Transports of Delight!

Nicola wenchmark Nicola here! I have a manuscript to get to my editor today (eek!) and so I hope you will forgive me for dusting down and updating a blog piece I wrote a few years ago for a different blog.

The book I’m sending in today is called Desired and it is the fifth book in my Scandalous Women of the Ton series. There has been a strong theme of travel throughout the series – in Whisper of Scandal the heroine travels to the Arctic on a ship, and in One Wicked Sin the hero and heroine escape in a balloon. (I had wanted them to escape on a canal barge but I thought it might be a bit slow!) Desired contains a great deal of travel in and around London, a sort of early sightseeing tour. What with all this jaunting around, plus the marvelous array of state carriages that featured at the recent Royal Wedding, I thought it might be nice to talk a little about coaches and horses. (Actually I thought the horses totally stole the show at the Royal Wedding. They were magnificent!) 

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to go to an illustrated talk about the Wedding horses history of carriages, given by Colin Henderson, who had been the Queen’s Head Coachman. Not only did he have some wonderful anecdotes about the Golden Jubilee but he had also worked as a riding specialist and stuntman on a number of films and included the role of highwayman on his CV! He gave us a brisk trot through the early history and background of carriages – the word coach, for instance, comes from the Hungarian Kote – but it was when we got onto the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century that my note-taking went into overdrive because he had so many fascinating little details that I had never read in the books.

After explaining to us the difference between “the leaders” – the leading pair of horses – and the Postilion's uniform “wheelers,” the two closest to the carriage, he told us that to ride postilion meant riding one of the front horses and leading the other. This was a hazardous enterprise as it meant that one of your legs was between the two horses and was in danger of being crushed. Postilions wore a steel leg guard to protect them in this position. Here is a Russian postilion's uniform from 1825.

The provision of lighting on both the inside and outside of carriages has always Mail coach interested me so I asked if there was any illumination inside and was surprised to learn that there were candle-lamps inside a carriage as well as out. The smoke apparently made a mess of the upholstery! I had not quite appreciated what a hazardous business traveling at night could be, especially on the Mail Coach. The external lights carried no further than the first horse so you could not see the road ahead at all. Coachmen had to have extremely keen hearing to listen for the sound of approaching hooves. Since the mail carriages traveled at up to 10mph and some coachmen accelerated down the hills in order to gain momentum and make up time, the possibility of running into the back – or front – of another coach or hay wagon was very strong! I was also fascinated to hear that the coaches changed horses on average every 10 to 12 miles, or 15 on the flat, and that a change of horses took only 2 minutes, rather like changing the tires on a racing car! Mail Coaches were numbered like buses are now and 16 hands was the largest horse that could be used to pull a three and a half ton Mail Coach because anything taller didn’t fit under the coachman’s footboard. The picture is the Glasgow to London mail coach. Love the red livery!

There were also some fascinating facts about the Grand Tour. The Duke of Beaufort’s traveling carriage was decorated in Regency stripe and had secret lockers under the floor for his valuables. It was rather like a caravan; the cushions folded down to create a full-length bed! Other luxurious touches included silk-lined steps, which were folded up inside the carriage to protect them.

I enjoyed learning the derivation of a few other coaching-inspired words as well – the “fore-gone” was the carriage that you sent on a day ahead with your servants, linen and silver, so that when you arrived, everything was prepared (or concluded!) The phrase “cheerio” originally comes from calling for a sedan chair – chair ho!

Craven State carriage This picture is the Craven State Carriage, a Victorian coach said to rival in magnificence Queen Victoria’s royal carriage. It is painted with seven coats of yellow paint, the most expensive color used for livery. Queen Victoria would not have been amused to be outshone! My favorite anecdote from the Victorian period was that the footboards on ladies’ carriages were enormous because it was thought indelicate that a lady should have to sit looking at the horse’s posterior!

I hope you have enjoyed this quick gallop through a few coaching Notorious_350 anecdotes. What historical mode of transport would you choose for traveling? Would you like to drive a curricle or arrive in style in the Queen’s State Landau? I’m offering an advance copy of my next Scandalous Women of the Ton book, Notorious, to one commenter!

 

200 thoughts on “Transports of Delight!”

  1. I would like to drive a curricle. I enjoyed the article on carraiges. I am looking forward to your next book!

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  2. I would like to drive a curricle. I enjoyed the article on carraiges. I am looking forward to your next book!

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  3. I would like to drive a curricle. I enjoyed the article on carraiges. I am looking forward to your next book!

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  4. I would like to drive a curricle. I enjoyed the article on carraiges. I am looking forward to your next book!

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  5. I would like to drive a curricle. I enjoyed the article on carraiges. I am looking forward to your next book!

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  6. Interesting post. Never thought of the candle smoke damaging the upholstery. No wonder the characters who rode in carriages were always taken to their rooms to refresh themselves shortly after arriving – they must have felt grubby as well!
    I would love to learn to drive a team of horses – I guess that means I would probably like to travel in a curricle, as if I understand rightly, they were usually only one or two horses.

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  7. Interesting post. Never thought of the candle smoke damaging the upholstery. No wonder the characters who rode in carriages were always taken to their rooms to refresh themselves shortly after arriving – they must have felt grubby as well!
    I would love to learn to drive a team of horses – I guess that means I would probably like to travel in a curricle, as if I understand rightly, they were usually only one or two horses.

