Horsing Around My Village

Horse

Another Pastel Drawing of mine.. along with some History of where  I grew up .

The Horse to me has always held a fascination..As a child I would pester my Dad until he relented to let me have riding lessons.. Living out in the country in a small village in the Derbyshire Dales all my friends either lived on farms or had access to horses.. But being the eldest daughter of Five siblings my Fathers wages as a Quarry Face worker in the Limestone Quarry in the Valley of our Village Stoney Middleton meant that he had to dig deep into his pockets to allow me that luxury.. Needless to say my riding-lesson days were numbered, so I used to tag along with my friends and walk and run for miles alongside them as they rode and would jump for joy when at last I was allowed to ride for 10 minutes or so..

My fascination for horses I think for me began before my life on Earth started for I am sure I held a memory of riding long ago.. It wasn’t until later that my interest developed in Native American Indians and through past life memory recall I was able to recall living among these wonderful Tribes.

While I was growing up as a young girl I would help in the Village to create their Well Dressings A well dressing is a celebration of the life giving waters of fresh wells. And in the Derbyshire Peak District many villages create well dressings.. This is done by filling a wooden frame with clay, in the case of Stoney Middleton the clay is soaked in the Brooke which runs through the Village which once upon a time ran a small water wheel to the Mill which was the Boot Factory which is one of the oldest buildings in the village which began in the late 18th Century and by 1835 there were four factories in Stoney Middleton .. Lennon’s Factory still makes  Steel capped Work-Boots and Hiking Boots today. In fact when my Dad first left school aged 14 this was his very first place of work. 

After the clay was soaked petals from flowers from villages gardens and fields were pressed one by one to overlap by hand into the clay to make pictures.. As a child we were allowed only to do the borders not the main picture We would gather in the yard of the local Pub the Moon Inn… Where once upon at time it was said that a Murder took place of a Pedlar who had been to the next Village of EYAM  which was famous as the Plague Village in 1665 after a Taylor took in some fabric delivered from London this fabric contain Fleas which spread the Plague.. The Village of  Eyam shut itself off from the outside world and Whole families were wiped out.. a List of the Victims can be found here  a website that tells the story of the Plague..

Well dressing Stoney Middleton

Thousands of petals and seeds were used to make this Well Dressing.. more pictures  and information can be found on my links in red.   

Well Dressing week was always good fun.. There would be a Village Tug of war.. and fancy dress and in the old Days there would be the Village Beauty Queen..  and I also remember taking part in the May-Pole Dancing too..

At Christmas time as I child I would be part of the Choir in my Church St Martins,

Later I went to Sunday School at the Local Wesleyan Reform Churchwhere I went until I was 15yrs old.

At 15 I started Work and I left my childhood Horsing around Days and started upon my Adult Adventures.. Smile 

I hope you enjoyed your Trip around the Village I grew up in..

Here is Me.. Age 5.. Me Age 5

Have a Great Weekend all of you.. Sue Dreamwalker

 

 

 

 

  

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  1. suemacarthur
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 00:33:02

    Morning Sue
    your drawing of the horse is wonderful, you have a gift,he look so real you want to pat him, I love read about how people have grown up, it good to look back some time and she what has made us who we are today.
    Take care
    Sue

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 22, 2011 @ 10:06:44

      Yes Sue its good to look back.. I visited my Dad’s sister, my elderly Aunt two days ago who still lives in the village.. she is 86 now, She too grew up in that Village as did most families.

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  2. Androgoth
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 01:25:14

    What a really pleasurable and worthwhile read, and starting off with such a fine pastel drawing of your horse, which is so very lifelike, indeed your talents for art are limitless my great friend.

    I have also enjoyed the story about your village and how you would arrange the petals around the borders of the Well Dressings and all the times that you enjoyed as a young girl, the fun of watching the village tug of war and choosing a costume for the fancy dress, all these wonderful memories that you have shared with us and more, with the history of your village with detailed links to enhance the knowledge of past and present.

    I really like this most personal offering Sue as it truly adds a sweet flavour to your Space, I also like the photograph that you have shared of when you were a fifteen year old girl, how delightful my great friend and thank you for sharing this posting, it is excellently written and wonderfully portrayed and I am sure that everyone that reads it will take pleasure in it.

    Have a lovely weekend now Sue and be good, or else? 🙂 lol

    Androgoth XXx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 22, 2011 @ 10:12:08

      Well thank you Andro my friend, I seem to have discovered I enjoy working in pastels the best as I can blend and get the shade I require with a softness that suits the Animal portraites .. I am pleased you enjoyed your trip around my old Village.. I still think of it as home even though I have now lived longer away from it.. I go back often to visit relatives. The photo I have of me when I was 5 yrs old is a rare one.. as I do not hold many photos of when I was younger, But that one is a treasure.. and I often wonder what I was thinking as I gazed past the camera lense.. My thoughts even then were perhaps way up in the Stars somewhere.. as I was always a Day-Dreamer.. 🙂 ,, You too have a great weekend Andro.

