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Monday, 18 April 2011

Wow What a Weekend!!!!

Now, I have to warn you, this one has a lot of photos, but I hope you will enjoy it and find some new stuff about me!!! Tee hee... you get to see me on a horse ... YES !!!!!!!!!!!! I know but it's true... so here we go, get a cuppa and have a laugh!!!

Saturday - a course on Friendly Plastic, run by the expert, Liz Welch...


Well, here is the lovely Liz having the first laugh!! She is such a super lady and so generous with her ideas and methods. She has so much experience with friendly plastic and just wanted us to play as much as possible... Thanks, Liz, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

 This is the lace technique but modified to make it look like knitting... Liz was making a heart here...

 Adding a ribbon of heated friendly plastic and making those beautiful little flowers I asked her to show...

 Almost finished, Liz was cutting off the edges here.... oh I am loving those little flowers. I DID make some, but my ribbon was much stiffer than hers, and the flowers need a lot more work!!!! - in the sense of trying again, not working the FP, 'cos that's my problem apparently... now who would have EVER guessed I would work and re-work and get fussy about it!!!??? tee hee!!! Moi?????

 So these are my bits... one cover and the beginnings of the second cover for the little book of secrets. There is a "knitted" heart with that stiff ribbon and those flowers that need more practise!!! There is also a cylindrical bead made with the fab proper tubing, and a tiny bit of embedding in plastic from pellets. Looking forward to finishing the book. Will show it when it's done...

 These are my partners in crime. A small but select band, and we had such a great day together. Left to right is Zoe (zoechaos), Sam (sam21ski), Mary (no blog as yet), Liz (rarelizzie) and little old me... I will show the others' pieces when the post is not so long, and the book is done!!

 Well, that was Saturday... now on to Sunday, another day, another dollar, as they say... Here I am - YEY it really is cool little ole me on a hoss!!!!! We were the oldies of the group, me being 65 and the horse being 26!!! he is lovely, mostly!!! He stands over 16hands 3, just a bit taller than Jade, Freddie's mare. And just look at that blue sky... who would believe we are in England in April??? As we rode outside, the church bells were ringing too - very poetical!!!

 So, second lesson, riding out to the outdoor school, without a groom or Freddie or anyone to grab me if I go wrong!!!!! And closely followed by my daughter!!! Yes, SHE is now riding, after being scared of horses most of her life, because one bit her when she was on a school outing, yonks ago!! I think we truly look the part eh???

Well, Miranda did more trotting aagain this week and she actually lead the group round the school on her horse, but I was a bit less confident, and my trotting left a GREAT deal to be desired, lol!!!! We had a different teacher this week, and I am not sure she understood just what I am feeling being so close to falling off and damaging my 2 metals hips and 1 metal knee!!!!!!!! Tis all in my head, but I shall overcome it eventually!!!

 And here is the bloke who is resonsible for this miraculous change in Miranda and me - my hero and hubby, Freddie. He is a real horseman and is enjoying his first proper outing with the lovely and adorable Jade, the mare he has on loan. Note to self... don't keep looking up at him quite so adoringly!!! tee hee!! He will get ideas above his station!!! This picture was taken after their first ever round together, yesterday afternoon (Sunday) at a show.

 Jumping so beautifully... she really is a talented horse, and knows her stuff... she trusts Fred and they were unlucky to get the last bar off, and not get a clear round on their second go!!

 I love this photo of them both. Jade is so gentle and lovely, Miranda and I love her a lot, and Freddie is quite besotted with her if truth be told!!! Lol... the horse, that is, not Miranda - but she does make a great groom for him, cos my hands arn't up to all the stuff Jade needs...

 Another beautiful jump, Jade... well done horse and rider. Freddie was so pleased with the day, and even the horse box behaved really well now it has had it's clutch seen to!!!

Coming out of the ring, after the third round, where she did not put a foot wrong, but he put her at a fence awkwardly and she refused the first time, but jumped it (90cms) with oodles of room to spare, the second time of asking... they need to practise more now, and I can see we will have some clears before the summer is out. It WAS a lovely day weather-wise for Miranda's and my first day at a show with Freddie and Jade... my daughter makes a great groom, as I said... but we are not yet convinced it will be so great in the wet!! Lol...

Thanks for getting this far... hope you enjoyed it, and I shall be back with some more challenges shortly... BTW, I asked for a DT on DragonsDream, and I have now chosen so watch out for an announcement over there this Wednesday, after I have told them they are mine!!!!! Tee hee...
Love and light
Frankie
xx

13 comments:

JoZart said...

Oooh ! do envy you having the opportunity to ride. I'd envy the Liz Welsh class too but I've already enjoyed one of those!!
I've only ridden once, years ago, when I was a Guider and took my unit camping in Wales and we rode through the Vale of Clwyd. I loved it but havn't ever had the opportunity since.
Really interesting post and there's always something new with Liz!
Lv Jo x

Zoechaos said...

Jade is a lovely looking mare nice shape over the jump from these photo's! You look very much the part of your gentle gent 26 is a good age perfect for a novice. Have not ridden in years miss it but well time and money. And another picture proving that I should never be place in front of a camera no idea what to do with face of body! XOXO Zoe

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Wow what fun you had. I love the PF pieces. I bought my first bits at the textile fair in Brockenhurst yesterday.

ElizabethR said...

Wow great photo's Frankie both of the friendly plastic and the horses!!!!! Both you and Miranda look right at home up there!!!! Love Elizabeth xxx

Beryl K said...

Beautiful photos Frankie, you look sooo happy with Freddie. I am so pleased he has made such a difference to your lives
Beryl x

sam21ski said...

Great to meet you on Saturday, and yes we had a hoot.

See you were busy on Sunday with the horse riding, rather you than me - enjoy!!!!

Sam xxxx

Von said...

I think you all did really well with the FP :) look forward to seeing the finished book Frankie :P
Von x

Netty said...

Great pictures of everyone at the workshop and some lovely results. Loving the pictures of you and your family with the horses. Thank you for showing have so enjoyed them. Annette x

starcyl said...

Great pictures Frankie, you do look comfortable on the horses and who would have thought it a couple of years ago? Glad to see you looking so healthy and happy.
Jenny xx

Claireliz said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time Frankie, great pics.
C
xx

Helen said...

Looks like you had lots of fun all weekend! I've never "got" the horse thing, though I loved Black Beauty as a kid! Good on you....

Neet said...

Oh bummer! Didn't know you were on the course with my friends Zoe and Sam - Zoe asked me to go but I had Elements and then even missed that. Hope you do another of Liz's courses and that we get chance to meet up. Glad you had a great time.

Sam said...

Good for you to have the guts to get on a horse. Hubby looked good too! I will be happy just to get back on my (push) bike this year!! Missed it last year grrrrrrr! Stitches out today and physio tomorrow so now on my way! Who knows, maybe horse before long! LOL!! Now THAT would be funny!!