New Year Musings

On Wednesday my parents and I went out for our traditional Boxing Day walk/ride. Yes Boxing Day was on Sunday but I’d been working since Christmas and Wednesday was my first opportunity. Cookster had apples, I had chocolate coins and everything was lovely.

At midnight on Friday evening I went outside to see if the church bells were ringing in the New Year. The ponies came over to see what was going on and whether there was any food in it for them. Naturally they ended up having a midnight feast!

Seeing in the New Year with the ponies was lovely and I have been enjoying the time I have been able to spend with them since then. It is amazing how much thinking time you get when you hack out alone. I started this blog because I found I was writing about the ponies in my head as I rode and I needed an outlet to share that.

Since I opened my stationery shop I have found that I am more likely to be designing new cards and letter paper as I ride. In fact, I have often wished that I could sketch as I ride – I end up taking a lot of pictures to try and keep the images in my head!

My stationery business has been taking up more and more of my time and as I only have limited free time I have reluctantly made the decision that it is time to stop writing this blog. I will still be posting on my Instagram account and the ponies definitely pop up on my stationery account too.

I have loved sharing my pony adventures over the past few years. Thank you for reading.

Summer Fêtes

It has been a rather busy week here as I have been preparing for my fist in-person show with my stationery. Yesterday I had a stall at a local fête and so all week I have been madly printing stationery and assembling packs of cards and letter paper. I also took along some of my vintage books to sell so I needed time to sort those as well. Naturally I made sure to have a good supply of pony books!

Not that Galahad got neglected. Months ago I booked a week’s annual leave to coincide with the second week of the Olympics – and specifically the eventing – so I still had plenty of time to ride even with all the extra time I was spending in my studio.

Riding took a definite back seat yesterday though as the fête absorbed all my time. Of course I did my usual yard chores but other than that I’m sure the ponies appreciated the day off. Not that I had a pony free day though – my favourite customer of the day was the cutest pony who was very interested in my cards!

Tomorrow I will be back at work so I am making the most of my last day of freedom to recover from the week – and of course that included a gentle ride. It has been an exhausting holiday!

Exciting New Ventures

As I mentioned last week, I have been getting significantly less riding recently. I have been working very hard to launch an online stationery business and unfortunately riding has had to take a back seat to that. I have loved creating the designs for the stationery but it has been sad not to be able to ride as much as I would like.

Yesterday though, I opened my (virtual) shop doors – do come for a browse – and the pace of life is returning to normal. I have no ponies in my shop yet but I am working on new designs all the time and I know it won’t be long before they make an appearance.

This is a beautiful, sunny day, just perfect for spending time with the ponies. I have been for a lovely hack with each of them and even found the time to trim Cookster’s bridle path which was getting unruly. Time now to find a book and some tea and to settle down in the sunshine for a rest. I may even end up having a nap!