“-E tu, come mi vedi? -Come un mistero. -E’ uno strano complimento. Il più strano che abbia mai ricevuto. -Non è un complimento. E’ una minaccia. -Che significa? -I misteri vanno svelati. -Potrei deluderti. -O magari sorprendermi.”
Sherratt’s Rough Woods, Whitegate, Cheshire England. June 2015.
All kinds of naturally occurring plants in this peat bog area - there are many SSI’s (Sites of Scientific Interest) in this wood, this is probably one of them - so it would be disruptive (not to mention dangerous) to venture further into the bog. With the ferns, mares tails & the irises it really seems other-worldly; all that is missing is Gandalf or Bilbo Baggins.
Legend says that the Abbayan strain takes its name from a desert war mare who lived centuries ago. The Bedouins have often told that her owner was once fleeing from the enemy, and being hard pressed, her rider attempted to lighten the load by discarding his cloak, or, abaya. But the mare carried her tail so high and with such pride, that the cloak was held by her tail all the way back to the riders encampment.
The Abbayan strain continues from the great mares, such as NK Jamilla (NK Hafid Jamil x NK Asila) - pictured here by Glenn Jacobs.
“Where am I going? I’m going out, out for a walk. I don’t know where except outside. Outside argument, out beyond wallpapered walls, outside wherever it is where nobody ever imagines. Beyond where computers circumvent emotion, where somebody shorted specs for rivets for airframes on today’s flights. I’m taking off on my own two feet. I’m going to clear my head, to watch mares’-tails instead of TV, to listen to trees and silence, to see if I can still breathe. I’m going to be alone with myself, to feel how it feels to embrace what my feet tell my head, what wind says in my good ear. I mean to let myself be embraced, to let go feeling so centripetally old. Do I know where I’m going? I don’t. How long or far I have no idea. No map. I said I was going to take a walk. When I’ll be back I’m not going to say.” -’Talk about Walking’- by Philip Booth