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  8. Interesting post. Never thought of the candle smoke damaging the upholstery. No wonder the characters who rode in carriages were always taken to their rooms to refresh themselves shortly after arriving – they must have felt grubby as well!
    I would love to learn to drive a team of horses – I guess that means I would probably like to travel in a curricle, as if I understand rightly, they were usually only one or two horses.

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  9. Interesting post. Never thought of the candle smoke damaging the upholstery. No wonder the characters who rode in carriages were always taken to their rooms to refresh themselves shortly after arriving – they must have felt grubby as well!
    I would love to learn to drive a team of horses – I guess that means I would probably like to travel in a curricle, as if I understand rightly, they were usually only one or two horses.

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  10. Interesting post. Never thought of the candle smoke damaging the upholstery. No wonder the characters who rode in carriages were always taken to their rooms to refresh themselves shortly after arriving – they must have felt grubby as well!
    I would love to learn to drive a team of horses – I guess that means I would probably like to travel in a curricle, as if I understand rightly, they were usually only one or two horses.

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  11. I like the thought of taking a ride in a curricle. Horse and carriage are fine and regal looking but there is something romantic about a curricle. Just two people riding along enjoying the sights. Then suddenly it rains and they have to dive for cover…. Sorry I drifted off there for a moment

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  12. I like the thought of taking a ride in a curricle. Horse and carriage are fine and regal looking but there is something romantic about a curricle. Just two people riding along enjoying the sights. Then suddenly it rains and they have to dive for cover…. Sorry I drifted off there for a moment

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  13. I like the thought of taking a ride in a curricle. Horse and carriage are fine and regal looking but there is something romantic about a curricle. Just two people riding along enjoying the sights. Then suddenly it rains and they have to dive for cover…. Sorry I drifted off there for a moment

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  14. I like the thought of taking a ride in a curricle. Horse and carriage are fine and regal looking but there is something romantic about a curricle. Just two people riding along enjoying the sights. Then suddenly it rains and they have to dive for cover…. Sorry I drifted off there for a moment

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  15. I like the thought of taking a ride in a curricle. Horse and carriage are fine and regal looking but there is something romantic about a curricle. Just two people riding along enjoying the sights. Then suddenly it rains and they have to dive for cover…. Sorry I drifted off there for a moment

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  16. I recently read Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon by Michael O’Brien. It has a wealth of details about traveling across Europe by coach during this era. The expense and trouble of such a journey were not trivial!

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  17. I recently read Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon by Michael O’Brien. It has a wealth of details about traveling across Europe by coach during this era. The expense and trouble of such a journey were not trivial!

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  18. I recently read Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon by Michael O’Brien. It has a wealth of details about traveling across Europe by coach during this era. The expense and trouble of such a journey were not trivial!

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  19. I recently read Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon by Michael O’Brien. It has a wealth of details about traveling across Europe by coach during this era. The expense and trouble of such a journey were not trivial!

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  20. I recently read Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon by Michael O’Brien. It has a wealth of details about traveling across Europe by coach during this era. The expense and trouble of such a journey were not trivial!

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  21. Hi Kelly! I’m glad you enjoyed the blog piece! Yes, a curricle would be a lot of fun, I think. At Arlington Court in Devon they have a big carriage collection and I believe you can try out all sorts of carriages there. I’d love to give it a try!
    Grace, I must admit I’d never thought about the hazard of crashing into another coach before but when Captain Henderson was talking about it I felt petrified! Travellers must have been very brave to take the risk, I think.

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  22. Hi Kelly! I’m glad you enjoyed the blog piece! Yes, a curricle would be a lot of fun, I think. At Arlington Court in Devon they have a big carriage collection and I believe you can try out all sorts of carriages there. I’d love to give it a try!
    Grace, I must admit I’d never thought about the hazard of crashing into another coach before but when Captain Henderson was talking about it I felt petrified! Travellers must have been very brave to take the risk, I think.

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  23. Hi Kelly! I’m glad you enjoyed the blog piece! Yes, a curricle would be a lot of fun, I think. At Arlington Court in Devon they have a big carriage collection and I believe you can try out all sorts of carriages there. I’d love to give it a try!
    Grace, I must admit I’d never thought about the hazard of crashing into another coach before but when Captain Henderson was talking about it I felt petrified! Travellers must have been very brave to take the risk, I think.

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  24. Hi Kelly! I’m glad you enjoyed the blog piece! Yes, a curricle would be a lot of fun, I think. At Arlington Court in Devon they have a big carriage collection and I believe you can try out all sorts of carriages there. I’d love to give it a try!
    Grace, I must admit I’d never thought about the hazard of crashing into another coach before but when Captain Henderson was talking about it I felt petrified! Travellers must have been very brave to take the risk, I think.

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  25. Hi Kelly! I’m glad you enjoyed the blog piece! Yes, a curricle would be a lot of fun, I think. At Arlington Court in Devon they have a big carriage collection and I believe you can try out all sorts of carriages there. I’d love to give it a try!
    Grace, I must admit I’d never thought about the hazard of crashing into another coach before but when Captain Henderson was talking about it I felt petrified! Travellers must have been very brave to take the risk, I think.

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  26. Interesting post, Nicola. I would love to ride in the Queen’s coach. I often think when I am in Blackpool or Bruges, that I will take a ride in a landau but never seem to have the time. I must make time, it must be lovely.

