Sunday, 13 October 2019

What an amazing game of rugby!! Japan were on fire and Scotland did really well to fight back but went down 21-28.  Counting down the days until we go to Japan.....
 

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

We have just come back from a wonderful week in Greece at our favourite place, Katigiorgis, on the Pelion peninsula. It is a small fishing village and we have got to know the inhabitants really well as we keep going back year after year. We have watched the children grow up and seen weddings, births and funerals - We get such a welcome when we return that we almost feel part of their family

Sunrise view from our balcony

Deserted beach five minutes walk away - The little dot is me swimming. There had been a herd of wild pigs on the beach before we arrived
Sunset seen from Lafkos
 Sarah did a great job looking after the horses and the dogs with the occasional riding out help from Paige and Lucy and Freddie and Dom looked after Doug's business. They did such a good job we won't feel even slightly guilty or worried when we set off for Japan on the 23rd October  We have got tickets for the semi final and final in the hope that one of the home nations or Australia will still be in although I will be happy to adopt Japan if they get to the final as they have really being playing out of their skins and are very much the underdogs.

Friday, 20 September 2019

It has been a wonderful summer despite the black cloud of HS2 looming over us - Now I am itching to get back on the horses - We just have five in this time, which is far more manageable and enjoyable for us. We have Top Garry, Ted Thistle, Secret Getaway (a new one) Velvet Cloud and Glory Hunter.
The mares and foals are looking fabulous particularly little Popalong who has exactly the same traits as her Mum - Food is number one priority and she jealously guards the creep feeder and won't let anyone else near it. She has learnt to be really independent as Popaway is far too busy grazing to bother much about her - Just occasionally she will glance up to see where her daughter is but most of the time they are at opposite ends of the field.  She loves her really though and I am sure when it comes to weaning she will suddenly become fiercely maternal!

Popaway finding motherhood somewhat boring
A rare maternal moment

 

Sunday, 11 August 2019

I have had a lovely week with lots of long walks with the dogs (all four of them although Pocket often ends up in my pocket), swimming in the river as I have promised myself that I would swim every day, no matter what the weather, watching India at mini Pony Club camp, which was SO sweet, and last night we went to the Fairport Convention at Cropredy which was a first for us - It has been going for forty years and this is the first time I remembered to buy tickets before they sold out. It is like a mini Glastonbury but with an older and very friendly audience. So much fun with some very talented musicians. We will make sure we get tickets organised for next year and go in a group.
I have also been really busy with the shepherd huts and glamping site. The horses are coming in on the 18th September to be shod but will probably live outside for as long as possible until the weather turns.

The Fairport Convention at Cropredy - We were in the Mosh pit!!

India on Hunny - "I want to jump higher and go faster" - She may be our novice rider in 12 years time....?
We thoroughly enjoyed watching the England v Wales match this afternoon (33-19 to England. Great to see England play so much better against them than in the Six Nations and bodes well for the World Cup, although Wales were pretty dangerous when they got the ball and will probably even the score when they play England again next week. I am SO looking forward to our trip to Japan in October to see the Rugby World cup. Hopefully we will have either England or Australia to cheer on in the final....

Monday, 5 August 2019

The lovely weather continues with a few small showers in between. We have been very lucky not to have got the terrible storms that they had up North where cattle and sheep were swept away and livelihoods ruined. Our thoughts are with them.
We went to Blakesley show on Saturday which is one of the few true country shows left. It was a tremendous success - they took over £30,000 on the gate and they split the takings between local charities. Doug is a relative newcomer to the committee but it is wonderful the way they all work together to create such a fabulous show. You can't go more than five yards before bumping into someone you know so it takes an awful long time to see the whole show, but really lovely to catch up with people that you see perhaps only once a year.




 

Sunday, 4 August 2019

A great result for Velvet Steel's half brother!

 
Velvet Steel's half brother, Tudor City, has won the feature race at Galway. He was one of 18 runners and he came from behind to battle it out.
 
 
Tudor City winning the Galway Guiness hurdle race

Big celebrations

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Great news! Tik (Velvet Steel) has been scanned as in foal - Third time lucky! Popaway and Jess have both been scanned at 28 days and the heart beat was detected and Dream is also in foal with just one embryo, thank goodness. A month ago we dropped off Squeak in Peter Taylors field where his bull Blue Pimpernel lives and she must have been served immediately as she scanned with a heart beat - She is too small to spend a lot of money on a 'posh' stallion but the yearling she had by the same stallion is very nice, so it is worth going back.
So, onwards and upwards. The foals that are on the ground are now doing really well and with the recent rain the grass is growing and they all look fabulous.
However, FAR more importantly our lovely puppies all went to lovely homes apart from one, of course, which I could not resist keeping.
The one on the right is Pocket, and is a new member of the family. She is GORGEOUS!