Today’s post is going to be split in two parts as each part is about very different things.
I meant to make a post of the first half last week but I have been very busy with redecorating our house.
As you may know I volunteer with the RDA. If you don’t know go check out my blog post about it over here ⇒ Volunteer Work.
Volunteering has actually brought me an opportunity that I never thought I would have.
One of the ponies, Finnigan, has had laminitis and so required a rider. Although I am not an expert and still learning the majority of riding, I offered, not thinking that anyone would say yes. However they agreed!
I now ride Finnigan every Monday after the RDA session has finished. At the moment I trot and walk him around the arena for half an hour max although a couple of times now I have been lucky enough to get to jump some very low jumps.
Often the RDA instructors are still around so I sometimes get a free lesson which is of course is always welcome.
(Thank you Instructors!)
When I am in the saddle, I feel so calm, so at home and so at one with the pony below me.
I am so lucky to have this opportunity and also now, as the summer break is upon us, Finnigan will have very little exercise over the eight weeks of holiday so I have the chance to ride him now and then throughout.
I would love to raise the pole sometime in the future and up my level of riding with Finnigan.
This part of the post may be quite boring as it is just me rambling on about blogging and what not so feel free to stop reading now XD
I was looking at my stats today and was delighted to see that in 2015, the first year of my blog, StableStoreys had 2 ,155 views. I find this amazing and it made me so happy to see that something I have created was so well seen.
However I was slightly sad to see that in StableStoreys’ second year it only had 1,253 views. That’s quite a big drop of 902 views and I was annoyed with myself as that is a consequence of my terrible posting in 2016.
Seeing the difference of 902 views has really made me determined to do better in blogging for the remainder of this year and to really raise my blogs standard next year when I have hopefully finished my GCSEs
Also I have downloaded the WordPress app on my phone so hopefully I can be slightly more active when I am away from home.
Hope you all enjoyed this slightly different blog post.
What is a challenge or tag you would like to see here on StableStoreys? Horsey or other. Leave any suggestions in the comments!
Today’s post is slightly different.
I was looking through Pinterest when I found something amazing.
I love miniatures and also architecture. So miniature houses really excite me.
And this really really really excited me:
It’s so amazing!!! ☼.☼ (｡♥‿♥｡)
I want it so bad!
I don’t think i have ever mentioned this before but I love to watch MyFroggyStuff on YouTube.
Her minitures are amazing and I have made some great stuff under her instruction.
towaco5oh recently shared a post with a couple of videos in it.
The channel thay came from is: The Square to Spare. There are some really good crafts on there that I may have to have a look at following.
This is my fave that I’ve looked at so far. I also love the below one.
Anyways sorry for the short post. I don’t have much time on my hands.
So a couple of days ago I told a fellow blogger that I would make this post so they could create gallery’s 🙂 So here goes!
In page/post writer choose ”Insert content”
Select the image/s you want to edit and click the button ”Edit”
Highlight the ”Image title”.
Type your new title and then click ”←Media Library”
Select all images you wish to add to the gallery and click ”Continue”
In the drop down menu ”Layout” choose ”Tiled Mosaic” and then click the button ”Insert”
Continue writing post/page as normal.
Publish! And there you go! When you hover over the images they should have the title that you chose.
Hope that helped 🙂
So as promised last week this post is all about my current volunteer job with the RDA.
At RDA, our horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK.
Our network of 500 volunteer groups organise activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting, show jumping and Hippotherapy to up to 28,000 people each year.
We have been carrying out our life-changing activities for over 40 years, and take great pride in the exceptional standard of our instructors and volunteers (18,000 in all).
We offer activities for all age groups and, wherever possible, to people with any disability – and you’re just as likely to find an RDA Group in an urban setting as a rural one.
We rely on voluntary help, donations and legacies to deliver our services.
Taken from the RDA website > RDA
I started volunteer work with a local RDA group last summer and have no intention of stopping anytime soon.
My group teaches and provides therapy for a class of disabled kids every Monday morning.
I do have to get up at seven every Monday morning but it’s worth it. I get there at about half nine and if needed, groom and tack one of the four ponies.
Then I walk one of the ponies around to warm them up and then line up with the others at half ten when the bus arrives. I then proceed to walk alongside my chosen pony holding on to a child’s leg and ankle and helping them learn how to control a pony.
It sounds incredibly dull when you say it like that but it is actually a really rewarding and satisfactory thing to see the children learning and enjoying themselves. Sometimes it can be hard or annoying because some of the kids are more challenging than others. But it’s always worth it.
As I said in my last post it also helps me a little.
I am so glad that my mum found the RDA last year and that they took me on.
So todays post was going to be behind the scenes of my recent photoshoot but then I found a comment in my inbox telling me that I had been nominated for the Blogger Recognititon Award!
The rules that coincide with this award:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- Make a post about the award – I mean…. Who wouldnt???
