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A glimpse of a beautiful Czech spring / Letmy pohled na ceske jaro

I am sorry but I just had to post this photo. It gives me goosebumps  and brings tears into my eyes every time I look at it! Why the goosebumps? It’s just a thrill for me to watch a running horse (I can’t even imagine the thrill of actually riding a horse! I would probably get a heart attack from it). Why those tears? My mind longs and aches to go back there, to actually physically experience the beauty of a Czech spring: the numberless dandelions everywhere , the smell of a fresh grass and freshly blossomed flowers, and of course the newly awakened Czech forest…

Now let me introduce you to Dorian, an exquisite black horse owned by one of my dear Czech friends.

CZ: Omlouvam se, ale musela jsem vam tuto fotku proste ukazat. Neni nadherna? Nejen ze z ni mam husi kuzi, ale take se mi trosku zamlhuji oci slzami. Vzbouzi ve mne vzpominky a pocity z detsvti (mladi), kdy jsme v Cechach na louce pletli vence z  pampelisek, slunili se na cerstve jarni travicce a prochazeli se probouzejicim se lesem.

Seznamte se s Dorianem, krasnym cernym konickem, jehoz majitelkou je jedna moje velmi dobra ceska kamaradka.

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29 comments… add one
  • Joe T. Vosoba April 26, 2011, 6:38 am

    Tanja, I understand your feeling watching a horse run. I raised Arabian horses. Beautiful, fiery, fine-boned living works of art.Once a white stallion got away from me and chased several mares in my pasture. One mare was also white. I’ll never forget the white stallion and white mare, manes flying, nostrils wide open, running as fast as they could over the green grass. I stood and watched, transfixed, a few minutes before I could rouse myself and go catch him. Unforgettable.
    See http://www.arabianhorses.org/home/Gallery/Index.asp?i=1035
    (My DNA search company says my — our — ancestors on the steppes were the first to tame the horse. Maybe its in our blood).

  • MariKa April 26, 2011, 6:59 am

    Joe, neni to bezva jak je tve prijmeni Cesky negramaticke? Hahaha Osoba ne? Kecam…
    Je jina krasa nez kone v behu? Samozdrejmne ze ne…
    Kdyz mi bylo jedenact, tata byl doktorem na velke Pardubicke….kraaaaaasa. Jsem se tak zamilovala do koni ze do dnes jezdim.
    A je zajimave kdyz potkam nekoho kdo se koni boji. Protoze to jsou big babies. Spot byl jednou kousnuty komarem a cely den mi daval nohu dopredu, a kyval hlavou at se podivam ze on ma booboo.
    Jsou bezva, a boli mi srdce ze se tolik prekrasnych Americkych Mustangu zabiji pro salam ;((
    Jsou to magnificent a krasne zviratka.
    Apropos, jestli si tohle fotila Tanjo, kraaaaaasny kun. Wow. Ja mam nejradsi ty belo sedive, jako nase Popelka 😉

  • Sarka April 26, 2011, 7:18 am

    MariKo, I don’t think Joe understands Czech 😉

    Beautiful picture, Joe!

  • Tanja April 26, 2011, 7:26 am

    Joe, is that what it is? Arabian horse? I have not even asked my friend Eva what kind of a horse it is….

    Really? Your family was the first one to tame them? Well, if you got an article on it or something like that, I would love to write a post about it! This kind of a Czech accomplisment cannot be overlooked!

  • Tanja April 26, 2011, 7:27 am

    MariKo, tak ty jsi zila v Cechach az do 11 let? Hele, a kdy ty mi posles tvuj pribeh, aby jsem ho mohla publikovat? 😉
    PS: Ne ne, fotka je udelana mou kamaradkou Evcou…

  • Romana Osborne April 26, 2011, 9:27 am

    Take miluju kone a cesky jaro!Vim jak se cejtis.

  • Eva April 26, 2011, 4:57 pm

    Very nice picture Joe.
    Horses running and playing there is nothing better to lift your spirits.
    I was lucky to experience 4 springs in Czech and Slovakia.
    The black horse is not an Arabian and very young. He has feathers above his hooves but is not built like a draft horse. I had a quarter horse and mustang that was part Arabian on my farm years ago.

