Its been a long time since I last posted - but this time of year is particularly manic and being on horse sitting duties, having visitors and work commitments hasn't left me much time to sit at the computer.
Firstly a workshop update. the beams and purlins are in and hopefully the roof will follow soon
Neil and Keith have almost finished the horsewalker which is just awaiting the grill between the upright posts and permission to come through so that it can have a roof.
Beryl, Neils' mum came for a visit, and we went to a beautiful village just into the Dordogne from here called St Jean de Cole - where they were having a flower fete.
Lenny had his first birthday, a bit of a momentous occasion if only for me - someone told me that if a cat reaches it's first birthday without being squashed on the road there was a good chance it would remain a bit streetwise. After Tam being killed it became a bit of a milestone, and although there are never any guarantees I am going to stop jumping like a cat on a hot tin roof every time I hear a car pass.
He celebrated his birthday with a tin of tuna. Much to Tess's disgust.
By far the most exciting thing I have to tell you is that I am buying a young fresian horse for myself. Working with and being surrounded by horses has re-ignited my interest in riding and although I have been so lucky to have had horses and riding on tap, having my own land and stables it seems crazy not to have one of my own. Its just not the same riding someone elses. So I have bought one of Dutch Birds' yearlings. A little colt called Appie. I will get to know him and break him in when he is three. Here are some pics.
On the day he was born
Here is Appie with his field companion and meeting Beryl.
Here for your entertainment is a bit of video of Badger - Keith and Mags's pup trying to get Tess's dinner
Next week we are off for a much needed holiday - off to visit my Mum and Dad in Wales. Our friends Jason and Mel have arrived to hold the fort here - so hopefully Jason will do the blog while we are away and let us all know how they are getting on!!