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Leafin Around

Well, autumn's blown in and with it we've set the clocks back by an hour, the sun has become a token light in the sky and the countryside is scattered with the falling red autumn snow.
The Cherry Tree in the garden
This little chap makes numerous daily visits, stocking up her winter supply, then stashing them safely around the garden.
And this is how she gets them!
These leave keep on turning...
A little autumn garden preview


Lucky

Steamy on & off the track

As an F1 fan I was glued to the screen this afternoon, and what a race it turned out to be! But I won't get into that now. I thought I'd highlight another aspect of F1 for those who maybe weren't into it before...
THE DRIVERS:
Today Jenson Button won the 2009 F1 Drivers Championship. Awesome. That smile - also awesome.
Mark Webber - one of the taller drivers & won this afternoon's Brazilian Grand Prix. He's Australian, but you won't find him there - he lost his license, something about speeding?
Sebastian Vettel He's 22 and finished 2nd in the 2009 Championship race.
There are more drivers (20 this season, but with the credit crunch biting and the imminent loss of a few teams there'll be a few less next year).
And then there's the car. It's fast, really fast. Complicated, aerodynamic and with loads of G-Force.
Button in his Brawn
Unfortunately there's only one race left this season (in two weeks time in Abu Dhabi). Check out the website for more…

Catchy tune, cheeky lyrics...

1. Do you like horses? 2. Have a sense of humour? 3. And aren't little?
If the answer to those questions are as follows:
1. Yes / no / maybe 2. Yes 3. No, I'm really tall
Then click here for a little laugh and catchy little tune!
(Make sure you've got the sound turned up & Thanks Carmel :)

Lucky

Looking for a new series to watch?

Well I can't offer you that. But if you've got a free 50 min and want to watch something rad, then check this out!
Kate & James at the opening of his salon
It's a look at hair-stylist-to-the-stars James Brown's Supermodel Salon. Basically his best mate is Kate Moss and this little look-behind-the-scenes takes you through his thought process and the drama involved in creating his salon.
Don't worry about having to catch it when it comes on TV again, if you go to www.channel4.com you can watch it there! Unfortunately this is a once off, if they made more I'd follow it as ardently as I do Gossip Girl!
Enjoy,

Lucky

birthdays, riding & knitting

What do all these things have in common? Me!
First it was my birthday
Champagne, cake & candles
As an ode to birthdays, where one day is never enough, I spent the weekend in London. This has to be the shortest period I've ever tried to stretch a birthday over (in the past trying for a whole month, and quite understandably failing. Subsequently trying for a fortnight... a weekend has more success) but was so exhausted afterwards, I think I'm picking up some tips from the over 85's club!
To end the weekend off I went riding. To be more precise, I entered a dressage competition!
(the dream)
OR... not quite:
(reality)
Then I turned my hand to jumping... and was looking through the pictures, trying to find one where the jumps looked really big. Unfortunately just-off-the-ground never really looks that tall. Instead I opted for a far away shot - hoping to disguise: my riding style / height of jumps / home-made t-shirt that reads: 'team: at least you participated' with a han…

Stone Henge

If you read the previous blog, then you'll know that recently I went down to Devon for the weekend, and along the way, much to my delight, passed Stone Henge. For me Stone Henge seemed to be one of those places that are in the UK, but I never really knew where - kind of adding to its mythical air.

Unfortunately I wasn't in the car on my own, so my first glances were passing, but on the way back to Winchester we made a mini-detour and availed ourselves of the car-park. From there I grabbed my camera, picked my way through the cars, crossed the road and found myself face-t0-face with a fence.
That's right, you'll need to pay to get into Stone Henge - not much, but remember to take your wallet with you when you get out the car. Instead I tried to take some pics through the wire...
People seem to like to take pictures of the stones set against the sunset. I had two problems: 1. Loads of selfish people who insisted on standing in the way & 2. Wrong time of day. But I have…

A little piece of Devon

Last weekend I visited chocolate-box Devon. After setting off and reading the directions (in that order) I saw the words 'pass Stonehenge' amongst others. This got me a bit excited. But due to traffic being horrific we didn't stop and did 'pass Stonehenge' as directed.
A lot of tar later and we passed Exeter, heading towards the West Hams and Totnes. Our final destination was between Totnes and Dittisham, along the river Dart (and very near to where Agatha Christy used to live.)
From the moment we left the A3-something you start winding through the trees, along the river and down the increasingly smaller lanes. For an advanced warning sign of the width of the road ahead look at the hedgerows. The bigger and taller they are, the smaller the road will be.
But brake testing aside this is such a great area to come and get away from it all, to relax and enjoy the views, glass of wine in hand. And if you run out of vino you can always visit a nearby vineyard!
The area is a…

A new address & little sister

I've been inspired by wine again, and have been silent on the subject for too long. On the weekend I had lunch at an English vineyard in Devon, and this finally nudged me to pull finger and get back into the game.
So this morning I got tapping away on the keyboard and gave birth to Lucky's Wines.
I decided that a separate site would be needed, so that for those of you who only like one wine fact a day I wouldn't be boring you. While those who wanted to get involved could. I'll be writing about the wines I try, hoping to compile one fabulous long wine-list, together with a bit of foodie stuff. So if there's anything fabulous you think I should know of, then drop me a line (or send a bottle!) The site's address is www.luckyswines.com.
You may have noticed that I've dropped the 'blogspot' part of the address (yes, I'm getting cooler!) And once I'd done it for Lucky's Wines I thought LuckyAmeba could benefit from the same treatment... so from…

Sorry about the intermission

As I lie here on my bed I'm near exhaustion. My laptop rests on my bent knees hiding the most painful thighs! My eyelids are open for the moment, but I can't be sure for how long. The thought of climbing up and down the stairs is enough to put me to sleep - and this is only today, tomorrow brings the opportunity of experiencing tough, tight muscles, punishing me for not having ridden for so long.
Eleven or twelve years ago I had my last lesson. That's quite a long time. Yesterday I got back in the saddle. I spent half an hour starting off on the lead rein and finishing in a light-seated canter around the arena, having passed my hacking-out test.
Today I signed up for a two hour hack. It started at 1:30 and finished at 4:20... and I had a truly awesome time!
If I'm honest the height-fearing, shark avoiding side of me was a little nervous, and for the first hour, until I'd found my seat, I wondered if I'd done the right thing. But when it's right, it's so …

Menorca 2009

August 16th saw Meebs and I flying out to Menorca for a fabulous holiday of sun, sea, wine and a little boating.
I always like to know a bit about where I'm going, so before leaving I Google Earthed Menorca and found out that it was part of the Balearic Islands and... Spain. Then a few days before take-off, while on the phone to Meebs I realised that I couldn't speak a word of Spanish!
No worries though, I learnt when I got there! I'm now fluent... "ola" hello, "gracias" thank you, "denada" it's nothing / pleasure and "dos grande cervetha pour favour" two large beers please. (Of course I was too busy sipping on wine, cruising on the boat and swimming in the sea to learn the spelling!)
We were based in Alcaufar, a picturesque little village
Alcaufar bay
After a delayed flight and a shared Vitamin Water we were in the air, waving goodbye to Britain. The flight takes about 2 hours from Gatwick and once we realised we were flying over t…