Thursday evening I went to try out a new riding stables after getting increasingly frustrated with Astley taking advantage of me and, quite frankly, taking the piss.

At Astley I had been put in a ride with beginners after the owner realised, after a few years in the most advanced class, I wouldn't be riding every week. In the beginners ride I ended up teaching some of the girls and being the instructor's (read: yard helper) aide and showing the rest of the class the right and wrong ways to do thing. Yes, they made me adapt things to make them wrong and over exaggerate them so it was obvious what I was doing. Okay, this would be fine if I wasn't paying £20 an hour, but having to pay to teach others and not learn anything myself? 

Okay, rant over! Now onto the good stuff.

I'd been looking for somewhere new for quite some time but work got in the way of visiting different stables and investigating, so when my father ended up being called out to a yard, I kept my fingers crossed. Small yard, nice owner, looked good and someone I used to ride with was there & she recommended it. The only problem, the price of the classes. Still, I couldn't not go and try it.

The place is a tad disorganised, but in a good way, that makes you feel relaxed. Was left to hang around in the pony club house while the others got horses ready etc. The owner's daughter (who was taking the class) lead into the arena the ex-race horse while the others brought in their own mounts. Safe to say I freaked a little. Ex-race horse is something I've not experienced before and wouldn't be a good combo with my butterflies. Luckily he was passed onto someone else, who obviously couldn't cope with him in the yard, and I was given the big bulky horse.

Jaffa is pretty much the same build as Bandit who I used to ride all the time, so I was more than happy. He's (Jaffa) an Appaloosa, is 15.1hh (or his back is 5'1" to those not in the know) and is only 5 or 6yrs old, which is a bit of a baby compared to riding school horses so he's still learning.

Start of the ride was walking around the arena to warm up. Instead of walking straight on, Jaffa decided he was heading for the door which had been left open. Now if you've ever tried a tug of war against a horse you'll know that it's impossible to win, but somehow managed to convince him that the new girl was in charge and she knew what she was doing. Didn't stop him trying to take the mickey every so often though. Just going around the arena as a ride he decided the horse infront was too slow and then decided he didn't like being at the front and would walk sideways into the wall instead. Luckily my long boots are a little to big so it wasn't my foot that kept colliding.

Next up, canter circles. Done those often. Very easy. Well, not with Jaffa. Anticlockwise circle? He'd fall out to the right and then head straight on. Into other horses. Missed the front of one by millimeters. I wasn't winning the tug of war again. Holding my whip against his shoulder as an added pressure did the trick, just before I got too dizzy to focus and my arms fell out.

After this the girl infront turned round and said I was doing really well as Jaffa is a pain to ride. Shed fallen off twice and refused to ride him again. Okay! Just what I wanted to hear! She was just trying to be nice though and luckily I had enough confidence to believe I wasn't out-horsed.

Onto riding square corners, again this is basic stuff that I've done a million times. With new horse, doable. Lets go straight in the deep end. Canter. Over poles. With everyone watching. (including everyone in the pony club room which doubles as the viewing area.) Jaffa's fast, I like fast, just not so much when it involves trying not to get my leg taken off by the wall or trying not to accidentally kick the pony club people who were so close they were getting whipped by tails. Was great fun despite this, and the loud thunk as the wall met my foot as we stopped. My father heard it from the other end of the building!

Others doing this exercise had much more difficulty than me, especially the girl on the ex-race horse. I think he was called Kiki or something similar. Anywho, as he cantered up to the first pole, which was laid on the ground, he took off. A very impressive jump and the girl managed to stay on but Kiki had spooked himself and kept charging round. Next time round he was on the wrong stride and jumped early to avoid landing on the pole. It was a huge jump, over a metre high and easily over 6 foot long (I'm estimating, using people lengths!). Horse still charging round even more spooked; girls hanging head first over his shoulder. Somehow she managed to stay on and calm him down, just. Many a rider would have come off and not sure how I'd have faired. Fingers crossed for when I get to ride him!

Something else I liked about the stables - I was trusted to go, untack and rug up Jaffa without anyone checking up on me (Dear Elf of Safety - I've been doing this for 17 years, you can assume I know what I'm doing), which made a nice change to Astley. I did notice a hoof pick on the floor in the middle of the yard, point up. I may have saved a lot of money by picking it up and moving it so you owe me plenty of good times, Saxton!

