Good news! I got my battery charger for my camera, so I will now be taking pictures with my DSLR camera starting tomorrow. I am SO relieved.
I am getting along with everybody here great! Note: They are not crazy horse people!!! Jenny, the lady who owns the farm is lovely and very pleasant to talk to. The riding instructor, Eraldo, is so stereotypically Italian with his slicked back curly, black hair, and Italian charisma, it is almost ridiculous. I really enjoy his company though, as he is very entertaining. I love the other volunteers, although Rosaletta left yesterday, unfortunately (but a new girl is coming in tomorrow). There is also a couple from England volunteering here who live from work-away to work-away – a very cool idea! The lovely group of guests that was staying with us just left today and I am very sad, as I will miss them greatly. They were a lovely bunch: an older couple from England, 2 younger guys from England, and 2 girls from Norway. The English have the greatest sense of humor…
Yesterday we went on a day-long trail ride. I have never been on a day-long trail ride before, but I certainly have always wanted to do it. I felt very fancy with saddle bags behind my saddle and my sweatshirt tied in front of me. I rode Rodrigo again on the trail ride and was assigned to be behind the group to make sure everybody was okay. I have grown very fond of Rodrigo. He has a beautiful, long mane and a gentle, but spunky personality. I was picking flowers along the ride and putting them in his bridal. I’m sure it made him feel very pretty!
The grapes that grow around here are Chianti grapes, so I advise you to open bottle of Chianti vino while reading this to allow all of your senses to experience Tuscany. Riding through vineyards takes your breath away. It makes you feel like you have wings and the world seems to be left behind you, as it is only you and the thundering beats of your horse’s hooves.
We stopped for lunch in a meadow and one of the workers from the farm met us there to cook a BBQ over a fire. We had wine, bruschetta, salad, Italian sausage, steak, and free-range chicken from the local butcher shop. My mouth is watering thinking about how tasty that Italian sausage was….
On the way back we came across one of the many Castles in the region. One day, a good friend of mine from Ithaca (yes Steve, you!) told me his dream of riding a horse around a castle because he wanted to imagine he was from Medieval times. When I heard his dream and imagined it in my own head, I started dreaming about it also. This dream became a reality. I really did picture myself as a knight riding past a castle!
Tomorrow is my day off so I am heading to Florence to get a metropolitan taste of Tuscany! I can’t wait to hit up the Florence Market! Italian leather, scarves, olive oil, salami, ect. ect. mmmmm =)