Tuesday, June 1, 2010

borderlines.

guess where i've been?
too right.
mrs pop's flowers....who could stay away?
but i stayed on the borderline, on the boundary road. it's the brightest field anyway. wouldn't you just love to run in there and lay yerself down and stare up at the blue through the pink? i would. but no no no. i stay on the tracks... life's about dreamin' in any case.
i rode there twice yesterday. hah. who wouldn't have? first time on De La Rey, aka The General, Finest Hoss On The Planet. well. the horse is south african and aptly named after Jacobus Herculaas De La Rey (fondly known as koos), a famous Boer general. I don't think it's a very popular name down south these days.

"...interest in the life and career of De La Rey has recently made a resurgence in South Africa as a result of a song entitled "De la Rey", by the Afrikaans folk singer Bok van Blerk. The song is about a Boer soldier who, towards the end of the 2nd Boer War, after Lord Kitchener had implemented his scorched earth policy, and had burned the Boer's farm to the ground and put his wife and child in a concentration camp facing almost certain death, in desperation and contemplating the destruction of the Boer nation, calls for General De La Rey, a powerful figure even amongst other successful Boer Generals, to lead the Boer Volk (people) to victory.
The Department of Arts and Culture responded to a request for a statement on the song's potentially subversive lyrics[4][5][6] saying that the song was "in danger of being hijacked by a minority of right-wingers", defending the composers' right to free speech and citizens' right to oppose the government through constitutional means, but warning that "those who incite treason, whatever methods they employ, might well find themselves in difficulties with the law."[7] The Democratic Alliance opposition party responded by saying that the song was not nearly as potentially subversive as ANC president Jacob Zuma's song Umshini wami (Zulu for "bring me my machine [gun]").[8][9] - WIKIPEDIA


"...He is generally regarded as the bravest of the Boer generals during the Second Boer War and as one of the leading figures of Boer independence. As a guerrilla, his tactics proved extremely successful. De la Rey opposed the war until the last, but when he was once accused of cowardice during a Volksraad session, he replied that if the time for war came, he would be fighting long after all those clamoring for war had given up. This proved to be the case..." - WIKIPEDIA


still. you can't change a horse's name. bad luck. and i don't mess with that kinda stuff. too much of it lurking just behind the door, in the dark corners, tip toeing behind you when you aren't looking. so de la rey aka The General it will stay. and what a fine horse he is.

the old horse is named rhino. go figure. as i said, you can't change a horse's name. no sirree. he stumbles stiffly along, floppy eared but armed with a lion's heart. he always warms up at the end. i love the sound of his shod feet cantering along the mud packed roads between the maize, wind in my hair, sun on my back. who wouldn't feel like the luckiest person alive?

so toodely old toot, y'all. hell, i might even head back to those flowers and cross the borderline this time, on The General. he ain't no coward. wouldn't you?
bisous y'all X X X "lay me down in the tall grass and let me do my stuff" ones...x j.





23 comments:

Elizabeth said...

The flower fields stunned me....
and the stories of boers long gone.
What a strange history almost all of the planet has had
how one might end up on the right side or the wrong side and how the sides keep changing........

Spiny Marshmallow said...

Great post. Interesting - very. Are you KIDDING those flowers??? I had no idea - I WAS being very careful when we rode through the paths when the seedlings were small - but I had no idea it was going to end up looking like this. Whew. Magnif pics....

Miranda said...

WOWEEEEEE! Gobsmacked by the pics. Thanks for yr offer for me to plod on Rhino, can't wait!

Janelle said...

hey elizabeth... yeah. they are AMAZING...they light up anyone's day by far... xxx j

pamu - you see??? all those wee seedlings BLOOMIN'! XXX j

and mo! yes. when do you wanna start!? think he will be a PERFECT horse for you to start on... CAN'T WAIT! xxx j

Amanda said...

oh my god i could fall asleep forever in those psychedelic fields......too gorgeous

hoping you do cross the borderline on the General and make a run for the flowers....let us know what happens

p.s. still considering a bribe with mrs. pop? (or maybe it's too much fun to sneak thru!) ;-)

Angela said...

Are you sure these fields are for real?!!

Mud in the City said...

I'm not sure I'd be able to resist dashing through that colour! Would the General come out all spotty and covered with pollen as well? Brillaint how wide open skies, warm sunshine and a horse with a big heart are the recipe for instant happiness!

Just Another Savage! said...

wonderful words, always a pleasure

fushandchips said...

If forced to ride when I visit, I boogies Rhino.

Janelle said...

amanda still completely considering a mrs pop bribe...xxx j

beautiful, hey geli? xxx j

it really is instant, mud. xxx j

thanks audwin! and dig your blogs too. xxx j

fush, you're so going up on fancy arrow. xxx j

Mlle Paradis said...

stunning flower fields. just stunning! thanks!

PurestGreen said...

These photos are so beautiful, I gasped when I saw them. Lovely lovely.

Reya Mellicker said...

Wow!! What a vision. that is incredible.

And as for the "hosses" - of course you can't change their names! My goodness.

Karen said...

Oh holy cow! How can you NOT lie down in those fields!?!?

(Thank you for the post--very informative, plus I love hearing about the horses... :) )

http://reluctantmemsahib.wordpress.com said...

what fabulous pictures; those flowers are wonderful. the temptation to rush into their midst must be overwhelming. x

family affairs said...

Just lovely. So, so enticing. Hope you're loving your half term. Lx

Charl said...

Lovely pictures and story Janelle. Thanks

Lori ann said...

You are so funny! i wouldn't have ridden, being a scaredy cat and all. I'm glad nothing happened to you and you got to ride the lovely boer horse and take FANTASTIC photos!
And i did enjoy your waffle so very much.
xxx lori

Robyn said...

Wow...
the field of flowers is fantastic.

thank you for sharing this :)

Robyn said...

ps... you were very good not to roll in the flowers ;)
i don't think i could resist that -though i imagine there would be a lot of bees.

Janelle said...

thanks y'all for lovely comments and for reading...love and salaams all round! lashings of. x j

Tessa said...

Wow, you said you were ridin' off to see landscapes and my god what landscapes, girl! Beauty stretching towards forever. And YAY for the boer, ek se. xx

Celeste said...

Flowers, Fleetwood Mac, History and Horses, what more could I ask for in one post? Perfect :)