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  27. Interesting post, Nicola. I would love to ride in the Queen’s coach. I often think when I am in Blackpool or Bruges, that I will take a ride in a landau but never seem to have the time. I must make time, it must be lovely.

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  28. Interesting post, Nicola. I would love to ride in the Queen’s coach. I often think when I am in Blackpool or Bruges, that I will take a ride in a landau but never seem to have the time. I must make time, it must be lovely.

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  29. Interesting post, Nicola. I would love to ride in the Queen’s coach. I often think when I am in Blackpool or Bruges, that I will take a ride in a landau but never seem to have the time. I must make time, it must be lovely.

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  30. Interesting post, Nicola. I would love to ride in the Queen’s coach. I often think when I am in Blackpool or Bruges, that I will take a ride in a landau but never seem to have the time. I must make time, it must be lovely.

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  31. What a great post! I’ve driven several carriages (as a teen, when I worked at a very tony stable) and I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to drive them up and down big hills. I’d love to travel in one though (though again, maybe not up and down big hills, LOL!).
    For my money, it’s all about traveling by train. I love it. I took trains all over England and Morocco and just had the best time.

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  32. What a great post! I’ve driven several carriages (as a teen, when I worked at a very tony stable) and I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to drive them up and down big hills. I’d love to travel in one though (though again, maybe not up and down big hills, LOL!).
    For my money, it’s all about traveling by train. I love it. I took trains all over England and Morocco and just had the best time.

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  33. What a great post! I’ve driven several carriages (as a teen, when I worked at a very tony stable) and I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to drive them up and down big hills. I’d love to travel in one though (though again, maybe not up and down big hills, LOL!).
    For my money, it’s all about traveling by train. I love it. I took trains all over England and Morocco and just had the best time.

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  34. What a great post! I’ve driven several carriages (as a teen, when I worked at a very tony stable) and I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to drive them up and down big hills. I’d love to travel in one though (though again, maybe not up and down big hills, LOL!).
    For my money, it’s all about traveling by train. I love it. I took trains all over England and Morocco and just had the best time.

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  35. What a great post! I’ve driven several carriages (as a teen, when I worked at a very tony stable) and I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to drive them up and down big hills. I’d love to travel in one though (though again, maybe not up and down big hills, LOL!).
    For my money, it’s all about traveling by train. I love it. I took trains all over England and Morocco and just had the best time.

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  36. I like the look of those landaus too, Margaret. It would be lovely to drive around Bruges in one. The thing that struck me about the Scottish State Coach that the Queen and Prince Philip used at the Royal Wedding was how rickety it looked! Maybe it’s just well-sprung.

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  37. I like the look of those landaus too, Margaret. It would be lovely to drive around Bruges in one. The thing that struck me about the Scottish State Coach that the Queen and Prince Philip used at the Royal Wedding was how rickety it looked! Maybe it’s just well-sprung.

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  38. I like the look of those landaus too, Margaret. It would be lovely to drive around Bruges in one. The thing that struck me about the Scottish State Coach that the Queen and Prince Philip used at the Royal Wedding was how rickety it looked! Maybe it’s just well-sprung.

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  39. I like the look of those landaus too, Margaret. It would be lovely to drive around Bruges in one. The thing that struck me about the Scottish State Coach that the Queen and Prince Philip used at the Royal Wedding was how rickety it looked! Maybe it’s just well-sprung.

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  40. I like the look of those landaus too, Margaret. It would be lovely to drive around Bruges in one. The thing that struck me about the Scottish State Coach that the Queen and Prince Philip used at the Royal Wedding was how rickety it looked! Maybe it’s just well-sprung.

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  41. Thanks, Isobel! I am glad you liked the post. Your comments confirmed what I had suspected – that it must be incredibly difficult to drive a big coach down a hill! I do agree on train travel. One of my ambitions is to go on the Trans-Siberian Railway and maybe the Orient Express. Taking the train around Morocco must have been fabulous and the sleeper on the West Coast line to Scotland is something of a British institution!

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  42. Thanks, Isobel! I am glad you liked the post. Your comments confirmed what I had suspected – that it must be incredibly difficult to drive a big coach down a hill! I do agree on train travel. One of my ambitions is to go on the Trans-Siberian Railway and maybe the Orient Express. Taking the train around Morocco must have been fabulous and the sleeper on the West Coast line to Scotland is something of a British institution!

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  43. Thanks, Isobel! I am glad you liked the post. Your comments confirmed what I had suspected – that it must be incredibly difficult to drive a big coach down a hill! I do agree on train travel. One of my ambitions is to go on the Trans-Siberian Railway and maybe the Orient Express. Taking the train around Morocco must have been fabulous and the sleeper on the West Coast line to Scotland is something of a British institution!

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  44. Thanks, Isobel! I am glad you liked the post. Your comments confirmed what I had suspected – that it must be incredibly difficult to drive a big coach down a hill! I do agree on train travel. One of my ambitions is to go on the Trans-Siberian Railway and maybe the Orient Express. Taking the train around Morocco must have been fabulous and the sleeper on the West Coast line to Scotland is something of a British institution!

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  45. Thanks, Isobel! I am glad you liked the post. Your comments confirmed what I had suspected – that it must be incredibly difficult to drive a big coach down a hill! I do agree on train travel. One of my ambitions is to go on the Trans-Siberian Railway and maybe the Orient Express. Taking the train around Morocco must have been fabulous and the sleeper on the West Coast line to Scotland is something of a British institution!

