The last two years, I've been lucky enough to have a ringside view of a packed programme, including the running of the magnificent stallions, the neck-breaking Welsh Mountain Pony Grand National, the Gentle Giants team of beautiful black shire horses, and the heart-stopping antics of the Galloping Acrobatics. Many years ago, I spent several seasons working with horses and, although I rarely ride these days, it seems I've never quite lost the love of this noble and beautiful animal. But whether you're a horse lover or not, it is an entertaining day out that is well recommended.
|The Gentle Giants|
Another plus side to my job is that I get to work four days on and then have three days off for writing, which is what I'm doing this week. Having started something new recently, and after a slow and not-quite-certain beginning, things are becoming a bit more fluid now. My characters are starting to become real to me and - more importantly - to each other, and the storyline is taking shape nicely. I've only got one and a half chapters down so far, so a long way to go yet, but as always I've set myself a deadline for a partial submission in the autumn. And, although the sunshine is glorious this morning and it seems that summer will last forever, I suspect that October will be here before I know it!