Another year almost over and our third Christmas in a row in Oz, hard to believe really. We’ve had a pretty amazing year which, but to name a few, has included 8 visitors from the UK, a memorable 2 week camping trip up north, John being made a permanent member of staff at the Department of Agriculture and Food WA, the start of a new and exciting job for me, our team winning the hockey grand final and became B grade premiers for 2007, a 3 week return trip to the UK with a stop off in Malaysia on the way home, a fantastic birthday party which went sent me into my last 20 something with a bang and Archie becoming the newest member of the Colebrook gang. What might 2008 hold in store for us….
I wasn’t looking for a horse, in fact I’d just about given up thinking I’d ever find one I liked and wanted, but this one just kinda happened! Archie (as he has recently been named) is a 15.2hh ex-race horse who had come to the end of his carrier and was looking for a new home (either that or the knackers poor thing). At 5 yrs old he’s still only a baby and is now learning about the joys of being a pet horse as apposed to a horse who was bred to make someone money. He was never going to make the next Melbourne cup winner as he’s just too laid back but that makes him perfect as an every day riding horse. He has been no trouble at all in his first full week with us and is a joy to have around, even John rather likes the little chap! Our main target at the moment is to get him to put on some weight as he is still in racing condition (He only came off the track in Oct this year) but other than that he is settling in really well.
A bit belated, however, I wanted to say thank you to all those who sent me a card for my Birthday and for the pressies I received. I had a very memorable weekend and it was also good to have some calls from the mother country, nice to know I’m not forgotten totally and nice to catch up with some of you. One other thing, John and I have decided not to send Christmas cards out this year. Instead we will be giving $100 to a charity which we feel will be a good way to give this festive season. So seasons greetings to you all, hope that Santa brings you all your gifts and the silly season doesn’t see you get too drunk or over fed.