I am pleased to tell you that the new vehicle is absolutely covered in dirty filthy sticky yucky mud. I am thinking of cleaning it today - but as I'd rather sit on my backside and watch TV - it'll probably stay dirty. It's better that way - because I would hate to look like one of those wealthy Weybridge housewives who have a huge monster car just to take the kids to school...the closest they get to off-roading is when they park on a grass verge!!! Mind you - I dare not add up what I have spent on fuel this week - that car drinks diesel like the late great George Best used to drink booze! And when did the price of diesel become higher than the price of petrol? the last time I looked it was half the price!
Yesterday Gabby, Emma 1 and Rebecca from the yard went to Guildford to take part in a dressage competition. They needed someone to 'read' the test for them and help with fetching numbers from the secretary etc - so Emma 2 and I went in the big car with the heated seats to help out. It was really nice to be able to go and watch without having to worry about riding myself - or trying to sort out a stressed Dan and Bugsy (she is in Prague this weekend - probably freezing to death!) We had bacon butties and hot chocolate (it was verrrry cold) - watched the ladies warming up their horses, and then watched them ride the test. Gabby's horse "Noble Dream" was very good and found a new gear from somewhere as he is normally so laid back! Emma's horse "Rosie" went really well - but poor Becky's horse "Megan" was nothing short of 'Equine bitch from hell'. At the end of the test - when you perform the perfect square halt you are meant to smile at the judge....well, I've never seen so many 'strained' smiles!!!! Hilarious!!
We had a lovely morning out - then Emma and I went to the big tack shop next door as I wanted to browse the riding boots. Unfortunately I couldn't find anything I liked....so came home empty handed.....Yes, I went to a horse shop and didn't spend any money - Bizarre!!!
Later in the afternoon I had a riding lesson - which went well - we are struggling with our downward 'canter-trot' transitions...I almost went straight over her head!!
Today I am taking the trailer to an industrial estate (if I can find one) to practise reversing. All by myself - yikes!!!