Glories

Glory be.  Glorious.  Gloriful.

Morning Glory.  Ipomoea purpurea. 

To the Victorians, they symbolized "Love in Vain."

Moonflower, which opens at night. A relative of the Morning Glory. Its buds are spiraled like a unicorn's horn, and its blooms are white. The moonflower symbolizes "Dreaming of Love" in the language of flowers.

Luna Lovegood Dancing

"She lingered in that charming little garden to say hello to the gnomes, such a glorious infestation!  How few wizards realize just how much we can learn from the wise little gnomes - or, to give them their correct name, the Gernumbli gardensi."

-Xenophilius Lovegood, from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Luna Lovegood, dancing with the gnomes just before Bill and Fleur's wedding in The Deathly Hallows.  Lovely Luna!

Newborns - Part IV

The last foal at the Double L Ranch was finally born.  His mother is a grey thoroughbred mare, so I had been expecting her foal to be similar to her in colour-- not! 

He's a dark brown bay with a cute white splotch down his face.  It looks like someone hit him with a can of paint.

Which made me think of painters, absinthe, art movements, impressionism, Vincent Van Gogh, and Monet.

So I've decided to call him Impression.  Imp, for short.  Or Impy.

It's been wonderful working at the ranch while the mares were pregnant, watching the foals appear one by one with their different colours and personalities.  And I've loved naming them-- even though these names are not going to be their official registered names, if they ever make it to the race track.

Now the months of training begin: gradually making them accustomed to people, to being handled, and wearing a halter.

You can read the other Newborn posts here: Part I, Part II, and Part III.