Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Seven years

An awful lot can happen in seven years. All of World War 2 fitted into seven years. My entire time at primary school fitted into just under seven years, as did my entire time at high school. It takes less than seven years from birth for most children to learn to read, to learn some times tables, to learn to do a cartwheel, or to learn to play a musical instrument.
Someone else figured this out. I haven't checked if it's right or not. I don't massively care.
Seven years ago (and one day, because I wasn't well yesterday) my dad died, and it just feels bizarre that it's been that long. Each time I think about it, I feel that I know it has happened but I haven't yet responded emotionally to that. I'm not in a hurry to do so - I'm quite happy being emotionally functional! - but it does seem so weird that so much can happen and can change in someone else's life, as well as in my own, but this one thing still hasn't changed. 
 It still feels as bizarre now as it did seven years ago.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

LAMB Equestrian

My more professional website has been up and running for a year now, so it's time to show it off a bit more! You can find it here. There's information on the various equestrian disciplines I do, competition results, and a monthly blog post giving the low down on what I've been up to. This month's post can be accessed by clicking here or on the image below!

Friday, 19 January 2018

English Federation of Disability Sport

Over December and January I worked with a lovely lady called Courtney to put together a blog post for the English Federation of Disability Sport website, after I met Barry Horne (EFDS Chief Executive) at the RDA AGM in November.
The finished article is now live on the EFDS website - click here to read it!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

One way to start the year!

At the moment, things aren't easy. When I have more energy I'll write a bit more about why things aren't easy, but for now this post for Your Horse will give you some more information.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Day 24 - choir

I like singing. It'd been a long time since I'd sung regularly in a choir when I joined my local church choir a few months ago, and I'd forgotten how much I liked it. Specifically, I'm a nerd and I like singing church music in Anglican services. Being in a church/chapel/cathedral choir (I speak from experience of all of them) is way better than being in any other kind of choir. We sing new music every week, so you don't get bored of stuff and there's always a new challenge. We sing for a purpose that isn't making money. We get fancy clothes to wear. We get on with the job. Best of all, we get to sing from the music and rarely, if ever, from memory - and at Christmas time, we have the absolute bestest music!
Dream of Gerontius at Salisbury Cathedral, as part of Clare Choir (Cambridge), with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, 2011

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Day 23 - rowers

Earlier this month, I took part in the Fairbairn Cup Races, which is an annual event organised by Jesus College, Cambridge. As a college rower/cox I'd raced Fairbairn's a few times, but one of the nicest things about it is that alumni crews are invited to come back and race too. This year, I opted to cox the boat that was full of the older, more distinguished rowers! Well, mostly because the younger crew with John in was racing in a division that clashed with gymnastics, and I wouldn't have been able to get to the river in time for them...

Friday, 22 December 2017

Day 22 - The RDA!

Well, the easiest way to let you know what the RDA has done for me would be to direct you to this page.

But, just to give a bit more detail, I want to talk about the people in my own RDA group and how they have helped me.

Day 21 - my mum!

My mummy is the greatest. She cares for me, drives me to training/competitions/hospitals, she makes me laugh, she makes hot water bottles, she brings me medication, she cooks my food, she fetches things for me when I can't move, she puts up with me and, most of all, she supports me in everything I do. Without her I wouldn't be doing any of all the other stuff that is on this blog. Without her I would have died long ago. Without her I wouldn't have the means to do anything. She is simply wonderful and I love her completely.
Riding the fairground horses in France!