310114 A philhippic selfie

By January 31, 2014 Uncategorized, zBlog Archives

310114_LRGiven that it is the Chinese New Year today, it is no surprise that the OED has chosen the adjective philhippic as its word of the day. Philhippic means: ‘Fond of or interested in horses’ (OED). As we have a family do tonight, I thought that I would easily find something horsey on arriving in the depths of the Cotswolds. First port of call was the estate where we used to live – and by estate, I mean housing estate, not a Downton Abbey type estate. There used to be a sign on a nearby gate that made reference to horse-drawn vehicles, but it is no longer there. The filthy weather meant that there were no philhippic enthusiasts out for a quick gallop and Black Beauty was nowhere to be seen. Scratching around for inspiration, I suddenly realised that the answer lay around my neck, so a bit of a selfie tonight. This was given to me some years ago on a visit to a ranch in a remote part of the USA – I can’t remember the name of the town, but I do remember that the ranch supper was buffalo balls, and to this day, I don’t know whether they were large meatballs made of buffalo or …. well, you can fill in the gap yourselves!

I’m also feeling rather smug, as I’ve just realised that I have completed the first month of my 2014 challenge – to take a daily pic informed by the OED word of the day. 31 down, 334 to go!