Xato and the Thinning of the Veil

Eek! Nearly two months since my last update? Oh dear! I haven’t even written about our trip to Austria last month, where Ben and I went to attend the third International Pack Animal Meeting. I don’t know where the time goes – I never seem to have a moment where I’m not supposed to be doing something else!

To try and ease myself back into more regular blogging, here is a fun picture post for you. With Samhain / Hallowe’en incoming, I took Xato into the woods behind their field and, with Ben on the camera, we took a few fun shots. I’d meant to do this costume combo last winter, but we didn’t get the snow I was hoping for – so an autumnal scene will have to do!

I’d also wanted to dress Xato up as well, but I was having a bit of a bad day (week, month, year…) and didn’t bother in the end. This was a fun way to see what works in case we have a future, professional photoshoot, however.

I think Xato makes a rather good Samhain mule, travelling the liminal zones as the veil between worlds reaches its thinnest point – but there were, of course, a few out-takes…


That is my throwing knife in his mouth. And before anyone freaks out – don’t worry, it’s LARP safe! Meaning it’s made entirely of foam. He plucked it out of my wrist sheath and then threatened to shiv us if we didn’ t give him any treats (he’s been hanging around with Marty too much).


My mystical stick of mysticalness had a funny smell to it, apparently.
Xato likes tree-mystics. They have treats.
“Bad mule! No snacking in liminal zones!”
Given that Marty doesn’t like my rain-jacket, I don’t know why I imagined he’d be oki with me wearing chainmail.
Just moving the mules, the mystical way.

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