I am very pleased to report that I now have broadband internet up and running in my new home - such a relief! Whilst the beauty of the laptop means I have been able to log in and access emails etc when out and about, it's not the same as being sat in my office with all my paperwork around me. I was always finding I'd forgotten some vital scrap of paper with information for this or that. Now it's all straightforward again I can relax and get on :)
Newsletter should be published up here very soon - just a few tweaks and I think we'll be ready to update you all. Classes will be moving from weekday evenings to weekends very shortly - pop back to find out the details as they're added.
It's been such a hectic year and yet so little news has made it to the website - especially because of the ease of adding to our Facebook page. But now I'm getting settled into my new home, things should improve - feeling very excited about the winter training and motivated to get out there, especially with my little Diva. Of course at Blackdown agility show at the weekend she officially measured into Medium, so I don't suppose I can really call her little, especially when we spend such a lot of time with Martin Tait's miniature poodle Rizzo. She's definitely going to measure into the KC Small height category, and she constantly amazes me with how naughty something so small can be! She and Diva adore each other and play so beautifully, lovely to watch :)
Final agility show of this season coming up this weekend at South Devon-Honiton. Booked into a few odd ones over the winter time, notably TAG for my 30th birthday weekend and possibly Dartmoor in November. But essentially we're getting to the point in the year when I like to reflect over our performance and start looking to put together a plan for areas that need improvement. I have to say I've been really proud of Ella this year and whilst we haven't quite met all our goals (although there's still this weekend to go of course!), we have come together as a team despite a lot of personal difficulties which have made it hard for me to give her my full attention and focus. What I love most about her is her ability to give her all in everything she does - she's a spectacular blueprint for how I'd like to be living my life, and living proof of the lessons our dogs have to share with us :)
Today I'm grateful for my positive outlook on life - not always easy to achieve, but reminding myself I have lots to be thankful for certainly helps :)