Welcome to blog! I started it in 2020 to chart my recovery from breaking my ankle (hence the name). I guess no-one saw a global pandemic coming. It's turned into a place where I can talk about the things happening in my life, my horse and my cats. Enjoy!
So 2020 was going to be my year. The year I got my life sorted after being served redundancy notice from my job in November 2019. The year I ticked off more things from my horsey bucket list. The year I got my mental health back under control and reduced stress in my life.
I had a plan. And it was a good one. Then the plan changed dramatically on 2 January. I came off my horse at speed and broke my ankle. Badly. Like all good equestrians, I got back on and rode back to the yard, sorted Buddy out and then drove myself to A&E. That’s where this journey really began...
I was sent home from A&E and told to crack on, only to receive a phone call later to say they’d missed a fracture (and a rather serious one at that). Whoops! So fracture clinic on 3 January, surgery on 5 January and home to recover.
I started this blog as a way to chart my recover back to the saddle. As I cleared clinics and competitions out of my diary and wondered what the next few months would bring, it's been a safe space for me to say how I'm feeling.
The new plan was to get a new job, to keep Buddy is kept ticking over and recover from my injury. Another good plan! I didn't expect a global pandemic, lockdown and all that happened in 2020.
This blog has changed over time but it's continued to be my safe space to share the things going on in my life, with Buddy and the cats. Enjoy!
So I arrived home around the same time that my Dad did. Different homes of course. But at least he’s home. And so am I. Well kinda. I’m dog-sitting for some friends for the next week. So living out of a suitcase for a bit longer.
I had a very smooth journey home (not something you can always say when the M25 is concerned). The kittens were very happy to see me. As was Buddy. It’s always nice to be missed.
I’m pooped. It’s been a few full on days. Again. I shall definitely sleep well tonight.
So there seems to be a bit of a reoccurring theme when I visit my parents. I either forget something. Or need to buy more of something. The latter is usually due to the fact I’m not totally sure how long I’m going to be here. The former can come from the speed with which I need to get here.
This is today’s purchase. Yup, guess who forget the phone charger?! I have a car one, but that means sitting in the car while it charges. Fine yesterday when I took Dad to the hospital. But sadly no trips today as Dad is in for another night.
At least I can charge my phone. And I won’t miss the bright orange charger next time. Or that’s the hope!
Had to go out to buy more dry cat food. Came back with a new wheelbarrow. As you do!
To be fair, I’ve wanted to get a new barrow for a while now. Not for the garden, but for the yard / Buddymobile. It does make camps so much easier having a wheelbarrow. And will be a massive help mucking out.
Hugo instantly claimed it. Of course. The issue I now have is do I put it together at home and run the risk that I can’t get it in the Comedy Car…?! I suppose I‘m close enough that I could push it to the yard. That could be fun!
This is exactly why they say you should never shop hungry!! My eye test took so long that I needed snacks afterwards.
Somehow managed to spend £38 in Poundland. I wasn’t sure that was possible. Now I know it’s been a while since I’ve been to Poundland, but it needs to rename ‘Not so Poundland’! There wasn’t much in there that was a pound. Another victim of inflation I guess.
Good news! My eyes are OK for another year. I could get the prescription upped but they don’t really need it. Got very confused when the lady told me that it’s more cost effective to get a new pair of glasses than replace the lenses in the ones I have. Not sure how that helps sustainability and all that. Well apart from my old glasses could be donated to another country. Still feels a bit odd.
Today has been a day of reflection. First looking at the magazine I recently delivered to see what improvements could be made to the process. Then looking at the conference I worked at to see what could be done better next year.
Sometimes it really does pay to look back at what worked, what didn’t and what could be even better.
I’ve done that a lot in my life, my career and definitely with horses. There’s always room for improvement.
Now those of you who know me well, know I love a clipboard. So this afternoon I was in my element with an A3 one!!
I was stewarding at Carleton Riding Club’s last show of 2022. We started behind, but soon caught up time. And even ended early! I feel that I ran a rather tight ship. Thankfully all of the competitors and horses were happy to be yelled at by me. It seems my voice carries across the warm up rather effectively.
Of course, I’d rather be competing. But this was the next best thing today. Well done everyone.