Teddy arrives for breakfast & dinner daily by our dining door.
Today we had 20 Japanese students here and we did the usual farm walk, horse rides and this time we included a little show where Star did his usual spinning on a stand and going through A frames before returning to the stand. Jodi shook hands with all the students and went on her see-saw. Merlin retrieved a squeaky rubber wheel and a toy pig plus his real show-piece of bringing a wine bottle out of the chilly bin to me. Dannyboy kicked a ball into the soccer goal and then followed up with giving us a salute from the large stand. Casper, our youngest minnie, retrieved a card out of the letterbox to give to one of the students. The horses love doing these items and don't like to leave the arena - especially Merlin.
The Farmers Market in the winter is difficult as we have to walk the horses on the metalled road as the ground gets too muddy. I so look forward to when we get back on the grass.
This Saturday Hayley is managing the farm walks and party. I will be here but as our daughter and family are up from the South Island for the weekend, I am taking Saturday off. I will miss being with everyone but as they say - "family should come first".
Please note our front page for details in pink of what is on each day. It is especially useful for you to know when we are going to the market. 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.