I grew up in a small country town. Now that I live in a city, I really miss being in the country. I miss the fresh air, the space and the quietness of it. When I was younger I always thought I’d always live on a farm, or that I’d always come back to the country. Now, I’m not so sure, I’ll probably end up living in or close to a city. I love to get out of the city and spend time in nature. Sometimes I’ll go for months before I get a chance to get out of the city, and usually by that stage I’m feeling a little couped up.
One of the things I loved to do growing up was horse ride. We lived on a small farm and always had horses around. We don’t own any horses anymore, but mum and I like to get together and ride as often as we can. Last year we rode every month or two and did a week long ride in the Snowy Mountains. We have found a place half way between where she lives and where I live run by two of the lovliest people called Cowboy Up.
We haven’t ridden since our trip to the Snowies, so this weekend we were both finally free. The weather has been so so lovely this weekend, so it really didn’t bother me driving 2 hours to ride for 2 hours and then drive 2 hours home again! It was so nice to be out of the city and in the country again. It almost feels like coming home again.
I got to ride a beautiful bay boy called Jackson. I’ve ridden Jackson a couple of times and he’s a beautiful natured animal. We did a wonderful two hour ride around Peter and Gillian’s farm. At the end of the rides, they always have freshly made cakes and coffees to serve. Today I even met their dog Huckleberry, which gave me my dog fix!
Normally when I’ve done this trip to go riding, I’ve stopped in at the bakery and got a pie for lunch. Today, I actually packed a green smoothie (note to self, putting a green smoothie in a thermos and then shaking it whilst driving is not a good idea, it CAN and WILL explode all over you, leaving you on the side of the road cleaning yourself up with an old gym towel you luckily had in the car), and a sandwhich. I’m trying out this new bread which I’m in love with. It’s sprouted bread. It’s very dense, and wet but tastes so delicious! It just bought it home to me that it’s not always hard to eat healthy when out and about. It only added on an extra 10-15 minutes to my getting-ready-to-leave preparations.
My little jaunt in the country side has refreshed me for another week at work!