Sunday, July 29, 2012

Horsing About

I have been down south for work - been quite nice to sleep in a real bed instead of an airbed on the floor! Motels have a lot going for them some days...and it was a treat to slouch in bed watching TV at the end of the day (which was actually rather late since my work took me to a day and a night shift!)

So, anyway this trip I got as far as Timaru. It takes about 2 hours to get there usually, this time it took me an extra half hour owing to the road works going on in and around our city.

Timaru is a port town, and it has some lovely old buildings and houses - all of which made me a bit sad for what Christchurch has lost but also happy to be able to see this architecture such a short drive away from home!

Timaru is also the birthplace of Phar Lap, a great old race horse who met an mystery end (well, more of a mystery than ending up at the pet food factory anyway).


The town has created a rather spectacular sculpture of the horse, up close it is really impressive and I had such a fine sunny day for loitering with intent to take a photo or two!



I saw some other creatures of the equine kind on my way home....this one in the paddock next to the sculpture, looking rather disinterested I felt!



And then further on down the road, a paddock with this fellow in it, he kept coming up to the fence and I am sure he was of the "Look at me" ilk....if he could have shouted I am sure he would have been a little 'hoarse'...







9 comments:

Steve said...

As always, superlative taste in music...

louciao said...

Great silhouette shot of the Phar Lap statue. There was a movie made about him...can't remember if I saw it or not, but the name is really familiar to me. Thanks for the musical interlude;I had a good time, tapping my toes and grinning at the surreal images (including the lead singer's hair).

Robert Geiss said...

Decades since last I was on a horse. Probably as long that I heard this band. Thank you for the memories very much. Please have you all a good new week.

The Sagittarian said...

Steve - Its an oldy and a goody!

Louciao - Thanks, yes that hair do is still capable of a double take!

Robert - Now you mention it, its been ages since I went horse riding too!

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Owen said...

Good to see you out and about ! Ah, Timaru, sent many a letter there long ago, and swore I would get there one day. Better hurry up, eh, we're not getting any younger!

Keith said...

Love how the sculpture all balances on that one leg. I take my hat off to the sculptor and engineer.

Marginalia said...

Gee!

The Sagittarian said...

Owen - you know, I remember you telling me that I couldn't recall the name of the person (even tho' we have talked about this before!) so next time I will let you know before I go and we can see how good my detective skills are!

Keith - it really is a work of art, and he sure was a big horse!

Marginalia - Snort!