The full quotation, of Arabic origin, reads: ‘The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears’ and Mefo Phillips is well-placed to comment, having spent more time than most looking out on the world from the back of her Appaloosa horse, Leo.
We were delighted to welcome Mefo onto Girls Do Coffee on Ex-Pat Radio where she recounted stories from her journeys on horseback across Europe.
The pilgrim’s route to Santiago de Compostela is relatively well-known and has been trodden by a variety of travellers, religious and otherwise. However, opting to travel on horseback from her home in Canterbury in Kent to Santiago in Spain is another matter entirely. Fortunately, Mefo had the company of her sister, Susie, on fellow Appaloosa Apollo and was followed along the route by husband Peter, bringing with him Bessie the horsebox.
Even so, the journey took several months and involved many adventures on the way. If you’re thinking that this would make a good read, you’re right! Mefo’s exploits are told in conversational and humorous style in her book ‘Horseshoes and Holy Water’ which is available in paperback or to download to the Kindle.
The call of the bridlepath and beyond soon proved too strong for Mefo and before long she was on the road again, this time going solo on another ride…the Long Ride to Rome. Could this be another book in the offing? Watch this space!
These horseback pilgrimages are not just for fun, either, as both trips have also raised funds for very worthwhile causes. The first being the Canterbury-based Pilgrims Hospices and the second for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Mefo clearly loves life on horseback, whether for personal pleasure or for fund-raising purposes, and would no doubt agree with Winston Churchill who said, ‘No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.’