Saturday, 24 September 2016

Gemma's Chamfrons

Helpfully arranged in age and height order - Chamfron Olegario, Colada and Kukri.

Friday, 23 September 2016

MIlano, Nicobar and Almendra

Caroline's Chamfrons enjoying an idyllic childhood!  Bombero has gone back to his trainer to be ridden away so Almendra (on the right) has moved in with Milano and Nicobar (Prickle!)

Wednesday, 21 September 2016


I wonder some days if I will look back at my blog in years to come and think "hey, it wasn't so awful, was it"!  I try to be and generally I am pretty positive, so I choose to gloss over the bad bits.

It was eight months yesterday and I'm doing OK, what have I learnt about bereavement?  It is a hugely effective diet, your hair falls out in handfuls, stomach ulcers are not a barrel load of laughs, your short term memory will go missing in action (and other widows will smile and tell you they aren't so sure it ever comes back again) and you will be amazed and grateful you arrive at places safely because you cry so much in your car.  Simply that you miss them every day.

They say loosing your partner re writes your address book, it has, there are new friends, absolutely brilliant old friends and there are people I know I will never see again.  It's fine, you know what, I am socially inadequate around bereaved people too, if anyone is going to say the wrong thing, it will be me.  One thing I have learnt though, if I am ever in two minds about going to a funeral I will go, I am still so thankful for the people who came, people I hadn't seen in years and those who had travelled a long way.

Horse wise it was all going swimmingly, twelve on the place and it looked like I really only had two left to sell.  Sadly it would appear that Inca is back on the market.  We've had time wasters, photo collectors and people backing out of sales every year.  Some people I still wonder about (Lehan, Kat in Denmark) some I've had a small wry smile at (when their new horse didn't work out so well) and some people I think "when you message me can you not see the twenty messages you have sent me over the years, when you have promised to phone, to view, when you have made offers...?"  That said I have never had people switch from uber excited to not having the foal in 24hrs and this year I have had two.  In the dark last night I cried and thought, yes you are right to get out of horses, you can't run a business when people behave like this.  In daylight, after coffee I remember that the lovely people outweigh the others ten to one and I think maybe I will miss this life, maybe one day I'll be foolish enough to do it all again.

Monday, 19 September 2016

September Foals

They met the Space Hopper today and Colibri was the star of the show, immediately getting that he had to kick it around until the ears were upright and then grab it by one.  He was quite put out when the girls wanted to play but didn't really "get it" - he tried to coach them, then gave up and cantered away with his prize!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Lazy Sunday

I checked the foals at 9am, they told me it was a Sunday morning and they were having a lie in, could I come back later.  I went back later, 11am, they had moved, it had clearly been tiring, they needed a wee snooze to recover.  Meanwhile the Guinea Fowl were over excited that I had removed the fly screen and they could admire themselves in the door once more.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Chamfron Yolanda - 4 years old

Chamfron Yolada is now owned by Gemma Malasomma and playing polo in Cheshire.  Lovely to see her all grown up and starting her career.