Day 289 – 16th October – Upgrading

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I had a first today, and at my age, firsts are not that common! I often book holiday flights to the ranch quite early on so that I can get the best deal in terms of using air miles. Given my chosen airline often has only four seats available with air miles per flight, it can be a ‘rush to the departure gate’ as it were to get in there before they are taken. This time I decided to look at something slightly different and noticed that with the Premium Economy flight home the difference was only an extra £70 and some extra air miles. Given how badly I had slept on the way home last time I thought I would take the plunge. I’ve also had to pay to reserve the seat given how few there were on the flight, but that still brings the total to less than paying full price in Economy both ways. While it’s a while off I’m looking forward to experiencing the difference.

Day 271 – 28th September – Roll Out the Barrel One Last Time

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Thanks to a chat with some new friends and a bit of good fotune I got to do something new for the first time, and what will be the last time. Every now and again the ranch would allow people to do a barrel racing lesson although they are stopping that option (hence it being the last time). This isn’t at any significant speed for most of the lesson as it is spent walking or trotting around the barrels. As with most things it’s a lot more complicated than it looks as it combines, changes in balance, direction, looking ahead in advance and reigning hands all while ensuring the horse is going in the direction you want, which isn’t actually towards the barrel, but just off of it so you can kick on at the exit point. Thankfully we had an excellent teacher and everyone came in completing the pattern at a time of around 30 seconds (much longer than she would take though!)

Day 112 – April 22nd – Fronting Up

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I had a first today. I led the service at the church I attend. (Just to be clear, that’s doing the welcome, notices and a final prayer, it’s not the sermon!) I’ve stood in front of people lots of times but I was still nervous. I think the first time you do anything where you’re in-front of people that is going to happen. I had prepared things in advance and was able to run through things with a friend who had more experience. I hope it went well. Not for me, but for others as leading a service is nothing about me, but all about the others in the room and hopefully saying something that people can relate to. If I get to do it again, I hope that I won’t be quite as nervy as I was today.