Monday, 27 August 2007

Getting back on the horse

My childhood passion was horses.

Here's a pic of me after my first lesson.

Mum and Dad didn't have a lot of spare cash when I was growing up so I'd go and help out at the stables in exchange for lessons. Because I wasn't actually paying for many of my lessons, I used to get all the shitty (excuse the pun) jobs like climbing up the horse manure pile and jumping up and down on it to flatten it. It was a huge pile too so I'd come home smelling terrible, much to my mums disgust .Come to think of it, I didn't get any boyfriends till I gave up on the horses. Gee I wonder

I kept up the lessons until I was about 13, spending most of my spare time at the stables. Horse riding was like an escape from the world for me. I found the speed exhilarating, knowing when to let the horse go and when he needed reining in. (I'm laughing so much, sounds like some men I've know) Where was I? The connection you can make with a horse can be amazing.
I went out one beautiful, summer day on my favourite horse. Count was pretty highly strung but I'd always been able to handle him. I still don't really remember what spooked him but I could feel myself losing control of him. He headed for the road, I was terrified because there was nothing I could do but hold on. He raced across two lanes of traffic before coming to an abrupt holt in front of a red convertible, I can still see the drivers face in my mind. He shook his fist and swore several obscenities at me. I don't blame him as it must have been a shock to see a horse come out of nowhere.

When I finally calmed down, I said to myself, 'just give yourself a few weeks and then you can get back on the horse'. Two years later.... my auntie informed me she had booked a riding lesson for me...gulp!!!

The day of the lesson arrived, I was terrified until I saw my pony. He was more like a stubborn old mule really. Everything was going great, I felt confident so we decided to try a few small jumps. I thought, 'this will be great'. Stubborn old nag had other ideas. Pony pulled up short before jump, Karen went over jump landing on her head. I guess landing on my head explains a lot about me...hehe.

That was it for me with the horses but I've been thinking lately of giving it another try. Even if it's just the one time, so I can say I got back on the horse.

Love KB

Author: Karen Boddey

Pic source: Karen and Steve Boddey

Revised article posted to Helium 27/8/2007

Revised article posted to Bubblews 11/12/2013

Sunday, 26 August 2007

Holiday Time - Two days at sea

We enjoyed two full days at sea before we arrived in New Caledonia. There was so much to do on board... planned activities to take part in, four restaurants, casino, swimming pools, gym (yikes - no thanks), karaoke bar, night club, bars, hairdresser, beauty spa, duty free shops.

Hubby and I enjoying the wine tasting on board. Hiccup!!!!
My second night on board, the sea was a little rough. I was considering taking a sea sickness tablet but hubby said, "Come with me, I know what will sort you out." We spend the next six hours, dancing, singing and drinking wine. After a while I couldn't decide if I was swaying because of the ship or because I was drunk. So funny.

I'm out of town for a few days guys. I'll upload more pics when I return home.
Love KB

Saturday, 25 August 2007

Chat Room

Hey everyone. I've added a new feature to my blog today. If you fancy having a chat...go to the bottom of this page and log into KB's room. Talk soon.

Love KB

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Holiday Time -Vince And Ary

These two lads had the dubious honour of being our waitors for ten days...poor boys. I was greeted every evening by the words, "Good evening Miss Karen, bottle of Shiraz?". OMG, I am so predictable.

Arrrgg, I'm having problems downloading pics this evening. I think I will give up and try again tomorrow.

Love KB

Monday, 20 August 2007

Holiday Time - All Aboard

Hubby and I boarded the Pacific Star after
breakfast. She wasn't due to set sail until sunset so we spent the day exploring

I was pleasantly surprised by the size of our cabin.

I made the mistake of saying to hubby, " Everything's running very smoothly, considering all the things that could have gone wrong." Hmmm, I should learn to keep my mouth shut.

I was informed my luggage had been 'delayed', which is another way of saying lost. I was relieved when my suitcase arrived four hours later. It had been sitting outside another passengers room the whole time.

Tis I in the wind before leaving Brisbane.

Love KB

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Holiday Time

Hubby and I have always wanted to go on a cruise. So, when a special deal was offered on the Pacific Star for a ten day cruise - we took it.

Ten days before our trip, the islands we were to visit experienced terrible storms. Pacific Star was badly damaged and the passengers had to be offloaded at Vanuata and flown home.

The ship travelled to Brisbane for repairs. We were informed the cruise would probably be cancelled.

Our travel agent phoned us a few days before our leaving date to ask us if we would mind leaving a day early and being flown to Brisbane to board the ship. Cool!!!!!!!

The P&O company booked a 747 for the passengers who were to travel from Auckland to Sydney. We had a ball on the flight. We stayed in a five star hotel in Brisbane. We were informed we could order anything from the restaurant and clear out the mini bar if we wished and P&O would foot the bill. Can you imagine someone telling me there was a free bar? I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.

Wow, the whole experience was fantastic. The best inconvenience I've ever been through...hehe!

More to come later

Love KB

Thursday, 9 August 2007

House Sitter From Hell

Coco was not amused when I informed her she would be spending the next couple of weeks in the dog kennels.

I don't like to leave her at the kennels but, I felt it was in her best interest after the house sitter debacle.

A friend of ours offered to stay at our house and look after the place while we were away. Hubby and I cleaned the house from top to bottom, filled the pantry and left a bottle of vodka - as a thank you.

I left for my holiday feeling confident my home and my babies were in good hands. I couldn't have been more wrong!!!!

I came home to :

- a house smelling of cigarettes (hubby is a smoker but, our friend knows smoking is not allowed in the house)

- a blocked shower

- a broken tap

- a broken fridge shelf

- rusty frying pans (from being put in the dishwasher)

- broken toilet

- a dirty house (how one man can create so much filth in ten days is beyond me)

- broken biocycle system ( waste treatment system)

- pre-programmed TV shows - cancelled

The worst by far, was the state of Coco. She has an enclosed area, which has a dog kennel and space to do her business. We put her in there for small periods of time when we aren't able to take her out with us. My poor, baby dog had obviously been locked in there the whole time we had been away. The area where she can relieve herself was so full of waste, she had started to use the deck area instead.

The first thing I did when I arrived home was wash her - she smelled like shit. I was disgusted, in fact, I still am!!!!!!!

Some friend he turned out to be. LAZY BASTARD!!!!!!

Love KB


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