Wednesday, 28 March 2012

country stables

Thought I would add a post with some photos of the stables over at the local National Trust property where I volunteer.

Arlington has four Percheron horses, not your usual fine carriage horse, but very suitable for the job here working as a pair in a wagonette.  The day started with David the Head Coachman getting in two of them,  Erik and Mr. Fips...



Oh, and before I forget there is a new member of the Team

David's new puppy Buddy who kept an eye on things throughout the day



You should have seen the expression on Mr. Fips face when a wash was mentioned....





and this is Erik getting in a lather...



for two huge horses they behave extremely well, and I think they liked the attention



particularly when Mr. Fips appeared to be wondering if his tail was completely clean



so it had an extra rinse off



Here's Erik looking very clean


I've been asked to take photographs each week and add a post to the NTArlingtonCourt Facebook page.
which would be okay if I had even the slightest clue how to work Facebook, which I don't, so for a while I think it will be extremely hit and miss.  The above photo is the one I used to start off with. (I see a wise guy had to add a daft comment)....oh well, he couldn't have realised I'm a beginner at this stuff, and I do see this as very positive, it means people are looking at the page.  I would actually like to work out how to add more than one photo per post, but that has eluded me so far. 

Anyway, after all this washing and cleaning we took the horses out for a lengthy drive, me grooming and David driving

this is where the edge of my hat (for which I was extremely grateful, it was a very hot day after all) got in the way on this photo


and a VERY short video I managed to capture quickly as we went up the road - I apologise for it being wobbly, so brace yourselves,

video


I have a feeling there will be quite a few posts about Arlington during the Season working over there.  Hope you enjoyed seeing this.




16 comments:

  1. Oh Ann you are so lucky to have gone for a ride with those beauties! I have only had a carriage ride once in my life many years ago in Montreal where I was born and raised but I have never forgotten the feeling! What a treat!
    Tina xo

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this Tina. I have often told people how enjoyable it is.

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  2. P.S. I love that sweet puppy too, he looks like an angel! Any and all videos of your adventures are appreciated!
    Tina xo

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    1. He is really cute Tina, I keep sweeping him up for a cuddle.

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  3. This is another very lovely post about Arlington! I especially enjoyed the ride!

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    1. Hi Judy, glad you enjoyed the ride. I'll try to get a longer video another time.

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  4. What lovely horses!
    Loved the sound of horse hooves clipping along, so relaxing.
    Looking forward to seeing more of your photos xx

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    1. Yes I love that sound too Pat.

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  5. What a lovely 'reportage' Ann, really enjoyed ...and wonderful ride too!

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    1. Thanks, glad you enjoyed it Jane.

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  6. Beautiful horses! and a sweet little puppy too ;)

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    1. Hi Kyla, and needless to say the puppy gets so much attention from everyone.

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  7. Clip clop clip clop....very soothing sound. I enjoyed the ride! Thanks for including us! :)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Robin:)

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  8. Ciao Ann,
    you are very lucky to see Arlington with its animal life! Wonderful! Buddy and mr.Phips are very sweet and I think is a pleasure for you to work as a voluntary
    I would like to be there with you...
    Ciao, Floriana

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    1. Hi Floriana, glad you like seeing Arlington - this is my way of bringing it to you all in blogland:)

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