My eldest just turned 16 the other day. I can hardly believe where the years have gone! One minute she's this tiny babe in arms, and the next she's a grown woman (well looks like one at any rate!), all mature (most of the time), and sensible (ditto!). The little one turns 9 in a few days too - just another reminder of time is marching on. But it's great too, to see them growing up healthy and strong, and nice little people too. Just makes me feel old! It's when you realise that there are grown ups in this world who were born in the 1980s - eek!
Yesterday I went on a hack. It was a small group, just me, two OAPs, and the riding school instructor. The weather was perfect - crisp and clear blue skies, sun shining, no wind at all. We had all the usual excitement as we made our way along the road up towards the beach; a bus driver who whizzed passed and then stopped dead, freaking the horses out. The little guy I was riding (Thomas) decided the side-walk looked like the safest option and skipped up the kerb before I could stop him. Luckily there were no pedestrians. A car flew past doing about 40 mph and I only just managed to contain my middle finger. Bastards! I wish drivers would have some common sense around horses!
Once in the nature reserve though, it was all smiles from dog walkers and waves from small children! Thomas, the pony I was riding, turned out to be quite forward going, and broke into a canter as we crossed the sand dunes (I think he needed to, just to keep up with the others as he's only got little legs!). I'm a bit wary of going down hill at anything other than a slow careful walk, but Thomas insisted on showing me that it was perfectly safe to canter, let alone trot, down quite steep inclines!
The beach was perfect - tide just going out, leaving us a lovely wide strip of firm wet sand to canter along, and just before turning back to head for home, we had a little paddle in the sea. Thomas went into the water fine, but then got freaked out by the white foam at the water's edge and it took a while to get him to brave his way back onto dry land! Eventually he did a hop, skip and a jump to join the others, and then we all turned and galloped down the beach at full speed. I'd forgotten just how knackering it is though, and was so out of breath, that by half way I had to sit down, which meant we were last in our impromptu race. It took me ages to get my breath back, and I was soaked through with sweat (side effect of the tumours). But it was fantastically good exercise! To end a perfect ride out, the gentleman who was with us, told me he was celebrating 10 years clear of cancer! I thanked him for inspiring me!
I've had pain again, in the evenings, and it's been getting me down a bit. I need a good old boot up the backside to get this writing done! Luckily, I'm to re-enrol on the PhD in January, so at last have a deadline to work towards! The Novel Racers asked me if I had any plans for 2009, and I didn't know where to begin beyond, stay alive and finish my novel!