No Fly Zone

Dust Storm

Flashback Friday …

Shakespeare had just been put outside, freshly bathed and sprayed with a specially formulated natural fly repellent, when he decided my efforts were just not good enough. Within moments of being released, and to my dismay, he dropped to the ground at his favourite rolling spot and gave himself a delicious dirt bath, creating his own no fly zone.

Look closely and you’ll see a toothy grin and an expression that seems to say, “Don’t worry, mom, I got this.”

I wasn’t smiling … or was I? (Hmmmmmm …. )

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©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2018 … Aimwell CreativeWorks

Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile

Cheeky Boy



This moment was captured about 10 years ago.

My horse Bear (left), recently and suddenly passed away due to severe colic. We journeyed almost 12 years together. Photo memories, like this, help me to remember what a cheeky, happy boy he was.

I miss him terribly.

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Image: Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2017

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cheeky

The Amused Muse

Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse


My Muse


For those who follow any of my blogs it will come as no surprise that my chief Muse and grounding device is my equine companion, Shakespeare, aka Bear.

He has graced my life for the past nine years and, with his gentle nature and comic genius, has seen me through some really difficult times.

On June 25, Mr. Bear celebrated his 14th birthday.

For the past six months he’s been convalescing from a serious injury, living a rather restricted life through which he has demonstrated a poise and good nature rarely seen in confined horses. He’s been a model patient, in fact.

Lately, with his injury now mended, we’ve been able to introduce short periods of turnout in the round pen to get him used to more activity without re-injuring himself. And just this week he was put on all-day turnout in a small paddock where we can keep an eye on him and he can enjoy grazing peacefully like a regular horse again.

The best birthday present ever!

I’m so pleased for him … and he’s really quite amused.

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Desert Island Day Dreaming

Daily Prompt: Five Items




A desert island. Isolation. Nothing to do but be.

But how to be?

When pondering what to write I thought first about my list. I wanted to know where my survival instinct would take me. Would I be all “Oh my gosh, I’m stuck on a desert island!! Save me! Save me!” Or would I  adopt a “T’is cool, man” attitude and enjoy the experience.

Assuming there would be a plentiful supply of food and water, etc. I didn’t give this another thought. Frankly, I could survive on bananas and coconuts. 😉

So, given that the “necessities” of life are under control, I present to you a list of five items I would consider necessary to my survival were I to find myself alone on a desert island without human contact.

1) My horse, Bear ~ My thoughts drift to a favourite childhood book, The Black Stallion, and the movie by the same name released in 1979. I want to play out that scene on the beach (minus the snake), where Alec and his wild new equine companion, The Black, are frolicking together in the tropical sun, chasing each other across the sand and splashing in the water. The sequence in the movie is 20 minutes long and features absolutely stunning cinematography. I’m sure Bear and I would have fun and spend many happy hours thus engaged.

2) My digital camera ~ I couldn’t possibly be in a foreign land without my digital camera. So much beauty to capture for future enjoyment after Bear and I are rescued. No doubt I would get spectacular shots of my boy running and playing on the beach.

3) A journal and pen (counted as one item) ~ I’m a writer. I need to document things. I suppose that’s where the camera comes in too. I need to write down my thoughts, feelings, observations. Pour my heart onto the page. Finger writing in the wet sand won’t cut it.

4) My ukelele ~ On a desert island I would have time to play my lovely ukelele and sing. I don’t get to do that these days. I might play everything in the key of C, but at least I’d be playing. 😉

5) A book of Shakespeare’s Sonnets ~ I would immerse myself in the beautiful language of this gifted poet and it would, perhaps, inspire me to write sonnets of my own.

Hmmm, this sounds good. I might enjoy some time on a desert island.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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