Friday night we went to one of the local pubs, the Mountie, and had a dance to a band, The Heights. Good value! Haven't done that in years. Luckily there are no photos of this because we were definitely dancing like no-one was watching! It was a really friendly atmosphere. Well done to the pub and the band.
Had a bit of a crappy night afterwards with one of my good old reactions. That's twice now that I've reacted to very loud music. Does it make defective mast cells activate? Wouldn't be surprised. It was worth it anyway and wasn't too bad compared to earlier in the year. Haven't actually vomited since I had a polyp taken out at the gastroscopy a few months back so hopefully that bit at least is sorted.
Saturday my darling sis, Jen, and I went off to the Gidgegannup show. It is an agricultural show that still has a very country flavour. Jen's two younger kids had friends to run around with, so they went off on their own, which they can safely do there, and Jen and I did the same thing. Our faves were the animals of course, and being a small show we got to get up close and personal with quite a few.
This guy was so huge and prehistoric and snooty!
I think this is a Plymouth rock. Just adore those feathers!
This lovely lady is called Pythena. I haven't had many chances to touch snakes so getting to stroke her and look at her up close was lovely. She has beautiful eyes, like living mercury.
And here's my fave of the whole show, a nameless ( to me) but friendly and interactive Anglo-Nubian nanny goat, although my choice of fave was a close run thing with some of the young Saanens that were there. I loved all the goats actually. We had some really nice bonding moments. Goats are so intelligent and interested in people. Think I need a couple! Maybe one Anglo-Nubian and one Saanen? Hmmm...
Niecey took a pic of me bonding with my favorite girl.
Sunday, we did some garden chores, I did some baking (GF raspberry, apple and white chocolate muffins and they are TOO good) and then I spent time meditating and making music in the paddock, where some ravens came to join in. It's mostly black because I turned my phone over to get the sound better. Rosie was panting over it at the start too, but I think you can hear the ravens and how it matched with my singing.
And then Jen rang to say come and see a horse she is thinking of buying. So I did, and I had a ride too! Second ride in six years, if you don't count hopping on Mahlee bareback to go and shut the front gate before letting her go for Jen on Saturday.
He is a grey Australian Stockhorse, name of Bandit, and he is totally adorable. Such a people-person and so kind.
I even jumped him over a few small jumps, which luckily Andrew did NOT capture on video! I like seeing my grin afterwards, though!
And no I didn't go and jump the bigger jump. I decided that lumping an unfit me over the smaller ones was quite enough for Bandit to do, though he was very kind about it. He likes to jump.
This cantering pic is a funny one. It looks like we're floating, frozen in time and space. (I guess that's what photos are, but you know what I mean.)
This one too. Like everything is rotating around me and I am still.
I'm not sure if Jen will buy him or not, but he has my vote!
My niecey has forgotten the tune of this song we wrote a while back, so I uploaded the little bit of video Andrew got of us playing it as we worked it out, to help her remember. I figured you'd like to see it too. She took to song-writing like a duck to water. I wasn't needed at all by this stage.
It's easy to forget a newly-written tune if you don't record it. I have a cool recording app on my phone so I can do just that while I work out stuff. Otherwise the next time you go to play it, it's gone! (Unless you are one of those clever people who can write and read music!)