Half term zoomed past in a rather joyous blur. Honestly, dear Reader, we ended up galloping here, there and everywhere. With both girls now utterly smitten by ponies and Poppy proving to be a real natural in the saddle, I couldn’t resist taking them to the National Trust’s Mottisfont to see the current Norman Thelwell exhibition. Pony-tailed learner drivers on rotund ponies…..couldn’t be more true to life chez Margot and Jerry at the moment, dear Reader!
The Giddy Gallops trail round Mottisfont’s grounds proved excellent fun – free range children a plenty being put through their paces on a challenging course.
Point to point racing, clearing the jumps with the dogs (thank you Mottisfont for being so dog friendly – so lovely to be able to take the pups on our outing too)…
not to mention polishing the saddles, hanging up the tack and shining boots before taking our tired ‘ponies’ for hot chocolate and cake in the café.
Giggling over Norman Thelwell’s cartoons and illustrations and marvelling at the 70 original artworks including stunning depictions of local landscapes, it proved to be the perfect day out for the Horse Mad Two from Hampshire. Watching Poppy and Primrose cantering their imaginary steeds back to the ‘horsebox’ (masquerading as a very muddy Land Rover), I found myself hoping that these two little girls never grow too old for ponies. Poor Jerry. We’ll be bankrupt before long!
With the week ahead fast approaching, we managed to squeeze in a little brunch at the fabulous new look Long Barn café. Such a treat.
Lashings of toast with raspberry and lavender jam, gargantuan coffees, hot bacon rolls for the girls and even time for a bit of browsing – Long Barn’s displays always have me in magpie mode, coveting everything in site!
With half term over, Jerry and the girls back to the grindstone and a mountain of deadlines looming over me, I am wondering if I should take up a permanent pew at the Long Barn to see me through until the Easter hols……coffee and cake on hand at all times. Wonder if they need a writer in residence, dear Reader?
Fabulous as always Margot. Having grown up with Thelwell I can quite understand your two enjoying a day out cantering over the cross country. I will confess to only growing out of this game when I managed to get round a course on a real pony. Hope you enjoy the thrills of ponies for many years. (So sorry Jerry!)
Lots of love and best wishes from Shropshire
Oooh thanks so much Clare! I love Thelwell too. Jerry will suffer the pony bankruptcy if it means no boys! xxx
Ohhh – shall we at the Long Barn on Thursday, their tea is better than mine! xxx
Ha! But you have the toy soldiers! xx
That should say ‘meet’ at the Long Barn! xxx