January 19th, 2014
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~ Scenes from today’s chilly, winter Sunday ~

Update: Each week I take a “baby bump progression photo” for my sister, and each week we try to find interesting backgrounds. This week we use the horses/fields - thus she stripped her jacket - to show her bump! And yup, she was freezing! :)

October 28th, 2013
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~ Scenes from Yesterday’s Ride ~

  • Out door riding is coming to the end of its glorious days. Sad times
  • I learned to ride when I was about 3 years old on a pig farm in South Africa. I’ll never forgot the smell. There was only one horse, and my mom, sister, brother and I would take turns riding him. I would usually go explore the pig pens, or fields when it wasn’t my turn riding, and often shudder at how I paid no attention to the very high (and real(!)) threat of wild snakes.
  • I jumped for years, and then switched to American Saddlebred horses when I was 14. They’re the *gorgeous* horses that step really, really high. I think of them as the top-models of the horse world (but I’m totally biased). They’re super elegant, and yes, I am a total breed snob.
  • Whenever you see horse photos on my blog, the photos are usually of the trail rides after the lesson. I always get a lesson in an inside arena, with my instructor beforehand. 
  • I’m really debating showing next summer.
  • I also always manage to manipulate my horse photos to make it look like we’re in the middle of nowhere, but it’s actually quite devastating as awful, suburban, mass, cookie-cutter housing has crept north, and is now surrounding these fields. It’s only a matter of years now because this is cleared, leveled, and awful houses pop up. I hate the government and construction companies for breaking promises and ruining Ontario’s beautiful north. They literally will wipe out every single tree, re-direct rivers under ground, and level the rolling fields. It’s so sad. 
  • On my way home yesterday I saw the above red trees, and pulled over to take a photo. The photo really does this park no justice - it was spectacular.
September 20th, 2013
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Photos from one of my favourite rides of the year.

Autumn is the best season ever.

September 2nd, 2013
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Oh hay hay hay!! (see what I did there?)

What a busy day it has been! I was at the barn by 10am, boots on my feet and ready for my lesson at 10:30, and then the dark, dark clouds rolled over, thunder and lightning struck, and it poured! Poured, folks, poured! Which meant… so much for my grand plans of “a ride in the fields and then a run home through the country.

I won’t bore you with the details, but by the time the weather improved, I had had my lesson with the instructor, and went for my usual walk around the fields, my desire to run 25km (16 miles) home was approximately zero. And then I realized my running shoes were in my dad’s car leaving the cottage… booooo (but secretly yay!). I had a real excuse. I could not run.

And so I came home, ate some food, unpacked my stuff, tidied my room, and then… (drum roll please) sucked it up, changed into my running clothes, and RAN (see next post for the dirty details, but it was a glorious glorious run and I am still high on endorphins from it)!!!!

August 5th, 2013
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Well I don’t know about you guys, but I had an absolutely fantastic Monday! Canada had their civic public holiday today, which meant my sister and I headed to the barn and spent the day gallivanting around with the animals.

I’ve been trying to go riding a little more these days because I have a sneaking suspicion that when I land a job I’m instantly going to think, “why didn’t I go riding more when I had all that time!?” I love horses so much, and being up at the barn is certainly my ‘happy place,’ so somehow I am claiming it’s worth the money, because, well, it is!!

Anywho, today was a day off fitness-wise, but tomorrow I have a BIG (BIG!) plan: a run + CrossFit + Yoga = triple trifecta! We’ll see if I actually pull this off, as I’m heading to the barn again in the morning, and need to knock out a few resumes as well, but I have tidied my room, done all my laundry, packed all my clothes/boots/shower/resume stuff into a bag, and plan on heading to bed soon. I know grass is always greener, but I seriously cannot wait till I am planning my night for WORK the next morning.

July 28th, 2013
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And then this afternoon, because today was the most glorious weather-day ever, my sister and I boarded the bus (re: her car), and headed north to the barn for a slow stroll/canter (see a video on my Instagram!) on two very handsome fellows.

I used to feel bad for horses; making them run around the arena, making them walk/trot/canter down paths, through fields, and up hills, but since taking up marathon running (like how I dropped that in? “taking up marathon running” ha!) I don’t feel bad for them one bit. If I can do it on two legs. They can on four! :)

Anywho, it was a glorious ride, and afterwards I picked some pretty wild flowers for my bedroom.

Now if only I could get a job… then this whole “weekend” thing would seem so much more meaningful!

July 24th, 2013
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What a night for a ride!

I’ve been so UP and then DOWN in regards to heading back home, but tonight, this ride on this gorgeous evening, made me so, so thrilled I was home in Ontario, Canada.

Tonight was perfect, and I was so thankful I was home to share it with my wonderful sister. Feeling lucky & blessed that I get to do something I love so much so often 😊

June 9th, 2013
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Just in case you forgot, I’m kind of obsessed with horse riding.

That is all. You may carry on now.

May 23rd, 2013
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Today was spent horse riding, eating and sleeping. So far, home is fantastic. But also weird. Very weird. I’ve been incredibly jet lagged, so I’ve been walking around in a bit of a daze, and to be honest, I’m not sure it’s really sunk in, but it’s good, so good to be home.

Welcome! I'm Liz, the girl relieved the Internet has 0 calories. South African by birth; Canadian on paper. A marathoner. CrossFitter. Paleo (somewhat) eater. Traveler. Cheese lover. And I think you're great!

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