All of my writing has horses in there somewhere and that’s not just because of a lifelong obsession with them! I have worked for a long time in horse based therapy and they do indeed reflect how we are feeling.
In Challenger, Joanna, Diane and Ray find the answers to a lot of their problems and begin healing the rifts between them on an equine-assisted therapy weekend. But is this really true? Can this happen?
THOMPSON PASS TO KEYSTONE CANYON BY CHERIME MACFARLANE
If Denali is the cherry on top of Alaska, Keystone Canyon is one of the yummy little nuts scattered on top the ice cream. Near the town of Valdez, and formed by the Lowe River, its walls are almost perpendicular.
The gorge, 3 miles or (4.8k) long, is rife with water. It spews from high and low places all along its length. At an elevation 307 feet (94m), it is close to sea level. But to get to it and the town of Valdez, you must negotiate Thompson Pass.
I have always loved myths and legends, especially those surrounding nature. There are many stories about the spring flowers, but this is one of my favourites. This one is loosely based on a Moldovan legend and it is the tale I used to tell my children as we went for wintery walks, looking for the first snowdrop of spring…
When I’m not writing stories, I love to wander around our little woodland. Being under the trees, feeling the breeze on my skin and watching the changing of the seasons, is simultaneously relaxing and invigorating. It is also the place I find most of my story inspiration. I’ve always enjoyed camping but I can’t quite call myself a wild camper. I’m more of a wild glamper! With three small children, it’s not really practical to just set off with a backpack and hammock. We need to plan and pack, we need room for favourite teddies, and if truth be told, I like the comfort of my own pillow. So, while we get out into the wild, we also take along a big tepee tent.
For the last few years, we’ve dabbled in learning bushcraft skills. I’m proud all my girls can light a campfire with just a ferro rod and striker – no matches for us – and I won’t mention that it took me over an hour to master it. We love preparing meals on the fire, and foraging for wild edibles.