Инстаграм @thenoisyplume Jillian Lukiwski
I barebacked Hawk on the low river two-track last night, alongside the rapids, through wet sage and rabbitbrush and willow. I breathed deep the damp and blue and fizz that lay pooling all around. I rode with my eyes closed for a while, trusting my horse, allowing my other senses to prickle and engage, feeling the drum of my heart in my chest. The birds were singing, sun warmed and joyful after a glorious high desert day. The riding was easy. My mind wandered. I got to thinking about Hawk and all the ways he has changed since we brought him home last spring. He’s filled out and muscled up. He’s more responsive, more sensitive to light pressure, more confident, and his flat walk is getting faster and faster. He’s also become more patient which is a good thing. Just ask Robbie, dealing with me requires heaps of patience. Anything I can think to ask I ask of him and so far, he has never said no. Sometimes I look around at our dogs and horses and cats and I wonder if we’re lucky or if our animals are a pure reflection of our values and our ability to nurture living things into fullness of being. #hawkthewalker
There are plenty of beautiful things to see in this world but one of my favorite sights is a gundog using his gifts in the field. It makes my heart hurt a little it’s so beautiful. I am inspired. I think that’s what we should feel when we see a human or animal living and working within the realm of their gifts and talents. We should feel elation for them, we should feel uplifted in our very spirits as we bear witness! We should feel inspired. When I see a bird dog tearing it up in the field, working intelligently and instinctually, standing game with self control and composure, it’s a stunning sight. It’s an honor to be in their presence, working my gun over top of them in a pure partnership and at the end of the day, I celebrate my dogs. When we sit down to pheasant or chukar supper we reminisce about our dog’s work, their points, their incredible fetches in impossible terrain, their effort and tenacity, their grit and grace, their gifts and talents. . . . If you keep working animals, do you celebrate their talents? Do you give them the work they need to practice their gifts? The gift is nothing without the work. . . . When you see a human using their gifts and talents to add beauty to the world do you celebrate them? Is your heart filled up by the effort behind their work, by the quality of their work, by the honesty of their work. Are you uplifted? . . . When you watch a person who is actively using their gifts and talents are you filled with joy or envy? If the answer is envy (or anger, jealousy, bitterness, regret...) what’s up with that? Are YOU using your gifts and talents? Have you taken the time to discover them for yourself, if so, what are they?
I reckon we all have crosses to carry in these beautiful and complex lives of ours — the point is to bear the burden and not become the burden. . . . Rugged little sterling crosses for everyday wear to help remind you that the load is lighter than you think. . . . Bound for my shop shelves later this week! ➕Of The West➕
A platoon of SOS Earrings awaiting french ear wire forming and other finishing details — proof that I eventually do make what you ask me to make! Sometimes it takes me a week and other times it takes me a couple years, but either way it simply takes as long as it takes! These tiny shiny things are bound for my shop next week. You beauties really ransacked my studio before Christmas. I’m out of everything you can imagine: shipping supplies, printer ink, mailing labels, metal, saw blades, and various other sundries. Once I’m resupplied we’ll be back in the saddle and running. Thanks for the support. Truly. I can never say thank you enough! ➕Of The West➕
On more than one occasion, while at the salon, my stylist has asked me why I have small branches, twigs or leaves stuck in my hair. Clearly, I employ the same hair tools and products as this fella — gale force winds, ditch detritus, an absentee hairbrush and damage repair conditioner by Aveda. Full disclosure: Aveda did not sponsor this post but they probably should have. #sponsormeaveda
Four important facts about this past year of my life: 1. I’ve never worked harder. 2. I’ve never taken more time off. 3. I’ve never been happier. 4. I’m still eating the carrots from my garden harvest! Bottom line: 2019, I’m ready for ya. Let’s ride.
We’re stateside again after a lovely Christmas in Saskatchewan with my side of our family. The wind is galloping across the high desert tonight and somehow it feels colder here in Idaho than it was up in the Great White North (and it was a delightfully balmy -15C up there). I love my homeland. I feel so lucky to call the United States and Canada my HOMES. In other news, I just collected eggs, counted the turkeys, kissed some velvet noses, tossed some hay, stepped in some poop and fed the cats. Robbie’s gone to get the dogs from the kennel. There’s a fire ripping in the wood stove. Patsy Cline’s crooning at me from the record player. It’s good and cozy in here. I hope you can say the same. #reserotheperuvian
NOW CLOSED Thank you all for your amazing comments! I read every single one — it took me a while.❤️You do such an incredible job of filling up my heart and I’m thankful to have each one of you sharing this beautiful world with me. Robbie has selected @breeze_zee as the winner of this necklace. Happy new year to you all!. . . . ➕Giveaway➕ Thank you so much for supporting me in my creative pursuits, my lifestyle choices and my farming efforts this year and for the past 11 years! Thanks for lifting me up when I was bedraggled and fatigued in the heart of the fire season. Thanks for your kind comments and for sharing the beautiful things you share and for your messages (forgive me if I never responded to your note...it wasn’t you, it was me). I appreciate you more than I could ever convey and offering up small gifts like this necklace never seems like enough but it’s what I have to give. Thanks for taking me as I am. ➕ As always, simply leave a comment on this post so I’ll know you were here and I’ll draw a winning name when the time is right. ➕Of The West➕