Monday, October 19, 2009
Beth is quite good at taking care of my horse, Earl, and for the majority of the time he stays with her and I get the pleasure of using him on reenactment weekends. So I suppose he is actually more her horse than mine now, but he always rides well for me, and he is undoubtedly the only horse that I have seen that has taken to the life of a cavalry horse as quickly as he has. I am not sure if Earl is just that laid back, or is absolutely deaf, because as the cannons and rifles fire, he does not even flinch. There are horses that ride with us that are good with the noise, and some are as solid as Earl, but none are as young as he is, and there is not one other horse on the battlefield that will actually graze as the battle rages around him.
All in all it was a good weekend. There is something to be said about the comraderie that forms in a military unit, even a pretend military unit. Camp life is like small town life, and we all get together and swap stories, tell tales, and catch up on the events of the weeks between reenactments. No matter how bad the weather is, how cold, how wet, how muddy, we all have fun and leave the field to head back to the real world with good memories and smiles on our faces. This weekend's weather was miserable, we were in Winchester, VA, and the temps were in the 30's and the rain was coming down. There was rumor of snow, and some of us were hoping for it - snow is just not as wet as rain until it melts, and besides, snow is alot more attractive than rain and mud. However none of that bad weather hampered our fun, we fought the yanks on an actual battlefield, one of the few places we do get to fight on the same ground that was fought on 145 years ago.
So now I am back on the boat, saddle sore, tired and weary, taking one more day off from work so I can rest and get a few boat things done this week. The icebox is almost finished, and the auxilliary water tank has yet to be installed - and the middle of November is approaching quickly.
Posted by Capn Jack at 8:37 PM