Teddy arrives for breakfast & dinner daily by our dining door.
We are back to going to the Clevedon Farmers Market every fine Sunday now as the other lady has finished. We commenced at the market when Helen Dorrestyn first opened the market and were there for 10 years which is surprising as I only agreed to come the opening Sunday seeing someone else couldn't come. Two years ago I decided I wanted most of my Sundays for me to go to church unhindered so I took the horses and donkeys once a month and then the other group pulled out who were doing the other Sundays. We started coming fortnightly and now we are back to weekly. Linden is bringing the horses down for me and Christine and Sue are handling the farmyard area so I can still get to church and come back to bring Ziggy, our black and white large horse who has such a large stride that I am puffing by the end of the second round!
Please note our front page for details in pink of what is on that day. It is especially useful for you to know when we are going to the market. Just phone if you want to know anything I can help you with.
Tiffany's foal, Becky, is coming up to the fence now for children to feed her grass which is so lovely. We put a halter on her for the first time last week and I wonder if she even noticed it. I want to start squirting molasses down her mouth now to make worming her later on less of a hassle. So far she has been a dream.
For fun, last week, I let some overseas students have running races with the five donkeys and they enjoyed it. There are 3 donkeys who will run well and two who say "not for me thanks" and pull the other way so you can imagine it was very amusing to watch. The donkeys got encouraged by the pile of hay at the end of the lawn tennis court and were rewarded with a carrot at the end.
Come and visit us while it is fine. Lynn Collecutt.
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.