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        11-08-2012, 02:34 PM
      #151
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    Getting my Riding Mojo back

    In truth, I didn't know I'd lost it, until it came back.

    After the arm-breaking wham-upon-the-ground I have of course not been able to ride, and so I have been doing some groundwork in-between taking pictures of horses in the pretty snow I haven't missed riding, and I thought that was because I knew that I couldn't ride, but I think that my mind and body just knew that I wasn't physically up to it.

    But last week, I had an e-mail that my saddle for Riley is on it's way (it's still on it's way...), and I got a little bit excited. Then day before yesterday I went out to play with the boys and my mind suggested that I do some mounting preparation practise, specifically - practise standing still at the mounting block.

    Riley, who can do it but can't be bothered, picked up the lesson very quickly and will stand as still as a mountain. U-kon who can't do it, as his head is too butterfly-young, well he also picked it up really quickly! I was super pleased and will be repeating as soon as this snowstorm stops. He's a butterfly-head, but he learns really quickly.

    So now - yes - I am looking forward to getting back in the saddle. I will start on Riley who is a steady-eddie, and then if I am sure that I am physically up to it I will start on U-kon. Yes, I will have a friend there when I get on U-kon , I will listen to my commonsense for that one!
         
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        11-08-2012, 02:53 PM
      #152
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    The Canadian Media

    In the UK I was a BBC Radio 4 junkie, and here I am on CBC Radio 1 plus a little bit of GlobalEdmonton TV. So that is where my cultural references come from.

    I personally feel that the BBC is one of the best institutions the UK has, I respect the integrity, the journalism, the ideals of the BBC. I love the fact that the BBC will fund a series of 100 15 minute radio programmes about items in the British Museum, and it will also produce gobsmackingly good historical dramas. I have spent my mornings listening to UK Politicians and Corporate Moguls being ripped apart and spat out by the interviewers seeking the truth, and not accepting spin and procrastination. Sometimes I have felt a little uncomfortable when I heard a junior government minister being hung out to dry in front of the nation. I have seen the media, both BBC and the Newspapers, particularly the Telegraph, the Guardian, and the Spectator ferret out the truth that had been hidden by corrupt officials in all walks of life.

    So - in Canada.

    Firstly, I have been surprised at how much content I hear coming from the BBC, but in reality, I think it makes sense for CBC and the BBC to co-operate on resources.

    Secondly, I have been surprised at how.....accepting the journalists are of the statements made to them by politicians and others. I hear the 'government spokesman' or 'union spokesman' or 'business representative' give an answer of such banality and obvious avoidance of the real issue and I wait for the interviewer to pounce, and demand a better answer...... but nothing! They just accept the statement, thank them and move on!

    In a way, it's nice to wake up in the morning to harmony and pleasantness, rather than listening to an inquisition, but it does leave me vaguely dissatisfied that the truth is not being uncovered.

    This bizarre NHL lockout thing is a case in point (and yes, I do fully accept that this is a massively complex issue of which I know almost nothing ), but I listen to what's going on and I think "Get them on the Radio, and the Television, point a microphone at them, and demand to know why they think it's acceptable to disappoint all their fans and potentially lose a whole season of sport and income, just because they are unable to negotiate an agreement!" These people should be publicly shamed into getting their acts together and resolving the situation.

    See, I think that the media is here to entertain us, and to represent us. If the journalists are not asking the difficult questions, then who is?
         
        11-08-2012, 02:57 PM
      #153
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    Let it snow, let is snow, let it snow

    The school buses were cancelled this morning, so I took son in to school. When we got there, to a fully staffed and functioning school, there were how many other children in his class?

    Guess, go on.






    None. Zero. Nil. Nada. Not any.


    What is with this Snow Day thing?! If the teachers can get in, then surely the children can too?

    [caveated before you growl at me with an acknowledgement that yes, I know there are some people who do not have a suitable vehicle to drive in... but most people do!]
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        11-08-2012, 03:07 PM
      #154
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    Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie    
    Bunnyhug!

