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@betweentwoears Offers a Picturesque Perspective on the Irish Countryside

To see more of Alex and Ben’s jaunts, follow @betweentwoears on Instagram.

Between the ears of Alex Calder’s (@caldalex) trusted chestnut thoroughbred Ben lies one of the finest views of the Irish countryside. “Where we live is an old part of Ireland, and it’s quite historic,” says Alex. “It’s where the Vikings came when they landed in the 800s or 900s. There’s an old, ruined castle, an 800-year-old church and an old corral, which apparently King John of England camped in.” Her scenes from the saddle on @betweentwoears draw inspiration from “The Finest View in Europe,” a painting by English artist Charles “Snaffles” Johnson Payne. “It’s just the horse’s head and neck and ears, and he’s looking over the fields. I always think of it when I take photos,” Alex says.

Luckily, Ben is mostly patient during impromptu photo shoots on their rides. “You can see how alert he is,” she says. “When I stop and take pictures, he sort of sticks his head up and pricks his ears.”

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Goliath Slayers

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The All Blacks Are Not Invincible! 

David Has Come Forth!

Erin Go Bragh!

Woof, Baby!

Kickers and their methods
  • Greig Laidlaw: [makes eyes at the posts]
  • Jules Plisson: [makes puppy eyes at the posts]
  • Owen Farrell: [makes weird eyes at the posts]
  • Johnny Sexton: [plays mind games with the posts]
  • Dan Biggar: [dances for the posts]
  • Sergio Parisse: [is unaware the posts exist]
To the Emergency Services at Christmas

You have no holiday, to make our holiday safe.

May your day be quiet…

May your duties be light…

And may your dreams be untroubled afterwards.

Thank you all.

(These badges are Irish - National Police, National Ambulance and, lacking a national fire service, badges for Dublin and our local Wicklow brigade. Feel free to add your own local badges if you reblog. And raise a glass to them.)

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