My friend Debbie who lived in our complex in Houston came from quite a large ranch about 50 miles outside the city. Her father had cattle and horses and she invited me out to spend the day one weekend with her family when David was away across in California.
Her father had cleared a large piece of land and dug out a very sizeable lake which provided water for the surrounding ground and stock. He had also populated the lake with some fish and the kids had grown up using for paddle boarding, swimming and fishing. Being a beautiful and hot summer Texas day when I arrived, it was decided to cool off by getting the boards out and paddling and then jumping (of falling off in my case) into the water which was not very deep. We wore sneakers to prevent gettting caught on any stones and I also wore a t-shirt to prevent getting burned. The family had been enjoying this cool little paradise for years and I threw myself enthusiastically into all the activities.
We then tried our hands at fishing and much to my surprise I actually caught a small bass which ended up, with everyone’s elses on the BBQ. Throw in a ride back from the lake on a very friendly and docile horse and I was very happy as you can see.
I have a thing about snakes – I think it was probably a result of repeated warnings and shrieks from my amah when I was very young and living in Sri Lanka – There were plenty of poisonous varieties and with the jungle only feet away from the house there were several incursions into the house let alone the garden. As a three year old my natural curiosity might have got me into trouble so it was instilled in me from that age that they were something to be very scared of.
Shortly after this photo was taken of me astride this patient horse whilst holding up my contribution to supper, one of the younger boys decided to inform me that he was surprised that we had not encountered one of the many water moccasins that inhabited the lake!
I often wonder what this picture would have looked like if it had been taken five minutes later!
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