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Monday, 28 April 2014

Not dead

I am not dead. And neither is Rodney. 

But I have been absent from blogland for a few weeks due to starting a new job and getting organised to become a landlord.

Now I'm starting to fall back into normal land so it's time for a catch up.

Rodney has settled really well and been great to catch which is ace. And we've had some lovely rides around the fields, which are flanked by dramatic forests full of wildlife. His new home is very pretty and so near to where I live that I love to go there. 

At the moment though, he's missing a shoe, so he's having a little holiday while I keep fit walking Nancy, who has turned into a giant :) 

I'm liking the idea of getting Rodney backed to drive so I'm also investigating costs for harness, costs and a suitable person to get him started.

I've got a few avenues to explore with this idea and I'll write further as soon as there is more news. I also start my BHS Riding and Road Safety training tonight, which will enable me to progress onto Stage 2. At the end of June I'm going to the Northern College of Racing for a taster day where I'm hoping to speak to staff about a course that would be suitable for me. I've had some very small but happy dealings with the world of racing and it's time to scratch the itch and see how I can get more involved.

And in general - life is good! Work/free time is nicely balanced and Phil and I have some camping holidays coming up. 

I hope you are all well too - happy horsing x

Ps - found this beatiful poem in the back of a book the other day and it really spoke to me. Not horsey but relevant to most of us I think.

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
You better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.
Do you run through each day
On the fly?
When you ask "How are you?"
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?
You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.
Ever told your child,
We'll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say "Hi"?
You'd better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.
When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift....
Thrown away.
Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.

Written by  Dr. David L. Weatherford

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