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  46. I would prefer to ride in the Queen’s State Landau…with my luck if I chose the curricle I would probably be riding with the gentleman who was not adept with the ribbons…I love these tidbits about traveling – especially how they changed horses like racecar drivers!

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  47. I would prefer to ride in the Queen’s State Landau…with my luck if I chose the curricle I would probably be riding with the gentleman who was not adept with the ribbons…I love these tidbits about traveling – especially how they changed horses like racecar drivers!

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  48. I would prefer to ride in the Queen’s State Landau…with my luck if I chose the curricle I would probably be riding with the gentleman who was not adept with the ribbons…I love these tidbits about traveling – especially how they changed horses like racecar drivers!

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  49. I would prefer to ride in the Queen’s State Landau…with my luck if I chose the curricle I would probably be riding with the gentleman who was not adept with the ribbons…I love these tidbits about traveling – especially how they changed horses like racecar drivers!

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  50. I would prefer to ride in the Queen’s State Landau…with my luck if I chose the curricle I would probably be riding with the gentleman who was not adept with the ribbons…I love these tidbits about traveling – especially how they changed horses like racecar drivers!

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  51. I really want to take the Coastal Starlight all the way up the West Coast. Can’t talk anyone into doing it with me though, LOL!
    I’m surprised by the idea of rushing down hill in a coach to make up time. Everyone I know uses the brake and slows down when going down hill for fear of overrunning the horses.

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  52. I really want to take the Coastal Starlight all the way up the West Coast. Can’t talk anyone into doing it with me though, LOL!
    I’m surprised by the idea of rushing down hill in a coach to make up time. Everyone I know uses the brake and slows down when going down hill for fear of overrunning the horses.

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  53. I really want to take the Coastal Starlight all the way up the West Coast. Can’t talk anyone into doing it with me though, LOL!
    I’m surprised by the idea of rushing down hill in a coach to make up time. Everyone I know uses the brake and slows down when going down hill for fear of overrunning the horses.

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  54. I really want to take the Coastal Starlight all the way up the West Coast. Can’t talk anyone into doing it with me though, LOL!
    I’m surprised by the idea of rushing down hill in a coach to make up time. Everyone I know uses the brake and slows down when going down hill for fear of overrunning the horses.

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  55. I really want to take the Coastal Starlight all the way up the West Coast. Can’t talk anyone into doing it with me though, LOL!
    I’m surprised by the idea of rushing down hill in a coach to make up time. Everyone I know uses the brake and slows down when going down hill for fear of overrunning the horses.

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  56. Yes,that would certainly be a danger, Wendy. A poor driver could do a lot of damage! I liked the little snippets too. it must have been impressive to see them changing the horses so quickly!

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  57. Yes,that would certainly be a danger, Wendy. A poor driver could do a lot of damage! I liked the little snippets too. it must have been impressive to see them changing the horses so quickly!

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  58. Yes,that would certainly be a danger, Wendy. A poor driver could do a lot of damage! I liked the little snippets too. it must have been impressive to see them changing the horses so quickly!

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  59. Yes,that would certainly be a danger, Wendy. A poor driver could do a lot of damage! I liked the little snippets too. it must have been impressive to see them changing the horses so quickly!

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  60. Yes,that would certainly be a danger, Wendy. A poor driver could do a lot of damage! I liked the little snippets too. it must have been impressive to see them changing the horses so quickly!

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  61. Marvelous post. Even today the big 18 wheelers push it going downhill to get up the next without a lot of down shifting
    in the gears.

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  62. Marvelous post. Even today the big 18 wheelers push it going downhill to get up the next without a lot of down shifting
    in the gears.

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  63. Marvelous post. Even today the big 18 wheelers push it going downhill to get up the next without a lot of down shifting
    in the gears.

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  64. Marvelous post. Even today the big 18 wheelers push it going downhill to get up the next without a lot of down shifting
    in the gears.

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  65. Marvelous post. Even today the big 18 wheelers push it going downhill to get up the next without a lot of down shifting
    in the gears.

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  66. Nicola
    What a great post I so love those carriages and I agree the horses are fantastic.
    I think I would like to travel in the Queen’s State Landau so grand for me.
    Congrats on getting the next book in I am loving this series
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  67. Nicola
    What a great post I so love those carriages and I agree the horses are fantastic.
    I think I would like to travel in the Queen’s State Landau so grand for me.
    Congrats on getting the next book in I am loving this series
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  68. Nicola
    What a great post I so love those carriages and I agree the horses are fantastic.
    I think I would like to travel in the Queen’s State Landau so grand for me.
    Congrats on getting the next book in I am loving this series
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  69. Nicola
    What a great post I so love those carriages and I agree the horses are fantastic.
    I think I would like to travel in the Queen’s State Landau so grand for me.
    Congrats on getting the next book in I am loving this series
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  70. Nicola
    What a great post I so love those carriages and I agree the horses are fantastic.
    I think I would like to travel in the Queen’s State Landau so grand for me.
    Congrats on getting the next book in I am loving this series
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  71. Thank you, Mary Jo! I thought it was quirky and interesting as an “insider’s” view.
    Louis, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yes, good point about the gear changes – there’s nothing new, is there!

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  72. Thank you, Mary Jo! I thought it was quirky and interesting as an “insider’s” view.
    Louis, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yes, good point about the gear changes – there’s nothing new, is there!

