One of my favourite things to do at this time of year is to take Galahad blackberrying. The berries are starting to go over now but there are still enough around to make it worthwhile. This is where playing around with gymkhana games come in handy – Galahad has got pretty used to me leaning over to the side for no apparent reason. Most of the time. He can still have his moments!
This year I was brave enough to show him an actual proper basket for the blackberries. I was a bit concerned that it would be too much of a worry for him but we have been keeping apples in it so he thought it was wonderful.
Galahad is also rather keen on the actual blackberry picking. He is a bit too good really – he watches me pick the first lot of berries until he decides he has got the hang of it. We move on to the next patch and he carefully picks the berries off for me. He finds them quite a delicacy!
Hasn’t it got cold suddenly! A few days ago I was riding in a t-shirt, then September started and someone realised it should be autumn so turned the temperature down. Now I need my coat. Until I start grooming/mucking out/riding and it doesn’t seem cold at all!
It is gorgeous when I go out to the ponies in the mornings. The valley is full of mist but the sky is usually blue above and everything is beautiful.
It certainly makes the early mornings less painful!
September also means that the hedges up the hill have been cut so I don’t have to get wet riding.
If it has been raining the grass in the middle gets slippery and Galahad does not enjoy it on that slope (who can blame him?). He walked carefully to the side which meant that all the wet bracken could reach out and get me. It got me nearly as wet as the rain itself would have done.
The blackberries are ripening now and there is something very nostalgic about picking them as I ride. When I was little one of my favourite things was eating blackberries on hacks.
Autumn is definitely here but I am loving it!