Tuesday, December 16, 2014

troubled times

Be Thankful
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.
~ Author Unknown ~

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

company car again

 a photo of me in Little Red
my daughter Rosie who visited the farm for the first time in nearly a year.. she had driven a similar tractor in the past but wasn't quite sure about this one.. I think the rusting roll cage doesn't inspire confidence. . .

Friday, September 19, 2014

aww, her first pair of boots

Abbey hasn't had metal shoes on her feet since shortly after she came to me. Mostly she does just fine with her hooves bare. She manages the stony driveway, and the very rough lane through the trees.. however one ride we do occasionally involves a stone track that has been repaired with big rough stones and she just can't walk on them.. so the choice was not to go there or to try boots. She had them on for 20 minutes today for a wee wander round, they seem fine, she didn't seem bothered with them at all and there were no obvious rubbed spots. Cavallo Simple Boots

Saturday, September 06, 2014

internet jigsaw

Horse Jigsaw PuzzleHorse Jigsaw Puzzle

here's a wee thing to while away time.. I like 'real' jigsaws and have a puzzle board to do them on, this means they can be put away which is essential when living with three cats.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

trials and tribulations

I suffer dreadful jealousy of people with money, that they can buy the things they do, that the car costs more than my house..  I very much dislike that they think they are allowed to control what you can or can't do with your life, their opinions and ways of doing things are not the only ways... and to the lady on monday who will never read this... you forget where you came from, what your ideals once were, how to be kind and honest... I'm jealous of your money and your 'things' for sure but I'm never going to be jealous of your monied attitude because your pretty and he decided to lift you up to your self exalted status, its a shame you can't be more of a credit to the person who has given you every chance and everything you ever wanted.. you have both lost sight.
I will try to forgive them anyway, but my attitude tends more towards.. stuff them. lol .

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

many thanks for a marvelous parcel

thank you my friend for the wonderful parcel that arrived safely. so many useful things, I love the socks and t-shirts , one has been worn already... and the candy didn't last long I have a very sweet tooth! and I'm looking forward to a warm snuggle up with the cats and read my cat book.

this was so very kind and really cheered me up. bless you. xx

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

be serious?

no, not doing serious today.......

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DIY Garden Markers

 this is a fabulous post about using/recycling available items for garden markers DIY Garden Markers

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

making things

 i've got out of the habit of making things... gardens, cross stitch, anything really... and a friend sent me this when i  moved here  eight months ago.. gosh that seems like a long time.
so i finally got round to opening and painting, a little bit of fun. nice to have a quiet five minutes.

Friday, July 11, 2014

lovely morning out riding

very many thanks to Gill who took Abbey and I out in her lorry yesterday and led the way on her brave horse Louis.
we did a six mile ride up to Glen Quey and back, part of the old drovers road that would end up going through Dollar and Falkirk. gorgeous country side. we had a bit to eat and a bit of a paddle... not much though.. lol

Wednesday, July 02, 2014


Theory of Relativity... if you were to pinch a horse.. and it looked like the one you already have, would anyone notice if they weren't standing in the same place at the same time?

About four days a week I ride these two, one in work time and one in my own time. They are both welsh, both mares, both a bit well padded... pretty girlies.

I am thankful for their willingness to come in and be my companions for a time.

edited and reposted;; and thank you to friends who see and understand and don't judge. xx

Thursday, June 26, 2014

fly away Blossom....

I picked her up from the floor about ten days ago, she had flown into the rafters the day before but the next day she was down... an exhausted lost racing pigeon. A local falconer checked her over as uninjured but nothing left of her, no muscle .. nothing. She was kept quiet in a cat basket with proper food and today was driven a distance to be returned to a delighted owner reunited with her sister who was missing her.
Huge thank you to Gill for taking her down.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

a kiss and a goodbye

 I was trying to take a close up photo of a wild orchid in the field... instead I have a big kiss from Pardouc.
and this lovely old lady, who had been in my care for a few  months, she was found to have an abscess in the bones of her foot, so she was put to sleep. she hated being indoors and could never face an operation that requires up to a year of rehabilitation. she was a sweet quiet soul, glad she is not in pain anymore.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

company cars again... lol

little red... still harder working than anything fancy!!

photo inspired by Wildside commenting about size.. you can really see the difference here.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

company cars.....

 boss's company car... heating and a radio. nobody else is allowed to drive this...
my company car... excellent air conditioning.... everybody drives it..  hardest working thing on the farm!!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

New Forest Fair

Media information

30 May 2014


The National Forest Wood Fair set to bring family fun this summer








The National Forest Wood Fair information

Celebrating its tenth year this August, the National Forest Wood Fair attracts over 5,000 visitors from across the UK every August Bank Holiday Monday.

