For a moment, as I sat on the hard shoulder of the M4 in a 'lame' car, I almost gave in, and was prepared to just turn around and head home. Trusty iphone to the rescue, and a few searches later revealed a further flight out of LHR that would get me to the Europeans. OK, it was going to cost me a little more than I bargained for but money's replaceable, you can't buy back time or experiences - Sod it! Time to get that wheel changed.
Bored yet? Still reading? Ok, back to eventing. Thankfully I managed to get most of the Luhmuhlen action recorded while I was hopping on and off planes, and snapping European eventing's great & good in between. The headlines are well known by now; The Germans won everything, Fox-Pitt won even more respect than usual for his scuba diving on Cool Mountain, and the French & Swedish qualified for the Olympics. What I found more interesting was Tina Cook's style of commentary was exactly the same as Mike Tucker's, slightly surreal. Despite Team GBR's obvious disappointment, I thought it was a great championship, just the sort of thing that attracts more people to the sport.
Tractors were pulling lorries out of the carpark. Andrew Nicholson's lorry needed two large tractors to drag it through the mud to the tarmac roadway, shortly after which I spotted the event's host, Lord Canarvon, inspecting the carparks, and thought they might cancel, and sure enough, Monday's activities were cancelled before the day was out. I did managed to snap a few horses out on the cross country in between showers and chasing after the children as they tottered about oblivious to the day's proceedings attracted to the brightly coloured fences - not quite what you'd call an adventure playground.
It's September tomorrow, the weather is already cooling down, I should feel like the season is coming to a close but I can't help but still be a little excited that we have Burghley, Blenheim, Pau, and numerous others to look forward to.....more camera practice ahead!