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!
Read this really interesting article today at work. I knew all the rushing around would help somehow. I easily do 10 minutes of speedy walking a day.
Reminded me of when I first started commuting to London. London Bridge speed was definitely something I had to build up to. I was soon powering my way across the bridge to work. Used to feel sorry for the tourists and newbies who were somewhat tramped in the crowds. It was definitely keep up or get out of the way.
I can still leave people for dust when walking. Could be the speed or the rather long stride I have. Whatever it is, it’s good to know it’s doing me good.
I had to break out the winter over trousers today! It was Baltic out there. These bad boys don’t get used much. As you can see from the state of them. They’ve been hung in my boot room for so long, they’ve bleached in the sun.
They’re also way too big for me. So I tend to feel like a small child dressing up while wearing them. I have to buy men’s ones so that they are long enough for me. They kinda look like those 1920 trousers with the wide thighs. The ones you see in 1920s photos.
Still they kept my thighs toasty warm. So who cares if I look like I should be riding an elephant or flying a plane. Being warm is good right now.
Well I wasn’t expecting snow and ice this morning. It was a bit hairy getting off the close this morning I can tell you. Well once I’d a) got out of my front door that was frozen shut, b) opened the car doors that were frozen shut and c) defrosted the ice off the inside of the car!!!
The last one isn’t something I expected or really knew how to deal with. Needless to say, I got covered in ice! Good job I had lots of layers on.
Still when I did get to the yard, I had a brilliant flat lesson with Lewis. Buddy worked his little socks off. We were both glowing by the end! So grateful to have an indoor school to ride in on days like this.
There are many things I love about working at my Chiro’s. This is one of them. There’s something very satisfying about washing, drying and folding the towels. They smell so fresh and were warm fresh out of the dryer.
Don’t ask me what it is, cause if this was at home, they’re probably sit in the wash basket for days.…
I saw this and it made me smile. Buddy and I did that this morning on yet another wind-assisted hack. It’s a good job he’s not that bothered by the wind. Of course a piece of flapping plastic on the ground – terrifying!!
I was feeling slightly jaded after a weird night. Woken up by cat wails in the early hours. Jumped out of bed to find the big ginger cat in my conservatory fighting with a tabby. Assumed it was Dodo and tried to break it up. They both ran out the cat flap and carried on fighting on the lawn. 😱
Dodo is so small next to the ginger Tom, I honestly thought it would kill him. So rushed out there calling and calling as they both ran off.
Came back in the house to get treats to find Dodo sat on my office chair!
I know I was very bleary eyed but I’m still not sure who was fighting in my conservatory!! All I know is my heart rate went up and there was enough cat fur to fill a cushion!!
Why don’t people neuter their pets?! It’s usually caused by intact males. And yes, I’m going to get a trap set to catch the ginger one. Hopefully he’ll be microchipped.
The geese were circling the yard again today. They are so loud. Always makes me wonder if they’re having the same conversations as we do when we go on holiday?! You know the ones – ‘did you look the back door?’, ’have you got the passport?’, ‘are we there yet?!’ That sort of thing. Yes I have an active imagination.
I’ve been thinking about migration a lot today. And warmer climes. My wonderful niece Katie headed off to New Zealand today for an adventure. I’m so proud of the woman she’s grown into. She definitely inherited the Langley wanderlust gene. I’m getting twitchy. Definitely need to plan some more adventures.
Pleased to report that the vitamins and drugs are working. Feeling so much better today. Think the blustery day helped to blow the snot away!!