  • Tanja April 26, 2011, 8:58 pm

    Romano, tak jsem rada, ze u obrazku nevzlykam sama 😉

  • Tanja April 26, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Eva, you are so lucky! Last time I was in Czech during spring time was about 5 years ago which means I need to do it again soon! Well, it’s not as easy once one has a family 🙁

    By the way, I just now saw your website – very interesting! Does that mean that people can contact you in case they have one of those surnames and you may be able to help them with their heritage research? But of course, since you are a non-profit organization there are no guarantees, right?

  • Posh April 26, 2011, 11:37 pm

    Wow, some coincidence! I recently wrote this article on the very same subject:


  • Karen April 27, 2011, 1:52 am

    The words “Czech Spring” immediately conjured up the most wonderful Prague memory of mine from two years ago. May I invite your readers to come with me on a “Springtime Saturday stroll in Letna Park?” It was such a perfect day in a perfect city. http://tinyurl.com/64zj7kx

  • MariKa April 27, 2011, 11:03 am

    Tanya, my escape from Czech would make for a book not a post 😉 There was a time when in Yougoslavia we sold everything to stay alive, first the tents, camera, watches, then the car. We sat on a bench thinking what’s next? We go home, dad goes to prison and our lives will be robbed of a father, my only teacher, my confidante. My mother was so strong. She lost a baby there. The same day in the park, when we found ourselves without anything, but my mom’s purse, I met a young woman and being as friendly as I’ve always been I practiced my Yugoslavian and said hello. She began talking to me and it turned out she worked for the organization that helped refugees connect with families in the US. My mother’s family left Hungary in 1956 and settled in American and they were psyched to find us. We lived in a hotel for almost two months before the paperwork went through and dad, speaking several languages helped the people who helped us translate etc. But it was really hard. The people – the characters we met there – seriously make for a great book. Even when we befriended one of the hotel maids and begain exploring Yougoslavia. She had her own story with her son away in the army. I met a kid from Jordan who had an amazing past. What a country by the way. Another doctor family from Brno….it’s just way too much to write, you know and I feel like my journey isn’t over yet, either. Thank you, tough. I hope you got my note about me meeting Lenka the singer, I sent that to you for a post 😉 so people here know about her new album.

    Sorry Joe, nevedela jsem ze nemluvis Anglicky…jsem jen rikala ze je to sranda mit prijmeni ktere neni v pravopise 😉

  • MariKa April 27, 2011, 11:10 am

    Hahaha, I just re-read Sarka’s note. Sorry Joe, I did this to you twice???! I was just joking about your name that the V- in the begining makes it slang ;PPP
    Boy! Attention to detail MariKo!!

  • MariKa April 27, 2011, 11:21 am

    I don’t know how many of you know the beautiful TV series Dobra Voda, filmed near my Czech home of puppet city Chrudim, but if you have a chance you can see the entire series on youtube. It’s absolutely lovely and if you love horses, you’ll fall in love with the series. There is a line in the series:
    “there is no view more beautiful than that from a saddle on a horse”

  • Tanja April 27, 2011, 9:48 pm

    Mariko, let us know when your book comes out, sure would like to read it. But it sounds like it will be coming out in volumes, right? 😉

  • Tanja April 27, 2011, 9:52 pm

    Posh, that article sounds like you are a professional horse-racing newscast! Do you really like horses or was that one of your work assignments? 😉

  • Posh April 28, 2011, 6:12 am

    Kinda like horses as my sister always had them, still does. Can appreciate their beauty, etc but they kick and bite and ain’t too friendly. That was a work assignment, but interesting to do.

  • MariKa April 28, 2011, 8:43 am

    Posh and Tanya, I have a feeling we’were three little girls who would rather clean a horse stall than their own room ;))) I love that advertisement it’s always in the horse magazines. ” I bet you know at least one little girl who’d rather clean a horse stall than her own room.” I loooooooooooooooove horses, but then again I love all animals. In fact, I like animals more than people. Sounds weird, but it’s true.

