He doesn't seem to mind Merlin, and Merlin totally ignores him. My next step is to take them on a walk together, Italics on my fist and Merlin's lead rope in my right hand. If they both can handle each other that close moving in a direction I think we are not far off from riding with a hawk. The end game here is to be able to ride Merlin into the fields and hillsides on this mountain and release Italics for the hunt. To come home to the farm with some rabbits or squirrels in the saddlebag will be a mighty day. Though it may be a while off.
With Italics, everything moves slow. Yesterday he started walking up onto my fist to eat instead of just bending over to eat out of my hand. It seems small but the choice to come to food instead of waiting for it to be presented is a huge mental stride for an animal with a brain the size of a pea. My brain is a lot bigger, and it was a huge mental stride for me as well!
My afernoon consists of working on a new book proposal, cloak sewing, and possibly a decent workout. Martial arts is such a big part of my life now, and every day the routine of going through my forms with body and bo staff opens up my heart and mind. It stretches limbs and retracts worries. It is a blessing in my life for sure. I look forward to those quiet times in the afternoon where the farm slips away and it is just me and 21-40 memorized moves. If you practice yoga, tai-chi, dressage or dance you may know what I am talking about?
Speaking of martial arts.... I have one spot left for Arrows Rising, which I hope one of you snags (or gets gifted) as a Holiday gift. It will be a wonderful weekend with all beginner archers! And if you can't make it here on Beltane Weekend I also provide personal lessons in instinctive shooting and can offer Archery Indie Days with a bow and arrow or two waiting for you when you arrive. Same goes for summer Fiddle Camp ( 5 spots left) which can also be an Indie Day with a fiddle in the case waiting for your hungry hands. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!
P.S. Shares of pigs for next summer, 2 shares left. These are live shares, mind you. Email for what that all means if interested.