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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
I believe arnica is good for bruises?
The hooping practice is going OK. However, for the next few days I will focus on hooping at the waist and hip and work on things like moving and turning while hooping, with the occasional attempt at chest hooping.

I have been trying to learn how to hoop just above the knee, but this morning when I got out of bed, I noticed I had a big bruise on my right knee and three smaller bruises on my left knee. Oops! I thought. And then I twisted round and saw the huge pair of bruises behind my left knee (at least 3" in diameter!), right at the top of the calf. Er, definitely oops!

The thing is, I'm getting the bruises because I'm doing it wrong, so I'll let them heal for a bit while I study the videos on Youtube and analyse the video I took of my self yesterday. The nice thing about hooping is that there are lots of other moves I can practice that use different parts of the body, so I don't have to stop. :)

In other news, I have given the front grass what I hope may be the last cut of the year. It has been so wet recently that the gardening had ground to a halt again, but last week we had two days on the run that weren't particularly nice, but it didn't actually rain. On the third day, which was last Friday, the forecast was horrible: heavy showers. I therefore nipped into town early for a few bits and pieces (and took the photos in the graveyard). When I came back, it still wasn't raining, so I thought I'd chance getting the mower out of the garage. I told myself that I would just do as much as I could before it started raining, and at least the bit by the car parking area would look tidy.

Anyway, I mowed and mowed and when there was a little sprinkle of rain, I kept on mowing rather than giving up immediately, and the spitting rain stopped again. And in the end, I managed to do the whole front area. No sooner had I put the mower away and gone in to have lunch when the heavens opened!

This afternoon, we are off to see if we can collect some rocks from South America and other exotic parts of the world. This will involve a journey, but only as far as Cei Ballast, which is a small island made entirely out of rocks dumped by ships waiting to load up with slate in Porthmadog. Because they were designed to carry heavy loads and they didn't have a cargo to bring back, on the return trip, the ships filled their holds with whatever local rock was convenient to hand. If we find anything interesting, I'll let you know later.

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sophielandon From: sophielandon Date: September 18th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love this little window on trade in a forgotten time. The thought of just bringing rocks--and dumping them--in exchange for other rocks is somehow quite goofy. In the Americas, ships would come from England with bricks as ballast--which then got used in building.
anghara From: anghara Date: September 18th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Arnica? Yeah. I swear by it. I learned about it that one time I kinda fell down the stairs and the entire right side of my butt was the colour of a ripe plum with a haematoma the size of a cherry tomato right in the middle of it all - and somebody suggested arnica. At that point I would have tried ANYTHING - but I was astonished at what arnica did for me. Yeah. I swear by it.
sophielandon From: sophielandon Date: September 19th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did the same thing a couple of years ago--added feature of little sharp pointy decorative elements in the wrought-iron rail spindles--and although it took a while, I certainly healed up at least a week faster than I would have ordinarily. I'm convinced the stuff has mystical powers; it even made me able to walk around after I totally busted my toe against the dresser the other night and thought I'd broken it.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 19th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have bought some from Boots. These bruises are healing well, but I'm sure there will be more! In fact I clonked my elbow earlier. :(
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: September 19th, 2011 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
How interesting! I guess the size of the island must give you a clue to how much slate has gone out as well.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 19th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
It must have been an awful lot. Well, I know it was an awful lot. I've seen the caverns left after they excavated the slate.

Of course the slate went out neatly split into roofing slates whereas the incoming ballast is just chunks of random rock, including furnace slag from what looks like copper smelting.

However, G was in ecstasy as he pottered about filling his rucksack with rocks. "It's like being in a geological museum, except that you're able to steal the specimens!" he said. :)
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