The plantations around New Orleans started with indigo as a crop until they discovered the processing of the plant’s leaves was killing the workers.  Also, the crops were devastated by worms, and they switched to sugar cane.


Indigofera Tinctoria is True Indigo, the original source for indigo dye.  I took this picture at the New Orleans Botanical Garden.

I love the color indigo blue and I love the word indigo, hence the name Indigo Polo.

Happy New Year 2012

Riding and polo lessons at Mountain View Polo

Paul and I drove to Charles Town, West Virginia to our friends’ new polo club, Mountain View Polo ( to spend a few days working on riding and polo.

Paul had ridden a horse once in his life, and Laura had him cantering on his second lesson!  You CAN teach an old dog new tricks!  I am so proud of him.

I worked with Hugo on my polo seat and my swing, where we identified major problems I was having hitting the ball and sending it forward.   We worked on the near side shot, which I had never attempted.  I had not ridden or played since the end of October, and am out of shape already.  Great New Year’s resolution to work harder on strengthening my whole body.