    As for the book Tanya, it’ll be some time. At this time I need to complete the pages my agent wants for the first book I’m writing about my mother’s aunt Olga, who was 16 when she did something incredibly brave during the Holocaust. That in fact is a huge story and it’s in two parts ;))) so I’ve got a lot on my plate with translations and a broken leg. I can’t even make it to any acting auditions and I’m directing my first film this August for which I have sewing to do, and locations to secure. Life is a peach! Wow, I would looooove a broskve right about now!

    This morning while eating breakfast I was just thinking about Czech… there I was sitting with pinaples and cantaloupe, cottage cheese and orange juice, french bread, organic marmelade and organic coffee and I’m thinking, my God, I remember when a simple chleba s maslem and caj was enough. I think everyone who came here from the Communist regime should find a way to live a life that has adequate needs and yet, we give into spending so much so we forget about each other. I’m spending the day in the garden with lemonade, my mom and we’ll be knitting. Just to make life a little less complicated ♥

  • Joe T. Vosoba April 28, 2011, 9:21 am

    MariKa, you are right about my name. My people came from South Bohemia, okolo Pisek, where adding a “v” in front of words starting with a vowel is a common dialect. (eyes=oci, they say voci; fire=ojen, they say vojen). I’ve done some searching and am convinced that OSOBA is the real family name, altough the V traces back to the late 1600s in church records. To confuse things, some came to US and changed the V to W, thus “Wosoba”.
    I don’t read Czech well, but could figure out what you wrote. My verbal Czech is better, especially after I have been there a couple weeks or more.
    Tanja, No that black horse is not an Arabian. When I wrote that my — our — family tamed the horse, I did not mean MY Vosoba family; I meant ancient ancestors, my DNA haplogroup (R1) is credited generally with taming the horse on the Eurasian steppes some 30,000 or more years ago.
    Enjoyed the comments.

  • Posh April 28, 2011, 3:37 pm

    Marika … uhum … last time I looked, I was a man 😉

  • MariKa April 28, 2011, 3:54 pm

    Wow! You know your DNA? How did you get that figured out? Interesting…

  • MariKa April 28, 2011, 3:55 pm

    Posh, sorry for assuming…there’s Posh Spice, that’s all I knew ;PPPP

  • Tanja April 28, 2011, 9:08 pm

    after all these years, simple chleba s maslem a cajem (bread with butter and a tea) is still my all time favorite food. Give me a fresh good loaf of bread and a stick of butter and I turn into Otesanek 😉

  • MariKa April 29, 2011, 10:37 am

    Don’t get me started on Otesanek, the film “Little Otik’ scared the F out of me! But you’re right, however, wholegrain organic gluten free bread with veganese veggie spread and raw honey pour moi these days.
    Does anyone here remember one of the Czech actors talking about ‘chlebova pochoutka’ in a comic strip? I think it was a poke at communist poverty, but really funny, they ate 3 slices of bread :)))
    Vzpominam si tet na ty Ceske funny.

  • Jaryba April 29, 2011, 11:25 am

    Pro zajímavost: Kate a William dostanou jako svatební dar od České republiky kladrubského bělouše.


  • Tanja April 29, 2011, 3:03 pm

    Jarybo, no to je teda opravdu zajimave! ja jsem nevedela, ze jim staty takhle davaji darky. To jako jen tak anebo je to takovy povinny darek, jako ze kdyz jim nic nedas, tak ti to Anglie bude mit nadosmrti za zle?

  • John Kracha April 29, 2011, 3:35 pm

    Joe, is that you in Nebraska? Let’s hear about the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society, Intl Conference in St. Louis. Maybe some authentic food. Glad to see the readership!

  • MariKa April 29, 2011, 6:21 pm

    Jen chci dodat, jestli o tomhle nevite, ze krasne mestecko Chrudim, bylo tez venny dar krale Karla IV jeho dame ;)) To jsou darky, to Vam tedy reknu!

  • Tanja April 29, 2011, 9:11 pm

    No vid, MariKo, kam se hrabe nejaky porsche, kdyz muze zenska dostat mesto!

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