I set off this afternoon to London on the first leg of my journey to Lummen CSI***. A chance to see my grandson this evening with his other granny - we are both babysitting, - before catching Eurostar to Brussels tomorrow morning and then the SNCB connection to Hasselt. Hopefully I will be able to get a taxi from Hasselt station, to the show ground which is about 10 minutes away. This is my first trip on Eurostar and if all goes according to plan I will not need to hire a car.
I am at Lummen to watch youngest daughter, Skye competing at this show and will be acting as her groom during her classes. She is driving one of the horseboxes from Normandy and leaves early tomorrow morning and should arrive before me. The veterinary trot up then takes place before the classes start. Her boss is bringing 8 in total and Skye has 3 of these to compete. Her rides are inexperienced at this level and Skye is greatly looking forward to competing at this show from the 9th - 20th April. Please visit www.jumpinglummen.be . Then click on Spring Show 2014 - I think there is a live stream at the show and hopefully some of Skye's classes will be shown.
I am hopeless at travelling 'light' and am planning to take a small suitcase - similar to that allowed as hand luggage by Ryan Air! Skye wants various items that she cannot get in France and I will be bringing her birthday presents for 16th April, so my suitcase will be fit to burst! Skye has advised me to bring 'serious' waterproofs as Lummen can be very wet indeed and drying soggy jackets is a big problem when living in a lorry.
I popped into Edgemere tack shop yesterday to buy a Kingsland waterproof jacket and Ariat boots. These were a much needed birthday present to me from my Mum and so I now have what I need, providing it fits into the suitcase! Ariat boots are so comfy - and perfect for all the walking that is involved at this type of show. Skye thinks I could lose a stone - I wish!
I arrive back home next Monday as I am only going for the first week. Fingers crossed that all goes well and that the horses all jump to their full potential