Author Archives: Frances

Going Home

We are on the boat after a long and successful trip. Yes, one red rosette and we are very proud of Daisy and Kappi. Waffle was also an exemplary Shetland pony who made many friends.

We are on the boat now. My feet are vibrating from the driving. We left Spalding at 05:00!

Gin and tonics all round. More tomorrow. Night, night xx

Alive and well

We reached our destination exhausted after 12 hours driving.  I swear Google maps just added on more and more time and miles as went along, having originally said 8 hours.

Waffle and Kappi travelled so well. I love those dudes.  They took it all in their strides and have been perfect.

They are living in a fantastic livery yard a few miles away from the showground.

We are staying above a retail outlet so this morning was spent shopping.  In the afternoon, we took Kappi to the oval track for a practice.  Waffle ate grass in a supportive way.

No photos as we have very limited wifi but once home, then obviously I will inundate.

So fingers and toes crossed for Daisy and Kappi tomorrow.

On the Boat South Again!

Well, here we are on the boat going south with Kappi, Wafffle, Daisy and Bjørn (not necessarily in that order) for the British Championships.

During my absence, Daisy has been working on her lists of everything we need to take with us.

She packed the van up gradually.

We had to evict a small stowaway. My heart bled. I so wanted to take her but she hates travelling and there are no dogs allowed on the showground.

First, the traditional stop off en route for supplies.

Then onto the boat.

Waffle and Kappi are very happy in their quarters and they will be checked regularly.

WIsh us all luck.

The Foals have Grown

I am home and yes, it is wonderful (if brief).

(Tomorrow we are on the boat to go to the 2017 Summer Festival and British Championships in Spalding)

So, anywho, today, I spent the day with my horses and ponies.

The foals are growing “like Topsy” and looking wonderful.  Powerful little peoples.

Both foals are very independent, sleeping away from each other, not even near their Mums.

(there is a stream between them).

I can already see them developing and changing.  I love this stage in their brand new lives.

To start with, they sort of get on and talk to each other, which is wonderful, though Dreki has evil thoughts and Lilja is a perfect little girl.

Dreki just has to annoy at all times.  He must.

But the half-siblings do manage to skip around together in the field, which shows a bond of some sort.

Dreki can be forgiven for his midge-like behaviour as he is very handsome.


And Lilja is precious heaven.  She still hasn’t grown into her ears yet!

(It is wonderful being home) xx

Deer and Ducks

Our daily dog walk is at 07:00.  This early, there are no golfers out and about and it feels more like our park than the municipal gold course that it really is.

Fox watch has been rather fruitless – I will have another go tonight, not even “The Magenpies” turned up and the chicken I put out is rather ripe!

But, this morning, we saw in the trees a beautiful roe deer – a buck, I think.  It stopped in its tracks and so did we.

We alI stood still and waited.  Luckily her dog, Pip, is very good about not chasing anything unlike others we have known or know!

Even though we were downwind, of course it was inevitable that the roebuck quickly spied us and went galloping off at full speed, while I tried to take photos.

It was a magical morning and we stood for a while in the early morning watching the graceful deer vanish off into the distance.

Afterwards, we walked on to our usual spot – the duck pond to feed Mum’s lone duck.  Mum has been feeding him all winter.

But, over the past few days, more and more ducks have been joining in, which is lovely.

Today a hen duck appeared with her eight little ducklings who, I think, were born not very long ago.

Eight little ducklings so now we are all hoping that there will be eight tomorrow.

Oh, the worry!

(I will be travelling tomorrow back to Shetland so NIck will be writing the blog)