Grooming took a bit longer day due to various things. Yesterday I had found a huge scab in Gigi's mane, and had cleaned up and sprayed it with Betadine, but today I asked the lady who runs the yard to have a look, and we agreed it was probably the aftermath of a tic, and sure enough we found another one further down her neck. Also the wires in one of Martine's boots came out of the track after a readjustment and it took ages to get them reseated. And finally there was an additional piece of gear for both horses this morning, as they have been suffering from flies around their ears, doesn't Flurry look cute !
|Flurrry + head gear|
We started off along the canal again today retracing our steps towards Beaumes de Venise, passing a really narrow bridge that had a hand rail on one side and was open on the other side. "Glad we don't have to cross that" commented Martine. But two minutes later, after consulting the map, she realised we did have to cross it. Both our minds filled with about a million "what if's" the major problem being that if either of them fell in we would have real trouble getting them out as the canal sides are concrete and vertical. We both dismounted and Martine led Flurry across first, and he calmly followed her like a pro. Gigi had a good look and dug her heels in, so I turned her around and came at it again in a more direct line, and over she went, Martine said she was practically on her toes ! We are both so proud of our horses.
Once more we trekked through the small town of Beaumes de Venise, and took a wrong turn that ended up in a car park surrounded by houses, we were just going to look the map when a car came into park, and the lady driver glared at us just at the same moment that a dog rushed silently at the horses from the other side of a fence. Well of course they both shied, and the woman started shouting at us that we could damage the cars. The horses quickly calmed down, and we beat a hasty retreat!
Soon we were out in open country again with vines all around us once more. Frequently I look around at all the beautiful and varied scenery, and find it hard to believe that I am here with my horse, I feel so privileged to be able to live this wonderful dream.
|Anne surveying yet more vineyards|
We turned off the main track down a footpath, neither of us like doing this as the paths are not necessarily horse friendly, and this proved to be the case. We came across a sign with a picture of a staircase on it, so once again we dismounted, and while I held the horses Martine went ahead to reconnoiter and she came back to say it was far to steep for our babies. We reckon we were only about a hundred yards from the road, so frustrating! So we had to turn around and find our way back to the road by another route where we came upon this picnic spot, complete with views of....more vineyards! George quickly relocated and we had a wonderful lunch of dried ham, goats cheese, fruit, and to finish a bowl of strawberries and a glass of Muscat de Beaumes de Venise! While the horses had a grand pick of grass, which Gigi supplemented with a banana, skin and all, and orange peel !
The view in the other direction was towards the town of Le Barroux, which we had intended to visit, but would not have time today.
Their route took them past this amazing village constructed around a rock
Day 9 - Somewhere near le Barroux at EveryTrail