Perambulating With Our Ponies, Week 12, Virtual Tevis 2022


Awareness of the outside world. Your case is next, The Devil’s Panties 6/27/2022. “Some things are worth mentioning … None of these things are mentioned in the Constitution.” Imperfect Patience: Worth Mentioning.


This week. 11.5 miles, 6 rides, 5 hours 2 minutes, pace – walk.

Total. 77 miles, 44 rides, 34 hours 1 minute, pace 26:30 min/mile.

To go. 23 miles in 19 days.

Ring Work


Ring work this week – 1.5 miles, 1 ride
Ring work total – 16 miles, 10 rides
Ride Total if we include ring mileage – 93 miles


Ring work this week – 2.15 miles, 2 rides
Ring work total – 5.15 miles, 3 rides
Ride Total if we include ring mileage – 82.15 miles

Ring work miles being kept in reserve.


We are not down to the wire, but we are around the turn and heading into the homestretch.

[Playing Catch Up, Week 11, Virtual Tevis 2022]
[VT archives]


Treatment for the Water Trough


Awareness of the outside world. “Move to just assume the words ‘sorry about the late reply’ are appended to every communication for the remainder of this decade, subject to renewal.” Tweet by Elizabeth Bear, @matociquala, 22 Jun 22 (having trouble imbedding). [Previous Bear, Stopping By A Horse Show]


SSF is using these their pasture troughs. Thought I’d give it a try.

TSC: Stock Tank Secret. Why not? I don’t see it being the next great thing, but a sack of barley straw fulfills the imperative of First Do No Harm.

What the Internet has to say, “Barley straw does not kill existing algae, but it inhibits the new growth of algae. The exact mechanism is poorly understood, but it seems that barley straw, when exposed to sunlight and in the presence of oxygen, produces a chemical that inhibits algae growth.” Penn State Extension: Barley Straw for Algae Control, 2013.

Know your terms. “Barley straw prevents the growth of algae. It does not kill existing algae. Because of this action, it is sometimes called an algistat as opposed to an algicide.” Rutgers Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet FS1171: Pond and Lake Management Part VI: Using Barley Straw to Control Algae, Salvatore S. Mangiafico, County Agent II, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Cumberland and Salem Counties, Michael Haberland, Environmental and Resource Management Agent, Burlington and Camden Counties


Pieces of Plot, Summer Edition, Fiction


Awareness of the outside world. Wishing cool vibes to two-legged and four-legged.


Main character is part lizard. Has to remember to complain about the heat in order to pass as fully homo sapien.


Weather Control exists. People can petition their local bureau. Requests are batched with other factors to design upcoming weather.

As always, money talks. Weather lobbyist is now a career.

Weather Control is a global and regional concern that does not respect political borders. People, OTOH, get very excited about political borders. This was a known problem before weather control was possible.

“What happens, for instance, when one country wrings excess water out of a cloud before it drifts over a similarly parched neighbour? How does one engage cross-border negotiations on atmospheric rain, when terrestrial water (in aqueducts and rivers) itself is so contentious? Who actually owns the weather?”

Nature: Change in the weather 2008


Weather Control exists but is not perfect. Weather can be influenced rather than dictated. Main character works in Weather Bureau. Hurricanes have to occur in order to release atmospheric energy. Many are dissipated over water. Every so often, maybe a few times a year, a hurricane has to hit land. The path can be controlled to some extent. Main character’s life is ongoing episodes of the Trolley Problem.


Magic users whose strength goes up with heat & light. They are powerful at the height of summer. They are all but helpless in the depth of winter. Another set of magic users whose strength relies on cold and dark. Each group knows they can’t act with impunity because the next season is coming. Treaties are negotiated in spring & autumn.

Artificially created conditions such as indoor illumination or air conditioning do not effect a magic user’s power.


Per comment, Tardis Data Core: The Seeds of Death

Plus searching, “It is a stock superpower.” TV Tropes: Weather Manipulation.

“Ben Bova’s The Weathermakers is the story of a government agency that controls the weather.” TV Tropes: Weather-Control Machine, Literature. Must look into this this.

I had not heard about any of these. I was simply looking to fill a Saturday post, using the theory that “any fiction – no matter how little – is acceptable.” [Thoughts On Fiction]

It’s hot out, so I thought about weather, so had others, which proves there is little new under the sun.

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Cat Photos For Friday, Instagram Recap

Images, Photography

Fiction from the outside world. Cat Pictures Please (Kritzler Clarkesworld 2015). While I have mentioned this story before, it is both apropos and worth rereading. [I Didn’t Write This Post]


Instagram account, virtual_brush_box.

Photos of the geese & of Blue came out darker than they look on my phone. Note to self, Instagram likes bright? No, I don’t fiddle with the images. That is a can of worms I have left unopened.


As before, photos repeated here as back-up.

Caption: SSF barn cats making it hard for me to pack up.

Caption: Geese Fam

Caption: Blue


Hat tip to Jane for commenting about cat pix last time. I probably would have gotten there eventually, but encouragement certainly helped.

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[A Foto For Friday, Reopening The Blog Instagram Account]


Accepting their replacement pad.


Checking Out Another Show


Awareness of the outside world. One death is a tragedy. One thousand deaths is a news story. Am having trouble coming to gripes with several recent catastrophic headlines. My brain keeps sliding away from the facts.



Went to check out another local jumper show that started lower than last time. This show had two classes each of crossrail jumper and 18″, optimum time rather than fastest round. [Stopping By A Horse Show]

Would be an excellent place for us to start. Be at a show. Go in. Look around. Walk over jumps if needed. The jumps are ridiculously small, particularly given the experience levels of horse & rider (Separately, that is. Together, not so much. But I digress) Height has never been the problem.

Would I feel stupid going in at this height with my big, fancy horse? Yes. Is it what my horse needs? Also yes.

The epitome of flat cups. The poles were resting on the legs of the standards. On one hand, made for super low crossrails. OTOH, fell down if you gave them a stern look.


Traffic Management, Lost In Translation


Awareness of the outside world. Why do cats lick and chew catnip? Researchers find an answer. Press, June 14, 2022.


Situation. You are in the ring with other riders. Everyone is doing their own thing. You & your horse are chilling at the walk.

I was always taught that you yield the rail to those who are working. You stay OFF the rail to stay out of the way.

In a saddle seat ring, you never pass between another rider and the rail. Therefore you stay ON the rail to stay out of the way, so that folks can pass you on the inside.

You can see how this would lead to a certain amount of confusion for those of us switching between disciplines.