And on a lighter note, one of the best things about being on a yard are the cats there. I found a lovely fluffy grey thing that made me it's cushion while purring and doing happy paws. I may have to kidnap the fluffball next time!

*breathes* So yeah, that's longer than I expected but to sum it all up: Yay! new stables! Have booked another ride there and will be phoning Astley and telling them to stick it.
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I've already named a drink, just not after me. It's a Cheeky JD and consists of Jack Daniels and Cherryade. Simple yet absolutely lovely. Mmm...
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( Jan. 20th, 2011 12:34 pm)
Anyone else use the Goodreads website?

I'm using it for the 2011 Reading Challenge where you set an aim for the number of books you want to read throughout the year and it keeps track for you.

You can also use it to keep track of what page you're up to in whatever you're reading, which is useful, if like with me the bookmark has a habit of climbing out of the book.

If anyone is on there, or wants to sign up, then my profile is here. 3 books down, 47 to go...
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( Jan. 4th, 2011 08:47 pm)
I want to distance myself from the campaign, the techniques and near-bullying used by certain members has disgusted me. Yes my name is on the Hysterical Women list but that has nothing to do with wanting to or trying to force people to bring Ianto back. I am on the list as a reaction to certain comments made against the fans following the initial upset after CoE.

Is the list still on the Shrine? Is the Shrine even still there?? I don't want my name on there and would mark it off if I was nearby.
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( Dec. 31st, 2010 08:47 pm)
2010 has been very much a year of two halves. Read more... )
I wish I could have moved out and I wish I could have found a better paid, permanent job. These are now my aims for next year. Really want to be out of here by my birthday.

To my friends: I love you all very much and I wouldn't be here without you. Hope 2011 is brilliant.


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( Dec. 25th, 2010 11:41 pm)
Merry Christmas!

I now have a full set of Angel dvds (finally upgraded from VHS), so this makes  me happy. Many other things don't, but I won't bore you with those. Hope y'all had a great day.

Much love,
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( Nov. 21st, 2010 08:38 pm)
Sorry I've not been around much but things should pick up in January as my job ends at new year. I will try my best to catch up on old posts and have taken over modship of [ profile] tw_cast which I hope to make improvements to (any suggestions are welcome).

bye for now!
Allieandra xx
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( Oct. 18th, 2010 12:11 am)
Apparently I don't post anything interesting or 'juicy' on here. Suppose I should fix that. Erm... Oh, I know. I'll post a photo of a lemon. They're juicy! Right, just the interesting part to cover. What's interesting people nowadays? I feel pretty out of the loop. Maybe I'll get back to the interesting later.

Also will hopefully post a couple of gig/convention reports loaded with gossip sometime soon.

// RULES: Go to Google and type in your first name and the phrase. Copy and paste the first sentence/phrase you get that makes sense. Tag [insert number here] friends. Please be mature and use your REAL 1st name. //

Q: Type in "[your name] needs" in the Google search:
A: Alexandra needs ample social stimulation, is somewhat of a flirt, and likes to have many friends of both sexes.

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Well... There's this little thing called 'lucid dreaming' which does allow you to control your dreams. And yes, I can do it. Had to teach myself how to lucid dream because of a nightmare I was having every single night when growing up. Managed to take control of that dream/nightmare, change the events and haven't had it since.

There are some side effects though. Sometimes it happens without a conscious decision and it leaves me absolutely exhausted in the morning, feeling like I haven't slept. 
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( Jun. 13th, 2010 01:51 pm)

99 Things You Might Not Know About Me...

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allieandra: (Amber; Chance)
( May. 28th, 2010 05:01 pm)
This was a quiz given on the course I've just been on. How many can you answer correctly? We got 12.

1. How may birthdays does the average man have?

2. A woman gives a beggar 50p, the woman is the beggars sister, but the beggar is not the woman's brother. How can this be correct?

3. What is brought to the table and cut, but never eaten?

4. Is it legal for a man to marry his widow's sister?

5. What is neither inside a house nor outside a house but no house would be complete without? 

6. Two men play five games of chess. Each man wins the same number of games. There are no ties. How can this be true?

7. What is pronounced like one letter, written with three letters and belongs to all animals?

8. What is the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space, the beginning of every end and the end of every race?

