Adventures of Frangipan

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Results: Aintree

Seniors were on first. Our “A” team of Anna Hickey-Roberts, Eleri Jones, Mari Edwards, Ross Williams and Sam Major finished the heats in 7th place out of 12, qualifying for the B finals, but were only 3 points shy of making the A finals. The “B” team of Anya Dreiling, Ceri Williams, Nan Jones, Suzi Williams and Wednesday Rytter had a bit of bad luck in the heats and finished 11th out of 12, with 12 points and were in the C finals.

The “A” team raced well but found it difficult against good competition. And just when we thought they were going to win their first race, Anna learnt the hard way that you have to pick up the flag by the cane and not the material! They finished 3rd in the B finals with 18 points.The “B” team seemed to up their game in the finals. They managed two firsts in their 8 races, and were only a stride away from another, despite all our shouting to Nan to go faster! They won the C finals with 22 points.

The junior team of Alex Major, Alys Williams, Becky Sedcole, Georgia Williams and Robyn Cannell unfortunately had sickness and a fall to cope with, but still managed a few first and second places and qualified for the A finals. Alys was too ill to carry on for the finals, so we were down to four riders and five horses. They did really well considering, even managing to win one race and got a couple of 2nd places, and finished 3rd overall on 17 points.

Thank you to everyone who competed, all the parents for their support, and the fan club that came for the day! Our next competition is at Atherstone on 15th March, and hopefully we’ll have even more good news there.

Lastly, Anna, Eleri, Mari and Sam will be going to Builth Wells on 8th March to try out for places in the team representing Wales at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. On behalf of everyone involved in the mounted games in F&D, Gwil and Fran would like to wish you all the best.

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Friday, 20 February 2009

Today is a good day. The silence is broken. Two months since we stopped talking. Nothing is sorted, but there's time for that. The point is we're talking and that makes me happy.

I know my resolution said I was leaving them all in the past. I still feel strongly about him hurting my feelings. But I also miss his company and friendship. And it won't be the same. We need to talk about what happened and so we'll come to our feelings towards each other.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

How Not to Resolve issues with Friends

I yelled. I screamed. I cried. It wasn't supposed to be that way, but I felt like my entire weekend had been hijacked.

On Friday they came over and some had their own issues. I started to feel guilty and selfish for being so angry about Liverpool. We stayed in - got a takeaway and watched a DVD. I had told a different friend that I'd meet her out, but I didn't bother mentioning it, thinking money was an issue.

On Saturday we went to watch Wales v England at the rugby club, and then later to the pubs in town. The rugby was fun. But otherwise I spent the night listening to them bitch about how dead town was (first for the rugby then when we came back afterwards); discuss plans for holidays in June, September and skiing next winter; and saying they wanted to go dancing and therefore go to Ruthin.

I was fed up with the bitching. That wasn't the weekend I'd planned. The one I'd planned involved town on Friday, rugby while we got ready on Saturday, then off to Liverpool. Town is always dead on a Saturday, and apparently I was the only one who didn't care where I was for the rugby. I wondered how much money they'd have to save for their holidays. I mentally totted up how much they must be spending and wondering how different that would be to Liverpool. And several times I said "I don't want to go to Ruthin - I'd rather St Asaph".

So I snapped.

They told me it wasn't personal. I listened to as much explanation as I could, then left them to it. I didn't want to talk about it then, so we talked this morning. Again they said it wasn't personal. But it felt personal. They agreed I was right about how much money they must've spent. I got one additional - personal - reason for cancelling: angry with me due to no invite to the cinema.

So I'm still left wondering why the weekend I'd organised a month ago got ruined. And it still sounds personal. Those who were poor probably didn't spend any less by staying local. One of those who had to work Sunday got hammered locally. So what reasons am I left with for missing out on the night I was looking forward to?

They didn't know what else to say but sorry. Took me snapping to even get that. I said I needed time. I don't know how long it'll take: I don't want to hold a grudge or be angry, but at the moment I can't help it.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

With Friends Like These...

I am absolutely livid. I asked them on the 17th January if they wanted to go to Liverpool this weekend and I got a resounding 'yes'. It was discussed and I bought tickets. On Monday I sent an email saying what I thought the plan could be. One said he couldn't make it, but I'd bought his ticket just in case anyway.

Today one texted to say she couldn't afford it. And tonight I got a text from another to say she'd heard it had been cancelled and that was probably good because she had to work Sunday. I checked my emails and found the last saying she couldn't come because she's going away next weekend.

So I'm angry. How difficult is it to book a day off a month in advance or swap a shift? How difficult is it to put some money aside when you know in advance that you're going? How difficult is it to give me more than two days notice, to give me half a chance of finding other people?

We went to a casino night in December. We went to a ceilidh that two wanted to to back out of, but didn't because another was looking forward to it. We went to Wrexham for a birthday. We were going speed-dating until it was cancelled.

I feel like now that it's something I've organised, and something that I was really looking forward to, people don't seem to care as much that they're letting me down. I finally thought we were going on my choice of night out, the sort of thing I enjoyed rather than tolerated and made the best of. But apparently that's asking too much. I feel like saying "fuck the lot of you", but that would be childish and I know that's just the anger talking.

And what's really irritating - this has totally wiped out any good stuff that happened this week. It's blown a huge hole in it and now I'm trying to piece it all back together so I remember that this week didn't completely blow.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Dr Macartney...Hmmm...

I am of course talking about the dreamy fraise blond from Green Wing. It's very difficult to watch my DVDs without sighing like some lovesick romantic sap in a film. Those beautiful eyes. Gorgeous smile. Hair to run fingers through. Fabulous sense of humour. Witty and pretty.

God damn fictional charcters.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Mounted Games

First Flint & Denbigh games training for a few weeks yesterday. I was really impressed with them, and genuinely believe that they can do really well this year. But as always, it depends on their attitude as much as anything else.

How do I transfer my confidence in them into their own self-confidence? How do I get them to believe in themselves and keep trying? Hopefully I'l figure it out as we go along.

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Sunday, 1 February 2009

He's Just Not That Into You (but has a funny way of showing it)

I went on facebook a few days ago and noticed recently dumped was very much still with his girlfriend. Or back with his girlfriend.

I started getting annoyed with myself - what the hell was wrong with me, falling for his lines again? Then I realised it wasn't me there was something wrong with. I just wanted to believe the nice things he was saying to me.

He however feels the need to tell me "I'm the female version of him" whenever I see him. Or get friendly when his girlfriend isn't around. Guess I'll go back to my old mantra of 'he's a twat'. He's not about to change.

But if it happens to be true that I am the female version of him, then I'll need a total personality overhaul. Better anything than that. And I guess I'll be sticking to my new years resolution after all.