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.


7 comments:

  1. SOOOOOOOOO COOOOL!

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

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  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

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

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

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  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!

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

    Your photos are gorgeous :)

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