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  3. Androgoth
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 01:27:33

    Fifteen? Sue can you edit that one for me as it should read five, I am sorry about the ridiculous typo…

    Androgoth XXx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 22, 2011 @ 10:13:55

      I knew what you meant Andro LOL.. 5… yes… I have a photo of me at Sweet sixteen lol.. now that I will not be posting LOL!..

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      • Androgoth
        Oct 22, 2011 @ 18:06:22

        And why not indeed? Now you have said it you have to add it 🙂 How do you mean why? Well it’s the intrigue behind your words of wickedness so you have noooooooooo choice but to show us it 🙂 lol But only if you want to of course? 🙂 It’s a good job that you know I like a bit of a jest or you would be deleting me from your friends list for being so naughty 🙂 lol

        Have a wondrously nice rest of day
        and do enjoy that yummy homemade
        bread, I can almost taste it from here 🙂

        Androgoth XXx

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  4. Sabina Brave
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 08:08:01

    I love your drawing Sue. And I love horses. I ride them only once. When I was little girl. About 7 years old. It was my grandma’s horse. He was very similar to this one from your drawing.
    Your post brought to me very pleasant memories. Thank you Sue 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 22, 2011 @ 10:18:13

      I am so happy this brought your own Happy memories back you you Sabina.. I think a lot of little girls want to ride horse.. I know as a small child I would have my pretend horse with me all the time.. I also wanted my Dad to buy one… Not understanding how we could not afford one.. He said as I remember it very well.. “And where would you keep it?” I said..” thats easy Daddy, you tie it up on the lawn under the tree and it can eat the grass”.. We had a fair sized lawn. lol.. and to a small child I imagine it seemed huge.. I smile at the memory now.. Lol Its good to have our minds go back on Happy Times.. 🙂 Thank you Sabina for your lovely thoughts x

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  5. The Emu
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 08:24:35

    First off girl , what a beautiful child you were and I can imagine the beautiful girl you have become. I enjoyed that story Sue although it is not a story as such but a glance into the photo album of your life, you have so much history and so much knowledge , who would imagine a cherub of 5 years would hold so much knowledge and wisdom.
    Whatever may , I am proud to say I have you as a friend and know you
    Emu aka Ian

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 22, 2011 @ 10:23:01

      Arrgh thanks Emu~Ian my friend.. A beautiful child! arrgh a shame we have to grow Up LOL.. .. its funny you know Ian and I know I can tell you this without you thinking that Im crazy.. All my family said I had an old head on young shoulders.. And I often think back to when I was younger as I think I knew even at that young age that there was so much more to life.. and I knew even then I had been here before…and like I have commented on other posts I would look up to the heavens and just KNOW.. that I came from the Stars!.. .. Im proud to have you as a fellow friend Ian.. Thank you. 🙂

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  6. davidtennd
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 09:00:26

    Beautifully done Sue, a real treat to visit. Thank you so much. And the horse is not bad either!!! Love David.

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  7. Eclipse
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 21:17:34

    Love the read Dreamwalker….the horse is fantastic and that little girl at the end….so cute 🙂
    Hope you’re having a cozy evening
    Hugs & love//Eclipse

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  8. eddietwohawks
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 22:07:09

    enjoyed this wonderful trip! I became woven into your personal life as I read your tale of times now past. I have learned much more of what makes the Sue Dreamwalker of today. always a pleasure to know
    love always, Eddie

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  9. eddietwohawks
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 22:13:37

    p.s. the horse painting is just incredible!

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  10. Renee Espriu
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 04:59:48

    Can’t get enough of your fine pastel drawings, Sue. One of my best friends when I was a very young girl in elementary school could draw horses that seemed to come alive…just like you…and I so wanted to do the same. But she saw something there I could not. You have a gift! Love your story about growing up, the horses, your dad’s work and especially the Well Dressing. Customs of people are what make cultures come alive. Thank You!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 23, 2011 @ 15:31:43

      I take my art gift from my Dad Renee.. he was a very good natural drawer although he didnt paint.. my teacher wanted to me to go to Art College but funds ment I was needed to go out to work, and my wages were tipped up to my parents and I got pocket money back for a fair few years.. .. lol.. .. But thats how things were back in those days..as one wage didnt go far to feed 7 mouths..

