Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Giddy up horsey - Hawthorn horses

One of ten life sized horses in Glenferrie Rd Hawthorn.
Carnival Horses for the Spring Racing Carnival

Last week when I headed to Readings in Hawthorn to a book launch, I noticed there were a number of painted horses in the street. They are all painted and on wheels. Some had been stored inside and others were still out enjoying the late spring evening.

I couldn't think why - and then it dawned on me. Melbourne is horse racing crazy at this time of the year. What other city in the world has a public holiday on a horse race. 

Yes, the Melbourne Cup is held every first Tuesday in November.

My Russian grandfather loved the horse races but you will not find me there. The only time I have  
ever been to a horse racing track is for a craft fair. Rosehill, Canterbury and Royal Randwick in Sydney and Caulfield in Melbourne. 

However, I do love the Carousel at Luna Park. Big Niece and the Boy want to go back in the Summer holidays, I will only take them if I can go on the Carousel. Sadly, when we take Year 8 at the end of year it is locked up for school days. 

1 comment:

  1. I used to go to the local races but only to work in the office. Not a fan at all. It's been more years than I can remember since I've been on a Carousel, I hope you get to ride one again.