Ready for Our Close Up

After weeks (months??) of promising photos of our Seacliff adventures here are a bumper crop taken on last Sunday’s hack with my best horse-y buddies. One of our motley crew was unfortunately unable to make it and it started to rain while we were on the beach but it was fantastic anyway.

It took me a while to gain my confidence in the canter again, Flame is not slow all the time! In fact the instructor took me for some one on one canters, explained various techniques to help me with my balance on Flame including pushing him on in the canter and to trust in myself that I am riding him and controlling him not simply being pulled along. She was absolutely lovely to ride with and my confidence grew so much that by the end I was doing group canters 🙂

She also made sure to canter one-on-one with the other girls too and gave them tips and comments too. Here are a few pictures from our morning out and about. Apologies for the fact my fingers are in some of them, that’s what happens when I am riding and taking pictures!

The three of us on the horses in front of the view
The three amigos – L-R Me on Flame, Heather on BiBi and Gemma on Vicky

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Back to Basics

Saturday = a new riding school for a private lesson. Nursing a mild hangover courtesy of the party celebrating the end of Innovative Learning Week at the University and a few birthday gins for a friend. I walked from the local train station to the stables. If I had the bike it would have been a six or seven minute journey, as it was it took me around twenty odd minutes but it was a nice walk. The sun was shining and the views were lovely.

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Rest In Peace P & Jm

I received some sad news this week. P and Jm, two wonderful horses at my regular stables passed away last week. Although P had been off work for the past wee while I always assumed I would ride him again and given his lovely friendship with Td I used to always make sure I gave him a pat and chatted away to him.

Jm is even more of a surprise as he has been in my lessons recently – racketing around and causing mayhem as he liked to do. Jm and I might not have gotten on brilliantly when riding together but he certainly had bags full of character and I will miss his mischievous ways. Continue reading “Rest In Peace P & Jm”

Some Happy Hacking

This weekend I hacked out with two girls I hadn’t met before, one works at Seacliff and the other has ridden with them for years. It was a lovely experience, not only because the har and drizzle cleared to show clear skies and beautiful waves. I cantered four times, twice on the beach, once in the field on a track and …..drum roll please, once in a stubble field. I am pretty chuffed with myself and my nerves.

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A Little Update and A Few Links

During the middle of last week I flew off to Iceland with some friends to see as much as we could of this incredible island in a couple of days. I didn’t get to see any Northern Lights but I did manage to tick a few things off my bucket list 🙂 Namely – seeing geysirs in real life, swimming in the Blue Lagoon and of course riding an Icelandic pony in Iceland. Some pictures from the holiday and a full review of my riding will be coming although I might wait until after we have pooled our pictures so I ensure you get to see the very best of Iceland. I loved it, I would move there if I could. Continue reading “A Little Update and A Few Links”

The Journey Sew Far…

Well that’s a good pun right there, isn’t it? 🙂 Last weekend I met my mum for another wee sewing lesson. It is a really nice way for me to learn this skill – I get my tea, a cup of tea, a catch up with my parents and get some sewing skills too!

We had cut out the pattern the last time along with the interfacing now time for some stitching. Of course first thing I did was manage to sew the back panels together instead of the front meaning we had to unpick the stitching to allow space for the zip.
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The pining and tacking all seemed straightforward to me although I’m slow and methodical at the moment. The sewing machine is the machine I remember from years ago, in fact I don’t remember my mum using a different one although she did have an old treadle sewing machine which I was fascinated by when I was younger.
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In school I used to hate the sewing machines, being the impatient type I would stamp on the pedal then freak out as the machine gobbled up my material. But now I am older and wiser (?) now so I took it much slower and what do you know? It didn’t go too badly. They aren’t the straightest seams in the world but they aren’t the worst.

We are using iron on interfacing which meant while I sewed the front panels together my mum could quickly iron the interfacing on. Then I pinned and tacked the waist band onto the front panels and marvelled at the idea that this item will ever fit me (seriously it is looking tiny) then I packed up to head back to mine.

Next step for my skirt is starting to fit it…eep! I am already starting to look at the next pattern, I think I need to slow down and get this one out of the way!

It was also my birthday last week and my parents bought me this amazing fabric and my initial thought was some bunting for the house. Mr IHR is confused as to why but he has requested a pair of shorts from the fabric – loving his confidence in my sewing skills.

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Oh and a final thing to mention, as a family we decided that 2015 was going to be a handmade Christmas (ideas on a postcard please). Well my sister has started early, arm knitting me this blanket for my birthday – pretty cool huh? Now to work out what I can make her before April…I know how about bunting??

Grinding to a Temporary Halt – on G Marker

The last couple of riding lessons have felt a little stale. Don’t get me wrong, I still love riding and Seamus is a total sweetheart but I have been mainly trotting and haven’t had much of the instructor’s focus – maybe ten minutes in total over two 45 minute lessons. That is just the way of things at time but it does frustrate me sometimes – such as today. I got a bit nervous during the exercise as I felt Seamus running with me and ignoring my aids. I stopped at the end of the ride rather than continuing round past them, after a minute or less of my instructor telling me I needed to relax rather than tense up I had changed my mind and wanted another shot but…well no time and others had to have a go. My chance was gone and I didn’t get to trot again let alone canter. 😦

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