Amazing Graze

This post is sort of an aside from this week’s Twittering Tales.

Hubby sometimes talks about replacing the car with a horse and cart . It makes me wonder about his sanity (well, he did marry me) but there are times when maybe what he says isn’t quite as crazy as it sounds.
With the announcement in our recent Budget here in the UK, diesel car owners are facing a hike in their compulsory road tax and surprisingly (not) there are suddenly an awful lot of diesel vehicles up for sale on private driveways.

Both of our Peugoets were diesel (the above are google images, not ours).
They were economical to run, and my 206 was in one of the lower taxation brackets, costing me a mere £30 a year compared to Hubby’s £115.
We only have the one car now and that’s petrol, again attracting a low road tax of just £20.
However, should money become a problem, or should I say the lack of it, the car is the only thing that could really ‘go’, leaving us dependent on public transport, Shanks Pony or hiring a vehicle for long trips anywhere.

Putting aside the obvious question of where we would keep said horse and cart (domestic pets only according to the covenants** in the house deeds) and the necessary vet bills, it would indeed open up some interesting avenues.
Our veg patch would flourish, provided GeeGee didn’t munch his way through it, I could grow rhubarb again and we would also have a most glorious Ancient Mariner rose bush in the front garden. Hopefully ours will look like this next year.
We could subsidize our income by selling the unwanted ‘by product’ of horse ownership to the keen gardeners around us, many of which have an allotment, on a buyer collects basis.
GeeGee would contribute to his keep by keeping the grass down, thus saving on the electricity bill.
No tax duty or petrol required for our transport, and the cart would be more than adequate to contain our monthly shopping. No parking ticket would be required for the car park (where would one stick it anyway) and no risk of clamping as I don’t think anyone would want to try it from the back end.
Naturally we would be totally responsible owners and have a bucket and shovel aboard for clean up duty.
Hubby would no doubt make some kind of removable cart cover should we have to go out on rainy days, and thus I suppose we could convert it to a sleeping wagon for the odd weekend away.

In all seriousness though, I don’t think I have what it takes to own a horse. I think they are magnificent animals and love to see them free in the fields. I’ve never ridden one, the one time having the opportunity I balked as the thing was just so big!
OB had a goat though, which did keep down the grass. Whether it was his or not I’m unsure, but it got extremely territorial and charged its reflection in the patio doors.
Not once, but twice, so they got rid of it.

**Note to Hubby:
When you read this Love, remember it’s not allowed.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Amazing Graze

  1. Jane Sturgeon says:

    I chuckled at this, but you have a point… x

  2. scifihammy says:

    Ah if only we could go back to the horse drawn carriage 🙂
    I love horses! But as you say, it would be jolly expensive these days with vets bills, grazing, stabling etc. Still I remember as a kid several horse drawn vehicles stopped outside our house, to deliver coal or soft drinks, or even collect jam jars. I was straight out there making friends with the massive cart horse 🙂

  3. foguth says:

    For grass control, I would prefer a sheep to a goat. You’re crafty, and if you don’t already know how to fiddle with fiber-arts, you could learn to make yarn and all sorts of things.

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