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  73. Thank you, Mary Jo! I thought it was quirky and interesting as an “insider’s” view.
    Louis, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yes, good point about the gear changes – there’s nothing new, is there!

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  74. Thank you, Mary Jo! I thought it was quirky and interesting as an “insider’s” view.
    Louis, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yes, good point about the gear changes – there’s nothing new, is there!

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  75. Thank you, Mary Jo! I thought it was quirky and interesting as an “insider’s” view.
    Louis, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yes, good point about the gear changes – there’s nothing new, is there!

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  76. Very informative post! Another one for the research notebook. And how I envy you your tour with the Queen’s coachman. I agree the horses were one of the best aspects of the royal wedding, but they usually are.
    I’ve ridden horses here and in England and I’ve even driven a pony cart. I think I would love to have my own phaeton and racing curricle. There are some things which simply sound like too much fun not to try at least once. Of course that’s how I ended up hang-gliding, bungee jumping, spelunking and mountain climbing, but I DID have fun!

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  77. Very informative post! Another one for the research notebook. And how I envy you your tour with the Queen’s coachman. I agree the horses were one of the best aspects of the royal wedding, but they usually are.
    I’ve ridden horses here and in England and I’ve even driven a pony cart. I think I would love to have my own phaeton and racing curricle. There are some things which simply sound like too much fun not to try at least once. Of course that’s how I ended up hang-gliding, bungee jumping, spelunking and mountain climbing, but I DID have fun!

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  78. Very informative post! Another one for the research notebook. And how I envy you your tour with the Queen’s coachman. I agree the horses were one of the best aspects of the royal wedding, but they usually are.
    I’ve ridden horses here and in England and I’ve even driven a pony cart. I think I would love to have my own phaeton and racing curricle. There are some things which simply sound like too much fun not to try at least once. Of course that’s how I ended up hang-gliding, bungee jumping, spelunking and mountain climbing, but I DID have fun!

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  79. Very informative post! Another one for the research notebook. And how I envy you your tour with the Queen’s coachman. I agree the horses were one of the best aspects of the royal wedding, but they usually are.
    I’ve ridden horses here and in England and I’ve even driven a pony cart. I think I would love to have my own phaeton and racing curricle. There are some things which simply sound like too much fun not to try at least once. Of course that’s how I ended up hang-gliding, bungee jumping, spelunking and mountain climbing, but I DID have fun!

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  80. Very informative post! Another one for the research notebook. And how I envy you your tour with the Queen’s coachman. I agree the horses were one of the best aspects of the royal wedding, but they usually are.
    I’ve ridden horses here and in England and I’ve even driven a pony cart. I think I would love to have my own phaeton and racing curricle. There are some things which simply sound like too much fun not to try at least once. Of course that’s how I ended up hang-gliding, bungee jumping, spelunking and mountain climbing, but I DID have fun!

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  81. Your love of history and the way you incorporate it into your books is exactly why I love them so much. Janice from Jacksonville

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  82. Your love of history and the way you incorporate it into your books is exactly why I love them so much. Janice from Jacksonville

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  83. Your love of history and the way you incorporate it into your books is exactly why I love them so much. Janice from Jacksonville

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  84. Your love of history and the way you incorporate it into your books is exactly why I love them so much. Janice from Jacksonville

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  85. Your love of history and the way you incorporate it into your books is exactly why I love them so much. Janice from Jacksonville

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  86. I think I’d like to arrive in style in the Queen’s State Landau, wouldn’t want to muss my hair. 😀
    I enjoyed the post, it was fun to hear about all about the use of coaches, and the luxury people built into them.

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  87. I think I’d like to arrive in style in the Queen’s State Landau, wouldn’t want to muss my hair. 😀
    I enjoyed the post, it was fun to hear about all about the use of coaches, and the luxury people built into them.

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  88. I think I’d like to arrive in style in the Queen’s State Landau, wouldn’t want to muss my hair. 😀
    I enjoyed the post, it was fun to hear about all about the use of coaches, and the luxury people built into them.

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  89. I think I’d like to arrive in style in the Queen’s State Landau, wouldn’t want to muss my hair. 😀
    I enjoyed the post, it was fun to hear about all about the use of coaches, and the luxury people built into them.

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  90. I think I’d like to arrive in style in the Queen’s State Landau, wouldn’t want to muss my hair. 😀
    I enjoyed the post, it was fun to hear about all about the use of coaches, and the luxury people built into them.

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  91. Janice, thank you so much!
    Maureen, I’d definitely like to give the carriage driving a go too as long as I was with an expert!
    I must admit that hadn’t thought of the mussed hair aspect of an open carriage, Barbara. That would be a problem in bad weather. No doubt the Queen has many closed carriages to choose from as well so the royal coiffure doesn’t get disordered!

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  92. Janice, thank you so much!
    Maureen, I’d definitely like to give the carriage driving a go too as long as I was with an expert!
    I must admit that hadn’t thought of the mussed hair aspect of an open carriage, Barbara. That would be a problem in bad weather. No doubt the Queen has many closed carriages to choose from as well so the royal coiffure doesn’t get disordered!

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  93. Janice, thank you so much!
    Maureen, I’d definitely like to give the carriage driving a go too as long as I was with an expert!
    I must admit that hadn’t thought of the mussed hair aspect of an open carriage, Barbara. That would be a problem in bad weather. No doubt the Queen has many closed carriages to choose from as well so the royal coiffure doesn’t get disordered!

