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8Oct

Well, the EuroMillions ticket is on…and I am dreaming about a win! I already know what good I could do, but then I am also having a little think about what I could do for me too! ;-) And after chatting to the lady here, I would be building an indoor riding school for them if my numbers do come up!

This place is just so stunning – I am even more in love than last year as I am now able to get out and about and appreciate it more. Silly things like being able to get out of the car and take photos of old boats…

20131008-161357.jpgI have come to the conclusion that I like old boats as I feel a bit like a clapped out old boat…a bit of a wreck at times! ;-)

And then there are views like this…

20131008-161524.jpgWhich we get when heading back to the cottage everyday…a bit of a contrast to the dual-carriageway at the end of my road!

And I am in love with this little tree for some reason…

20131008-161736.jpgIt just looks a bit lonely really! I managed to get some great shots of it on my proper camera…and have a frame that it will go nicely in. I need to remind myself of how great this holiday has been and also keep a reminder of how much better next year could be – WILL be! :-)

So today has been another wonderful one. We went back to Oban yet again…and yet again I filled up on seafood…delicious! The dog had a mooch on the beach, we had a mooch to the fishy shed, and then Mum had a mooch around the town whilst I hid in the car from the rain.

We stocked up on supplies, and also managed to find a lovely pottery. I bought two big soup bowls, but my first purchase was two ‘seconds’…they looked perfect to me – and I hate the word ‘seconds’…and yes, I was a nob and felt sorry for the bowls! One is probably porridge bowl size, but the other is a bit smaller…I have decided it will be my hummus bowl! ;-)

On the way back from Oban we stopped off at an activity centre…my other half and Mum are now off Segway riding on Thursday. They have not been this active in the past year – it has been a great couple of weeks!

Talking about ‘active’, when we got back from our jaunt it was Mums turn for her first riding lesson…

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20131008-185332.jpgIt is probably the most scenic riding school I have ever seen…but also pretty bloody cold and windy too! I stood on the side of the hill trying to video sections of the lesson so that Mum could watch it back. This can be dangerous…but incredibly helpful. Dangerous, because if like me you have a Kylie complex and then someone shows you a video of you dancing…your self-esteem plummets! ;-) The same goes for riding lessons – we are never happy with what we see. Helpful though – it is a great way of learning…you can see for yourself why you are being encouraged to do certain things.

It was a great session. In a perfect world my Mum would own a steady old cob who had been there, seen it, and done in all – in our world, she owns a young and bloody big horse who is still learning…so it’s not an ideal combination really. But our mare is loved and cared for, and Mum will continue to have regular instruction. Once I am at a suitable weight, I will ride too and can hopefully use some of the stuff that I used to do…I hope I haven’t lost the knack for half pass, passage and cross country fun! ;-) One of my dreams is to go on a Christmas Day ride and I think that this will be achievable soon…and to be able to share that with my Mum will be amazing!

So the focus for today’s lesson was rising trot. Mum has a dodgy knee and struggles with this, so wants to make sure that she is able to do it if she needs too…and is working on building up the strength in her knee. Claire, the owner of the cottage and the riding school, is fabulous and was really sympathetic…I was grateful to her for looking after Mum. And Charlie, the horse, was also a lovely chap…he could sense when Mum was a bit wobbly and so kept compensating and also knew when she needed a break…and kept stopping for her! :-)

A nice quiet evening awaits – bliss. Oh, and my other half went all Bear Grylls today…he had a BBQ on the pebble beach…in the rain and wind – but managed to get it lit and enjoyed sausage batches with the dog!

I have just found out that the Pride of Britain Awards is on tonight too…I will have to ensure a supply of tissues as I always cry when it’s on. Makes me proud to be British, but also humbles me – so many wonderful people out there.

Breakfast: Ryvita with garlic and herb Philadelphia and fruit (2 x HEA and 2 x HEB).

20131008-155138.jpgLunch: Seafood…lots of seafood!

20131008-155341.jpgDinner: Bacon-wrapped scallops with salad and garlic mayo (1.5 syns).

20131008-204120.jpgA delicious food day! A lovely brekkie – simply but good, followed a lovely amount of seafood. I had some scallops – two lots for lunch actually, although I didn’t eat the bread – and some rollmop herrings, which are really nice…I had never tried them before – and oysters. Then dinner was more scallops – wrapped in bacon with garlic chilli mayo and salad…so good!

Exercise: A mooch around Oban and standing on a hill filming a riding lesson.

Thank you for reading,

Weight Loss Bitch xxx

  

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