This year, the event will feature 100 exhibitors and live demonstrations of woodworking skills, craft displays and chainsaw sculpting.

The event aims to raise awareness about The National Forest and the need to protect and cherish the environment, and increases visibility of how wood is used and can be used.

Vitax - one of the UK’s leading specialists in the manufacture of garden and horticulture products – has signed a two year deal to sponsor The National Forest’s Wood Fair in 2014 and 2015.

The fair will take place on Monday, 25 August from 9am-6pm at Beacon Hill Country Park, Leicestershire.

For more information: www.nationalforestwoodfair.co.uk.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

nice time out today

a nice ride of just over three miles.. up to the entrance to the moors and back is two miles so the ''loop'' must be a mile..it looks like an upside down coat hanger... lol...

unfortunate incident with a car that came towards me and went past too fast.. then it turned around and passed me again from behind too fast again... and yet again it turned round though thankfully another car came up behind me so the fast one slowed down. then I was on the moor and didn't see it again when I came out... I have reported them to the police.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Coastline Change

Coastline Change :


I vaguely think I might have posted this before.. but still finding it fascinating. ..

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

route tracker

the route tracker I use is Endomondo, it lets you plot your course, if you've got a fancy enough mobile phone then you can use that to follow yourself on GPS.... lol.. not me.. I just draw it on when next on the laptop. this ride today along the road to the moors entrance, not enough time to do more, total of 2 miles.

Monday, May 12, 2014

I'm very clean..

just returned from a trip to london for my wee sisters wedding. the hotel I stayed in was fabulous. on arrival I had my first bath for about two years. the following morning  a shower, then again that evening another bath.. loved it.. enjoyed the wedding too... bless them. xx

Saturday, April 26, 2014

spring coming?

this is Lark, photo a bit blurry, but you can make out the layer of horse hair all over the floor that I have just scrapped off her... spring coming and winter coat coming out. It was warm for a coupe of days so I took all the mares rugs off, but its gone a bit chilly again so I put Lark's back on as she is a bit finer,,., Abbey still out in the rain rugless bless her..

Friday, April 11, 2014

tractor power

I was working .. honest!!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

its not even my birthday!!

look at this gorgeous scarf my friend sent from Italy, she says its taken her three years to get it finished, bless her I do appreciate it,  beautiful colours.

Friday, March 28, 2014

the S-bend

up till now we have usually scattered poles everywhere... but seem to be getting the idea ... in the next 'level' I believe the S-bend is be done at the trot... yikes!! it might be a good while before we can get that!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Re-posting to remember her by..

I was told recently that this lovely pony passed away late last year. I spent a lot of time with her over the few years before I bought Abbey.
original post said  """Katie likes a good roll in the mud so she's not often clean, I've just washed her and here is the evidence....underneath mud is a pretty pony!"""
"""here she is drying off in a new rug I've bought her, it 'wicks' so should help dry her and she can use it to travell in. next weekend we're off to do a course with Quantum Savvy, there's a link on my sidebar."""

I still have the burgundy striped cooler, its been used on many horses now.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

awesome photograph

how awesome is this!! tilt your head.. there is no lake in the photograph!!
I wish I knew who took it to give them credit, but its off the internet.

I hope to remember this and if there is a downed tree I am going to try to take one like this.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

its all a matter of learned perspective

Looking back at things and realising how it started, how it played, how it ended..... I ought to  remember articles like this one and realise whats happening at the time. People are always 'taking a loan' of me. I like to think people are honest and nice, unfortunately I am often dissapointed.
yes its easy enough to see things when you look back.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

flowers to add cheer.....

Cheerful bulbs in a pot, sitting at the caravan doorstep. I though they might all get blown away today but they're fine!
Having 'moved' a lot of my activity on the internet to facebook I find that I can't really be 'me' on facebook, that it becomes a very public thing, people who come to where I work as customers, my boss and her family.
I find facebook a great way to keep in touch with a lot of people, my family included!! Its great for oraganising things and not getting missed out.
However I am returning to  my blog with any of my opinions, not so much that they are out of order but because not everybody needs to know them.
I practice smiling in front of a mirror.
and still today four different people who know me outside of the workplace came up to me and said I looked exhausted and  miserable. I apologised and said that wasn;t what I wanted to convey to people when I was at work.
but that was today, tired out and sad.

Thursday, March 06, 2014