Diary of an Equine Mum

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Four Paws On Order & Exam Results

Yes I must be mad...Not only are we all moving again but I've been worn down by Miles and decided to get a puppy in amongst it all! It is not a decision we have come to overnight, we have been thinking about it for quite a while now. So this weekend we have bought this puppy who will be coming to live with us in four weeks time. Here is Harley and he is a Jack Russell x Patterdale.
No doubt you will see posts on here very soon where I am tearing my hair out with puppy antics and the cats disputing about the fact he has arrived to live with them! I am also moving Zeb at the end of the month, so if I manage to keep sane after all this, I feel I would need an award. Anyway I will keep you posted, but I am really looking forward to it and all the dog walking ahead of me!
Billy did well in his exams with 3 x A's, 4 x B's and 3 x C's. I was really pleased but he didn't exactly put mountains of revision into it which I have reminded him about. Anyway they are good results and have got him a place at college where he enrols at tomorrow to start is AS/A2 levels. There was a media hoo-haa about the marking of the GCSE's being changed this year especially in English. I'm just relieved Billy turned up and did his exams...unlike his dad!
Anyway off to bury myself in mountains of paperwork and emails with work, moving, and Haynet. Be back soon!

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Settling In The Sun

So we have now moved and been in our temporary home for ten days now. The first few days were quite stressful as Dizz really hated being cooped up in the house and drove us all mad howling and hurling himself at the windows to get out.... Anyway by day three when the cat valium was still not working, he escaped out the back door between Stephens legs and shot over the fence and gone! Anyway the wanderer returned that night and that has been his routine since. He goes back to the old house and sits in the garden all day and then comes back to us at night (we have moved about 1/4 of miles away...)
This week has been really nice to actually not to be packing, ringing, stressing and life almost feels normal. However I know we have the rumblings starting again for the next move as we are hoping to exchange on our new house next week to move about 10 days after. So... I am making the most of my free time at the moment. I have ridden Zeb quite a bit which has been lovely.
I am going to spend this afternoon tack cleaning and washing my rugs as we have some glorious summer weather with temperatures hitting 30 deg! I went on a lovely dog walk with Rhonda with her dogs and some  other dogs she is looking after. The fields are glorious with lots of hay making.

After a lot of thought and with our new rural home, we have decided to get a puppy! Stephen has always been a little anti the idea for many years but has finally come round it. We are moving to a house with long dog walking fields, so it will be fairly easy to keep a dog. We have reserved a male black and tan patterdale x jack russell which we will be picking up at the end of September. So exciting - I will post some pictures soon.
So changing times ahead but looking forward to it. I hopefully will be back on soon as trying to make sure I keep my blog up to date (seeing as I run a blogging network!) Just off now to enjoy the sunshine - happy days.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Nearly Time To Say Goodbye

So I have only two days left at our lovely house which we have spent the last 14 years in. I have been sorting, chucking, giving away, keeping, filing, packing and binning over the last six weeks and I am exhausted. We are moving into the bungalow for (hopefully) only for a short while as we have found a new house. Its about 6 miles away and will be quite a change of life if it goes through. I am going to say very little about it and will only get excited when we exchange!

I said goodbye to my neighbours today and she started crying which made me well up too. Change is good but it is very hard to move on without getting sentimental and emotional about it all. I bought the boys here when they were babies and they have grown up in this house. We have had great times here and have lots of happy memories. The house is looking very empty and echoes as we start taking the final pieces of furniture out. In the bungalow though this is starting to look like home as it has all our things. I think home is what is around you too.

It has also been a tough decision but I am going to move Zeb too. He has been at my friends yard for 6 years and we have been more than happy there. If we move to the house we are currently buying, it will be a 25 min journey each way which adds alot to the day and to the fuel bill. Luckily where I am moving to is horsey riding heaven and I went to see a yard this morning which is only a 5 minute walk from the house. It's very different in lots of ways. As always there are advantages and disadvantages to any yard but it felt a lovely place to bring him. They are very kindly keeping the box available for me until I move. I have said I want to move into the house first and then think about him next.

If I make it to News Years Eve this year in one sane piece it will be a miracle! What a stressful and unsettling time but I know it will be all ok. So bye bye house - you have been great to be around. Let's hope the new owners love you like we did!