Saturday 17 February 2018

This Man's Life: Moments of magic from a hero named Bertie and a diva called Joan


Dame Joan Collins (Matt Crossick/PA)
Dame Joan Collins (Matt Crossick/PA)
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

Life is generally something that happens elsewhere, when you are not looking, or are least expecting it. Last weekend, it happened to my wife and I when we took our little one to the Irish National Stud and Gardens in Kildare; it being a moment of magic. Emilia's imagination was suddenly ignited like something out of an old Walt Disney movie.

She was transported to a magical place as she got to ride on the back of a little horse named Bertie. It was our two-and-a-half-year-old daughter's first pony ride.

Even allowing for de rigueur daddy exaggeration, my daughter is acting like she will never forget it. All last week, she barely looked at her toys (Peppa Pig, Skye from Paw Patrol to name a few) as she pined for Bertie, and she asks endlessly about the present whereabouts of Bertie (presumably in a comfy, warm stable with lots of equine-y treats and a field to run about in when he pleases).

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