February 18th, 2008

DJ - plaited!

Having A Shoe Fettish!

Honestly, does DJ not reaslise how lucky he is - he has had more new shoes last year than I did ... and that's even if you count a set of 4 as a single pair!

This latest set - hardly worn ... well he has kept them on his feet, but like slippers he hasn't been up and down the roads with them!

So, today I collected him from his nice sunny field so that he could have yet another pair of made-to-measure shoes ... yet again something I can't afford for myself!

As we walked in he slowed by Secret's grave.  It was almost as if he was just pausing to pay his respects.   Horses tend to spook easily and although the grave site was new he just quietly walked slowly past it.

Then to the yard.  As it was a nice day I thought I would "attempt" to groom him outside - he has been rolling again - yes, as predicted, his head collar is muddy.  As it turned out I had only been working for about 20 minutes when Ian (the farrier) arriver - early!

So - one hour later "sir" is the proud owner of a new set of shoes ... and then ... guess what ...

Yes - he had to have carrots to congratulate him for being a good boy!

Still, he had been good - and now he has to realise that he has to get back to work - I am determined we are going to wear these set of shoes out!

For those who want to see his new (dirty) head collar I have added a couple of pics behind the cut -

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James - Rock On!

Family Celebration

This last weekend our whole family got together to celebrate Mum's ##th Birthday.  

The actual day was Friday - but on Sunday both my brothers, their wives and my 4 nephews came for the day - and in the afternoon we all went for a walk as the weather was great - 

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It was a really lovely day - we all did the food between us - and all ate too much and laughed even more.

It isn't often we all get together, and then there is often some underlying tension - but we were all determined that Mum was going to have a good day - and she did.

... So did Jiffy - he spent most of the day playing with the boys in the garden and when I spoke to Mum earlier this afternoon he has apparently snoozed all day!!
 
Still we all had a great time.
 
Clarinet.

Just Got In From Orchestra Practice

Nothing amazing in that - for someone who is a member of one orchestra and two bands ... BUT ...

The great news was I was able to play for about an hour ... not that it was one hours playing - but about 40 minutes I suppose.  

In actual fact my the time the pain was starting in my hand I was also getting a sore mouth - not having touched my clarinet for 11 weeks my mouth has gone tender as well!!

Still, I was pleased how well my finger worked - and I only fell over one set of notes, so it looks as if that is yet another box ticked!!