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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

ABC Wednesday - "E"is for EQUESTRIAN

Right from the time we got married, we'd take our vacations at our property at Shuswap Lake in central British Columbia. We stayed in the cabin next to my hubby's parents' place and had a wonderful, if rustic holiday swimming, boating and water skiing, biking and hiking through the neighbouring government campsite and taking the girls horseback riding. Their first Experience with horses Entailed petting the ponies at the ranch and when they were about two years old, were allowed to ride the ponies through a fenced-in trail with their Daddy leading the way while holding the ponies' reins. Jamie always rode Trigger and Jaclyn loved Silver. As they grew older - and taller - they were finally allowed to ride the ponies on the regular trail ride up the side of the mountain to a beautiful plateau with spectacular scenery. The ranch owners took a picnic for everyone to Enjoy while the horses and ponies would rest and nibble on the delicious wild grasses and flowers that grew abundantly in this relatively undiscovered paradise. So today, "E" is for "equestrian," the art of riding horses.
Jaclyn in front (2 1/2) and Jamie behind (almost 6) riding the ponies.The next year, Jamie was almost 7 and the ranch owners let her go on the big trail ride with her Daddy, even though she still wasn't really old enough. Jamie just recently told me that she remembers being so excited to finally be allowed to go on the "big kids' trail"!

All saddled up and ready to go with Trigger!

Daddy's in the lead and is telling Jamie to stay right with him at all times.

Jaclyn stayed behind and rode Silver in the fenced-in area. She didn't mind because she had Mommy all to herself for the entire afternoon, and she helped prepare dinner for the very tired riders.



Note: Please excuse the poor quality of the photos - they're from 1982-3.

54 comments:

VP said...

Hi Leslie - great pic and story today :)

ellen b said...

What sweet memories these photos show. Too cute that the one horse's name is Trigger!

Nancy said...

What great memories- and I love the pictures! I had a pony named Trigger! Thanks for sharing.

dot said...

Nice story and wonderful pictures!
I can't tolerate being up high like that so my one time on a horse at age 16 was enough.

Flassie's Fil'a said...

Sweet precious memories!
So cute!

Have a Blessed Happy Fun
Creative Healthy Year!!!

DeeMom said...

Wonderful memories...the pictures are so dear...

Andrea said...

Nice memories and nice photos.

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes'NL said...

very great story and I like the photography, I also liked to ride a pony once... Have a nice day!

Sharon said...

Loved the story and the pictures were sweet, lots of warm memories there!

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes'NL said...

Thanks Leslie, You missed my Dutch Windmill I added this one later as a header, have a good day!

Deb said...

Hi, I just came from Erin's blog at photo penguin, wow more horses and a neat story too! :D

granmal said...

What great memories you have with your family. Great story. I love riding horses, just don't get a chance to do it often.

Neva said...

I didn't think of this one either.

Katney said...

Excellent choices and great memories I am sure.

Autumn said...

Oh how cute. I was always a afraid of horses, so I didn't put my kids on them often, but my grandson loves them and we got a great shot of him on a pony last fall.

Dirty Knees said...

Great memories! Bet you're glad you took the photos to help you remember!

Lilli & Nevada said...

What great memories those are, I love to do trail rides, but havn't been on a horse in many yrs.

Petunia said...

I love horses! Very nice post!

Ackworth Born said...

lovely pictures - I rode a horse just once - not my cup of tea - we see quite a few round here though and it is nice to see them.

Ida said...

Nice memories and charming photos. :)

imac said...

Hi, nice take on E - also very interesting info and great pics.

Casdok said...

I am so thankful for photos and the memories they hold.

kissa said...

Lovely photos and memories. Used to ride haven't done it for ages.

Liz said...

Great photos, and such a special time for the girls to remember.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

I love the photos and the the story! I miss Shuswap Lake. We used to go there all the time when I used to live in Kelowna. I think a trip there is in order in the next couple summers.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Great E-photos and story!!! I love your photos:)

daryl e said...

Wonderful memories .. evoked by E

Anne-Berit said...

Must have been a great adventure for the young girl to go on that trail.Very nice E-post from you:o)

Janet said...

Wonderful photos and such nice memories.

kml said...

Excellent post - love the stories they tell!

Kerri said...

Beautiful memories! Lovely E post!

Helena said...

I've only been on a horse once and I got scared cos it was so high up there! LOL!

I thought E was a hard one to find but eveyone has done really interesting things....

:^)

Randi said...

Nice photos and nice story. Love to read your story.

Berit said...

Beautiful photo! :o)

RuneE said...

A good E - and nice daughters (I should know since I have three of them...)

Gemma said...

I wondered how many different E words would show up this week. There is a great variety. Your old equestrian photos are excellent!

Jan said...

When ever I post "old" photos, my daughters are aghast. Love your post.

Smalltown RN said...

Oh Leslie those are such precious photos....I have a dear friend who lives in Kamloops and has a trailer aka mobile home up on the Shuswap....I love it there...especially when we get to go out skiing and tubing...oh this brought back many memories for me...thank you...

Lana G! said...

Cute! Great E Post!

Mari said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I don´t know how I find all blogging teachers... Greetings from still working Finnish primary-school teacher :-D

I think these photos are even more interesting because of those colors and marks of ageing.

HildeS. said...

How lovely photos, and what great memories:)

AVCR8TEUR said...

What fond memories you and your girls must have of their childhood! Thanks for sharing. How can you forget a horse named Trigger.

BumbleVee said...

Hello fellow Canuck...I am in Calgary now..but hail from Kamloops and Kelowna.... know the Shuswap well.

My sister lives in Armstrong....so I am out there at least one a year....

tx for dropping by my blog..

Jean M Fogle said...

I loved the pics, you can tell they are from the 80's!

Dragonstar said...

Aaahhhh! Lovely pictures, lovely story. Thank you.

Gordon said...

Some lovely memories here. We did things like that with our children, too.

sally in norfolk said...

happy family photos :-)

Kim said...

That's a great one. I love horseback riding, I don't know why I didn't think of that :) Great pictures, I love looking back at old photos from when I was a kid.

Josie said...

Those are great photographs! It's wonderful to remember family times like that, isn't it?

And a horse that's actually named Trigger! Too funny!

photowannabe said...

What a sweet story of your family. It shows how wonderfull family is. Equestrian is a great choice for the E post.

kRiZ cPEc said...

no wonder, at the first sight they seems to be of some vintage. At least they are well kept. Thanks for your words btw. I'm flattered, lol.

Susan said...

Just a beautiful post Leslie! Great choice for E.

Paulie said...

How in the world I missed your blog entry yesterday, I will never know. Really enjoyed the photos and storyline!

Max-e said...

This has brought back some some memories for me to. We had horses way back in the 1980's when we lived on a small holding - haven't ridden for ages.