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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 15th May, 2024)

Stanley Road, Aspull

Stanley Road, Aspull
Two forms of transport, but I know which is the most picturesque!
This horse is thirty one years old, but she is loving the fresh Spring grass beside Stanley Road, Aspull.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Veronica on 15th May 2024 at 07:21

What a beautiful animal. I bet they don’t need to mow the lawn every week.

Comment by: Aspulliter on 15th May 2024 at 07:37

2G2A I would know that horse anywhere

Comment by: Maureen on 15th May 2024 at 08:00

She is beautiful,horses are such lovely creatures..and the sound of them walking trotting or running is a more soothing sound that the roar of any vehicle.

Comment by: Poet on 15th May 2024 at 09:03

Sunday morning . Sunshine and breakfast over . Birdsong . Then .....wait a little. . Somebody starts up the power tools. . Strimmers . Hover mowers .
In unison . Then a chain saw . Car doors start to slam . Radios begin to blare their horrid plastic pop . A dog starts barking . Then another one in support . An alarm goes off . Motorists start hooting at each other . A D.I.Y job gets underway . Let the hammering begin. .

Bring back the horse and gentle summers . And the mechanical mower with it's lazy hum like someone snoring sporadically in a deck chair . May the fragrance of honeysuckle overpower the carbon monoxide . Bring back soft winds and the tunes of Ferretti and da Roma . Zoom lollies and bumper issues of the Beano . Picket fences . Being able to nod off in the sunshine with the News Of the World , the hiss of the hosepipe spraying the roses ..etc ,

Comment by: Tom on 15th May 2024 at 09:15

Ah but they're not as comfortable Mo, you wouldn't want to have to ride into Wigan on one would you.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 15th May 2024 at 09:44

Neigh yon caunt bi 31 con it Dennis,a proper photo.

Comment by: Maureen on 15th May 2024 at 10:15

Tom, I’d love to be given the chance to find out..I’d either enjoy it or finish up on the floor…either way she’s still more beautiful.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 15th May 2024 at 10:29

She had sore feet (the horse that is) so she was being walked on the grass because the ground was very soft due to all the rain we have been having.
Apparently she likes to eat dandelions ( the horse that is) unfortunately they give her wind (the horse that is) which she demonstrated while I was taking the photo.

Comment by: Tommyt on 15th May 2024 at 10:47

My eyesight isn't good these days but it looks like the date on the horses back reads 2024. Anyone else seen it?

Comment by: John (westhoughton) on 15th May 2024 at 12:17

Tommyt it’s actually 2G2A I’m thinking.

Comment by: John (westhoughton) on 15th May 2024 at 12:44

Tommyt I’m always happy to help anyone.

Comment by: Maureen on 15th May 2024 at 12:59

Tommyt,there's not much wrong with your eyesight..I've had to get my magnifying glass out.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 15th May 2024 at 13:10

No contest Dennis, the horse is more beautiful, reliable and probably less expensive to feed.

Comment by: Pat McC on 15th May 2024 at 13:44

A wonderful picture of bygone days Poet. Thank you!

Comment by: Elizabeth on 15th May 2024 at 14:33

Lovely pic

Comment by: DTease on 15th May 2024 at 15:19

I wish we could have those days back Poet.
The peace and quiet of walking up Wigan Lane on a Sunday afternoon with practically no traffic and admiring the beautiful young ladies like Veronica making their way to Haigh Hall in their Sunday best.
Haaa me, how green was my valley then boys.

Comment by: Summer Sonnet on 15th May 2024 at 15:46

Dad's up the step ladders ,
With the clip clip snip of the shears
As the privets fall on the flags ,
His elbows going like two fiddlers ,
Only his head visible , the blades well oiled
Then hung between two nails in his shed ,

In fact every tool hung on nails ,
Pliers , hammers and the saw
That folk are too lazy to use these days .
With that saw he made my trolley ,
Each cut sounding like a runner gasping for breath ,
The splash splosh of the watering can
Showering and sparkling in the sun ,
And Teddy Bears Picnic chiming in the next street .


Comment by: Rev David Long on 15th May 2024 at 15:59

Colin - you have to feed a horse whether you use it to get about or not - and it doesn't just eat grass (which is only free if you walk it around grass verges all day). They also need shoeing every 6/8 weeks - at a cost roughly equivalent to that of a tyre each time. Then you need somewhere to keep it - and if it's kept in a stable, you'd have to muck it out. And you can't just leave it until you next want to ride it - you have to groom and pet it almost daily. Then there's vet's bills, insurance, etc.... If you do decide to go shopping on your horse, you have to put its saddle on at the start of the trip - and take it off at the end - and you'd need to take a pack-horse with you to carry your shopping home... and pay an urchin to stand guard over them while you did your shopping....

Comment by: Veronica on 15th May 2024 at 16:20

It was all a dream..I’m convinced! It’s all too long ago to be real. I feel I’ve always been as I am now..it must have been somebody else. That wasn’t me then tripping about in floaty frocks and running home before the clock struck 11 00. No it couldn’t possibly be me…not when I look in a shop window and see my mam and sometimes grandma with a stern face. What trick is this that nature plays on the unsuspecting human race?

Comment by: Veronica on 15th May 2024 at 16:23

You can always rely on Reverend David to bring us back down to earth.
And that’s no fairy tale.

Comment by: Tommyt on 15th May 2024 at 16:26

2G2A it is, thanks John.

Comment by: John (westhoughton) on 15th May 2024 at 17:11

You see some horse riders allowing there horses feed whilst a riding reigns are on which is not good as they are ruining there teeth eating with a steel bit fitted through there mouth.

Comment by: PeterP on 15th May 2024 at 22:54

1 horse power verses 150 horse power

Comment by: T.A.B. on 16th May 2024 at 07:42

John’s…….this horse has a halter on with a lead rein but NO bit.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 16th May 2024 at 08:33

T.A.B.that’s correct I was referring to others that you see in full riding gear like you say the halter is not a riding halter on this Bonny Filley.

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