Those who have gotten to know me over the past few months, know that I grew up a city boy, but now as a busy public servant live out on a rural property. Other than the serenity and the potential of a huge blank canvas surrounding you, is the opportunity to be with the Earth and its creatures. Here's one of 'our' creatures, Stella. Stella coming in by stillshunter, on Flickr She looks quite majestic doesn't she?...though I do have a father's eye. Well it wasn't always the case. And this is what I most love about the opportunity our lifestyle and life perspective affords. It's a long a sordid story, but I do not wish to bore you with all the gory details. They say a picture says a thousand words, so here's a few thousand for you... Stella Then by stillshunter, on Flickr Stella Then by stillshunter, on Flickr Stella Then by stillshunter, on Flickr In early December 2009, we saved this foal from the lowest form of life - an ignorant human being! We found her on-line. The 'person' had bought her from a bloke at the pub and kept her in a dust pit on his property feeding her the occasional loaf of bread. Yep, the pinnacle of equine nutrition. Suffice it to say, as soon as we saw this we paid the guy whatever he wanted for her and arranged for transportation. We knew she was in a bad state so we opted for the best for the 1000km trip. Not cheap, but she arrived being the tiniest offering amongst a truck carrying stud horses worth no less than $80,000 each. She just had the energy to 'walk' off the truck. Even the burly truck driver was fuming. Red-faced he said, he could - no "should" - have punched the guy who he collected her from. She was on death's door. Literally the vet said she had only days left in her. Well my better half is a beautiful person in every sense of the word and she invested every ounce of her soul in nurturing this emaciated spirit. And I do mean 'spirit' as her previous life had not only worn her body, but had eroded her psychological being. But we are now over a year down the track and this is our Stella today. Stella Profile by stillshunter, on Flickr Stella - Just Hanging by stillshunter, on Flickr Stella portrait by stillshunter, on Flickr Stella just checking by stillshunter, on Flickr As you can see she is curious and cheeky now. She is full of spirit!!! And is a bitter testimony to the spectrum of the human condition.