In a Cornish Hamlet

In the last post I shared a human-interest story which, predictably given we are German Shepherd Place, included animals! Today, we’ll continue in a similar vein. If you read the June article you’ll recall we followed a vet’s journey from South Africa to the US, with stops along the way. Today we’re going to parachute into the county of Cornwall in rural South West England.

Bolventor is a hamlet on Bodmin Moor (a moor is a tract of open, uncultivated upland), located near the adjoining county of Devon to the east, and centered on the 25 mile stretch between Cornwall’s north and south coasts. Here Jane and her husband, Michael Talbot-Smith – the subjects of our narrative – have carved out a vibrant life which they share with two horses, two dogs, a cat, ducks, hens and Jane’s home-grown saddlery business.

DSC_8617Photo: Jane rides her trap, pulled by home-bred horse Izarra. Her dog Leanyka, an Hungarian Visla, with red-brown coat illuminated with shafts of sunlight, rides in her favorite spot, nestled behind Jane’s feet. Continue Reading