Horse Country

Our trip last week to Indianapolis took us through the beautiful horse country of Kentucky.  It’s always my favorite part of the trip.

This beautiful water “tank” is located in the Lexington area.

This year, we arranged a tour of one of the farms: Coolmore at Ashford Stud.

On the afternoon of our visit, we had light snow flurries as we drove up the lane.

Although we didn’t have the best day for photos, the flurries added even more charm to our outing.

Now, this little country girl knows absolutely NOTHING about race horses (or everyday horses for that matter). But I do think they’re all beautiful and love taking pictures of them.

Our guide was a wonderful young lady named Bailey, who will be graduating in May from the University of Kentucky with a degree in equine science and management. We were fortunate to be on one of her final tours at Coolmore.

In the first stable we toured, we met “Munnings”.  Isn’t he so handsome?

I thought it was interesting that he seemed to be agreeing with what Bailey was saying regarding stud fees. (Guess that’s a guy for you.)  And I regret that I stopped the video in the middle of Bailey’s information.

 

But, then,  we met a celebrity…..this is “Justify”, the 2018 Triple Crown winner.  That’s impressive even to those of us who know little about the horse racing world. It was exciting to be so close to such a famous horse.

Later, on the tour, we met “Air Force Blue”.  He also showed off a bit for us.

 

You can hear Bailey in that video mention the race horse “Cigar” and say that he was an interesting case. Cigar was a successful race horse, but was quickly retired from his stud duties when it was determined that he was completely infertile. Uh oh. (Had I not stopped the video short, you would have heard that from Bailey.)

We stayed overnight in Louisville and went for a carriage ride after dinner. Our horse was a Percheron/Friesian mix named “Joey”. Those blue lights in the background were on our carriage. It was cold, but as you can see, we went prepared. AND, our high-tech carriage not only had blankets, but also heated seats.

Before leaving Louisville the following morning, we rode out to see Churchill Downs.  Although we’ve driven through Louisville many times, and stayed overnight there a few times, we’d never driven by the track.

Very impressive.  But, then, most everything about Kentucky Horse Country IS.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

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Embracing Our Inner Hillbilly

As you may have guessed when I announced my blogging break last week, Motor Man and I went out of town for a few days.

Our destination was Indianapolis, so he could attend the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show.  He takes a right off the skywalk to the convention center, and I take a left to the mall. Convenient.

We left home a few days early, so we could make a couple of stops along the way. One of those stops was for lunch on Tuesday.  This is your first  glimpse of Hillbilly Hot Dogs in Lesage, West Virginia.

As you drive a little further along the highway…

…you get the feeling that whenever anyone in the area needs to dispose of junk anything, they bring it to Hillbilly Hot Dogs. Including….. unmentionables. What a scary thought.

“Hillbilly Gas Station”, yes, right by the highway.

This is the entrance to the restaurant indoor eatin place.

The dining area is inside an old school bus. This is the table beside ours.

We shared a hot dog and a hamburger, both were really good.  Then we couldn’t resist a picture at the “kissin cuzins maryin booth”.

And next door, at the weddin chapel.

Google tells me that Hillbilly Hot Dogs has been in business for 19 years, and is owned by Sonny (a self-proclaimed West Virginia hillbilly) and his wife, Sharie, a former California girl. It’s also been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

Oh, and when you leave a tip, you get a song. (Sorry we didn’t get Sonny and Sharie’s son in the video.)

Sonny’s the Weenie Man
He owns a weenie stand
He sells the best weenies around
Ding Ding Ding
Sharie’s his Weenie Wife
She adds the spice that’s right
Hillbilly Hot Dogs day or night
Ding Ding Ding
YEEHAW!!!

So, if you ever find yourself anywhere near Lesage, West Virginia, we would definitely recommend a stop at Hillbilly Hot Dogs.  It is quite the experience.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

Break Time

Hi, efurryone: Sundae here.

And Gypsy, too!

