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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Canoes and horses take to the water

Most summer days are fairly normal.  I get up early and make a pot of tea.  I eat breakfast, read my favourite blogs and Instagrams,  start the washing machine, wake the sleeping children and check in on my vegetable patch.

Last Sunday we all got up at around 5am.  It was too hot for too much breakfast so we were out the door and into the darkness quickly.


As we drove away from the house we noticed a mob of sheep high on the banks of our house dam creating perfect silhouettes against the sunrise.   My photography mission for the day had started.

With some gentle encouragement the horses were loaded into the horse float and soon we were making our way towards the promise of cool water, shade and catch up with a dependable and equally enthusiastic horse riding friend.


As is usual on these missions, half of the team ride the horses while my half of the team stays put, taking care of catering, logistics, equipment and photography. 

With the horses saddled the riders disappeared quickly up the beach and  into the bush.   I made a cup of tea and had a snack while listening to George chat and splash and dig in the sand.   In those early hours the bush was quiet and the water blissfully calming and refreshing.


The riders eventually returned, unsaddled and turned their steeds towards the water.  Our horses have not had a lot of experience in and around water but it didn't seem to faze them.





It is not every day that I capture my crew, our horses, an inland lake and a canoe all in the one photo.  Last Sunday just happened to be one of those days.

I wonder if you are capturing something a bit out of the ordinary? 

How do you make your own fun in the middle of summer, I wonder? 

Happy Sunday friends.

19 comments :

  1. What a perfect spot and an absolutely perfect way to spend a Sunday Jane. Beautiful photos. We should coordinate our canoes and kayaks for an outing :) xxx

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    1. Thank you Kate...stay tuned on the canoe date x

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  3. That looks like an amazing way to spend part of the day ... I don't think I'd mind being on the catering, logistics, equipment and photography team ... especially the later. Love the sheep silhouettes. Water always makes for a fun time in summer.

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    1. Water makes everything better at this time of year, doesn't it?

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  4. It looks just perfect Jane! Thank-you so much for sharing it with us x

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    1. Thank-you so much for reading, and commenting and connecting Sarah x

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  5. Chlorine-filled pools, with shade sails and covered areas have been where I've been taking the little ones, namely the grandkidlet and my niece and nephew. I'm hoping to find lagoons and the ocean this week.

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    1. We have done a few chlorine filled pools too Kate...they have been fun but the fresh water and open air is always a winner.

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  6. Fun can be had anywhere, any time can't it, and I love that.
    How hot does it get during the day Jane?

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    1. Thanks Brydie, we have had low to mid 40s this summer. 42 is predicted for tomorrow. We have had high 40s in the past but not this summer...yet.

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  7. I can feel the calming effect of the water, beautiful photos. Reminds me of days gone by along the Anabranch on our ponies. A lovely memory. Thanks Jane.

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    1. I was just listening to some people talking about water politics and the Anabranch today on the radio Annie. Special memories. Thanks for reading my rambling x

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  8. This looks so much fun Jane, though I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to take a horse into the water with just a rope halter and no bit. I shall have to show Bill your photos - maybe it will bring back memories of working near Menindee Lakes.

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    1. It was fun Anne. I wasn't too concerned about my husband and our friends (the two adult riders) but I must admit I was slightly nervous about Annabelle and her pony being out there in all of that water, following the big horses. I tried hard to just enjoy the moment, because she certainly was.

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  9. Your kids are extraordinary!So confident and capable. What an amazing childhood you are giving your kids and they will grow in to such incredible adults.

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    1. Thank you Zena, this blog continues to remind me that we do have some amazing opportunities and experiences right on our door step...so to speak.

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  10. Photographs of peace with nature. I'd love to share the sense of calm, even if my fear of snakes and spiders would dampen it just a little :)

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    1. Thanks Louise, yes we are constantly on the look out for creepy crawlies!

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane