I have spent my day photographing the horses for my mother.
Ok, they are perhaps not quite as animated as some I know, but they are still very beautiful and I remember them all and their names.
This is Cavalier. He was from Harrods and made by Ayres in the early 20th century. In his original condition, with removable tack but a replacement bespoke bridle. He moves on a stand rocker.
I remember being allowed to ride him as long as we didn’t gallop too fast. He was always kept tacked up. Wrong, I know!
Next is a darling little unnamed chap who was originally made to be pushed along with a handle with wheels. Both long since gone. He was one of Mum’s first rocking horse restoration projects many years ago.
And then there is my absolute favourite.
He has been in our family since the early 19th century and has all his original paintwork with no restoration. At both end of the bow rockers is a seat to carry an extra passenger.
Riding D’Arcy was always a special treat.
So, there are some of the horses who are stabled here.
And, then there is this life sized goat! Just because there is!
So not really different from my usual day, is it?