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  94. Janice, thank you so much!
    Maureen, I’d definitely like to give the carriage driving a go too as long as I was with an expert!
    I must admit that hadn’t thought of the mussed hair aspect of an open carriage, Barbara. That would be a problem in bad weather. No doubt the Queen has many closed carriages to choose from as well so the royal coiffure doesn’t get disordered!

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  95. Janice, thank you so much!
    Maureen, I’d definitely like to give the carriage driving a go too as long as I was with an expert!
    I must admit that hadn’t thought of the mussed hair aspect of an open carriage, Barbara. That would be a problem in bad weather. No doubt the Queen has many closed carriages to choose from as well so the royal coiffure doesn’t get disordered!

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  96. Thank you for another glimpse into history. I look forward to your blog each week.
    I always felt that traveling carriage would be great fun, but I had never considered the candle smoke that would fill a carriage. That being said, I guess I would prefer a curricle, needing fresh air.

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  97. Thank you for another glimpse into history. I look forward to your blog each week.
    I always felt that traveling carriage would be great fun, but I had never considered the candle smoke that would fill a carriage. That being said, I guess I would prefer a curricle, needing fresh air.

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  98. Thank you for another glimpse into history. I look forward to your blog each week.
    I always felt that traveling carriage would be great fun, but I had never considered the candle smoke that would fill a carriage. That being said, I guess I would prefer a curricle, needing fresh air.

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  99. Thank you for another glimpse into history. I look forward to your blog each week.
    I always felt that traveling carriage would be great fun, but I had never considered the candle smoke that would fill a carriage. That being said, I guess I would prefer a curricle, needing fresh air.

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  100. Thank you for another glimpse into history. I look forward to your blog each week.
    I always felt that traveling carriage would be great fun, but I had never considered the candle smoke that would fill a carriage. That being said, I guess I would prefer a curricle, needing fresh air.

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  101. Well trailing by carriage would be nice. Although now it seems there is quite a bit of danger in such travel if you are doing it at night. The speed of changing horses sounds like it saves time i think that it would take longer than two minutes. The curricle would be for me because I would need the fresh air and such since I get carsick. The only problem I dont believe that bumps and holes in the road would feel very comfortable. Although it seems like the seats may have some comfort to them. I am afraid of heights so a balloon would not work for me. I also road in a boat once and got sea sick. I would be limited on the places I could travel!!

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  102. Well trailing by carriage would be nice. Although now it seems there is quite a bit of danger in such travel if you are doing it at night. The speed of changing horses sounds like it saves time i think that it would take longer than two minutes. The curricle would be for me because I would need the fresh air and such since I get carsick. The only problem I dont believe that bumps and holes in the road would feel very comfortable. Although it seems like the seats may have some comfort to them. I am afraid of heights so a balloon would not work for me. I also road in a boat once and got sea sick. I would be limited on the places I could travel!!

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  103. Well trailing by carriage would be nice. Although now it seems there is quite a bit of danger in such travel if you are doing it at night. The speed of changing horses sounds like it saves time i think that it would take longer than two minutes. The curricle would be for me because I would need the fresh air and such since I get carsick. The only problem I dont believe that bumps and holes in the road would feel very comfortable. Although it seems like the seats may have some comfort to them. I am afraid of heights so a balloon would not work for me. I also road in a boat once and got sea sick. I would be limited on the places I could travel!!

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  104. Well trailing by carriage would be nice. Although now it seems there is quite a bit of danger in such travel if you are doing it at night. The speed of changing horses sounds like it saves time i think that it would take longer than two minutes. The curricle would be for me because I would need the fresh air and such since I get carsick. The only problem I dont believe that bumps and holes in the road would feel very comfortable. Although it seems like the seats may have some comfort to them. I am afraid of heights so a balloon would not work for me. I also road in a boat once and got sea sick. I would be limited on the places I could travel!!

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  105. Well trailing by carriage would be nice. Although now it seems there is quite a bit of danger in such travel if you are doing it at night. The speed of changing horses sounds like it saves time i think that it would take longer than two minutes. The curricle would be for me because I would need the fresh air and such since I get carsick. The only problem I dont believe that bumps and holes in the road would feel very comfortable. Although it seems like the seats may have some comfort to them. I am afraid of heights so a balloon would not work for me. I also road in a boat once and got sea sick. I would be limited on the places I could travel!!

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  106. I’m with you, Jami. The closed carriage would make me sick. We have lots of Amish buggies and wagons around here, so am very familiar with the concept of running into someone in the dark!

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  107. I’m with you, Jami. The closed carriage would make me sick. We have lots of Amish buggies and wagons around here, so am very familiar with the concept of running into someone in the dark!

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  108. I’m with you, Jami. The closed carriage would make me sick. We have lots of Amish buggies and wagons around here, so am very familiar with the concept of running into someone in the dark!

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  109. I’m with you, Jami. The closed carriage would make me sick. We have lots of Amish buggies and wagons around here, so am very familiar with the concept of running into someone in the dark!

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  110. I’m with you, Jami. The closed carriage would make me sick. We have lots of Amish buggies and wagons around here, so am very familiar with the concept of running into someone in the dark!

