a horse. The videos show them trying to turn back, but the Saltwater Cowboys keep them moving forward.) The ponies are allowed to rest for about 45 minutes after the swim, and then they are paraded through town to the carnival grounds. Thursday they auction off the foals. The auction not only helps keep the population down, but raises money for the fire department. On Friday the adult horses swim back to Assateague Island.

      They have been doing this for 90 years. There is a book called “Misty of Chincoteague,” written in 1947, that tells a story about the pony round-up, swim, and auction. The author, Marguerite Henry, wrote a whole series, but I’ve only read the Misty book.


      1. Now that you mention the book, I remember it from my childhood. Even though it is likely traumatic for the horses, it is probably best to trim the herd for overall health. Thanks for explaining the round-up. I expect it attracts a fair amount of tourists. The horses are of tough stock, so would make a rugged choice for horse owners. The foals are best for training while young, I expect.


        1. “A fair amount” is an understatement, Eliza. lol! M and I had forgotten all about the round-up, and we were stuck in traffic for quite a while trying to leave Chincoteague. Ah well, it’s all part of the summer experience around here. 🙂


Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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