Depending on whom you asked (and for whom the description was intended), life at Petawawa was “not too strenuous” (Gordon Brown, reassuringly, to his mother) or “healthy, if strenuous” (the 55th Battery historian, to posterity).
We don’t get Sat. afternoon off here and part of Sunday is taken up with stables – grooming & feeding the horses, etc. We have about 30 horses and they have to be looked after morning, noon & night. … We have to get up here at 5 o’clock in the morning and usually go to bed when it gets dark at night. We have to use candles or lanterns if we want a light.(1)
Tending the horses was only part of the routine. “As the days and weeks went by, lectures were given on horses, harness, equipment, and gunnery. … Lessons in horsemanship [and] mounted parades followed, with much strenuous work in Section Gun Drill.”(2)
There is that word “strenuous” again.
The photograph is from Percy’s small album.