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.......

Sunday, 27 December 2009

More Christmas Presents.

I had a lot of lovely Christmas presents and I thought I'd show you the best ones. Firstly I decided that my owl should live high up on a shelf in my bedroom, loooking as though he is about to swoop. My farmer friends have a captive Barn Owl they were given at home and they tell me that it adopts exactly this pose when they bring it's food.

Next is a hot water bottle I was given that has made going to bed a whole lot more bearable;

Then my surprise present, if you can read what it says!!!!! I tried it in different locations:

If you click on the last photo you should be able to read it. I'm SO excited!!!! The grey was my lovely Jonesy and I out team chasing. David took the photo of the Barn Owl as it flew over his tractor one day at the top of our track.


  1. It is so great when people know you well enough to find the perfect present. The hot water piggy is soooo cute, but that lesson...what a treasure.

    The owl looks fabulous up there.

  2. WOW great present! which horse are you going to take iwth you?

    I love the photo of you and Jonesy. My son Olly woudl be jealous of this hot water bottle LOL

  3. Thank you both very much.

    Muriel, it's on one of their horses. I was hoping they might offer me Dante, the Lloyds Bank horse, but that would probably be too much to ask and I probably couldn't ride one side of him anyway!!!! (I bet that strange English expression has you scratching your head, Muriel!)

  4. Wow, how exciting!!! That is a wonderful present. I know you will - but keep us posted :-)

  5. Marvelous gift!! I certainly will be looking forward to the stories that come from that experience!! Lucky you!!

  6. Hope you had a nice Christmas, Helen. And what wonderful presents!
    I agree, we will have to hear about what happens when you spend it!