Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Muse of the Sea - Open Garden

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Take a moment from your journey and slip into my garden by the sea.

13 Comments:

At 5:42 PM, Blogger faucon of Sakin'el said...

where is the horseshoe pits??

 
At 12:30 AM, Blogger Lois said...

Now Faucon....
Explain to this old broad what is a horseshoe pit....
You Yanks, never can understand you at times.....Not the Queens English at all.

All in Fun Lois.x.x.x.x.x

 
At 2:54 AM, Blogger faucon of Sakin'el said...

Sorry -- pitching horsehoes is a fine, relaxing pasttime. To sit in such a garden waiting one's turn would be grand. Two metal stakes 40' apart, and metal shoes (never seen a horse) taught to fly and drift and spin just right.

A compliment, most assuredly. Never thought about in being primarily American, but 'tis true, I guess, since the U.S. milltary never spend much time down under -- lucky you.

 
At 4:21 PM, Blogger Fran said...

Canuck talk:
Let us have a horse shoe pitch in every back yard that is big enough just as there was one on every farm where I grew up as well as on the Ranch where neighbours gathered to play and assess the new teacher who was boarding there. No one fights over a game of horse shoes only at times rather somberly assesses the pile. I can't think of anything quite like the sound of one horseshoe on top of the peg above any other good shots. (I wonder of the donkeys shoes would be too small for a game?) The secretary

 
At 6:26 PM, Blogger Gail Kavanagh said...

I love the idea of a horseshoe pit - must file that away for future reference.
And Lois, your garden is beautiful and peaceful, just as I would have imagined it. How lovely to share the road with you.

 
At 10:58 PM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

Very cool.

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger Luna said...

What a lovely garden! I wish we could have a little garden party at dusk.

 
At 2:31 PM, Blogger Leonie Bryant said...

Lois, what a wonderful haven you have created! Thanks for sharing this.

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger Lois said...

Thanks Faucon and others ...I do know what throwing horshoes is all about...I still wonder why the two stakes Faucon..
*******
My Grandfather Sydney John Craske(of Port Melbourne)bought a few acres in a small town called Whittlesea at the bottom of the Great Dividing Range here in Victoria,and wayback in the early 40's on travelled there in a small diesel train for our Christmas holidays.....(No one had a car then)
Games played included horseshoe throwing ..
1. Stand on the line marked on the grass
2.Hold one horseshoe in your right hand and hook another two around the left wrist
3.Throw with the right hand and see if you can hook it around the metal stake in the ground some 12 ft or more away.(The top of the metal stake will be painted bright red so you can see it better).
4.Don't cry if you miss all 6 horseshoes.
Until know I never thought of it being a popular game ,I imagined that as we didn't have a lot of toys and of course we couldn't bring too many toys on the small train,this was game thought up to keep us amused as was......
1.Throwing pine cones into a metal bucket with a rock inside it
2.Making daisy chaines.
3.Making make believe houses out of all the pine needles that fell from the 100ft pine tree that stood just outside the little farm house called Necton in Norfolk.
4.Catching eels in the creek for Mum to cook
5.Going mushrooming and selling the surplus down on the Kinglake rd,with a hand drawn notice telling those travelling along the road,that just ahead were
"Mushrooms just freshly picked"
"FOR SALE".
No one stopped !!!!we discovered to our sadness that we had put the sign UPSIDE DOWN...
So on looking back horseshoes did jog my way back memories of such simple wonderful times...
Fran...........
I never did see a donkey when I was growing up only horses,so have never seen a Donkey Horsehoe.
I did not even realise that donkeys wore horseshoes....

Luna....
I had a garden party here last Sunday 6th Nov after the Heartsong Choir sang at the Nursing home....It was a very hot day and as there were 21 of us,most small coffeee shops could perhaps note cope with such a worked up group (Their 1st concert) and they were all on a high......So as I am only 5 minutes away by car we adjourned to my home and had...
White/red wine,nice cheeses,cake tea and coffee ....
but alas no horseshoe throwing ...

I shall ask "She who should be obeyed" if we can post a photo of the choir......
Love Lois

Lois (Muse of the Sea)
11/11/05

 
At 2:33 AM, Blogger faucon of Sakin'el said...

Here, we 'toss' in teams of two -- one person at each end of the 'pits'. That way players do not have to walk back and forth betwee the two stakes. One person throws two shoes, then the opponent tries to 'better' or knock off the other shoes. Only closest scores all shoes. The the other end throws back -- play to 21, win by two. Ringer = 3, laner = 2, 1 point for within a shoe span distance.

 
At 5:22 PM, Blogger Fran said...

I'd like to challenge anyone for a game of horseshoes provided we use real horse shoes (those that have been used!) and that I can use clydesdale shoes! In the long ago and far away we used real railroad spices for pegs. The Sec. PS Does anyone remember having a horseshoe placed over the doorway in such a way that it "caught" the bad luck before it fell?

 
At 3:28 AM, Blogger Fran said...

How did I manage to turn spikes into spices????o dear

 
At 7:23 PM, Blogger Lois said...

Dear Fran (Donkey Sec)

No excuse for you incorrect spelling of words....that is my perogative

Fran I was wondering (As you are an expert on horseshoes)if the ribbon covered horseshoe that we are given to hang on our arm at OUR wedding is for luck...good or bad do you think...
Lois (Muse of the Sea).

 

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