Saturday, 23 January 2016

Horsing About

In "our" farm there is a horse trekking center. My oldest daughter is working there and my youngest is helping after school and on the weekends. Every day I go up and hang around the yard, talking with the horses, I quite enjoy their company.
Keeping horses is hard work and expensive, not that I have to worry about it, but these animals need a lot of maintenance! They have new shoes every six weeks, they even need regular dentist visits! But it's the shoes that troubles me. Horseshoes protect the hoof against excessive wear, and I found out that there is a wide variety of materials and styles developed for different horses and the work they do, but mainly they're metal horseshoes made in a forge and fitted by a farrier!
Why?!
I was looking at him bending and nailing the horse shoes to their hooves and thinking
"give this man a 3D hand scanner and let him 3D print the shoes" 
           
                                                         See you later,
                                                         Maria 

Friday, 22 January 2016

My day in pictures

My walk today, the weather wasn't great but it was very peaceful.

 Lily, my walk buddy,
 Malahide looking gray,

 a lonely tree,
 the remains of an old bridge that used to connect Donabate to Malahide,
 the sea of mussels,
back home, tired and muddy but happy.
I'll do it again tomorrow.
See you later,
Maria

Thursday, 21 January 2016

I'm back!

I am back and determined to stay!
Many changes happened in the last six months, we are a bigger family now, three generations living under the same roof. 
We moved to a bigger house in an amazing place, a farm by the sea. This has been a dream of mine for a long time, to live by the sea. 
My days are full of beautiful moments, the walks on the beach, the stand up paddle with Marco and the girls, the breathtaking sunsets, I feel relaxed, balanced, grateful and inspired. I feel so inspired that I started to look at things and trying to come up with ways of improve them! My head is always spinning with ideas, most of them will never be nothing more than that but it keeps my mind sharp and creative.
This blog is now a journal, a place where I write the highlights of my day.

See you later
                                                          Maria