The one thing I wish is that I had more time, especially for family and friends. Maybe this year I will take on some more help instead of doing my permanent ‘headless chicken impression’. My problem is, apart from the office work, that I really enjoy just about everything. The office would require such a massive sort out before help could be arranged, I would need to do the equivalent of ‘cleaning before the cleaner arrives’. Plus the fact Rufus (youngest son) casually wandered into the kitchen the other day, poured a glass of milk and mentioned in passing that “the office ceiling has fallen in” makes any form of paid help impossible as it would involve ‘danger money’ and a hard hat. (I did hear a rumble but thought it came from the yard). Who could be expected to work in such work conditions?
Loved having Dinny and Torney here as full boards while their family moved into area on 22nd December (yes you read that right!) moved house three days before Christmas! To think when I moved to the farm I said I would do ANYTHING on the farm but I was not going near a horse. Now I absolutely love these kind and gentle animals and will do anything that the owners ask. My attitude it they know their own horses best, I so not consider myself an expert but I am learning new stuff every day.
My first guest found the hidden chocolate orange in the cottage. He left a little note saying “thirty years in the police force were not wasted”. (Cannot divulge where it is hidden).
Lastly without wishing to sound too much like an Oscar winner I would like to thank all my lovely guests and helpers on the farm/cottage/livery. What a team, we are blessed.
Best of luck to all in 2016.