Log in

No account? Create an account
Sauntering Vaguely Downward [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

Serious Business | Flickr
Bounty Information | Wanted Dead or Alive: Mad Scientess Nanila
Deeds of Derring-Do | Full of Wild Inaccuracies and Exaggerations

Seven-horse day [20110418|11:46]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
[Tags|, ]
[with a hint of |the Andrew Lansley rap]

I have a silly way of predicting my impending day during my commute to London. Just before Welwyn Garden City, the train goes through a tunnel and when it pops out the other side, the land falls gently away from the sides of the tracks, leaving them suspended some 30 ft above the level of the surrounding countryside. In urban areas, this doesn't often provide the most inspiring vista. But in this particular spot, the dreamy pastoral effect is rather like being dropped into one of the sweeping aerial views in a Miyazaki film, such as Spirited Away.

On one side of the train tracks lies a country mantion with beautifully manicured ponds and lawns. Stately trees dot its borders, perfectly placed for aesthetic pleasure. On the other side stretches a pasture for a sleek and glossy herd of horses bred for racing. It is there that I apply the measure of the approaching day. If I can see no horses grazing, it doesn't bode well. (It is usually a cold and wet day in that case anyway.) The maximum seems to be ten horses. Today began foggy, but the bright sunshine was already piercing the clouds when we zoomed past. So it is a seven-horse day. The morning has flown past and it's almost lunchtime, so I'm fairly pleased with the accuracy of my equine horoscope.

[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2011-04-18 13:33 (UTC)
How fun! So heads AND tails you win, none, you lose...
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-04-19 09:35 (UTC)
This is proving especially true today, when I'm working from home. *headdesk*
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: andgracetoo
2011-04-18 17:22 (UTC)
you paint such a great picture with what you write. I like the idea of an equine horoscope. If I were to do a cow version of this, every day would be a great day!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-04-19 09:37 (UTC)
It's an optimistic outlook! If you're typically a glass-half-empty sort of person, I could see it leading to disappointment, though.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jixel
2011-04-19 12:45 (UTC)

Such a poet

Great visual. Maybe you can make LJ mood indicators of n-horse space !
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-04-20 08:56 (UTC)

Re: Such a poet

That would be great. A relaxing Easter activity.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: minirth
2011-04-19 20:19 (UTC)
That is positively delightful.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-04-20 08:57 (UTC)
Since I'm working from home today, it's a null-horse day. I'm not sure what to expect.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)