My rest and repair time is paying off (not completely there yet but well on the way)...and I want to say a BIG THANK YOU for all your good wishes I really appreciate your thoughts of kindness.
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I have to say this injury was all my own fault, having pulled my back a little whilst helping with the National Trust at Arlington Court, I then increased the problem by standing on the back step of the carriage. Okay if it had all been over tarmac roads, but most of this was over rough unmade up tracks with bumps and dips and goodness knows what - for about three quarters of an hour, and I think the jarring which you get being on the back step was enough to really do for my back - as I say, my own fault. In future if I think I have pulled my back, even a little, I will refrain from this activity until I know I am properly fit.....I do love it though, the feeling of these two huge horses pulling the carriage is exhilarating.
here's a picture of Sophie (the drivers groom) holding the horses whilst David the Head Groom assembles his reins in preparation for a drive
and I've added a very short video taken on the tarmac portion of the drive....(incidentally I took this on the day of said back problem)....quite a feat of balance as I'm holding on and trying to film at the same time!
You get a sneak view from my perspective looking between driver and groom....
(i've no idea what they were talking about....I was too busy balancing....heehee)
I don't know about anyone else, but I find it very frustrating having to rest and do nothing!...sounds great, but in practise it is boring and I keep seeing things I should be doing like 'housework'....okay, that can wait for me, but when it comes to sketching and painting which I love doing, and usually do every day in some form or other, then having had a week to sit around I was nearly climbing the walls (metaphorically speaking)...so you can guess I still 'tried' to do some painting. The trouble was I couldn't sit too long plus when it came to mixing paint, I didn't have enough patience. Saying that I did have a canvas on the easle next to me, so I could tackle a painting as I felt like it....a bit at a time. Here's my effort during this last week, which I think shows my lack of commitment for long stretches of painting
at least I had a paint brush in my hand!