Thursday, September 15, 2011

Windsor Great Park (from the back of a horse)

Here's how I spent my day:

Not a bad view, huh?
I joined my local American Woman's Club because, let's face it, I need friends.  They have a saddle club (and a book club, and a group for country walks, art lectures, English history lectures, day trips, French lessons- you name it, they've got it).  I signed up for heaps of activities.  I mean, why not?  I have a perfectly good calendar that needs filling up. 

So today, with absolutely picture perfect weather, I set out for my first hack with the Saddle Club.  We trotted through Windsor Great Park.  The scenery was stunning.  I wish I could have taken more photos, but I was riding Lulu- the most opinionated horse in the field.  After some initial bumps we got on quite well.  It was a lovely ride through a gorgeous place.  I haven't seriously ridden a horse in 25 years so I had a constant string of  instructions running through my head, "heels down", "toes in" "bring in the reins".  About half way through I reminded myself to smile.  I'm here, in England, riding a beautiful horse through this amazing park where Queens and Kings have ridden for 100s of years.  And I'm soaking it all in.   Even if I don't have friends yet, I'm lucky to be here.  If I just keep trotting along it will all fall into place.



    I bet you will have more friends than even your calendar can stand very soon!

  2. Fantastic idea joining a woman's club, plus living in Britain you will be spoilt with choices of things to do and see. I hope you make good friends over there. I am loving reading your posts about the Uk. X

  3. Oh that's amazing! I need to find a group like that!

  4. Looks like a fun afternoon. And, when you make those new friends, they will be luckier for having you in their life.

  5. Oh, that looks like so much fun! We have totally loved just seeing so many horses around in the countryside where we live. I'm tempted to keep a bag of apples in the car so we can have something nice to offer in exchange for petting those sweet noses. Glad you found a group to do fun things with!

  6. Hi, I am a new follower from Australia.

    Your photos are gorgeous :)


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