This is our busiest season. We are now doing farm walks at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday to Saturday mostly. I do want you to book by phoning (09)292-9231 as that determines how many staff I need. Sometimes we have under 8 people which I can do myself and then we could have 20 which means I need to have at least two more girls to help me. Yesterday I started off with 8 people and ended up with over 20. People were lovely and led some of the horses themselves thank goodness. Luckily our horses are very used to having other handlers.
This year I want to do more Senior visits probably because I am in that age range myself and I do enjoy their visits so much. We provide morning tea and I play the piano and then get my horses to do a little performance out from where they are having their morning tea or if it is raining I give a talk about our animals or the Kaimanawa horse, Arani, we have.
Some people want to bring their own food for the birthday parties we hold which is fine and will cost $10 less than the listed figure.
At the Clevedon Farmers Market now we have four permanent helpers instead of different ones every Sunday. They are - Bailey (Cashier), Kelly, Mikayla, Maverick and Kate. . Hayley is my right hand person for feeding and helping at the farm and Gina is now staying in a caravan on our farm with her partner. She has volunteered for over a year now so I offered them to stay here until they get their own place. I feel very lucky to have such lovely young people around me.
Well, must make some Kiwi biscuits for today's family visits.
Just phone (09) 292-9231 if you want to know anything I can help you with.
Tiffany produced a lovely girl foal on 25th October. I hope you will come and see her. She can be a little skite roaring around the paddock at only weeks old bucking and carrying on for our notice. It was funny because Brittany, our granddaughter, went to get all the horses in and she came back to me and said "they won't come as they are all gathered around Tiffany and her foal". I said "foal, she is not due to have her foal for another month" but there she was without any human help bright as anything. Whew, what a relief. So being Brittany who found her we had to find a name starting with 'B' and so she is called Becky.
Rebecca Tasker and I have just made up a little show for people to see in the summer months. We have Merlin, fetching squeaky toys, Casper doing the Spanish walk, Jodi jumping through hoops, Tiffany and Becky - well I don't know what yet! - Star doing his usual on a stand and Dannyboy saluting. Sally the sheep may bounce a ball back - you never know! Whatever, they are having fun and I think you will enjoy the antics.
After 4 months of me not riding Bella she has commenced again like a real angel. Took her to Waitawa Regional Park and enjoyed the stunning views without having to think about my horse playing up so I guess now that she is 8 years old I can say she is properly 'broken in" - what horrible words. She is now gentled to a stage where we are a partnership.