Today I had my riding lesson. Sam was in a very lazy mood, but as usual, he had an element of the drama queen about him and did a massive shy. Celine's back was turned and she didn't see. He did it again a bit later and she saw that. We worked on "haunches in" and "haunches out" which I was not too good at. He didn't want to canter for me but we struggled on and did a bit, while he waved his head about and kept doing his mega fast trot in protest. In the end Celine had a go because I didn't want to end the lesson without him having a good canter. He was just being naughty but I had reached the wobbly leg stage and felt that I wasn't giving him clear enough instructions. I got a bit frustrated with myself, but when I think that I was really scared of trotting earlier in the year, I'm doing ok getting a bit of cantering going. It does feel lovely when he finally canters. Much smoother than trotting. I'm supposed to have a lesson again on Saturday and Celine is going to e-mail me a dressage test to learn. She is going to leave me to tack up, mount up, warm up, then I will do my test and she will judge it. I hope the weather is good, and that Mr Sam is in a good mood too. He'd rather blob in the paddock with intermittent grooming sessions and forehead rubs.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Just a note to let you know what I've been up to. Yesterday I had a brilliant day out and about with Kim. We found some lovely things and I have got some ideas for my next quilt project. I'm working on the border of my very bright quilt and won't start anything new until I've got that sorted. I got some wool from Stitch to do Henry's second (bigger) vest. I must send him the first one. Lucy's little green hat is finished. The top turned out really good, but the border flips up. Not sure if it will fit, but I followed the pattern. I cast on for the ribbing of the vest last night. It didn't say to use smaller needles for the ribbing, but I did because I've had nothing but trouble with flip-ups.