As I have the chance to do this trip and take some time off to hopefully have a wonderful summer touring around the country, I would love to do it for a little more than just my own personal enjoyment.
Therefore I have chosen charities that are in need of financial aid to do their very important work. It has been hard to decide which to support and I finally decided on three as they are in various ways connected with the ride, the people around me or myself. Please choose which one is most important for you to support - or just support all of them to make a bigger difference.
Their website is: www.walesairambulance.com
Their website is: www.lluesthorseandponytrust.co.uk
Their website is: www.ciwf.org.uk
I have set up three individual Just Giving pages for you to donate directly and very easily.
Wales Air Ambulance
Lluest Horse and Pony Trust
Compassion in World Farming
or simply go to www.justgiving.com and search for Elizabeth Hill where you will find them all.
Many thanks for your help and donations!
Sunday, 27 March 2011
We went for a little test trip to a friend's place on Saturday and came back on Sunday. The weather during the day was lovely so we didn't get to check the abilities of the wet weather gear, but then that has already been checked numerous times and passed the test.
There were, however, a couple of other things we had to test. First of all Artax's new front boots. So far all of the ponies have been in classic Easyboots, but the ease of putting "Gloves" on and taking them off led me to think it may just be nice to use them instead. They have no buckles at all, no wires, no rubber at the back, no metal touching the hoof. They are just slip-on rubber shoes with a gaiter to help keep them securely in place.
Now Artax has done over 70 miles in them; 20 yesterday, 30 today, the rest during the week and his legs are looking perfect.
Our next test concerned the newly acquired solar charger... it was good to find out now that it simply does not generate enough power to fully recharge the GPS in the evening. So what if the GPS is almost empty, we're in the middle of the highlands, don't have a place with electricity to stay the night and it rains so I can't use the solar charger effectively? I looks as if lots of batteries want to be our travel companions on the way... We'll see. Maybe a second charger will do the trick.
That seems to be all there is to report about. All in all it was a lovely weekend. I may need to re-think the pack bags issue for Artax as I see a tiny tear on one of the straps, but we will see about that.
These photos were taken today as we crossed and went into the river Teifi in Llechryd. What a lovely place! :o)
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Satmap was so kind as to partly sponsor me with this wonderful unit that seems to be far superior to anything else presently available in the market! THANK YOU!
I have now tested it on two weekends for about 40 hours and done over 100 miles with it perfectly guiding me along the pre-planned routes - which are dead simple to plan in google maps and then transfer to the GPS.
Don't get me wrong - I love map reading and hardly ever get lost with one, but it is fantastic to know without a doubt what your position is and where to go!
I'll let you know more about GPS technology and how we get on with it after using it for a while longer.
If you wonder about batteries - it has a good battery life and we'll be carrying a solar charger on the way, so it shouldn't be a problem. Now we just need to hope for some sun to actually get the electricity generated...
Friday, 11 March 2011
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Dazzy: "Gosh, can you believe it? We're becoming famous! I'm so excited! When I just ate grass and played with my friends years ago, I would never have thought I'd be famous one day! Just goes to show what kind of stars come from Britain. Maybe I'll get to meet Catherine, Gerard, Ewan or Orlando when they come home from Hollywood now that I'm playing in the same league as them... What do you think? Do you think they'll like my silky long mane?
Do you want to see what somebody has written about our trip? Have a look at the link below to see it.
I hope you enjoy it and till next time with more about our training and tootsies."
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
I just love that! Hmmm, tasty muesli with loads of oats.
Have you noticed I'm probably the first slim Shetland Pony you've ever seen? I don't know why. Mum gives me loads of food - a lot more than my friend Dino, which he doesn't like very much when I go on happily munching long after he's finished his. :o)
Have you seen our boots, too? Artax has got these stylish red ones and Dino and I have got black. I wish they still made red boots so I could have some, too! Or maybe better blue for boys. Sometimes people mistake me for a girl because I've got such long hair! I definitely need blue shoes!
You know what's really funny? When we go out for our walks, we often meet people along the way who have never seen a horse in shoes before. They just stand there staring at us and say in a completely incredulous voice: `That horse is wearing shoes!´ Oh dear, I hope they get used to the sight soon..."