2021 review, a year which held some surprises …
For most of 2021 I didn’t think I’d have much to write about to be honest, but here I am 6.30pm on New Years eve thinking, which bits do I want to leave out?!
It’s funny isn’t it how you coast through life, year after year doing pretty much the same stuff, but then at the end of each year you think back and realise your “normal” coasting had some pretty awesome moments, you just don’t realise until you look back.
For example, back in January a very cold month up here in the Dales, we went to the yard, and managed to accidentally break the internet! How? Well you see our yard turned into an ice rink and my poor husband tried to fetch the wheelbarrow to start mucking out, ended up impersonating Michael Jacksons moonwalk on the ice, totally unplanned, and obviously I had to grab the camera and film it didn’t I, so the short clip ended up on my Facebook page, quickly shared all over the Net and then Horse & Hound got hold of it ad made us Social Media Post of the week! With over 10K views and hundreds of shares! Haven’t seen it? Check it out here
Not much of anything worth reporting happened between then and May to be fair, just usual stuff, however during May a big change occurred, we moved Jasper and Malachite home. Now I know a lot of people keep their horses at home, but for me this is a game changer. Our landlord of our lovely home, which is on his farm, gave us permission to convert an old cow barn into stables and pretty much gave me more grazing than I could use, its 20yrds from my front door and I can see them from my back door eating their hay. Perfect.
Between May and July was just normal stuff, as usual, but then August came and so did a Local Show, the Wensleydale Agricultural Show to be precise, and Jasper was entered! Its one of the local “Big” shows round here so there was plenty going on, even MP Rishi Sunak was there, only noticed as I walked by reporters taking pictures and so on of him! We were very out of practice, well I say we, but I mean I, yes, I was out of practice, Jasper forever the reliable pro just did it, I don’t think I even needed to be there to be honest, and he came away with a very respectable 2nd place in good company. Happy!
Then a LOT happened after that, while searching for a horse for a lovely client, I “accidentally” clicked on a link to a mare, well, you know the rest, Corrie arrived!
So, from an Internet breaking start to 2021, surviving Covid, moving the boys (and corrie) home, to having a horse to ride who I absolutely love to pieces, and making competition plans for the future, 2021 has certainly threw some surprises my way!!
Now when I look back over this year, I don’t think of it the same way, “not a lot happened” has turned into “What a year!”
I wonder what 2022 holds….
Happy New Year everyone!