<January 2004 March 2004>


Four years ago, for my 40th birthday, MUMMY bought me a riding outfit.  I loved my black riding jacket, my black boots, my black hat and gloves. 

One day, we were invited to Sharon's wedding reception at Graham's school.  It was a beautiful, sunny day and I wore my party dress.  We had no riding that day, just wine.


I was very, very sad when Shadow went to heaven.  There was no more horse-riding for me because there just wasn't another horse like Shadow.  Thankfully, I have plenty of happy memories.
One day, Graham and Jean came with their partners to Alfred's house.  It was his birthday.  John was there too and we had a great party.
I was upset at first when Alfred left his old house and moved to Greenock.  I don't like change.  I was going to miss the house and garden.  I had lived there with Alfred and John for six months after leaving school.  It had been a stepping stone into the community before moving into my own home. In 2004 they moved to Dunlop in East Ayrshire.  Somehow I liked this change as the cats came too.
I would miss our friends and visitors even more.  UNCLE TOMMY used to come for Sunday Lunch and Ernie visited us often with his dog BONNIE.  Anita would bring CARA, Doreen came with JENNY, and Francesca brought LUCY when she was just a little girl.  Unfortunately for me, not all came together at the same time!
I needn't have worried. I was soon to make lots of new friends.