Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Yesterday I had an easy day, and inevitably achieved little. Two large suitcases are now sort-of packed. At the moment there's plenty of space in them, but I suspect by the time I've remembered all the things currently sitting round the house (dog leads, washbasin, many toys) they will be full.
The wall at the front is finally under construction, and the house is looking a lot tidier already. I served multiple cups of tea to T and G for their efforts.
Big News! My second cites permit is on it's way. Here's the story - we have a piano, destined to come with us to Canada. It has ivory keys, and ivory can not be 'trafficked' without a permit proving that it's removal from the elephant was not within 100 years or so. Eight weeks ago I filled out two forms, one for the UK CITES office, and one for the Canadian office. One week later, I received one permit back. Seven weeks on, and I have been 'phoning and e-mailing the other office daily to chase up my permit. Most days they don't answer the phone, and I leave messages on ALL machines. Then I got through to an officer Hurrah! She told me that my application would be progressed that week. Ah, but then they needed photos of the piano.... Photos were taken, and sent. Then nothing... More phone calls, more e-mails, until I discovered that she had gone on maternity leave.
So another office picked up my file, and told me that the permit would be dealt with that day. Ah - but 'dealt with' doesn't mean sent to me, no, it means passed to another department for signing. Okay... Can it be posted now? Could I perhaps speed up things by having it fedexed as I don't want to trust the mail? "Why yes" she said "if you give me your credit card we can fed-ex it". So I told her the number and I e-mailed it for good measure. Then I e-mailed her requesting the FedEx tracking number.... Silence. So more telephone calls, more e-mails and finally I get a person again. I explain the problem. He looks at the files. He goes silent. He says that She has gone on holiday. He will call me back...
And he does! Apparently, when she typed my credit card number into the FedEx site, she missed out a digit. So the permits journey to me was delayed. Again. But it's on it's way! It will arrive Monday and I will have a party to celebrate it's arrival.
In the evening it was the Church fete. Ours is a small village, and there is not much entertainment going on, so the fete always has a good turnout. I ate hot dogs, drank lager, bought cakes, entered the tombola and the raffle, and bounced on the Bouncy Castle. We won a knitted teddy bear. Son ran free with his friends until 9:00 when I rounded him up and we went home tired and happy.
For those with a historical sense of humour, the 'roll the dice' game was placed directly below the crucifix in the church. I don't think this was intentional.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.