Not having a good week. On Saturday afternoon Mrs BTB found out that local scum had nicked all her riding tack (saddle, stirrups, riding hat, gloves, the lot - even the kids' riding hats) from the locked store room at the yard where her horse lives. Not covered by insurance as the building doesn't have an alarm system, will cost the thick end of £1,000 to replace and much of the stuff is not even available in the UK (her horse is an Icelandic, very rare in the UK but fairly common in Germany where she comes from). Yesterday my 9 year old dog went in to the vets for an operation ... estimate £1,000! Turned out to be more serious, he needed another op. today and along with the blood tests he had last week the final bill was ... £2,500 Although he's insured, the vet reckons they (Direct Line) won't pay out because the condition is likely to have been caused by a prostate problem that was treated just over a year ago, and there's a 12 month limit on any one illness/injury. We will definitely put a claim in though, with fingers firmly crossed. At least Mrs BTB now thinks the AMG split-rims I put on the SL in July weren't such an extravagance after all!