What an afternoon of hilarity I have had! Admittedly, it was mostly spent hysterically laughing at my other half…as I could hear his frightened whimpers…
Today was poo spreading day at the stables. Some people pick their horse poo up religiously, others – like me – are a little lazier and prefer to spread their poo. In fairness to us lazy ones, it can help fertilise the fields too – so it isn’t all about an easy life! I don’t have a chain harrow, or a tractor, but I do have a 4×4 and a wooden pallet…so, I attached the pallet to the back of the car and told my other half to sit on it. I don’t think he realised how bumpy the ride would be – I could hear his screams and all he could hear was my cackling laughter in return. Obviously, if he had been in any danger, I wouldn’t have been laughing – but he can be a wuss at times and it was so funny…I could see my Mum laughing from the sidelines too!
I say that it was an ‘afternoon’ but actually we were up and out just after 10am, collecting wooden fencing stakes and have not long got in – just after 7pm. Whilst collecting the wood I narrowly avoided an argument with a man who had blocked me in and yet insisted on telling me that I could get out…and adding insult to injury he said, “Would you like me to give you help and direct you, luv?”…hmm…considering that I am pretty nifty at getting out of tight spots, and tow my horses and trailer, I have a decent idea of what I am doing when it comes to tight spaces (ahem, let’s forget the Wickes car park incident!). People like this really irritate me; the ones that try and be nice even when you know that they are thinking that you are a dick…whilst you are thinking the exact same thing about them. I just told him that there certainly wasn’t enough space, but that when I pulled in and parked there had been…until he blocked two vans and I in…he got the hint eventually and fecked off!
We then made a quick trip to grab some food supplies, and headed to the yard. Electric fencing was fixed, poo was spread, weeds were pulled, the hay barn was cleaned out and reorganised, pallets were stacked and I nearly set fire to my engine trying to reverse my horse trailer into the barn…it is a bit tight and I just couldn’t get the angle right. This was partly due to the huge wooden mushroom we have in the yard…if that were not there, it would have given me a few extra foot to get straight with the barn. So the forward/reverse, forward/reverse manoeuvres were not appreciated by Freddie, who responded by making his clutch smell a little! So I called it a day when the trailer was 1/3 in the barn and unhitched it and pushed it in instead.
Oh, we also cleaned the trailer, which had ended up with a mossy green roof after a year of neglect. That was fun…I ended up cleaner than the trailer I think…the water went everywhere, even down my arms and armpits! It was nice just be making progress and getting organised though. Over the winter months it is difficult to keep up with all of the maintenance when you have your own yard, so the summer is the time to catch up – or at least I can catch up now; when I am thin enough I guess that I will be riding all summer!
Given my limited mobility until recently, I have had to rely on others to help me – and when the horses aren’t really their ‘thing’ it isn’t fair of me to keep asking for help! So I try and leave most jobs if I can – I can be a perfectionist at the stables; I like everything tidy and in the right place and have certain ways that I like doing things…I am sure that those who have been helping will be glad that I am getting fitter and can do it myself! I have some fencing to fix tomorrow, with about twelve big posts to slam into the ground…so that is a job that I am not looking forward too – but I am secretly hoping that my other half will do the hard bits! Especially as my foot is sore tonight from the small bit of standing and weight bearing that I did today. Our yard inspection is looming and I have a list of jobs that I want to get done over the next week if I can.
I am also slightly concerned that we may have to move the horses. We are in a village that seems as if you are in the middle of nowhere, yet a three minute drive gets you connected the motorway network. There has been approval for a huge new enterprise park, despite considerable local objection, and it will be smack bang on our doorstep – or rather the doorstep of the place we keep the horses. The lady who owns the land wants to come and talk to us, and I have concerns that our yard might be swallowed up in the development, despite us thinking that we would be safe. I am trying to get hold of planning details to check. She did say that she would like to sign another year long contract…so fingers crossed – as trying to find land for four horses is a nightmare, and I don’t want to end up on a snooty livery yard…and those near us are very snooty and bitchy! You guys probably don’t want me to end up on one either…as all my blog posts will surround my moaning about horsey types!
My Slimming World consultant read last nights blog and saw that I was a bit down on myself, so called me today. We had a lovely chat – she really is fantastic; you can sense her investment in each and every member, but she has really gone the extra mile for me. She perked me up and so it has been an okay day…better than yesterday. I am still trying to shake this exercise guilt, but a little break is going to help me out, and so I keep telling myself that! If I need to, next week I will do five minute walks each time instead of fifteen and see how I feel…I will just test myself gently.
So that’s it for today folks – no great blog topic…just a nice Saturday with lovely people – my Mum, my wonderful other half, my dog and my neddies!
Breakfast: Two Alpen light bars (1 x HEB) and a warm pitta (1 x HEB) stuffed with a banana.
Wowzers – I have eaten a lot today! All on plan, but the fresh air must have made me hungry! It was all really tasty too. The warm pitta with banana for breakfast was lovely, as was lunch, which was the leftover curry from last night night – which I shared with Mum today (she liked it!) – and an egg salad from M&S. Dinner was supposed to be chips and beans…but my other half forgot the beans, so we just had the mushrooms and tomatoes with chips instead. The sushi was a snack that I didn’t really need, but I think that my other half felt guilty about the treats he had bought himself from M&S and felt like he had to ‘treat’ me too…hence the sushi! And the fruit was for us to have at the stables – and it was gorgeous. I don’t have much fruit anymore, but love berries!
Exercise: Just cleaning the trailer really…I have tried to rest my foot again as much as I could.
Thank you for reading my lovelies, and I hope that you are enjoying a wonderful weekend!
Weight Loss Bitch xxx