I know I haven't been posting here much lately, what with the pressures of school and everything, so I thought I'd just give everyone a little update . . . . On New Year's Day, I broke my knee whilst skiing in the French Alps (idiot snowboarder cut me up, I swerved to avoid him - not hangover related, honest!). Today, I got the plaster taken off and a brace put on. In short, I have no movement in my knee, and I cannot get anywhere without crutches, and I can't go very far on them. The brace will be on for another month and then physio begins. As someone who normally walks (or uses public transport) to get everywhere and is very active, it's extremely limiting. I cannot look after the chickens, dig the garden, go to the town centre with my friends, use the bus etc. etc. Anyway, yesterday was my 16th birthday (yay!) and I got a greenhouse (no one can understand me for this). I went out and bought a scratchcard just because I could, but didn't win anything (surprise surprise). Some of you may know that I'm a glider (sailplane) pilot. It is legal to go solo on your 16th birthday here, but obviously that was scuppered by my knee. On the plus side, I won the club prize for best junior, and got £25 ($50) to be used for gliding fees and a silver cup for a year . The chickens are still in good shape as ever, eating just as much but not laying (as per usual).