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  111. I like coaches very much and I had one for my wedding. I was going by a carriage and pair when I was a flower girl at a wedding and I wanted to have one for my own wedding, too. I was so happy to have this dream fulfilled. We only had a small coach dating back to the early 20th century. Even for this small carriage with only two horses, there are many security measures like there has to be sitting someone next to the coachman. They had/have a very responsible job, don’t they? Just like everyone who is driving a car. I recently read in a newspaper about a coach accident when a car run into a coach and the caochman and the animals had no chance. I felt so sorry for all of them.

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  112. I like coaches very much and I had one for my wedding. I was going by a carriage and pair when I was a flower girl at a wedding and I wanted to have one for my own wedding, too. I was so happy to have this dream fulfilled. We only had a small coach dating back to the early 20th century. Even for this small carriage with only two horses, there are many security measures like there has to be sitting someone next to the coachman. They had/have a very responsible job, don’t they? Just like everyone who is driving a car. I recently read in a newspaper about a coach accident when a car run into a coach and the caochman and the animals had no chance. I felt so sorry for all of them.

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  113. I like coaches very much and I had one for my wedding. I was going by a carriage and pair when I was a flower girl at a wedding and I wanted to have one for my own wedding, too. I was so happy to have this dream fulfilled. We only had a small coach dating back to the early 20th century. Even for this small carriage with only two horses, there are many security measures like there has to be sitting someone next to the coachman. They had/have a very responsible job, don’t they? Just like everyone who is driving a car. I recently read in a newspaper about a coach accident when a car run into a coach and the caochman and the animals had no chance. I felt so sorry for all of them.

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  114. I like coaches very much and I had one for my wedding. I was going by a carriage and pair when I was a flower girl at a wedding and I wanted to have one for my own wedding, too. I was so happy to have this dream fulfilled. We only had a small coach dating back to the early 20th century. Even for this small carriage with only two horses, there are many security measures like there has to be sitting someone next to the coachman. They had/have a very responsible job, don’t they? Just like everyone who is driving a car. I recently read in a newspaper about a coach accident when a car run into a coach and the caochman and the animals had no chance. I felt so sorry for all of them.

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  115. I like coaches very much and I had one for my wedding. I was going by a carriage and pair when I was a flower girl at a wedding and I wanted to have one for my own wedding, too. I was so happy to have this dream fulfilled. We only had a small coach dating back to the early 20th century. Even for this small carriage with only two horses, there are many security measures like there has to be sitting someone next to the coachman. They had/have a very responsible job, don’t they? Just like everyone who is driving a car. I recently read in a newspaper about a coach accident when a car run into a coach and the caochman and the animals had no chance. I felt so sorry for all of them.

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  116. Thank you, Julia. I am so pleased you enjoy the Wench blog! I imagine that a closed carriage with smoke wouldn’t do at all for anyone who felt a little travel sick. I’d be with you on that, Jami! A curricle in the fresh air is far preferable, I think, although the state of the roads would have been an aissue. I was watching Northanger Abbey last night and poor Catherine Moorland travelling home on her own through the night! So many hazards to contend with.

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  117. Thank you, Julia. I am so pleased you enjoy the Wench blog! I imagine that a closed carriage with smoke wouldn’t do at all for anyone who felt a little travel sick. I’d be with you on that, Jami! A curricle in the fresh air is far preferable, I think, although the state of the roads would have been an aissue. I was watching Northanger Abbey last night and poor Catherine Moorland travelling home on her own through the night! So many hazards to contend with.

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  118. Thank you, Julia. I am so pleased you enjoy the Wench blog! I imagine that a closed carriage with smoke wouldn’t do at all for anyone who felt a little travel sick. I’d be with you on that, Jami! A curricle in the fresh air is far preferable, I think, although the state of the roads would have been an aissue. I was watching Northanger Abbey last night and poor Catherine Moorland travelling home on her own through the night! So many hazards to contend with.

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  119. Thank you, Julia. I am so pleased you enjoy the Wench blog! I imagine that a closed carriage with smoke wouldn’t do at all for anyone who felt a little travel sick. I’d be with you on that, Jami! A curricle in the fresh air is far preferable, I think, although the state of the roads would have been an aissue. I was watching Northanger Abbey last night and poor Catherine Moorland travelling home on her own through the night! So many hazards to contend with.

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  120. Thank you, Julia. I am so pleased you enjoy the Wench blog! I imagine that a closed carriage with smoke wouldn’t do at all for anyone who felt a little travel sick. I’d be with you on that, Jami! A curricle in the fresh air is far preferable, I think, although the state of the roads would have been an aissue. I was watching Northanger Abbey last night and poor Catherine Moorland travelling home on her own through the night! So many hazards to contend with.

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  121. How lovely to havea coach for your wedding, Margot! That sounds delightfully romantic. Yes, a coachman had an incredibly responsible job. You really would have to have faith in him.
    Peg, I hadn’t realised that the problem of running into another carriage in dark still occurred. That’s interesting.

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  122. How lovely to havea coach for your wedding, Margot! That sounds delightfully romantic. Yes, a coachman had an incredibly responsible job. You really would have to have faith in him.
    Peg, I hadn’t realised that the problem of running into another carriage in dark still occurred. That’s interesting.

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  123. How lovely to havea coach for your wedding, Margot! That sounds delightfully romantic. Yes, a coachman had an incredibly responsible job. You really would have to have faith in him.
    Peg, I hadn’t realised that the problem of running into another carriage in dark still occurred. That’s interesting.

