Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Cut off...

Mother and I took the dogs to the beach on Sunday for a nice walk. 

There were too many people down there, it was hellish - just like summer! Gah! I do hate that!
It was a drag getting down there due to the number of cars coming in the opposite direction and when we got down there, the car park was full! 
It was a Sunday and the weather was quite nice but still... bad choice for Mother and I who hate busy places!

We got onto the beach and it seemed that most of the people were in the sea (crazy fools!) and it wasn't too crowded on the beach luckily.
The dogs ran around like crazy things and we played a bit of ball.

Over the summer, a sort of sand bar/island has been created on the beach between the main beach and the sea. It's been made by the movement of the water, not man made or anything. 

At one end, I could see the surfers wading through the channel about waist height to get to the main surf. At the other end of the island, there was no water, just sand so we walked over onto this sand bar/island. 

On the mini island, near the bigger island!
As we were walking along towards the deeper end, the dogs were playing in the surf and the little waves were trickling in. One wave came in and it seemed to come in a good 2 metres further than the previous one which I thought was really strange and we could see all the air bubbling out of the sand.
I just happened to look back to the other end of the island where we had joined it to see no sand... just water.. and a lady wading back to the main beach trying not to let the water over the top of her wellies!
Crap! Seriously... Sh*t!

We quick marched/jogged back to where we had joined the island where we knew it was shallow and started wading back to the main beach which was a bloody long way away.. or so it seemed!
I took my phone out of my pocket and held it thinking how people fall over with drinks in their hand and don't spill their drinks - if I stack it, hopefully I won't get my phone wet!
The dogs has to swim and the water was over our wellies about knee deep... all in the space of 5 minutes!

Dixie hates water so having to swim was the most hellish ordeal for her... She swam over to me and nearly tripped me over as she wanted picking up but I was just thinking "save yourself, dog!" hahaha!
Don't worry, she was perfectly safe and she's just a wimp. I wouldn't have let anything happen to her. 
Monty of course, just got on with it and swam back to shore.

Once we were back on the mainland (!!) there was a lot of relief and the dogs went charging off to dry off and warm up. 
Some people had seen us wading back and said they were worried they might have had to come and rescue us!

We emptied our boots out and squelched back along the beach trying to get our heart rates and adrenaline under control again.

I'm sure it wouldn't bother most people but I'm not a fan of the sea really, it's very powerful and very scary... as was proven on Sunday!


Monday, 24 November 2014

Doggy Fat Fighters!

Poor little Monty is on a diet.
He is not happy about this and it is so hard when he stares at you through the furry fringe with those lovely brown eyes like we've totally betrayed him.

We have increasingly been receiving comments on how fat he is but we didn't think he was that fat. He's fit as a fiddle and doesn't always eat his food and he doesn't get many treats. They get plenty of walks and nothing has changed in his routine.
It is since he was given the snip earlier this year and it is a well known side effect that they tend to get a little erm... portlier!

We have been having a "guess the weight of Monty" with people who come round.
My vet nurse friend got closest. she guessed 11.5kg and he was 11.4kg when I weighed him last week.
We want him to be around the 9-10 kilo mark so we've got a little way to go!

That makes 2 of us on a diet then! Maybe Monty and I will have to have our weekly weigh in on the same day!


Friday, 21 November 2014

Wintery Beach Walk

A couple of weeks ago, I finished work about an hour early and was able to make the most of the time by taking the doggies for a walk in daylight!

We headed down to our local beach which we haven't been able to go to since before the summer season.

The doggies were so excited and Monty was whining while I was driving across the car park. I wasn't l letting him out quick enough!!

We strolled onto the beach and Dixie went streaking off as fast as lightning and Monty just tried to keep up!

They had a lovely time racing about playing and chasing each other. Dixie got scared when a big greyhound decided he wanted to play too. She's fine as long as she wins. If she can't win then she gets scared and hates it. She came running over and hid behind my legs... What a wimp!

We walked along to the far end of the beach saying hello to the few other dog walkers that were enjoying the late afternoon sun in a break from the awful weather we've been having recently.

Monty managed to find someone's lost tennis ball so we had to have lots of games but it unfortunately meant I had to touch a wet soggy and most importantly sandy ball! I hate sand! Monty had a nice time though so it was ok.

