This is a short post, Lol! (small fence then!) Sorry. Sunday was a free day, my OH said I could shy off lambing for the day! YeeHa!…………..Unfortunately i forgot my camera, and the mobile phone ran out of power before I got to the ride! Sorry, no pics.
We have had some very cold East winds over the last two weeks, but some wonderful sunshine, and most of the low lying snow has gone, except for the big drifts. I managed to clean `ol Gracie up a tad, and we headed for Kershope Bridge. I have been many times and you will have seen the older pics. I left home a little after 9.30am, on the way i collected Sheena and her horse Patrick. It was cold, but not terribly so. However by the time we arrived at the forest, there was a bitingly cold East wind ripping down the valley. just tacking up was an effort! My little fingers were really frozen, numb in fact, I checked the car thermometer, and it read an outside temp of –2C. Not cold by some standards, but with the wind chill? Must have been a little colder. Anyway, tacked up, a hot coffee inside and away we went, hot footing it down the river bank, towards a back road leading to a sheltered ride through the forest. There wasnt a lot of snow here, but once we began to climb, we soon found a lot more! Although sheltered inside the beautiful Pine trees, it seemed a whole lot colder! There was ice on every stream. We cut the ride short after 2 and a half hours, the sun still shone, but my gloved hands were feeling the cold. Plus Sheena hadnt really dressed for the cold, she had been more? Well, more spring like in her choice! There was one funny moment of the ride, I had had to stop for a personal break, and once finished, i began to climb on the horse, all was going well, when for no reason I can think of, I began a rather leisurely slide right off the other side! I knew it was going to happen, but couldnt stop it! I still dont know what happened even now, Gracie didnt move, so I can only blame myself. It happened so slowly I could see it all as clear as day, god knows what Gracie thought I was doing! Poor horse.
Anyway, that was it, get on one side and straight off the other side!! I did laugh. But I did feel that Sheena made more of it than was necessary!!
I must be losing the plot. I dont mind being thrown off, thats par for the course!(occasionally) But sliding off the other side? Oh well, never mind. So that was it really, cold and windy.