- Give a brief recap of how your blog began
- Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers
- Select 15 other bloggers you wish to give the award to
- Comment on each blog, letting them know of their nomination and providing a link to the post.
If you like miniatures and model horses you should so go check her blog out. She also does a lot of crochet 🙂
StableStoreys started about two years ago when I realised that I was spending too much time playing virtual horse games instead of using the internet to let my creativity and love of horses big and mini be known to the world.
I started out with mostly model horses and now and then some real horses but now I kind of add little bits of other craft and life stuff in there.
StableStoreys has led me to make quite a few internet friends and also to get into YouTube.
Now for some advice: (Warning: My advise may be a bit crap)
- It’s a good idea to really try to make your blog or website name relate to your content. If you are blogging about craft don’t name your blog something like ”Fishnets and camping” Sorry bad example 🙂
- Try to use any social media you use to your advantage. Post links to your blog and put up sneak peeks.
I might not actually be following fifteen blogs but lets see:
cedarwoodstables at CWS Stables & Studio
Nichelle at Desktop Stables
Tricia at TriciaBookerPhotography
Karen at Draw and Shoot
Leah at shoestringstable
Roxanne at the Magical Canopy
Clock Work Dragons at Clockwork Dragon Designs
Inky at InkyOcean
Scroll Vault at ScrollVault
Scroll Quest at ScrollQuests
Lorrie at The Eff Stop
Rebekah at HorsFeathersBlog
I can’t express how pleased I am to have received two blogging awards for this blog. I never thought I’d get noticed that much XD
Again I think this is my fave as the light flare is so pretty :3
This was supposed to go up four days ago but due to my inability to be on time, here ya go. Four days late
Once again I find myself apologising profusely for my terrible posting. (or lack of)
October and November have been ridiculously busy for me as I have had parties to attend, a house to help sort out, a mouse got into my bedroom so I had to clear it out and I’ve only just started putting everything back in and I have also been deciding which GCSEs to take and sorting out when I am taking them.
But that’s all boring any you don’t need to know! So on with the post >
I love Autumn. It’s one of my favourite seasons as all the colours, smells and events are so nice. Plus it’s the season in wich my birthday falls ≧◡≦
At the end of October this year my friend Elva invited me along with some of our other friends to her annual Halloween party. One of the other friends is an amazing wood-carver/whitteler and she ever so kindly offered to whittle me a wand as I was going as Bellatrix Lestrange. When I got to the party and she presented me the wand I very nearly died. It is absolutely beautiful!
I am a big lover of Lush an in September I went in and bought myself some treats including their pumpkin bathbomb. So of course on the morning of the Halloween party I had to use it ♥‿♥
Then of course it was bonfire night and once again Elva invited me and a load of other friends to her Bonfire Night party. Amazing food, fire and millions of fireworks just about sums it up (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
Here is a video compilation of photos and clips I took throughout Autumn. Enjoy!
Annoyingly WordPress has changed their ways and now I can’t insert videos without a premium plan :[ So I have to do a link.
Ok so once again I’m sorry. I cant quite belive it’s been 4 months since I last posted. 4! So much has been happening and I have to post about a lot of it. In August I had guests over for a week, I was ill and I went to my friend Elva’s for three nights to film a short movie she’s written. But now to the post!
So I know this was done and dusted 8 months ago but I only just found out about it. In my usual late way. And I’ve decided to have a go. So here we go. StableStoreys takes on the Copper Fox 10 Day Challenge.
Day One ~ Inspiration day.
I get inspiration from many places.
Desktop Stables was one of the first model horse blogs I ever looked at. Nichelle’s stuff looked so amazing and it still does that I really wanted to try my own. My tack will never compare to hers but I hope that one day my standard will rise a little closer to Nichelle’s.
Tiny Horse Talk is another blog that really helped start me off. FillieFanatic’s little dolls house had me in fits when I first saw it.
I also get a lot of inspiration for my riding from real horses and real life riders. I have quite a few idols in the equine world. Carl Hester, Pippa Funnel and Mary King to name a few.
And as much as I may hate to admit it, I get inspiration from my mum. I get most of my inspiration to experiment and to make stuff from her. So thanks Mum 🙂
And some of the customs you see on google just blow me away. Like these for instance:
Credit to owners. Your work is amazing!
So um yeah. Also these pictures. Just wow.
Remember these guys?
And how I managed to choose the wrong foal? Well. It has been a long time since I had to post about a new horse. Or in that case, horses 🙂
But that time has come again and I will now introduce you to the correct foal this time…. Frodo!
And I just noticed that he still has his tag on. Oh well!!! Not something I usually do but never mind. He is soooo cute although the blanket trim on his back is a bit weird.
Also I don’t believe (correct me if I’m wrong) I ever posted about this guy:
That’s Gandalf. I’m not entirely sure when I got him but it was some time recently. I think.
And I finally have a name for this lovely lady:
Hurray! They all have names and the family is reunited!
They do need shownames so my question for you is this. What beautiful name can each of them have as a showname?