Its so easy to take everything for granted. I've lived in some beautiful places and haven't appreciated where I have lived until I've left! The Scottish Highlands, the Yorkshire Dales,the Ribble Valley and more recently Dublin. We were in a place called Castleknock which is very close to the Phoenix Park where the Pope dropped by in the 80's.

 Well, we have since moved to Co.Kildare which is famous for its breathtaking countryside and population of Racecourses and Stud Farms.  As a child of 7 or 8, I wanted a pony (didn't we all!) Now, I don't think we will ever own  ponies, but at least we are able to do the next best thing here. I was determined to make full use of the nearby horse-riding stables. So I booked the girls in for lessons which they enjoyed immensley, then the Summer Pony camp which was great. They has a little award ceremony at the end where all the children were given rosettes. I can still see their beaming smiles!

 They will do the same this Summer and are looking forward to it. I dont want the girls to look back in years to come and say "If only…..we had learned to ride a horse when we lived in Kildare.

 I look back and think I could have hiked in the Highlands, rambled in the Dales, paraglided in the Pennines, rock-climbed in the Ribble Valley, picknicked in the Park………….



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    earthpal Says:

    Great post. Anna has been asking for pony-riding lessons but her dance costs so much. Maybe I will take her for a one-off activity day at a riding school if they do such a thing.

    I have many good memories of weekends staying at a gorgeous old mansion hotel with beautiful surrounding Yorkshire countryside. The owners were a bit iffy but the place was great.

    Happy days.

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    misslionheart Says:

    This is where I used to go!

  3. 3
    earthpal Says:

    You do realise which place I was referring to don’t you? Food fights ring any bells?

  4. 4
    misslionheart Says:

    Of course! Gateaux flying across the dining room!

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