Mayfly the Grey Pony by Eleanor Helme *spoiler alert*
Another book of Eleanor Helmes which I really enjoyed and it’s illustrated by Lionel Edwards so always a bonus for me too, although on page 147 there is an illustration of a boy trying to drag his pony through a stream and his saddle has extremely large stirrups which look rather odd!
This is the story of the Chatton family who live in London but fall on hard times after Mr Chatton dies. They decide to up-sticks and move to Exmoor and live in a cottage left to them by a cousin. To make ends meet they set up a riding school and hire out their horses which they brought with them from London. They quickly realise that not everyone is a conscientious rider after one woman races across the moor on Mrs Chatton’s horse and falls off leaving the horse to fend for itself. They find the horse after a long search but he nearly dies of a fever. Then to make matters worse Mayfly, which is Tony’s beautiful grey pony, is hired out by his sister to a nasty boy who treats the pony appallingly. After that they are more careful who they hire their horses out to and always accompany them.
Jerry and the Joker from another of Eleanor’s books pop up near the end competing in Trials that are held in the Chatton’s field. Bogs are mentioned quite a few times but I do like the way Eleanor describes the countryside she loved and also the map on the inside cover which shows where all the rides took place.
I have to say although I like the Jerry books, and the Shanks Pony series I found this one hard going. Not sure why, but I lost interest in it about half way through. Not sure if it was the book or maybe i was just in an impatient mood at the time. I find this sort of book harder to get into and read than the more modern ones (when I say modern I mean the PTs and that era!) which I can pick up and read anytime. I have to be in a more dedicated frame of mind to read these more slower paced books. So I may give it another try if I come across a copy again. Must agree that the illustrations are lovely, as are the descriptions of the countryside and places.
fizz: Is it too late to read the Francis book and watch the film?
Aug 17, 2017 22:08:46 GMT 1
fizz: My show went well, good to have being painting again
Aug 17, 2017 22:09:07 GMT 1
Claire: Glad the show went well, wish I could paint! Yes, join in with the film and book any time you want.
Aug 20, 2017 0:08:05 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate. I can write non fiction, but fiction has me stumped.
Oct 14, 2017 11:52:49 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate, buy a rural property in the Yorkshire Dales area, start an animal rescue sanctuary and a service to take animals in to see the elderly, sick, disabled etc.
Oct 14, 2017 11:54:33 GMT 1
cally: Oh I see how this works now- don't press the return button, eejit. How do I start to write a pony book having read hundreds, and not accidentally or intentionally accidentally 'borrow' ideas?
Oct 14, 2017 11:56:41 GMT 1
Claire: Hi Cally! What great ambitions!!
Oct 14, 2017 20:59:09 GMT 1
cally: My lap top stuffed so am trying to get all my stuff over to slow crap I pad so had to go through log in thing and change password so I hope I come up as me. So this is a test!
Oct 24, 2017 5:27:39 GMT 1
Claire: Yep Cally it's you alright!!
Oct 26, 2017 22:30:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all, just to say have put my 2 Christmas 'Pumble' stories in the Christmas 2017 in case anyone fancies a re-read.
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Claire: Hi all apologies for not being around the last few days. Have been away travelling with no intyernet
Mar 8, 2018 13:53:52 GMT 1
Claire: Or even internet lol
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brumby: Hi Claire, what has happened to the Pony Mad book Lovers Website??
Mar 18, 2018 8:23:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all sorry the website has been down due to technical problems with web host. All back up and running now!
Mar 22, 2018 19:19:12 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all the offical Reading Challenge thread is now up and running!
Jun 12, 2018 18:08:13 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all just to say have added a few Autumn/Halloween themed quizzes for you
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Claire: Yet more Pooboards problems - sorry it is not letting anyone post as a guest at the moment - will contact them and try and sort it out.
Nov 4, 2018 12:50:07 GMT 1
aud: Can anyone tell me if they know of a Pony book that has a story line with A nesting Pair of Osprey Birds(thats as well as Ponies)i have been told it is either Alisons Island Adventure by Sheila Stewart or one of the Jinney books by patricha Leitch.
Dec 10, 2018 19:03:28 GMT 1
tali: One of the Jinny books has a sub story line of egg stealing so may be the one you are thinking of. It is one of the books that features the character Claire Burnley.
Dec 24, 2018 12:54:11 GMT 1
ginslinger: It is one of the early Jinny books. I only read the first few and I found the storyline upsetting.
Jan 4, 2019 19:17:50 GMT 1