I had such a fantastic day today!!! I had my first experience of motorway driving by driving the one and a half hour journey to the N.E.C. for the Horse of the Year Show. It was a bit daunting to begin with but I soon got the hang of overtaking and driving at speed. My friend that I went with, who bought me a ticket as a birthday present, let me drive her van and didn't visibly panic at all!!!
The Devil's Horsemen were appearing at the show and Rosie from Jive Pony, who was riding for them there, had very kindly offered to meet me so I could get some more posters from her. She is really lovely and a really sweet girl. She asked about the party and I showed her the jacket I bought for Meg with 'Terrier(ist)' written on it!!! I got her to sign one of the posters to one of my farmer friends with lots of love from her, so that will put a smile on his face!!!!
The Devil's Horsemen were just brilliant as always. They did a Phantom of the Opera based show, with Rosie first in, standing on the back of a beautiful grey horse, cantering around the ring and them exiting at a flat out gallop. It was breathtaking!!!
I had a lovely time spending some birthday money on a fancy fleece rug and a headcollar for Crystal, a bling V-shaped browband for Bella, and some headcollars for all of them to replace the ones which were stolen.
I also bought a percussion massage hammer machine for my two farmer friends as one of them has trouble with his back almost constantly and the other put his out yesterday and was in a lot of pain. I had it tried out on me and it did feel really good. If they think it does any good I might have to buy myself one too.
When we got back just before dark my horses were all already in their stables, rugs changed, chomping happily away on their hay. I am very, very lucky with my friends!!!!
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.......