Saturday, 13 December 2014


… it’s all the detail… check out the wine bottles!


Moving Office

Well, another tie with the Pru being cut soon as Capita move out of 121


and into Bridge House (next to the Thames).


I know it is only a short move, but it is a pain for me as that bit of town is nasty to cycle around; no where near Buzz Gym… and there is not even a pub close by for a cheeky lunch time beer and burger (I am going to miss JD Wetherspoons Back Of Beyond !).

I will miss the subsidised canteen the most!… especially the full cooked breakfast buffet !… nooooo !

August randoms

So, Chewy gets her “Silver” award in obedience, and we decide to sign her up to the Kennel Club as a “working dog” !… Chewy Potatolicious is now KC ready and heads off to her first KC competition in Maidenhead.


Lets just say the whole day was a disaster!, Chewy normally gets top 6 and rosettes in local shows, but this time she was having none of it !.. she ran out the ring, would not sit… and then performed the cardinal sin of having a pee in the ring… it was terrible !… needless to say she has not been to a competition since !

As for me… it was all too tiring !


I am still pushing Claire around in her wheel chair in August, fantastic leg and back work out, especially when going across fields!…I am still dog walking and doing horses too… and typically when I am in a rush they are never at the gate to come in!, have to go hunting.


Nope… bit further…


Bit more…. at last !


Let me take a selfie Smile


It did rain in August… I can prove it… one wet muddy horse !



Jade turned 16 in August, where has the time gone?!… someone at the yard made her an awesome Birthday Cake !… tasted as good as it looked!


Then we took her to Pony Club camp…she stayed with her friend in Orville… can you spot them amongst the horse lorries Smile


How about now ?!


I missed quiet a few Flyball competitions too… including the British Champs, such a shame… still the team kept me updated via the power of potato lol! (and yes, that is a British Champs1st place rosette … the Rooky Racers are an awesome Flyball team who can mix it up when needed !).




And I also became an Uncle to little Thomas.


Finally a special mention to Croydex who make this non wobble / slip toilet seat, it is fab!, 5 months later and it is rock solid ! lol… big thumbs up from me !





Sunday, 2 November 2014

July Randoms

Been very lax with my blog updates, so going to catch up over the next few weeks between working in Bournemouth for Abbey Life and also being back at the Prudential in Reading.

Trust me to end up in Bournemouth in Winter !... I would have been there months ago if a certain person had not broken their ankle !...

So, July, wow, what a hot month... I know it was hot because...

July 13th ... my wife Claire goes out drinking with friends... and drinks, and drinks... and drinks some more... me, im sat at home, luckily I was not in the mood for beer that night, so agreed to be taxi service and pick Claire up from her friends flat at the end of the night.

The call comes in, quite a few times, drunk shouts from Claire and her friend down the phone "Anddddyyyyyy... come overrrrr... have a beeeerrrr ... don't be boooooring" etc. etc. but in the end they get the message, im not setting foot in that flat, i'll be outside.

Well, the final call comes in, Claire sounds suitably pissed; I drive over to pick her up ... only to end up finding her at the bottom of the stairs at her friends flat after tripping over a tennis racket (well that's her excuse) and in lots of pain.... long story short... ambulance to Royal Berkshire hospital to get a broken ankle fixed:

What followed was 12 weeks of hell for me... trying to do a full time job, cook, walk our dogs, walk Claire's dogs, do the horses, sort out kids, help Claire do basic stuff like washing... oh, and not forgetting all the drugs I had to pump into her, the injections being the worse.

I gave up doing my hair and bothering with my appearance... it was too hot and I was too stressed !... (don't worry, I have started to grow it back now !)

But, the dogs and horses kept me company !

The Flyball gang kept me entertained by inventing a character called "Potato Rossa" to take my place at the competitions and training that I missed... some random photos below !


So, basically a hot sunny July that turned out rubbish ... !

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Jade and Uno... the rise continues lol

The jumping duo continue to place in bigger and better shows, and have now qualified for some invitation only competitions ... all great stuff ! :-)

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Bye bye Tizzy

Young Tizzy has been on loan for six months and is getting on well with her loan owners.

So well in fact that we have now sold her to them, good luck Tizzy, keep up the super jumping and winning money at BSJA competitions.

Farewell photo :-)

Tuesday, 27 May 2014


In no particular order!...
1) Haydon has sat a maths exam set for all year 8 students ... he got the top marks for year 8 in the school !

2) Yay for football beer :-)   nice one Lidl !

3) Cracker falls asleep ... hoof in one feed bucket, head in the other !

4) I am giving up Flyball at the end of 2014... but before then... a daft photo of Chewy !

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