We’re interrupting our hard work rest time to let you know that Motor Mommy is taking a little break from blogging next week.

But, “These Days” will return the following Monday, so stay tuned!

~These Days Of Mine~

A “Coke” And A Smile

Whenever I’m in an antique shop, I keep an eye out for vintage calendars.  I think they make a really nice gift if you’re able to find one from the year someone you know was born.

Last weekend, when I was antiquing on the Eastern Shore, I spotted this one.

I guess the first thing I noticed about it was that it was a Coca-cola calendar….how collectible is that?

Then I noticed the date.  And….let me just say that this one won’t be given away. Hmmm….. June 4 was on a Thursday that year…..

It’s in really nice condition.

What a wonderful tribute to our military servicewomen.

I love the  illustrations in the background: so depictive of that era. The red Coke “dispenser” on the bottom right in this next picture brought back memories of the one in my grandmother’s country store. They were the coldest Cokes ever.

This calendar definitely rates as one of my favorite antique shop finds.

So, Merry  Christmas to me.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coca Cola attempted to persuade the US Treasury to mint a 7.5 cent coin; a can of Coke had been a nickel since 1886 and needed to be raised due to inflation, but they felt a dime was too much.

Tiny Trike, Tiny Horses

As usual, Motor Man and I had a busy weekend. Our travels included another visit to Cape Charles Friday to attend the first “Festive Friday” event of this holiday season.

We arrived a bit early, so Motor Man treated me to a visit to a nearby antique mall, where I found this tiny, adorable OLD tricycle:

I think it will be a cute addition to the hearth, especially at Christmas, perhaps with a vintage teddy bear atop the seat.

Speaking of Christmas, I managed to get this short video of the little “lighted horse parade” that was part of Festive Friday. Oh, the charm of a small town.

And let me just say that I need a miniature pony in my life.

(Just kidding, Motor Man….)

~These Days Of Mine~

Fly-Away Friday

On Wednesday, I posted pictures of the wild horses from our most recent trip to the Outer Banks. And they certainly provided us with many photo ops that day.

But, wait….there’s more!

Although we often see pelicans flying along the shoreline, it wasn’t until a few months ago that we saw them actually on the beach.

When we spotted these two on Sunday,  Motor Man stopped, my window came down, and I started taking pics. This one is my favorite.

I still marvel at the fact that they can actually get those huge beaks and wings off the ground.

Where will this weekend take you?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Wild Horses Again…Imagine That

Sunday was a perfectly beautiful fall day here in our area, so Motor Man and I, once again, headed to Carova.

And, once again, the wild horses provided us with some great shots. Let me explain how I took this first picture. As some of you know, there’s an ordinance requiring humans to stay at least 50 feet from the Corolla wild horses. Motor Man stopped our vehicle, I jumped out, used my zoom lens, snapped this picture and got right back in the vehicle.  When you see the video later in this post, you’ll see the importance of giving these horses their space.

I do believe we interrupted lunch time for this beauty.

But…. this….this just melted my heart.  We finally got to see the newest foal, a filly, born this season (late August).

Again, these photos were taken with my zoom lens.  I wouldn’t dare be that close.

And how many pictures did I take of this baby? I’m not tellin’.

But I promise that I won’t share them all in this post.

So, as you can tell, the horses were really making our day. And then we came upon this. You’ll want to have your volume on, and you should be able to watch in full screen.

 

I’m guessing these are two stallions? But I’m not sure.  And whether or not, the disagreement was as serious as it looked, I don’t really know. I’m just glad no humans were anywhere in the area. Because, obviously, for those few minutes, the horses weren’t paying much attention to their surroundings. (We were in our vehicle.)

And I found it so funny that the third horse really wanted in on the action. Watch at the 33 second mark, where it almost kicks up its hind feet….but not quite.  Then a few seconds later, a few kicks DO happen.

As I’ve said before, every visit to the beach is different. But not many are more action-filled than last Sunday’s trip.

~These Days Of Mine~