I have a new horse to introduce you to later! Note the word ‘later’ though – you have to wade through all the food stuff first 😛
An apple, a square or 2 of rather odd hemp chocolate and 2 tsps of wheatgerm were quite delightful fuel before a Davina/Jillian date this morning 🙂 I had cross training pencilled in today as per the marathon plan, so I just take that to mean I get a DVD day 😀
Now, I’m going to shock you all with my rather surprising breakfast:
Yes! That is an EGM!! They don’t appear round these lonely parts often do they? OH no. Twas mighty fine tasting, I think I might be having one of them again pretty soon….
After breakfast, I had DEUX horses to ride – Chika and Tig. As Hannah is in Uganda, she wants someone to keep her horse fit, so I’m going to be riding him for the next few weeks. It’s so odd riding a different horse, when you are SO moulded to one horse (Chika). Something else just feels so wrong! And the view from the top was so different….Tig has little weeny ears, Chika has donkey ears, Tig has a long giraffe-like neck, Chika has a shorter thicker neck, Tig has a thick full mane, Chika has a quite pathetic excuse for a mane! Very, very weird. Anyway, both horses behaved very well for me, despite that NASTY HORRIBLE HORSE FLIES that decided to come out and play 😦 GRR! I smacked one that was feasting on Chika’s shoulder, and got blood all over my hands 😦 sick people, sick.
After riding, I got to making mon lunch 🙂 First up, I baked a spaghetti squash, and then gutted the helpless thing:
Theeen, I made some oatmeal, with 1/2 cup mix of barley flakes and oats. I cooked it with 3 tbsp ish of Noosh, the spaghetti squash, and mixed spice:
And then when it was almost done, I stirred in some roasted parsnip and turnip, and stir fried fennel and pear (very random right!?). I then served it in the shell:
OIASS (Oats in a squash shell) if you will! Twas deliciously yummsom.
For my dessert, I made one of my cereal/yogurt ‘cakes’ with cinnamon:
For the rest of the day, I took Poppy out for a bit and bimbled about, made some phone calls, all the usual…then snacked on – yet another – pear, cinnamon and cereal mix combo:
The pear was nuked in the microwave first 🙂 I think all it’s juiced seeped into the cereal and made it really soft…almost stale like! And I LOVED IT. Apparently I like stale, soft, soggy-ish cereal 😛 It’s one of my favourite snacks! Each to their own right?
Dinner was another favourite – tempeh! I will never, ever get bored of tempeh. It’s overtaken tofu, chicken, salmon and trout in the Utimate Favourite Protein Lump stakes (yes I’m vegan – but I used to LOVE the taste of salmon and trout, and the texture of chicken). I just can’t get enough 😀 Anyway yes, I had the tempeh with veggies and some homemade hummus type stuff:
The ‘hummus’ was just a serving of chickpeas, blended with cinnamon, nutmeg, water, s+p, cocoa and date syrup. Tres simple ay? Also tres delicious? No not really!It actually wasn’t very nice at all 😦 Oh well…I learn from my mistakes 🙂
Ok, it’s that time of day again…Poppy walking calls me 🙂
Question: What’s your favourite snack? I’m all about the cereal with just about anything 😀
Horsey Photo Of The Day Time!
Let me introduce y’all to LILY!
Lily actually has quite a sad tale – she was Hannah’s first ‘proper’ horse; we got her in 2004 I think. Her and Hannah were SO suited, as in they were both MENTAL – They liked to go fast and gallop everywhere 😛 So obvously, they loved cross country….
…But that’s the sad part 😦 During one of their events, Lily injured her hindleg, something right in the tendons and ligaments. Over the next 2 years or so, Lily kept going lame randomly, and then getting better again. She’d also jump fine, then randomly stop at jumps for no apparent reason. Then after one particuarly successful event, Lily went lame again. This time, she was sent to Newmarket (Horse vet central) and had the works done – scans, x-rays, various tests etc, and although she was only a tiny tiny bit unsound at the time, as it turned out, her original injury all those years before had been far worse. In fact, her leg was basically a ticking time bomb – at any time, it might suddnely break down, and she’d be very very lame, and in a heck of a lot of pain.
So, the decision was made to put her down. It was so gutting – her and Hannah were like Chika and I (soul mates, totally in love!), and so to lose her was terrible. But it wasn’t fair to keep her alive; her leg could have gone any second, she wouldn’t be able to work anymore anyway and she’d have to live in the stable. Lily was a mental mare – she NEEDED work, and she NEEDED her field.
Chika and Lily were best friends:
And I think it’s only recently – 2years later – that she’s really gotten over Lily’s death. But, there are positives! If Lily hadn’t gone, Hannah never would have got Tig. Although Tig isn’t a replacement, she is having so much fun with him and she’s learnt a lot. Plus, wherever Lily is, she’s much happier now 🙂
Lily was probably Hannah’s first truly special pet – do you, or have you, ever had a really, really special animal, one that isn’t just a pet? Chika is mine – I actually got a lump in my throat and tears welled in my eyes today..why? Cos I was just gazing at her!! I love her SO much lol 😛