Now it is rare that I discuss my children’s achievements in public as we are, after all, British and think it may ‘go to their heads’. However, I am so proud of Rufus and Poppy. We had 472 bales on the deck and rain forecast, all our usual helpers were on holiday, at shows or ill. They both ‘stepped up to the mark’ and by midnight the trailers were full and backed into the barn ahead of the rain. Poppy took to the ‘flat eight grab’ on the load-all like an old hand and has now declared it to be her favourite job.
It’s great to follow some of our old livery clients. Alex Holman-Marshall in particular who left us to do an apprenticeship in Devon on an eventing yard seems to be getting on really well.
We have had a clear TB test which is a massive relief. I mainly dread the bull failing but any fail is awful. You could cut the atmosphere with a knife on TB test day, we all have to apologise to each other at tea time as sometimes we (ok, me mostly!) have been known to use bad language. I am not proud of this but the lovely vet understands and said she had seen/heard worse…..God knows where she has been, I dread to think?!