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WALKERS can retrace the footsteps of well-heeled travellers from 250 years ago, as a stunning walk is recreated.
A circular walk around the estates at Studley Royal, Laver Banks and Hackfall in North Yorkshire have been revived.
The route takes in more than 17 miles of countryside and includes beautiful viewpoints, vistas, water features and follies amongst the woodland landscapes.
The route was originally created by William Aislabie through his estates and has now been recreated by author Mark Reid, with the support of several countryside agencies.
Read more on this via Stunning estate walk revived (From The Northern Echo).
Ministers stripped out 95 per cent of Britain’s ‘impenetrable’ planning laws yesterday but immediately caused fears for the future of the countryside.
Conservatives plot re-think on countryside wind turbines
Ministers are preparing to veto major new wind farms in the British countryside and cut back their subsidies, according to senior Government sources.
George Osborne, the Chancellor, is expected to announce a review of the Habitats Regulations that protect huge swathes of precious landscape.The review is intended to speed up the planning process by cutting down on red tape.
Critics, however, believe it is another concession to developers and threatens wildlife in areas like the Thames Estuary, Lindisfarne and Salisbury Plains.
The Habitat Directive, which was passed down by the European Commission in in 1994, covers any area considered important for rare wildlife such as ancient woodland, heathland and wetlands.
The UK interpretation of the rules, the Habitats Regulations, covers more than one million hectares in England.
Kids on Dating, Romance and Marriage
A group of young children were asked about marriage, here is their advice.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?
- You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.- Alan, age 10
- No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.- Kirsten, age 10
WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
- Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.- Camille, age 10
- No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married.- Freddie, age 6
HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
- You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.- Derrick, age 8
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
- Both don’t want any more kids.- Lori, age 8
WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
- Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.- Linette, age 8
- On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.- Martin, age 10
WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR?
- I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.- Craig, age 9
WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
- When they’re rich.- Pam, age 7
- The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that.- Curt, age 7
- The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.- Howard, age 8
IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
- I don’t know which is better, but I’ll tell you one thing. I’m never going to have sex with my wife. I don’t want to be all grossed out.- Theodore, age 8
- It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.- Anita, age 9
HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?
- There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?- Kelvin, age 8
HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?
- Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck.- Rick, age 10
Like many teenage girls of the late 1960′s and early 1970′s, Garwood native Shirley Johnson got engaged to her high school sweetheart on graduation day.
Her wedding plans were cut short, however, when her fiancée turned out to be a nightmare rather than the man of her dreams.
“The minute he gave me my engagement ring, I became his possession,” said Johnson, who accused her ex-fiancée of being physically abusive.
A member of the Balusek family, who were well-known on the Texas rodeo circuit, Johnson looked to her horses for solace.
It was then that she found the strength to end her abusive situation.
“I felt powerful on this horse so why should I submit to this man,” said Johnson. “I thought if I could control my horse, I should be able to control (my fiancée).
That was one of Johnson’s earliest realizations that horses were good not just for riding, but also for therapy.
More than 20 years later, she is still using horses to provide therapy to herself and others.
“Horses give you strength,” said Johnson, 59, owner of Stable Life Counseling Center. “They can be empowering.”
After nine years of working as a counselor and parent liaison with the Victoria school district, Johnson opened Stable Life in 2003.
The counseling center focuses on helping clients with issues such as anger management, career counseling, domestic violence, sexual assault, parenting, post traumatic stress disorder and attention deficit disorder.
A number of different treatment approaches when working with clients including phone sessions, Christian counseling, relationship counseling, solution-focused therapy and most notably, equine or animal assisted counseling.
Equine therapy has been found to be effective in treating people with a wide spectrum of physical, behavioral, social, cognitive and psychological problems.
Building a relationship with an animal has been found to promote empathy; affection; trust; loyalty; the ability to be in control of a situation; increased self-esteem; improved learning, concentration; ability to take responsibility; motivation to set and achieve goals; and teamwork and problem solving, according to The Federation of Riding for the Disabled International .
In 2001, Johnson was a part of the first certification class for Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.
Although equine therapy is an internationally accepted and certified area of counseling, Johnson said it has started to gain respect within the counseling community within just the last five years.
Though she has used other animals for therapy purposes, including a calf and her dog Pumpkin, Johnson favors using her horses – Rojo, Red, Penny and Snowball – because of their unique ability to read people.
“Horses don’t lie. Dogs do. Other animals do. You can beat a dog and abuse it, and it will still come for love. If you beat a horse, the horse won’t come back until you earn that trust again.”
Read the full post via Victoria Advocate | Horses aid in therapy, promote trust and empathy.
Is it crazy that I still feel this bad from my horse’s death four years ago? This horse was my life. He died of cancer on November 20, 2007, when I was 12, and I’ve been affected by his death ever since. I feel as if I can’t talk to anyone about it, because they expect me to be over it by now, but I just can’t. I tried telling my mother once, but she told me point blank that she didn’t understand why I was still upset, and that it was a little silly for me to still be this hurt by his death. I write my feelings in a notebook sometimes when I can’t think, but all that’s happening is making me feel worse. There are nights where I just break down crying until I can’t breathe. Sometimes I think I’m depressed, but I’m scared to tell anyone. What should I do?
Read the CNN expert answer via Should I still be grieving my horse’s death? – CNN.com.
I was looking for something new and fun to do outdoors when I came a cross this video. The video is a fantastic, must see but I think I might look for something a little easier and safer