• Saddler Training: The What, The Where and The How!

    Since I started blogging (in 2016), about my journey to becoming a Saddler, I have been asked on many occasions how I found the saddler training; so I thought I’d write a post about it. Firstly, I did what most people must do…I searched for Google! I don’t know about you but since the Internet has become THE place to be, whenever I need a question answering and I don’t have direct access to an expert, then I always look up Google. Research So, I searched for ‘Saddler Training’ and the results gave me three options: Saddlery and Leatherwork @ Capel Manor College Saddlery Training Centre, and Training via the…

  • She Means Business

    Years ago I would read lots of fictional or bibliography style books but nowadays I just read books I can learn from, mainly business or social media books and recently I brought a cracking book. I believe that if I keep learning and not become complacent then I will take action that will result in progress and in turn rewrite my own destiny. For a little while now I have had my eye on Carrie Green’s ‘She Means Business’ book. I have only just started it to be honest but it is very insightful and gives her story which some of it you can’t help but relate to it. I’ve…

  • Level 3 Bridle Making…The Final Week (Part 2)

    What an exhausting but thoroughly enjoyable week I’ve had. So Friday was meant to be, or so I thought, my assessment day but there was no Assessor due in so I was just training and practising doing my practical piece to the clock. I certainly wasn’t as nervous as the last assessment I did against the clock for Level 2 Bridle Making. I spent all day on Thursday practising making up the paper pattern of an Atherstone girth as well as making it out of leather. I’m not really sure why we have to make a girth in a bridle making qualification but it probably has something to do with…

  • A Dream Becoming Reality…

    I have always had the desire to become self employed and although I have had several businesses of my own I have always been a hard working and dedicated employee alongside them; after all this was always the wage that paid the bills at the end of the month. I have set up and run four businesses so far in my lifetime and although all of them have not been a raging success, nor survived to be five years old or more, I truly believe I have learnt invaluable lessons from each and every one of them. Since having the desire to become self employed again, I decided to move…

  • New Year’s Resolutions, Goals, Plans or Dreams?

    I don’t know about you but I stopped making New Year Resolution’s when I was a teenager. I mean really, who has kept to the ‘I must lose weight’ statement anyway? For years I never made a bold statement or even make any plans for the future. I lived for the moment and that was fine by me at that time. For as long as I can remember I’ve wrote in a diary or journal about what is happening in my life at that given moment: who I love; who I don’t love; what events I’ve been to; and any juicy gossip I’ve heard. Nowadays I tend to write my…

  • My First Exam…

    Firstly, I send my apologies for not doing a daily blog during my recent week in Salisbury. It sure was a tough week for me and I started suffering with anxiety from the beginning which just drained everything from me. When I woke early on the Monday morning I was overwhelmed by nausea. I really wanted to curl up and sleep the feeling off but I knew I had to get up and get on the road before the morning rush. I figured I had worked myself up over the weekend and that it was anxiety setting in and nothing sinister. Following two previous good training weeks I was advised…

  • I Made A Martingale!!!

    Friday’s are always a bit of a rush, or at least it seems like it and today was no exception, with most of the trainee’s (except for me and one other girl) doing their assessments. It’s only technically a half day till 1pm and most of us want to finish what we’re doing or at least be at a point where we can carry on at home with no issues. I did finished the martingale I was making in time but didn’t have time to do another one in the allocated 4ยฝ hours for the practical aspect of the Level 2 exam, plus you have to sit two written papers,…