Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ireland watch begins

My friend Lynda and I have decided we're going to visit Ireland next spring. She's been there before; I have not. In 1990 and 1994 I spent a few weeks in Nancy, France, and while there also made short trips to Berlin the first time around and London the second time. My passport has long since expired, so I wrote away to Nebraska and requested my birth certificate, and Lynda and I trooped over to a photography store and had our passport photos taken. All that's left is for me to go to the post office and turn in the application. I needed to renew my passport anyway, because I may be going to Vancouver in February for the Winter Olympics.

Lynda and I are going to sit down in front of the internet tomorrow and start narrowing down where we want to go. We're planning on ten days and two separate locations. Most likely coastal. We're looking at smaller towns, and I'm interested in horseback riding on the beach at least once. Ireland is quite horsey. It's all very exciting.

I had a super lesson on Willow tonight. She's starting to understand how to keep her weight shifted back without constant reminders. I can't tell you how much my triceps appreciate it when she stops leaning and pulling. Trainer Leslie said we're just about ready to stop focusing so much on the basics and start adding the movements to move us up the levels. Hooray! June is a lesson-packed month: I have another one in a week and then another the following Tuesday. Then I'm off to DC for a week for a conference.

4 comments:

KD said...

How exciting! I'll look forward to going to Ireland by proxy.

Anonymous said...

If you are interested in horse riding in Ireland, check out this place http://www.horse-holiday-farm.com/

I was going to go myself but ran out of time :-( It sounds fantastic!

Flying Lily said...

Ireland!! how marvelous...Dreamy horses, misty mornings, little pubs and B&B's, you are going to have a blast!

YZone said...

Not sure if this would fit in your plans or not, but I went to this place. Great people who take excellent care of their horses:
http://www.irishhorseriding.com/