Tuesday, 27 October 2020



 We had another little trip to Devon this weekend as we wanted to have a second viewing at a couple of places. We really liked one property but will just have to wait to see what happens. it was a great excuse to see more of the countryside in their autumn colours. I even had a little swim in the West Lynn river -  the current was somewhat stronger than expected and had to make a hasty exit as I didn't want to end up in Lynmouth scantily dressed....  It really is a stunning county.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020


 It was a filthy wet day today so I thought I would put this nice positive photo up from a couple of days ago as the autumn colours are beautiful.

My ribs have more or less mended so I am now back riding which is great. Lucy came in and we are doing slow canter work on the grass field for now, so we were pleased to get the rain as we need the ground to be soft.  I got so wet that after riding I was slopping around in soggy clothes whilst feeding the mares and foals that I decided to go for a swim in the river. It actually felt a little warmer than usual as I was already so cold!  I will miss the river when we have to leave here....

We went to Devon for the weekend looking for places to live. We found a couple of lovely places but just can't progress as HS2 are still dragging their feet about providing their report for the Alternative Dispute resolution. This is needed before we can resolve this situation. However, that hasn't stopped them from continuously harassing us and asking what preparations we have made about moving out on the 30th November.  This is bullying and intimidation. How can we move out when they haven't paid us for the businesses which they have compulsory 'purchased'?  We had security of tenure at Blackgrounds and consequently invested everything in our businesses here.  It is not our fault that they have decided to put a train that NO ONE wants right through our home and our lives./ We just want this to end as we have had enough. 

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

 It was a beautiful day today and the trees are just turning into stunning autumnal colours. I did the horses first thing and then had my usual Tuesday visit to Dad. I then met up with Tricia for lunch in the Pytchley at West Haddon. I am making the most of getting out and about in case we are locked down again. Hopefully that won't happen as we are just in a 'Medium' risk area but Boris may get pushed into taking stricter measures. No matter what he does it won't be right. The negativity of the press is really getting me down.

Tatty's puppies are growing fast and are all such characters. She thought she had lost her 'puppy fat' but going through the cat flap yesterday it came with her! She was wandering around the yard with the cat flap stuck around her tummy. Bless her. 





Friday, 9 October 2020

 Having said that there was nothing broken after my tumble over two weeks ago it has become painfully obvious that I have got broken ribs. I have been a bit cranky not being able to ride or do much at all but they are gradually getting better. Sarah has also been off with a skin infection so we have been very short staffed. Luckily, Ella and Lucy have stepped up to the mark and have done some great pieces of work around the menage and paddock with the three horses. 

Archie (Velvet Dove's five year old) has been coming along nicely - He is quite quirky, just like his Mum was but is showing huge potential



Secret, who still looks slightly 'plump' loving her jumping.





Monday, 5 October 2020

Happy 90th Birthday Dad!

 My lovely Dad has made it to 90 years of age and looks as though he is now set for a card from the Queen as he looks so well.  We had a lovely day with him, although because of the Covid restrictions it wasn't quite the party I would have liked for him, it was still a wonderful occasion. My Irish relatives had made a very moving video showing his HUGE family. Dad was one of nine but sadly only has one younger brother still alive. I have over thirty cousins so there is quite a few of us dotted around the world



Saturday, 26 September 2020

 We had a lovely visit yesterday from Roy, Carol and Stephen who came to see Popaway's 'children' and the horses in work doing a little canter. I had a slight mishap where I parted company with Secret - We were cantering around the old round gallop - I was just about to overtake Archie as he was spooking at everything when he suddenly shied sideways and Secret had to take avoiding action - at the same time a crow scarer banger went off next door, just when I was hanging out the side door, which probably didn't help. Anyway, no broken bones, just a bit sore. It 's always good to give the owners a bit of entertainment as it can be so boring otherwise!   

                                                               Roy, Carol and Roy Boy
Roy Boy and Popaway


                                                                      Popalong, Carol and Roy

Sunday, 20 September 2020

 This beautiful weather continues. The little 'uns, Henry and Jessica came over with Joe and Sophie to see Tatty's week old puppies - They weren't really supposed to happen as Jack was supposed to he having the snip but it did and they are GORGEOUS. Joe and Sophie want a little boy and the other four puppies have lovely homes to go to at this stage.


I haven't seen the other grandchildren lately as since going back to school they have had a couple of minor health scares with high temperatures etc - This wouldn't normally be a problem but with Covid Emma is being extra careful. However, I have been told that India has got a lovely new pony and now her older brother Archie has also started to ride and is enjoying her other pony Hunnie, so they can now ride together. It looks as though I will be sorted out for work riders and jockeys in ten years time!



Dad is fast approaching his 90th Birthday (October 1st) and has just got back from a short break in Northumberland. Peter, my brother took him and it was rather brave of him as Dad doesn't like coming out of his comfort zone and his memory isn't what it was. Anyway, they both survived and well done to Peter. It will have helped Dad going somewhere different and although it was a long journey I think he really enjoyed it.