Yesterday was bitterly cold, and when I wasn't whining about being frozen and sick I was busy working on my "Forty Wishes" quilt.
Today was fortunately a beautiful crisp, clear day. Glorious. I went out for a ride on my beautiful girl. Today we discovered the road gate was closed, and I managed to open it from horseback, no thanks to Zanny, who thought it was a very bad idea indeed. You see, I can't dismount just anywhere, because there is no way to get back up there without a mounting block (or similar item). On ponies we just popped back up there, but it is just too far up for me to lift my foot to the stirrup and then spring (ha ha) up into the saddle. And it is bad for her back too. So I just had to get that gate open, or we'd have to turn around. We managed in the end, and enjoyed a wander together. Shadow, the fox terrier, came along for a walk too, and had fun sniffing and snuffling everywhere. Zanny's tummy shadow looked very pregnant looking down from above.
I must say, I haven't got anything new and thrilling to report. Pasta bake sauce makes a fantastic vegetable bake (with a wee handful of pasta and lots of different veges). We've had several quakes in the past week, after a quiet period. My car failed its warrant of fitness in spectacular fashion, requiring a muffler repair, two new engine belts, two new tires and work on the rear seatbelts. Oh dear.
One new thing I did spot was this fabric, which is Harlequin Delphine:
The print is big and bold, and for some reason, I love it. I'm not a fan of grey or mustard, but for some reason, these work so well. There are two other colourways too, but I like the pinky shades of the flowers in these ones. I'm feeling a bit inspired to do some decorating.