As we had a bank holiday on Monday I was working slightly shorter hours and just about had time to ride before work. I almost didn’t make it – I am not really a morning person – but I am so glad I did. Galahad and I had a lovely hack and we got to watch the sunrise which was beautiful.
Galahad’s antlers and tinsel are all packed away for the year now but there is still rather a lot of glitter around. Not so much on him any more (although there are a few traces in his mane and tail) but it seems to be all over the floor. The yard looks quite magical!
We have had a lovely Christmas. We had some great rides over the past week and even got in a spot of carol singing which was fun.
We had chocolate coins and the ponies got apples and pony treats which were much appreciated. We also finished most rides with some hot chocolate – it has been pretty chilly!
We also finally managed to paint the ponies’ toes gold. It wasn’t entirely successful as we had to wash their hooves and the glitter didn’t want to stick to wet feet. We still had fun though!
My parents came for a walk on our New Year’s Day ride and Galahad was not at all keen on my Mother’s wrap. He was desperate to dash past her and even wound Cookster up a bit. Once I had let him stop to have a proper look though he was fine. He just doesn’t like not knowing what things are!
I hope you all had very happy Christmases (or are having – Epiphany is not until Friday and we are keeping out the antlers as long as possible!).
On Sunday it was time for the pony post to make its Christmas deliveries again.
It was a lovely morning with just a bit of fog and we got a bit excited about our decorations. Galahad had glitter in his mane and tail but Cookster even had it on his ears!
I was going to paint their hooves with glitter as well but it was a bit too muddy for it to seem worthwhile.
As we rode up the hill it started to get foggier but it was still a lovely ride. Both ponies behaved very well and waited patiently at each stop.
We stopped for a chat at one house and the ponies got some apples which they very much appreciated. We were stood there for at least twenty minutes without the ponies making a fuss so I was really pleased with them.
When we left we found that the fog had got even thicker and we rode back down the hill through a white world. Down in the valley though it was still a beautiful, sunny day. We had a wonderful ride and a lot of fun dressing up. We’ll do it as much as we can over Christmas!