Today was wonderful! My friend Eugene offered me a sleigh ride as a (delayed) birthday gift, so we went over to his farm today (been in the family for over 200 years!) and I had the best time.
I was on this sleigh pulled by two gorgeous Belgians. Best of all, Sam and Jake (the twins who own these beauties) let me drive the horses for two good long runs.
No, the horses are not moving in this photo. But we got trotting soon after! I today I discovered that I absolutely love driving horses. I've always liked the big draught horses, but this is the first time anyone has handed me the reins. I am totally hooked and now harbouring dreams of owning a couple of heavy horses. It doesn't help the Eugene, Sam and Jake were all encouraging me to do this. Eugene told me I am a natural, and a "good woman driver." Coming from him, this is tremendous praise!
Our friend Inari came along too, and so did Marie-Emmanuelle and our godson Ben!
On our second ride in the sleigh (we had three today), Ben had a nice nap, first in my lap, then in Gordon's!
He really seemed to enjoy his day!
And here is Eugene's old sugar shack and "man cabin"...
He thoughtfully has provided an outdoor ladies room to the side of the man cabin, complete with sign and toilet paper...
"Girls' rest area". Complete with wood shavings to soak things up!!
He has a woodstove in his shack, too.
Here we are, enjoying the gorgeous sunny winter day.
Gordon, me and Inari enjoying our first ride out.
Abby the dog came along too and enjoyed her day running with the sleigh.
Ben got up close and personal with the lovely Belgian horses.
Aren't they magnificent?
Marie-Emmanuelle and Ben posed for a photo with Eugene. It was pretty cold today, about -10C but the windchill made it feel quite a bit colder. Inari and I were having trouble feeling the ends of our fingers and toes by the time we finished at 5 pm!
It was great having Ben as my own personal law-warmer.
Inari and Gordon sitting back-to-back on a bale of straw on the sleigh.
So what do you think? Can you see me with my own team of horses? I like horses but I have to say, the only ones I've ever dreamed of owning are draught horses. Still, I have MUCH to learn.
Best birthday gift ever! Thanks Eugene.