Jo (of Celtic Memory Yarn) wrote in her blog some memories of horseback riding as a child. That brought back some fun memories of my childhood and horses and fun fun fun. Now I never had a horse of my own -but so many of my friends did - and some of them even lived in the city during the week so I got to exercise their horses.
We had scavenger hunts on horseback for birthday parties, we rode in parades, we went to gymkhanas and one of the moms made matching outfits for some of the pair events (like relay races with eggs on spoons), we played broomstick polo, played knights by holding long sticks and spearing small rings suspended over the course (much safer than actual jousting that we originally thought of doing), we did Bonac Pole bending - a seriously sick game - you rode like a bat out of hell weaving in and out of telephone poles and mailboxes trying to get as close as possible to them (any wonder I have lousy knees now) We would ride double and bareback on one horse down the field and turn quickly at the end and try to stay on - now don’t think we were being cruel to poor Playboy - he would do this to us on a regular basis (make 90 degree turns trying to make us fall off) we just found a way to have fun with the psycho horse. This is the same horse that stepped on my foot while squeezing me against a fence - he owed me some fun LOL
We would ride thru the woods to go to another beach - and to this day to get to those beaches on the road I would have to have a map but thru the woods I knew the trails like the back of my hand (now there are probably 300 houses along the length of those trails)
And if we weren’t on horses or chatting in tack rooms we were riding our bikes to the beaches or taking a boat out from Uncle George's (where the hoses were kept) to go clamming and fishing and swimming.
But Jo I never had the experience of clambering up an embankment and doing a terror filled slide down the other side. Damn this girl would have been doing some major praying on the way down for sure.
So Jo thanks for the walk down memory lane - it was grand fun.
So tomorrow will be turkey with the in-laws and Sat. I will be cooking the free turkey I got from King Kullen for us - we should be turkeyed out soon don’t you think - the main turkey meal, turkey sandwiches, turkey pot pie, hot turkey sandwiches, all finished with turkey soup from the carcass - I just love turkey :D