We just enjoyed our stroll on the beach and the dogs had a great time and a really good run.

We got home just in time to feed the sheep and the horses while it was still light so my helpers erm... didn't really help but they came and got in the way as usual!

We will be looking forward to many more refreshing beach walks over the winter!


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Power, Light, Sound... and toilets!

I have spent the last 2 weeks trying to get organised for the next wedding season... 

Basically, I have been booking toilets, generators, sound systems and lighting rigs for all the events. My job is just too cool sometimes! 

I can tell you all about the different toilet options on offer and am on first name terms with all the local hire companies.

Thankfully I have got to the end of my list of loos and generators and just need to sort out the slightly less important hires....

A good job jobbed and I can now keep on top of the new contracts that come in over the winter and fingers crossed next season goes without a toilet related hitch! 

Do you have anything particularly super cool about your job?!


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Take That!

I have just bought tickets to go and see Take That at the O2 Arena in June next year!!

I know they're only a threesome now but I have seen them live on their last 2 tours and they always put on the most spectacular show so I have high hopes!
Gary Barlow on The Circus tour
I might even have to see if we can fit in a visit to the Olympic Park and the Dalston Yard Street Feast while we're there.... Hmmmm

Lots of planning to do!


Life Lately

Well I've been ticking along, busy as ever.
Nothing much happens but a few things are worth mentioning....

  • We have booked our horsey camp again! So excited for August 2015! It is nearly a whole year away so we are having to control ourselves but we do get very excited every time we think about it!!

  • I am doing a photography course with a local camera club. It is so difficult not using the "auto" settings on my DSLR! I have got a few good pics though and I'm experimenting with all the different settings.

  • Learning to use Photoshop Elements - I can now change the size of an image! Go me!
Reflection in a puddle on Dartmoor
  • Visit to London to the Tower of London - beautiful poppies and super sparkly crown jewels! Up and back to London in a day from Devon is very tiring though!
Amazing poppies
  • Catching up with a friend I haven't seen for months. She cracks me up and we had a lovely walk followed by the biggest cream tea in the most lovely hotel.

  • My friend's 30th Birthday party - planning what to do for mine next year.

  • Hallowe'en at our neighbour's house. The dogs got dressed up and came with us!
Yeah.... She hated it!
  • Hunting! I have subscribed to a local hunt for this season and must make sure I get out a bit more to make the most of my membership.
Hunting on the moor
Dartmoor is the most stunning and beautiful place. I rarely ride up there so it is amazing to be able to ride there. I wouldn't want to be up there on a miserable day though. I imagine it is very scary then!

Barren landscape!
  • Work has gone nice and quiet now so I can finally catch up and get ready for next wedding season! I am ploughing through the big pile of documents on my desk!

  • My friend has just taken over tenancy of some land for her horse. She's bought a little pony called Paddy to keep Zak company and he's super cute!

I had the tour of the "estate" and we were getting all excited and making plans!

  • BH's rider has given up which is such a shame as she got on so well with him and took a massive load off my shoulders.
I am on the search for a new rider for him to help pay the bills and keep him ridden and happy.
I can't sell him as Fern needs company and also... who'd have him?!

  • These awesome Disco Beads my friend got me. They have magical properties I'm sure!

Magical Disco Beads!

So what's new with you? 

Friday, 7 November 2014

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red
The blood swept lands and seas of red,

Where angels dare to tread.

As God cried a tear of pain as the angels fell,

Again and again.
As the tears of mine fell to the ground
To sleep with the flowers of red
As any be dead
My children see and work through fields of my
Own with corn and wheat,
Blessed by love so far from pain of my resting
Fields so far from my love.
It be time to put my hand up and end this pain
Of living hell. to see the people around me
Fall someone angel as the mist falls around
And the rain so thick with black thunder I hear
Over the clouds, to sleep forever and kiss
The flower of my people gone before time
To sleep and cry no more
I put my hand up and see the land of red,
This is my time to go over,
I may not come back
So sleep, kiss the boys for me

(Unknown Soldier)

I am so glad I got to come up to London especially to see the poppies at the Tower of London a week before Armistice Day. We were so lucky to have wonderful sunshine.
One hand made, individual poppy for each person who paid the ultimate price for our freedom in the First World War. We owe them so much.
A truly humbling and moving experience and a breathtaking sight.

Lest We Forget