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  124. How lovely to havea coach for your wedding, Margot! That sounds delightfully romantic. Yes, a coachman had an incredibly responsible job. You really would have to have faith in him.
    Peg, I hadn’t realised that the problem of running into another carriage in dark still occurred. That’s interesting.

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  125. How lovely to havea coach for your wedding, Margot! That sounds delightfully romantic. Yes, a coachman had an incredibly responsible job. You really would have to have faith in him.
    Peg, I hadn’t realised that the problem of running into another carriage in dark still occurred. That’s interesting.

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  126. Enjoyed your log entry immensely, horses are my passion. For the last few years my friends and I have been lucky enough to attend an International combined driving event (Dressage, Cross-country Marathon and Obstacle Cone Driving). It is amazing watching these carriages and horses at work. I have to give a “snort” at the mention that it was thought “indelicate that a lady should have to sit looking at the horse’s posterior” I bought my favorite horse just because he has such a beautiful bum.

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  127. Enjoyed your log entry immensely, horses are my passion. For the last few years my friends and I have been lucky enough to attend an International combined driving event (Dressage, Cross-country Marathon and Obstacle Cone Driving). It is amazing watching these carriages and horses at work. I have to give a “snort” at the mention that it was thought “indelicate that a lady should have to sit looking at the horse’s posterior” I bought my favorite horse just because he has such a beautiful bum.

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  128. Enjoyed your log entry immensely, horses are my passion. For the last few years my friends and I have been lucky enough to attend an International combined driving event (Dressage, Cross-country Marathon and Obstacle Cone Driving). It is amazing watching these carriages and horses at work. I have to give a “snort” at the mention that it was thought “indelicate that a lady should have to sit looking at the horse’s posterior” I bought my favorite horse just because he has such a beautiful bum.

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  129. Enjoyed your log entry immensely, horses are my passion. For the last few years my friends and I have been lucky enough to attend an International combined driving event (Dressage, Cross-country Marathon and Obstacle Cone Driving). It is amazing watching these carriages and horses at work. I have to give a “snort” at the mention that it was thought “indelicate that a lady should have to sit looking at the horse’s posterior” I bought my favorite horse just because he has such a beautiful bum.

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  130. Enjoyed your log entry immensely, horses are my passion. For the last few years my friends and I have been lucky enough to attend an International combined driving event (Dressage, Cross-country Marathon and Obstacle Cone Driving). It is amazing watching these carriages and horses at work. I have to give a “snort” at the mention that it was thought “indelicate that a lady should have to sit looking at the horse’s posterior” I bought my favorite horse just because he has such a beautiful bum.

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  131. Thanks, Robin. I am glad you enjoyed it!
    Obstacle cone driving! Wow! All these things require so much skill I am in awe. And I did laugh at your comment about your favorite horse, Kat!

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  132. Thanks, Robin. I am glad you enjoyed it!
    Obstacle cone driving! Wow! All these things require so much skill I am in awe. And I did laugh at your comment about your favorite horse, Kat!

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  133. Thanks, Robin. I am glad you enjoyed it!
    Obstacle cone driving! Wow! All these things require so much skill I am in awe. And I did laugh at your comment about your favorite horse, Kat!

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  134. Thanks, Robin. I am glad you enjoyed it!
    Obstacle cone driving! Wow! All these things require so much skill I am in awe. And I did laugh at your comment about your favorite horse, Kat!

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  135. Thanks, Robin. I am glad you enjoyed it!
    Obstacle cone driving! Wow! All these things require so much skill I am in awe. And I did laugh at your comment about your favorite horse, Kat!

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  136. I thought I’d like a barouche, just for the joy of pronouncing it, but a curricle or phaeton looks like a more fun ride!
    I loved the detail about the postilions and their leg armor. Thanks for an interesting post.

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  137. I thought I’d like a barouche, just for the joy of pronouncing it, but a curricle or phaeton looks like a more fun ride!
    I loved the detail about the postilions and their leg armor. Thanks for an interesting post.

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  138. I thought I’d like a barouche, just for the joy of pronouncing it, but a curricle or phaeton looks like a more fun ride!
    I loved the detail about the postilions and their leg armor. Thanks for an interesting post.

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  139. I thought I’d like a barouche, just for the joy of pronouncing it, but a curricle or phaeton looks like a more fun ride!
    I loved the detail about the postilions and their leg armor. Thanks for an interesting post.

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  140. I thought I’d like a barouche, just for the joy of pronouncing it, but a curricle or phaeton looks like a more fun ride!
    I loved the detail about the postilions and their leg armor. Thanks for an interesting post.

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  141. What an amazing lecture to attend! I am quite jealous! Your passion for history and your great understanding of it come through in posts such as these as well as in your works, and that makes your articles and books even more fun to read.

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  142. What an amazing lecture to attend! I am quite jealous! Your passion for history and your great understanding of it come through in posts such as these as well as in your works, and that makes your articles and books even more fun to read.

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  143. What an amazing lecture to attend! I am quite jealous! Your passion for history and your great understanding of it come through in posts such as these as well as in your works, and that makes your articles and books even more fun to read.

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  144. What an amazing lecture to attend! I am quite jealous! Your passion for history and your great understanding of it come through in posts such as these as well as in your works, and that makes your articles and books even more fun to read.

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  145. What an amazing lecture to attend! I am quite jealous! Your passion for history and your great understanding of it come through in posts such as these as well as in your works, and that makes your articles and books even more fun to read.

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