Editor’s Diary: Back In The Saddle

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Just when I’m finally used to writing my Editor’s Diary in lockdown, restrictions are starting to be lifted.

Things in Scotland are moving at a slower pace than other parts of the UK. I’m fine with that — I’m quite cautious by nature!

But one “new” freedom I took advantage of this weekend was a return of certain forms of outdoor exercise. Horse-riding was on the approved list from the Scottish Government!

So, for the first time this year, I got back in the saddle.

My lazy Highland pony Texa was less than impressed by this turn of events. Her two favourite pastimes are eating and sleeping. Any form of exercise is low on the agenda. Unless there’s a source of food at the end of it.

But to her credit, she behaved impeccably — if lethargically — as we ambled about the fields once more. And it felt really good to be back doing something I love.

The aches, pains and stiffness the next morning were another matter . . .

When I limbered up a bit. I took myself off for a walk by the Tay.

On the way, I clocked up another first for this year — a skylark fluttering and wheeling above a field of barley.

Its song as it circled and swooped was the sound of summer. What a great sighting.

Now I’m just hoping this weather holds for next weekend.

And Texa, I am sure, is hoping for rain!

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Angela Gilchrist

Angela is Editor-in-Chief of “The People’s Friend” magazine. Her passions include cats, Highland ponies, good books, vegetarian food and long walks in the Scottish countryside. Her favourite place to get away from it all is the magical Isle of Skye.