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  11. jennygoth
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 14:49:23

    this is one of your best blogs dreamer what a fantastic village to grow up in i love this sort of lifestyle loved your photo and the horse you have painted your very talented im surprised you havent put some for sale or have you? have a lovely week xxjen

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 23, 2011 @ 15:34:52

      Thans Jen I enjoyed putting this one together, and so happy that so many enjoyed reading a little of where I was brought up. And thank you for the compliment on the Horse .. And NO I do not sell any paintings I have however given plenty away.. but I always take a photo first.. … have a great week Jen and oh I love your new picture by the way 🙂 Very nice.. xxx

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  12. anemalon
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 20:19:33

    Thank you so much dear Sue, beautiful paintings and story…best greetings Helga

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  13. europasicewolf
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 22:12:08

    Great picture Dreamwalker 🙂 And a lovely and fascinating trip round your village! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  14. lorrena
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 03:04:32

    Nice art ,You look as a small girl who searches the realm beyond my friend,
    I know you will find it,
    LLP

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  15. becca givens
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 04:13:03

    Sue – your gift with pastels is an incredible treat for us … thank you for sharing both your latest and persoal insight … I delight to read! Thank you ~~ becca

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  16. 4 ♥ 1 ♥ Love
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 05:13:40

    The detail of this painting is masterful my wonderful friend. A real joy to visit your site. Enjoy every day!

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  17. Lady Jude
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 06:08:21

    Your artwork is lovely Dreamwalker, No one really needs to go to art school that kind of talent comes from within and has been learnt from many lifetimes… You have done very well as an artist …….

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 24, 2011 @ 10:54:40

      Hi Lady Jude, that is a very deep compliment from one who is such a good artist also.. thank you, and yes you are right the talent comes from within. and I am blessed with many Gifts that we can all at times take for granted.. thank you Lady Jude.. xx

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  18. Christine Grote
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 01:54:28

    You have a lot of interesting things in this post. The well dressing is fascinating. I’ve never heard of that. Once it dries, does it stay good forever?

    I always like seeing your artwork.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 25, 2011 @ 21:41:09

      Thanks for you compliment about my Art Chrsitine.. .. As for the Well Dressings They do not last more than a week, as thats usually as long as they stand at the side of the wells, Especially in hot dry summers the clay cracks and the flowers sometimes peel and fade..If the weather is damp and cooler then they can keep their colour and appearance longer.. a great shame, as many hours goes into making them.. But I used to love being part of that community spirit when I was a child.. They use like a tracing paper with a spiked wheel to pin-prick the pattern out in the clay so that we would know where to put the various petals.., ( Ps Im still on with the 7 links Challenge lol and havent forgotten. 🙂 )

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  19. summer breeze
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 05:39:15

    Wonderful pastel of the horse my dear friend, I love it.. always a fav of mine since very small..another thing we have in common 🙂 much love from my heart to yours.
    Love, Summer

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  20. beautifulchaos2
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 22:57:16

    Hi Sue,
    Your drawing is really wonderful, you’re so very talented!
    What a beautiful villiage that is! I checked out the video clip and another link showing some building and streets, I just love seeing the old villiages in europe, something so wonderful about all the stone and brick and old world feel to it that we don’t have here.
    The photo of you when you were 5 is so sweet, and I see a bit of a michievious gleam in your eyes:)
    Hope you have a fabulous day Sue.
    Big hugs, Nikki

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  21. Short Poems
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 20:19:23

    I love your blog Sue…beautiful drawing…amazingly done!

    all the best
    marinela

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  22. Soul
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 18:26:54

    Hello Sue,
    thanks for your visit and comment.
    Replacement with much pleasure, they are beautiful your pictures that you sultuo blog.
    I wish you a magical autumn.
    Soul

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  23. lorrena
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 02:58:35

    “Well Dressings” what a sacred idea and how nice to see you as a small child looking into the future “knowing” that time will pass when you fully understand the “self” within.
    I am sure you mull over this as the conscious light begins to shine ever brighter as shows with the wonderful carefree way you channel your light here,,”and there”” my friend.
    Namaste

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 03, 2011 @ 12:56:23

      Thank you Lorrena, yes the Welldressings have always held a special place and I am still seeking to understand the ‘Self’but with each passing dawn I come through another star filled night full of illumination and wonder, as I remember a favourite song of mine…. ” I was born under a wandering Star…. And I guess I still wander and wonder… and wish upon… Many thanks my dear friend and Many Blessings..

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  24. Ka Malana - Fiestaestrellas.com
    May 01, 2017 @ 01:58:10

    Hi Sue,
    Your talent in depiction of this horse image is incredible. This is such a compelling image.. I’m glad I ended up here to see it. One like me never knows where the energy flows…
    Blessings to you on this day. –
    Ka

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 01, 2017 @ 08:52:43

      Bless you dear Ka for following the Link.. And so pleased you enjoyed this post and my horse.. Who now sits framed on my landing.. 🙂 Many thanks for your Birthday wishes.. I have not time to answer all comments on My Beltane post today as I am off out later this morning.. But have approved them. all.. Hope to catch up with you and your posts this week..
      Many thanks again my friend.. Much Love.. Sue xxx ❤ 💖💗💐

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 12:46:14

      Thank you Ka.. can not remember if I answered this or not but I will answer again just in case from my comments box lol .. so happy you enjoyed my artwork and reading about village life.. So grateful you followed the link to explore more.. 🙂 ❤

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