This is my new blog to continue my journey with my Dales Ponies. It will also be the story of my building a new life for myself, alone now, except for my friends, horses and dogs, since my partner died in March 2009. We had lived and worked together, mostly twenty four hours a day, for nearly 28 years and I have never lived alone before. It is a tribute to my wonderful friends that I am still here, still sane(ish) and ready to re-invent myself. I love them all more than words can ever say and can never thank them enough for all they have done and are still doing. It is also a tribute to Alexandra Kurland and 'The Click That Teaches' that I know how to save myself now. To new beginnings.......

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

I Passed!!!!!!

I took my driving theory test at 11 minutes past 11 this morning and I passed!!!! It hasn't really sunk in yet and I keep thinking I'll wake up soon and still have it to come.

I had 4 minors when you're allowed 16 and the examiner seemed as shocked at someone my age doing so well as I was. I managed to keep very calm throughout and the examiner was really lovely and we had a good chat on the drive. If it doesn't sound too weird I actually quite enjoyed it! I was shaking like a leaf when she told me I'd passed though!!!!

The examiner used to ride but was kicked by a 17.2 and ruptured her liver. She was only found by chance and nearly died in Intensive Care so is now understandably terrified of horses. I told her if she ever wanted to work on her fear to come here and I'll introduce her to some really kind horses who wouldn't deliberately hurt anyone. She told me that I'd done so well because horse people are fearless. If only she knew.............!!!!!!!!!

A big thank you to Janette and David for the lovely good luck card they sent me - it was really kind and it really helped to know how many people were rooting for me. My phone has been red hot since I got back.

I've already done my first solo trip to the local saddlery and am driving myself to the dentist tomorrow, so there's a real treat!!!!


  1. That's wonderful news - congratulations! Somehow, I knew that you would pass!

  2. Oh well done you, I'm so proud of you, I was pretty sure that you would pass, but what a relief! to be mobile before the winter. Just get the rest of the week from hell nailed and then its all down hill to your party, All Love and congrats J and D x
    PS Crystal is a darling but then you know I love Welshies!

    So now the world is at your feet....
    I remember when I got my license, and was driving alone for the very first time. It was an intoxicating feeling of unlimited freedom. Marvellous.
    I have not felt anything like it since!

  4. Yoohoo ! Well done you! it is the road to FREEEEEDOOOOMMM.

    I am really happy for you.

  5. Big congratulations - yeah, another reason to celebrate!

  6. Well done Gal, that is really great news and a fantastic achievement for you.

  7. Thank you all SO much!!!!!!! I still can't quite believe it!

  8. Congratulations! That is grand news. Enjoy your new freedom and drive safely.

  9. Congratulations Helen on passing your test and all the other things you are doing with your life. You really are an inspiration!
    Margaret T

  10. Oh my goodness, I am offline for a while and you pass!!!! WOW, well done. David would be so proud.