Fantastic Friday - Autumn Stable Run

I’m convinced the colours this autumn have been extra spectacular. It certainly adds more beauty to the drive to and from the stables… Some of the pictures were taken by Liam as I drove.

There are so many more pictures I’d love to take; unfortunately, they’re on parts of the route where there is absolutely nowhere to pull over, let alone come to a complete stop. 

This stupendous specimen, however, did require that bit of effort to pull over and get out of the car...

Fantastic Friday - Mid-Spring Stable Run

I know I’ve already posted pictures of the area around where Liam works, at the stables.  Although I’ve driven this route so many times, for me, it’s as magical as ever.  It never fails to amaze me that there’s still so much more to share.

First, views of the drive to the road that leads to the stables – this is where I have the window down and breathe deep … On one side are houses and on the other, fields.

Looking down the road that I drive up ...

... and away towards the road to the stables

The next lot of pictures are of the ‘top field’, so-called because it’s at the top of the road where the stables are.  The ponies are moved between this and another field every week, and Liam helps with moving them mid-week.  It was only in June last year when Liam suggested I go with him to the field, did I realise how huge the fields are.

Liam checking out a blemish on Twilight

This cutie is called Hiccup :)

Not so pretty by the gate - churned up thanks to the wet weather

There's a gate at the end of this path, as can be seen in the next picture ...

... wanted to have a closer look but I don't know if this is private property

The field dips down halfway along - that's the top of a horse that has it's head down, eating

Zoomed in on the horse that's second from the left in the picture above this one

Looking back down the path to the road

The grass looks so juicy and lush

Guess which one is honestly, truly called 'Spot'!

I love this part of the drive, but there’s never been anywhere convenient to pull over.  This week, I noticed a small area that was clear enough to stop without causing an obstruction.  And only yesterday did I notice the beautiful carpet of bluebells.  The area is fenced off with barbed wire – not sure if it’s to stop riders or people in general, don’t know if it’s private property as there’s no sign.  It would be lovely to walk through, I’m sure.

This is on the left of the picture above

This tree-lined road is close to home; I love that it’s so broad, and that tree is my favourite.  If I had something like this in the garden, I’d make an effort to haul my ample behind up to sit in it :)

Favourites on Friday - Stable Run II - Late Spring

Now that the trees are weighed down with leaves, the stable run is even more beautiful … driving through parts like this, to me, feels almost like travelling through a magical portal ...

On Wednesday, Liam invited me to walk with him as he took 2 of the horses back up to the field.  I’ve driven past the fields numerous times but this is the first time I’ve had a close look.  Today, I made sure I had my camera with me …

These next pictures were taken by Liam on his phone, a couple of weeks ago, after he’d taken horses to the field.  He said he was standing in the field, marvelling at how beautiful it looked before it struck him that he could document it on his phone :) 

Favourites on Friday - The Stable Run

Despite the inevitable traffic-crawl when I take Liam to and from the stables – about a 20 mile round trip which I do 3 times a week – I love the route, especially as I get nearer the stables.  It’s hard to believe sometimes that I’m still in an urban area …

08:25 - about 5 minutes away from the stables

The field opposite the stables ...

... this one too

The view further down from the stables, which is just on my right

This is my favourite part - it looks like the trees are 'holding hands' over the road

16:20 - that same field opposite the stables

I park outside as it gets busy with horse boxes and the like ... this is what I see as I get out of the car, the stall doors through the trees

Driving away from the stables ...

St Huberts Church - parts of it date back to the 13th century

Before anyone reports me for dangerous driving, the pictures were taken by Liam ;)

Can’t remember if I posted about Liam working at the stables.  He started in February, does 3 days a week, and thoroughly enjoys it.  Which is good, as he has to be up before 7am … like his mother, he is not a ‘morning’ person.  Last week, because they were short-staffed, he gave up his Easter Sunday and Monday to work – I was rather proud of him.