We have a very pretty post today, with some delicious fabrics, a practically perfect pussycat and something to really look forward to. Spring. We have had some lovely days, some rain and some overcast but warmish days over the last week. That's autumn for you. I planted some bulbs in my cutting garden - freesias, anemones plus some sweet pea seeds. I also put some anemones into pots (I bought a pack of 100, so had a few leftover from the rows in the cutting bed).
Plump hyacinth bulbs were planted, and now I want some more. I planted two different blues, and my mind has now turned to pink and white ones. I didn't realise that the bulbs can irritate skin, and that explains why, after selecting two packs in the shop, then brushing my hair away from my neck, I got an intense itchy, burning patch of skin. Needless to say, I handled the bulbs with gloves on.
I'm having a mini obsession with hexagons currently. I am planning to use these bigger ones to make a quilt. No surprises there.
I can't forget to mention Mrs Zanny, who was an exceptional steed today. We just gelled together beautifully today. I was a bit concerned that she might have thought it was a good idea to mess with me when I went to catch her like she did on Wednesday, but no, she seemed to be waiting for me, and happily gobbled up her carrots and came with me willingly.
We worked in the arena and had the most successful ride we have ever had when schooling. I really focused so hard on my position, and she was steady, sensible, and responsive the whole time. The big mirror is really helpful, although I do look very thick through the midriff when seated in the saddle. We even did some lovely cantering today and our transitions were superb.
I think I'll have to have a lesson with Emily again soon. Right now I am concentrating as hard as I can on aligning my body correctly, and avoiding pushing my feet forward as I rise to the trot. When I push my heels down my feet come forward, which is guaranteed to make me look like a blobby amateur. Zanny looked stunning today. She has a delightful happy pony face when she's in a good mood. I am so proud of her. Maybe I should make her a hexagon quilt saddle blanket.