Alternative Horse Drawn Travellers
A book about modern horse drawn travellers
Alternative Horse-Drawn Travellers
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Midlands - The Delaney Family
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Tarp over a branch covers wet paint from the English weather, 2018.
Daughter learns family craft
Bryony and Pete lining a cart for a gypsy man, 2018.
Pete's mother cuts his hair
Pete, here 17, visits his mother ? years after leaving Birmingham to live off grid, hitchhiking and staying in bender tents, 2019.
Portrait of Pete
Peter Delaney, 55, behind his wagon in the morning, 2017.
Experimenting with painting a gnome onto his current wood carving. Racheal paints, mainly horse shoes but also anything she finds interesting, using Barge Art, 2017.
Pete shows his portfolio of wagon painting while Rachael warms herself by the fire, 2017.
Painting fruit onto a pan box for a man who builds drays and wagons, then hires Pete to paint them, 2018.
“Here, put it on my shelf” Pete says to a, Gypsy himself, Gypsy Liaison Officer, 2019.
Smith, 23, is lead wagon horse to Pete with Bluebell and Bob on the side, 2017.
“In life I have the belief I will go down that road and what I need will be right round that corner” - Pete, 2017
"It's all right Bob, it won' 'urt ya!"
Bob lived in a field for many years and was eventually given to Pete to replace Smith as lead wagon horse but he is too scared of vehicles, especially large trucks and tractors, 2017.
They jump Bonzi, Rachael’s stallion, over a stream while moving him to fresh grass, 2017.
”I’m sorry chap but I don’t accept the ownership of land, I only respect good use of it.”
Food is prepared while the night's and next morning's wood is cut, 2017.
Pete's second daughter, Bryony, 23
Mole plays with a ball while Bryony cooks dinner.
On the move
Bryony has just started moving on her own, 2018.
Bryony through the ford
Bryony rides through the ancient Brookhouse Ford, Preston Bagot, England on the way to the Beltane Bash 2018.
She reaches the parkup, 2018.
Horse first aid
Pete help Bryony squeeze puss from Mr. Bailey’s infected lip. He then reapplies John’s Wort which he makes by boiling the plant over the fire, 2019.
Rolling water from the camp onto a large roundabout in Redditch where the horses are tethered, 2019.
Her first horse
Solstice was a present made by Pete when she was a child, 2019.
Trying scrollwork for the first time on a pice of scrap wood, 2019.
Painting her first scrolls on her own wagon, 2019.
Judah, Pete’s second son, helps new girlfriend Stephany to build a wagon with power tools, 2018.
Hazel with days old foal Catkin
Stephany didn’t know when she bought her that she was pregnant. She keeps them, not tethered but in an electric fence, 2018.
Musically inclined transaction
Violin maker, who works from his canal boat, buys horse hair for a bow string, 2018.
First move for new wagon
Mother and daughter are tethered to the back while Stephany moves with the wagon for it’s first trip, 2018.
Foraging for alcohol
She finds elderberries, perfect for ‘Hedgerow Wine’ she is making from berries you find while foraging in the UK hedges. Other berry and apple trees were planted by farmers for their pickers to snack on while picking and can still be found in hedges across the country, 2018.
Judah teaches her his craft of carving wooden animals and mushrooms, 2019.
Jordan, Pete's oldest son, and Katy (top right and girlfriend to Jordan) bring then unnamed 3 day old Finn to meat the family, 2019.
Back to roots
Pete sketched this design for Jordan’s new home, a ‘wagon’, a towable wagon, 2019.
They ripped an old caravan they had on ‘the land’ from it’s base, 2019.
War either side of them; 1840 battle of Evesham one side and, the hill in the background, Wood Norton, the BBC’s nuclear bunker they would broadcast the disaster message to any survivors from.
Around 6am, or whenever they wake up, they put the dogs out and light the day’s fire, 2017.
Portrait of Smith
Smith, 23 here, resting in between move days, 2017.
Pete raking grass
Grass freshly cut my the council needs to be removed as it can give a horse Colic and kill it. This happens with any organic marital, freshly cut and immediately decaying, you may think to feed a horse, 2019.
Training his last new horse Ace to take over as lead wagon horse from Smith, 2019.
Meet the neighbours
The Safer Neighbourhood Officer (right) visits to meet the family telling me “When Pete is on my patch he is a resident of my patch and I have a duty of care to any resident of my patch”. After telling them stories about other police encounters he’s had in the past, Pete then showed them his portfolio of wagon painting as the lead officer mentioned his grandfather made and painted wagons too, 2019.