    I have some of those in my wardrobe and it's just the nicest name ever! I don't care it it's not an Albertan thing - I'll use it at home now :)


    Ps Jaydee - I would have done a reinback too

    You have no idea how glad I am that you said that!!!
    I listen to the BBC radio every day via internet and its so different to US radio as far as news content goes. Maybe its the British terrier type personality mixed with the Bulldog one that makes us so more demanding of reasons
    We had our first snow here yesterday - not exciting any more!!! The bad weather has come too fast and our horses are still too fit to have a week off between rides which makes some of them a little too exciting for safety, I've resorted to a quick lunge session before getting on Looby who hurled herself in very uncalled for bucking fit the minute my bum hit the saddle last week.
    Hope you'll be riding again soon.
         
        11-14-2012, 02:48 PM
      #155
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    How are you settling in with the constant supply of snow now Rosie? Have you made enough snow angels and snowmen to last you a lifetime :)

    We're *fingers crossed* Canada bound in April.. so start thinking of any Ire/UK delights I can get here for yourself and Golden let me know and I'll bring them with me and get them out to you guys :) Anyway.. I'm going to pick your brain for a second:

    Shipping companies. I get a few quotes... I almost cried at the price of them! It would be cheaper to buy new stuff once we land. How did you find them?

    I decided the nicest thing I could do for hubby is make the move in April... and not subject him to winter straight off the bat :P
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        11-14-2012, 04:10 PM
      #156
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    Maple - We were a company relocation so they paid all the costs but I remember we did figure out that it would have been cheaper to have bought everything new when we got here. Maybe look into just bringing your personal things that arent replaceable and sell everything else
    I am a regular at auctions, estate sales and consignment stores - you can pick up some great deals and with 3 dogs in the house things soon get scratched, marked & stained here so I'm not the fussy houseproud type that needs everything to look pristine and sparkling new!!!
         
        11-14-2012, 10:01 PM
      #157
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    Maple, congratulations on your move, I know it's been what you've been yearning for :)

    We were also company moved so again I'm sorry I can't help. I suspect that Maple is right about the cost of moving not being worth it - it depends I think on how much 'stuff' you have to, and what kind of property you will be moving to. The massive and unavoidable expenses for us have been the things you can't bring over the Atlantic anyway - outdoor things (covered with evil European soil particles), electrical items (doh! Wy can't we all have the same voltage?), vehicles (none of your European imported muck please).

    So, I second the 'sell everything' advice - the recession is making eBay a popular place in the UK and presumably Ireland too.
         
        11-14-2012, 10:05 PM
      #158
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    Vancouver and back

    We went to Vancouver this weekend on a sort-of company paid for jolly. When we were in the taxi to the hotel, son and I were gazing out at the big old stone and brick buildings in the rain and we both agreed that it all looked a lot like London - only not quite.

    We had a jolly nice time - touristing, Leonard Cohen concert, restaurant food, yadda yadda, but oh I was soooo glad to back home on Tuesday.

    Glad to be back to:

    My animals
    Blue sky
    Beautiful snowy landscape
    My animals
    Open space

    Nice to be home!
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        11-15-2012, 08:50 AM
      #159
    Yearling
    I love Vancouver, but only for short trips. I getclaustrophobic from the mountains!
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        11-15-2012, 09:13 AM
      #160
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie    
    Maple, congratulations on your move, I know it's been what you've been yearning for :)

    We were also company moved so again I'm sorry I can't help. I suspect that Maple is right about the cost of moving not being worth it - it depends I think on how much 'stuff' you have to, and what kind of property you will be moving to. The massive and unavoidable expenses for us have been the things you can't bring over the Atlantic anyway - outdoor things (covered with evil European soil particles), electrical items (doh! Wy can't we all have the same voltage?), vehicles (none of your European imported muck please).

    So, I second the 'sell everything' advice - the recession is making eBay a popular place in the UK and presumably Ireland too.
    We actually managed to get 2 bird baths and a bird table here - they were presents from a way back and had a lot of silly sentimental value, we scrubbed them so well they were clinical but customs confiscated all my dried flowers and grasses. I've run my Wolsey clippers here through a transformer but they seem to lack power as a result so I'm buying some US ones this year
    The relatives that I keep close contact with live in Ontario near Guelph and it does have a more British feel to it than this part of the US
         

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