9. What question can you never answer 'yes' to?

10. Which two letters of the alphabet are nothing?

11. How far can a dog run into the woods?

12. Why do you always find something in the last place you look?

13. The man who works in the butchers shop is 5ft 10inches tall. What does he weigh?

14. How can you make seven even?

15. A man and a dog were going down the street. The man rode, yet walked. What was the dogs name?
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( May. 4th, 2010 03:32 pm)
God yesterday was rough. Kinda saw it coming with the grump I got into on Sunday night. There was no real reason for it, I'd been having a good day watching BTCC and then 'bam', it just hit. I snapped at people on twitter, luckily noticing in time to apologise and disappear before it got out of hand. I must apologise to everyone on my twitter for the tweetage yesterday, thanks for putting up with me. And thanks to the people who tried to cheer me up.

When I finally got my laptop to work yesterday I decided it would be a good idea to research the possibility of further study, something to give me just a little bit of hope in life. Instead, it kinda crushed me. I was huddled over the laptop blinking furiously to get rid of the impending tears.

So, yeah, studying is out of the question because, quite simply, I can't afford it. Not that I know exactly what I want to learn but I miss being productive, I miss learning and I miss maths. (Geek). 

None of my job applications have even got past the initial screening and I've been sending off multiple applications every week for the past six months. How disheartening is that? I've come to terms with not being able to get a job in the foreseeable future so I need something to keep me occupied in the mean-time.

I'd like to make my own furniture. It looks easy and fun and I desperately need new furniture. What I'd really like is to buy lots of antique furniture as it has character and, yeah 'cos I'm weird like that, but  I guess home-made stuff is the next best thing. It would have character from the challenge of making it and it's individuality. But again, first I need money.

Bit of a weird place to leave this entry but my brain just died again. It feels like the exhaustion that hit me every year of high school and sixth form and made me ill, but there's no reason for it this time. *sigh* Yeah, I'm still down (you can probably tell by my style of writing) and there's nothing I can do about it.
Stolen from [ profile] sweet_lyri  . 

Will your next kiss be a mistake?
I hope not.

When was the last time you cried?
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Still waiting for something to happen.

When something happens!

Sorry flist, I'll stop spamming now. Thoughtful mood occurring currently.
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Thinking through this answer, 10 minutes is quite a lot of time.

I'd grab: 
1. my mobile - so I'd have everyone's contact details.
2. my external hard driver - for all my photographs and music.
3. my convention folder - for the only half-decent photos I have of me.
4. my mp3 player - because I love my zen, it's brilliant and you can't get them anymore.
5. my car keys - do I need a reason for this one? There are so many.
6. draw of childhood photographs - to keep some happy memories.
7. enough clothes to keep me going.

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I have never told any family member that I want them out of my life and meant it. May have done it the 'teenage angst' years, but those are generally brushed aside.

Do I wish I had the courage to say it to a family member now? Hell yes! One in particular is making my life very difficult and creating an unhappy place to be. It's all excused with "We're too different, we could never get on." and phrase like that. Yesterday I found that the same family member doesn't trust me in the slightest. 

Also, my mother has demanded that my fathers parents have nothing to do with us. The locks have been changed  and my father given a deadline to cease all contact with his parents or my mother wants him out of the house. This is all happening because they don't consider her part of the family. Who knows if I am.

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Eliminating any one emotion would have an adverse effect.

Take 'regret' for example. If you could not regret something you've done, accidentally or purposefully, what is there to make you learn from the error or mistake?

Without 'sadness' you would not have 'happiness', you'd just have a constant state of 'meh'ness. (go with it, it's 1.30am and I can't think of the correct word.) Likes and dislikes would be affected, and what about hobbies? Would they exist? 

You need the two opposing emotions, both negative and positive, to have any range and to get the full feel for life.

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( Mar. 26th, 2010 10:46 pm)

Let It Bleed by Ian Rankin
Black and Blue by Ian Rankin
The Hanging Garden by Ian Rankin
The Bro Code by Barney Stinson


Target by Simon Kernick
The World House by Guy Adams


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