Wednesday 2 May 2012: "Because I just didn't WANT to, OK?"
Started off the morning with the dreaded visit to Nelson Radiology to satisfy the demands of BreastScreen Aotearoa who managed to snare me in their net. A letter and two voicemail messages were waiting for me when I arrived back last week, followed by another call the next morning, requesting that I present myself today at 9am for routine torture.
Actually, it wasn't too bad. As I walked past the Baptist Church afterwards on the way back to my car I took a few shots of the sunlight shining through pink-glassed windows on the upper storey, thinking that the pink theme would make a good theme for today's blip if nothing better materialised. I then drove down to the Botanical Reserve, where a pair of beautiful black labs were tearing about in the sunshine. I hoped to get a nice shot of them but they were too fast and before I really had a chance to capture them, they had disappeared up the track to the Centre of New Zealand, where I presume their owner had headed. It was a pity, as it was a really lovely morning and would have made a nice autumnal blip!
Later on, Immy's new jodhpurs got an outing during her after-school riding lesson. This time she was on Bob, a handsome chestnut gelding. However, Bob was in an odd mood and would only canter anti-clockwise around the arena. No amount of urging and use of the crop could get him to canter the other way, though he would trot. The farm was busy with other young riders and the instructor suggested that Immy join the 4pm lesson group next week, which I think is a good idea. The next item of clothing that we need to get will be a warm jacket as there was a decidedly chilly nip in the air by 4pm, and even Winnie the Shihtzu sheepdog was wearing his woolly sweater!
I took this photo as Immy was rubbing down Bob after her lesson. He seems to be saying that the reason for his odd behaviour in the arena today was one of personal choice!
In other news, two University of Canterbury chemistry students have been released from hospital with minor injuries after an experiment involving mixing substances in beakers went wrong today, resulting in an explosion that made the news. Oops!