Hi, I’m Clair, wife to Lyndon and mother to Lailah-Rae and Xander. We live in a 19th century Country Estate cottage on the outskirts of South Staffordshire. We currently have 3 dogs, 3 cats and an ex-racehorse.
My biggest passion in life is horses and recently I was very lucky to get my old horse, Olly back who I had traumatically given up several years ago due to financial problems.
I’ve been riding horses since I was eight years old and although I did briefly work with horses as a teenager I did eventually take the ‘sensible’ route, as my mother advised all those years ago, to get a career and a regular income. I’ve worked hard in the corporate industry for the last 21 years and worked my way up the corporate ladder. I did complete a Business & Management degree in 2012 when I had the aspiration to becoming a manager within a company but since having children I realised that there is much more to life than wearing a suit and being in an office 8-10 hours a day.
In 2013 I became medically depression after a family financial issue threw me into turmoil, resulting in losing my boys. We did eventually come through the other end and got back to a normal lifestyle (whatever normal is) but it has left me with mental scars and anxiety that has resulted in a lack of confidence and self-esteem issues. I can still be strong minded when I want to be and the passion to be successful has never left my mind and therefore learning to overcome these issues and push on with my dreams has been my sanity.
When I started this blog in 2016 I was employed full time as a PA in a High School. Most of my time there had been a happy and enjoyable experience but the last 6 months of employment have proven to me that the job was not what I had walked into 5½ years before. It was then that I had pondered about leaving the ‘day’ job and look to change my lifestyle for good.
Horse riding is my main hobby and I have a particular interest in dressage and side saddle. I also enjoy reading, being creative and entrepreneurial as well as spending copious amounts of time with my little family.
As a family we spend a lot of our spare time together particularly with our pets. We enjoy country walks, especially around National Trust sites and visiting traditional English pubs or tea rooms. We like to be known as traditionalists as we all love antiques, historical buildings, and the countryside. We enjoy taking part in local countryside pursuits and if time and money allow we enjoy a country show or horse event.
This blog was intended to document particularly my journey in becoming a qualified saddler, my new chosen career. However, it will also heavily feature my family, my pets and anything else in-between as they are all very important to me and I think it will be a fabulous memory to keep online for generations to come; if it also inspires you to make a life changing decision in the future too then I will be most happy I have contributed to that too.
I hope you will enjoy this blog as much as I’m enjoying creating it and remember to follow me by entering your email address in the box provided, on the right hand side column, and then you will never miss a post.
Thank you for reading, speak soon. Clair x