As I write to you this afternoon I am waiting to board a British Airways flight from Heathrow to Calgary. Rancorrado and Echo Beach flew out over the weekend and have arrived safely.
This enabled me to take some downtime over the weekend and do some other activities outside of the horsey world. On Friday I enjoyed the new Late Late Show. I must say I like Ryan Tubridy but I did feel that the questioning of Brian Cowen was a little harsh, notwithstanding the fact the public are looking for answers. After all he is the Taoiseach of our country and while he should be expected to answer questions due respect should be shown during the questioning.
However, on reading all Sunday's papers, which I enjoy doing when I get the time, both men seem to have come out the better for the interview! For me in fact Sharon Corr was the star of the Late Late with her new single and I wish her all the best for that.
On Saturday I met my mum for lunch in Barberstown Castle in Straffan. This was a nice relaxing afternoon and again reminds you of the normal things in life, which can have more fundamental values than work.
On Sunday I was fortunate enough to have got a ticket from a friend to see the All-Ireland hurling final. This was a real treat, as being able to witness Kilkenny winning their fourth consecutive All-Ireland hurling final was somewhat special. In a packed stadium of 80,000 people the atmosphere was electric.
I feel recharged and ready to get stuck in and as both the horses are in top form I expect a good week in Calgary. Check back next Sunday for an update.