I took this photograph of the two young ladies on the horses after they were startled.
A blithering idiot on a motorcycle, roared between the cars which had slowed down to a crawl in order to pass the horses safely.
Those horses could have thrown the girls.
The front horse had just about regained it's posture as we got the snap.
They were very lucky.
The motorcyclist was young and was probably unaware of the dangers he was presenting to the horses with the noise from his powerful machine.
You know, you can't reveal to the innocent youth..
I was concerned, a right good friend of mine lost his wife in similar circumstances many years ago, she was thrown from her horse and suffered head injuries which left her in a coma and she died after about two days.
She was a right grand and lovely lass, good mother, everything.
He was left to bring three lads up by himself.
It took me back in time when they reared up.
Knutsford is a really outstandingly beautiful little village.
There is a movement afoot in the village to stop men wearing shorts!
They reckon it looks unsightly.
There's a host of really nice hostelry's there as well. My favourite is The Whipping Stocks.
It's out of town towards or in the area of "Over Peover"
It was a hell of a busy pub up to a few years ago especially, it still holds it own from what have seen but I think the signs of pub trade degeneration in general apply to this beauty as much as any other.
Fantastic garden area as well, years ago, there were some really good barbecued meals to be had out here. They had a Chef cooking outside on a regular basis, weather permitting.
There's no saying it still doesn't do really well, but I know from the odd time or two over the last couple of years or so, when we have called of an evening or lunchtime, it didn't score the levels it once did.
It's steeped in history.
General George Patton was stationed at Peover Hall in Cheshire, in fact the United States Third Army under his command were based at Toft Camp just down the road.
Patton visited virtually all of the hostelries in the area, Peover, Mobberley and Knutsford. He dined with Eisenhower at Lower Peovers famous Inn:- The Bells of Peover.
There are various plaques in many parts of the area making reference to General Patton. In the Whipping Stocks there is a plaque with his photograph, (along with those fancy pistols on his belt) mentioning how General George Smith Patton had a regular table and seat there, just by the main door. He also had fresh flowers placed there daily. When he left for the invasion of Europe, he paid for a years flowers in advance to be placed in that same spot.
I thought that was a nice, really nice gesture.
The section below is from the Internet.
On 25 April 1944, at the old Town Hall in Knutsford, which is now a furniture shop and post office, Patton made the speech which caused his downfall and became known as the 'Knutsford Incident'. Speaking to the soldiers attending the opening of the Knutsford Welcome Club Patton made a few brief remarks and happened to say, ". . . it is the evident destiny of the British and Americans, and, of course, the Russians, to rule the world . . . " The remarks hit the newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic omitting the Russians thereby slighting one of our allies. All witnesses to the event said he included the Russians. Anthony Cave Brown, in Bodyguard of Lies, states that a British Government representative named Mould "almost certainly" released Patton's remarks to the media as part of the FUSAG deception. read the whole speech
For detailed information on General Patton visit The Patton Society website
The Knutsford Lodge, which now appears to be a private residence, is siutated just outside The Whipping Stocks.
This is something else to look at.
The whole appearance of the building is simply spectacular.
It's a credit to the Country, let along The County.
The above photograph is one I took myself on Tuesday 15th July 2008
(Just for the record, because lately I keep forgetting things) :wink: