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(Washington Times)   Remember "Misty of Chincoteague"? The Chincoteague ponies are swimming the across the Assateague Channel today   (communities.washingtontimes.com) divider line 73
    More: Interesting, Assateague Island, Assateague Channel, Chincoteague, Pony Swim, population size  
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2013-07-24 10:19:00 PM  
Those of you with vintage Breyer collections should be aware that there is a sizable hobby built around them, and that you can get serious coin for your models that are in good shape.

/hobbyist
//never had a Misty though
 
2013-07-24 10:35:27 PM  
awwww!!! loved this book!!   the movie wasn't as good as the book though.  Loved the sequel too, Stormy, Misty's foal.  I have wanted to go to Assateague to see the pony roundup since I was 9.  I don't have the books anymore either  :(
 
2013-07-24 11:11:12 PM  

Merry Sunshine: Those of you with vintage Breyer collections should be aware that there is a sizable hobby built around them, and that you can get serious coin for your models that are in good shape.

/hobbyist
//never had a Misty though


I do have Misty.  In excellent condition.  I think my most valuable one is my glossy charcoal semi-rearing mustang, though--manufactured 1961-1970.  Mine's probably closer to 1970.

For Christmas one year I got a four-stall Spanish-style stable for my Breyers--loved that.  I made all kinds of tack out of scraps of fabric and bits of old leather wallets and such...those were the days.  Sure beat the hell out of getting up and going to work every day.
 
2013-07-24 11:12:47 PM  

John Buck 41: Twist2005: digitalrain: Lydia_C: I loved Misty as a kid. Had a Breyer's model of Misty that I started to wear the finish from, I played with it much. I also remember Sea Star, Orphan of Chincoteague.

I had a book that was all of those stories. I read it til the spine cracked. Still love those
stories.

They were right up there w/ the James Herriot novels for me.

I still have all my Marguerite Henry books, the Black Stallion books, and the Thoroughbred/Saddle Club ones. Makes a great lending library for my 4-H kids!

Don't forget Black Beauty.


"The first place I can well remember..." Love that book! Had to get in in hardcover after wearing out a couple copies. It's the first book I remember Mom buying for me.


Found a copy of "Son of Black Beauty" at a flea market. It was like pre-Internet fanfiction!

/sorry. I'm still a horse nut
//And a book nut
///and when I'm a little drunk, I spazz
 
2013-07-24 11:16:18 PM  

Dallymo: Merry Sunshine: Those of you with vintage Breyer collections should be aware that there is a sizable hobby built around them, and that you can get serious coin for your models that are in good shape.

/hobbyist
//never had a Misty though

I do have Misty.  In excellent condition.  I think my most valuable one is my glossy charcoal semi-rearing mustang, though--manufactured 1961-1970.  Mine's probably closer to 1970.

For Christmas one year I got a four-stall Spanish-style stable for my Breyers--loved that.  I made all kinds of tack out of scraps of fabric and bits of old leather wallets and such...those were the days.  Sure beat the hell out of getting up and going to work every day.


I loved using old rubber bands and shoelaces for bridles. I've got a nice charcoal FAM somewhere, but my best bet is probably the autographed Biko or the Arabian Princess Brenda set.
 
2013-07-24 11:33:28 PM  

Twist2005: I loved using old rubber bands and shoelaces for bridles. I've got a nice charcoal FAM somewhere, but my best bet is probably the autographed Biko or the Arabian Princess Brenda set.


I couldn't find the date Brenda Breyer was introduced, but it was definitely after my horse-crazy days in the 70s.  I crippled more than one Barbie trying to get her legs to bend the right way to ride the model horses; Brenda would have been a welcome addition.  I just looked up the Breyer Princess of Arabia set--I probably would have stabbed a hobo to get that when I was ten.
 
2013-07-25 01:27:56 AM  
Remember her, and loved the stories.
Also had sizeable collection of Breyer horses, played to death and eventually passed on to another girl.
CSS
My cousin went down to the swimming a few years back and bought a ticket for the raffle of the first ashore.
Unfortunately for him, they won!
/css
 
2013-07-25 01:33:07 AM  
yourpricerange.files.wordpress.comA great camping experience right across the bay from Ocean City, MD. We go early in the season, before the bugs come out. The ponies WILL bite and kick you if you get too close because they are WILD ponies.
 
2013-07-25 01:38:17 AM  
Driving though Assateague at night once I had to stop and wait for horse boning in the middle of the road.

Took a while.

And that's how I spent my summer vacation.
 
2013-07-25 02:00:43 AM  

bim1154: Galileo's Daughter: Loved that book as a kid.

This!


Same, although I guess I was young enough when I read it that I don't remember much about it. I did get to visit the area once when I was nine though :)
 
2013-07-25 02:30:57 AM  

Galileo's Daughter: Loved that book as a kid.


Loved that whole series as a kid. I was already nuts for horses, so I adored the books, and they got me to want to try oysters, which was a horrible mistake. It took me years to get over my oyster phobia, but eventually I did and I love them now. And horses. And island ponies. But not to eat, the horses and ponies, I mean.
 
2013-07-25 02:33:23 AM  
Oh, Breyer Horses, and Black Stallion books! It's like a complete reliving of my childhood in here!
 
2013-07-25 03:23:29 AM  

cretinbob: Igor Jakovsky: Apparently they stuffed Misty and Stormy. Pleasant dreams...

[i.imgur.com image 400x270]
[i.imgur.com image 520x390]

I've been there.




I've been as well. You really could have a field day just snapping pictures of the general horror and alarm on people's faces as they see their childhood in the flesh, as it were.

/including mine, yes. I loved those books.
 
2013-07-25 03:25:41 AM  
all this and not a word about the nude beach

/I am disappoint
 
2013-07-25 03:33:19 AM  
Read all the books.  Pretty decent stuff.
 
2013-07-25 04:08:30 AM  

fnordest: all this and not a word about the nude beach

/I am disappoint


It's a secret. Why would we tell Fark?
 
2013-07-25 07:35:30 AM  
Was going to go to Chincoteague this weekend, realised it was pony time, going to Rehobeth instead. Love that beach, don't want to deal with pony crowds.

Yay -officially on vacation!
 
2013-07-25 09:14:48 AM  
Man, look at my childhood all up in here.

Read the books, owned the figures, always wanted to go to Assateague to see the ponies swim. My Breyer collection was passed on to another horse-crazy little girl. I hope she played with them and loved them as much as I did. My Marguerite Henry books are in a box in my parents' attic; anyone who dared to suggest I give those away would have been courting a vicious shin-kicking.

/house-sitting for my parents soon
//guess what's coming back with me
 
2013-07-25 10:25:26 AM  

Madison_Smiled: Man, look at my childhood all up in here.

Read the books, owned the figures, always wanted to go to Assateague to see the ponies swim. My Breyer collection was passed on to another horse-crazy little girl. I hope she played with them and loved them as much as I did. My Marguerite Henry books are in a box in my parents' attic; anyone who dared to suggest I give those away would have been courting a vicious shin-kicking.

/house-sitting for my parents soon
//guess what's coming back with me


Sounds like someday we need an Assateague Fark party.  There are 5 group campsites on the National side of the park right next to each other that hold 25 tents each and are steps away from the ocean, and Beach bonfire permits are fairly easy to obtain...hmmmm
 
2013-07-25 11:24:13 AM  

Mayor_of_Simpleton: [yourpricerange.files.wordpress.com image 850x637]A great camping experience right across the bay from Ocean City, MD. We go early in the season, before the bugs come out. The ponies WILL bite and kick you if you get too close because they are WILD ponies.


I -Loop on the state side?  (just got back from there, and weirdly enough nary a mosquito to be seen all week)
 
2013-07-25 11:27:33 AM  

Dallymo: For Christmas one year I got a four-stall Spanish-style stable for my Breyers--loved that.  I made all kinds of tack out of scraps of fabric and bits of old leather wallets and such...those were the days.  Sure beat the hell out of getting up and going to work every day.


I don't know about the whole "Spanish-style" thing, but I received a nice barn for my Breyers and off-brands one year. And yep, Misty spend some time in there as well. Rotated everyone between the pasture (where thankfully, no one had the cojones to jump the 3-inch fence) and the stalls. Wish I'd done a little more with them, because now I judge the local model horse show at the county fair and every time I do it, I wish I would have known about such things as a young'un. Sure, it's a bit campy at times, but for kids without horses, it's the next best thing and they still earn ribbons.

Didn't read all of M. Henry's books, but did enjoy the Misty ones. I've always wanted to make it down there at least once just to see what all went on, but I have a feeling that all the touristy crap makes it a far cry of what the event once was.

/"Justin Morgan Had A Horse"
//E-I-E-I-O?
 
2013-07-25 11:56:59 AM  

Mayor_of_Simpleton: [yourpricerange.files.wordpress.com image 850x637]A great camping experience right across the bay from Ocean City, MD. We go early in the season, before the bugs come out. The ponies WILL bite and kick you if you get too close because they are WILD ponies.


"Sound the siren...
There's mines over there, there's mines over there, and watch out those goddam monkeys bite, I'll tell ya."

static.guim.co.uk


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2013-07-25 05:01:08 PM  
Magorn: I-Loop on the state side?  (just got back from there, and weirdly enough nary a mosquito to be seen all week)

Cold spring = not many bugs

Magorn: Sounds like someday we need an Assateague Fark party.

Great idea for us Farking campers!
 
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