For once I am ahead of the game in following Government policy. I forgot the sugar in the raspberry and white chocolate muffins for the holiday cottage guests. They were either too polite (being English) to say or didn’t notice. Mike treats sugar as if it is poisonous so didn’t comment when eating one of what we refer to as ‘the ugly ones’ that are not aesthetically pleasing, bit like wonky veg in supermarket. I once offered Mike a chocolate before 6.00 pm….you’d think from his reaction I had offered crack cocaine (while watching Antiques roadshow).
We have had a spate of injured horses in the yard which we hope will make full recoveries soon. This sort of stuff is not uncommon; a slight twist in wrong direction on wet ground can be serious. It’s so tempting to put stock out too early and damage themselves and the paddocks. We are keeping cows/cattle in until it is properly dry. Paddock management is a real art which in fairness most have grasped really well. In part this may be down to the annual ‘Paddock management competition’ which means the winner has £50 off the livery invoice.
Right now I should be doing invoicing and the dreaded accounts but as Mike has ‘escaped’ back onto the farm under pretext of some emergency (yeah right?) and I decided I would rather be writing. Keeping Mike in the office is like hanging onto a lit firework.
The holiday cottage is booking up fast for the next few months. I have a three day gap at end of April if anybody is interested? I took a booking for five men who were going to Cheltenham races. As soon as I had done it I had doubts. Well I have to say, they left the cottage immaculate, everything in place, clean, tidy and a little gift to say thank you. But despite being policemen they didn’t find the chocolate orange. One of my helpers said “wow….are they all married? I want one like that”.
Nye’s album came out and (he will hate me for saying this) I am very proud of him. Nye James Music: Careworn: The Hill.
Have started to ‘dip my toe’ into equine holidays. I put an advert out and had a lot of interest but not a firm booking. In part that was probably because the only days I have free are at the end of April so it’s very short notice if somebody has to take time off work. If anybody is interested in a holiday please do not hesitate to contact me.