Elephant Herd in the Masai Mara, Kenya

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Jane's Horseback Safari News

And I'm supposed to be part-time!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

A (very early) early retirement from BT would give me a good life/work balance with the chance to set up Horseback Safaris, riding my own horse, playing tennis and just leaving one day a week for volunteering with my local wildlife trust. I'm absolutely shattered burning the candle at both ends of the day and need a holiday myself soon. Horseback safaris has seen a 50% increase in the number of website enquiries.

The most important thing is that I've really enjoyed the past eight weeks - plenty of new enquiries, "follow-ups" from the Suffolk Show and a lot of interest from the Bird Fair at Rutland last weekend. Appearing on my local BBC radio station has made me feel like a celebrity. If you missed the radio interview - listen here.

Riding in Africa is normally a silent affair, at one with your horse looking out for game but there are occasions when you can let your hair down. Thanks Vicky for your video link of us riding in the Delta.

Next public peformance is with Suffolk Concert Band in a week's time. Tschaikowsky's 1812 Overture in six flats is not the easiest of pieces for me. Let's hope no-one is recording that!!!

The lambs have just been weaned, looking fat and healthy. They will soon be on the heaths so do keep your dogs on a lead. The heather just now is like riding through a pot of honey with the scent heavy in the air. The forest at Hollesley is thick and lush, giving Volter and I plenty of opportunities for tracking down the spotted deer and their fawns. Heaven knows what Volter would do face to face with an elephant - he ran away from a tiny fox cub the other morning!

I've managed to squeeze in playing at Framlingham tennis tournament for the first time, appearing on the show court twice on the first Monday. Thanks to Lisa and Debbie for putting up with my efforts on grass - a surface to which I'm not accustomed.

On with those emails ...