Monday, June 23, 2014

The Horse & Idioms

There have been posts scattered throughout my blog with horse photos taken of these amazing animals.  Some folks object to the horse being referred to as an animal as many have formed an intuitive friendship that goes beyond the boundary of human experience with the noble horse.  I know some of these people who trust a four legged equine over a two legged humankind in the experience of friendship.  I love to take pictures of the horse but I am not a rider.  I appreciate their beauty from afar. I realized long ago that my trust factor was broken when I first got on a horse and immediately found myself laying in the dirt trying to catch my breath.  It not only knocked out my breath but any desire in perseverance to try to become a horse rider.  You either have it or you don't and a horse is smart enough to tell the difference.  

I thought about all the references to a horse through the use of idioms. The definition of an idiom are words, phrases or expressions that cannot be taken literally.  In other words, when used in everyday language, each has a meaning other than the basic one you would find in the dictionary.  There are many idioms mentioning the horse -  here are just a few examples, both in word and in photos....

- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.  How true this isIn other words, you can give someone the opportunity to do something but you cannot force him or her to do it if they do not want to.  This phrase dates from the 12th century and was in John Heywood's proverb collection of 1546. 
... depends on the thirst
- Straight from the horses' mouthSomething heard directly from the person who said it and is regarded as trustworthy.  It is derived from the 1920's meaning in getting information directly from a person or place, direct from the source or origin.

... I'm telling you the way it is
- Horse sense.  Common sense, practical thinking to everyday problems in life situations.  People with horse sense are smart and practical and can be counted on to make good decisions.   It is a familiar phrase from the late 1800's and still often used today.
... I can help you with some advice

 - Lock the barn door after the horse is gone. Trying to prevent something that has already happened.  Precautions to do the right thing after it is too late.  This popular proverb was first used by the French in the 1100's and later appeared in English.

... you'll have to catch me first
- Horsing around.  Just playing and being active in a silly way.  This kind of play tends to be improvised and spontaneous and may be engaged in by people of all ages, from young children to mischievous adults.  The term "horseplay" was first used in the late 1500's and linked to the concept of young horses at play.
... I can jump higher than you
- Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.  (Even if he does have icicle whiskers!)  To complain if a gift is not perfect.  It means that you should appreciate the thought and feeling behind it - don't judge a gift by the value of the item or the money put into it.  It is the thought that counts!  This idiom dates back to at least the 16th Century.

...I'm thinking of spring
These are just a few of the idioms regarding the horse.  I looked for a corresponding phrase that would fit the below photograph, but could not find a suitable idiom.  However, the essence of this picture speaks of peace, harmony and love - or a group hug as only horses can do!  I had to conclude today's post with this picture that reflects God's attitude on love, which brings about satisfaction and contentment.

... to know is to be

I wrote a post in April of 2013 entitled "Horse Magic, a Camera & Ray Hunt".  It has more information about horses and those who love them....

You are invited to come back and visit The Turn-Up Patch on Monday, July 7th.  See you then!



Monday, June 9, 2014

Mount Vernon - Part 2

Mt. Vernon is a town of many signs, it doesn't matter which side of the street you are on.  Yes, you are now at the intersection of Highways 26 and 395 that carries the distinction of having three megaloads make a turn at this particular crossroad.  I wrote a post in January entitled "The Megaload", including photos of this epic corner maneuver.


This particular intersection is a great showcase to introduce you to several unique  establishments. Mount Vernon is home to a great little restaurant 
called "The Silver Spur".  You not only get good meals but lively camaraderie is dished out as well!  If you remember the popular sit-com of the '80s and early '90s, Cheers, it has that familiar atmosphere of good humor and playful conversation exhibited in Cheers...only in a restaurant and not in a bar.  Dale Finley is owner and operator of this western style diner and she and her staff can serve up a tasty meal from a delicious hamburger to a steak and lobster cuisine delight.  Since word travels about where to go to for a good restaurant meal, The Silver Spur is on the list of motorcycle and bicycle enthusiasts, with tourists and locals alike who stop by and enjoy.

Mount Vernon also features David Hamilton Winery, an establishment specializing in fruit wine.  The winery is located near this same intersection on Oregon Scenic Byway, "Journey Through Time" on Highway 26.  David makes and bottles the wine on site and has a variety of flavors to choose from.  You can purchase fruit wines such as Cranberry, Huckleberry, Gravenstein Apple, Wild Plum, Kiwi, Elderberry, Pomegrante - to name a few.  My favorite is called "Rugosa Rose".   It is made from rose petals and tastes similar to an ice wine liqueur, simply exquisite!  
For a complete list of wines, check out his website at:
The wine that David makes is processed from organic fruits and contain no sulfites.  The fruits are either hand-picked or obtained at organic fruit farms.  David told me that he began being tutored by his grandfather in the fine art of making fruit wine when he was 9 years old. 

Also at the intersection is a quilt shop, motel and post office.  The post office was established in 1877 and has undergone several renovations since that time.  Of course it is another gathering place for visiting... note the bench in front of the building to accommodate such socializing.  Mt. Vernon City Hall is located along Main Street on Highway 26, complete with the black stallion motif on the building.  
Because space is limited in today's post,  I can't feature all that Mount Vernon and surrounding area offers, but for a little town, you have all the amenities and then some.

About a mile east of Mount Vernon on Highway 26 is a lovely recreational site, called "Clyde Holliday State Park". Set up for campgrounds, it is excellent for Recreational Vehicles in beautiful tree-shaded scenery with barbeque pits.  What is unique are several tee-pees that can be reserved for a camp out.  The park has designated picnic areas, restrooms and a paved path close to the John Day River where you may take a walk and enjoy country solitude.

I hope you have enjoyed the 'tour' of Mount Vernon in Parts 1 and 2.  There is much more history to explore and more local talent to share but that will be at a future time.  

Join me in two weeks on Monday, June 23 for another adventure at The Turn-Up Patch.  Until then may your days be sweet and your burdens light.  Here is another great Irish Blessing, which I pass on to you....  
"May God in His Wisdom and infinite Love
Look down on you always from Heaven above.
May He send you good fortune, contentment and peace,
And may all your blessings forever increase."