Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Start of the holidays!

Today is the first day of the summer holidays. Half of me is looking forward to the next six weeks, while the other half is dreading it!

On the one hand there are lots of days out to be had, not constrained by school times, I get to see more of the girl, our week away camping in Wales, the boy's 3rd birthday and party, catching up with family, and possibly some fairly nice weather.

On the other hand, I am likely to have less time to ride, will spend too much money, have kids squabbling, the house will look even more like a bombsite, and too much time will be spent in front of the telly instead of doing wholesome family activities.

At this moment in time I am feeling a bit hard done by, having had a stressful day yesterday and feeling like my family very much take me for granted. This is not helping me get up this morning! So I am possibly looking at the holidays with slightly more dread than enthusiasm today.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Too Hot!

Yes, I am one of 'those' people. I hate super hot weather. I holiday in the UK and don't feel the pull of foreign shores for hot weather in the middle of winter. I am more than happy with -5c as long as the sun is shining.

I like the sun, just not the heat. In fact, out of all the people I know, the only ones who really like the heat are those who don't have to work in it.

It is too hot for the kids, it is too hot to sleep, it is too hot to eat (ok, that one is a bonus) too hot to ride, too hot to muck out. Even the slightly bright side of being able to dry copious amounts of washing is balanced out by the fact that it dries crispy and it is like putting knickers made of sandpaper on in the morning.

I may be slightly more grumpy than usual due to the fact I have had a lot to do this week, and the hot weather has made me that much slower. There were times this week when I genuinely wished I didn't have horses. Low points this week have been trying to catch four escaped horses, dealing with bees and an enormous hay delivery necessitating unloading 90bales and having to clear out all the loose stuff from the shed.

But the forcast says we may have rain next week - I can hardly wait!