Tomorrow, all being well, the pregnant Icelandic mares and Lilja (non pregnant Icelandic filly) will move home to get ready for their big event – foaling. We still have a few weeks to go but now is a good time to return and we can start monitoring them better.
All the internal gates will be opened and the Minions will then have the run of the whole croft, about 40 acres to themselves. This will include the ladies’ winter field which still has grass in it and more than enough for eight (*** cough ***) fat little Shetland ponies.
This weekend ee also have possibly our first Minion visitor so we are preparing to meet our public. Taking two brushes with me this morning, Floss and I set about making everyone a bit more presentable.
Everyone loves being brushed now. Albie is particularly keen and follows us everywhere trying to push the brush under himself.
And no one escaped our ministrations and beautification. Please note Newt’s fabularse bouffant, darling!
As a reward for our hardwork which consisted of mostly removing small helpers, we had a bit of a sit down. It is that dry now so no wet bottoms.
Despite being still in their winter floof, the Minions are looking particular handsome. I hope our visitors think the same.
I took advantage of the fact that Fivla was close by. We had a lovely chat. Just like the old days.
Fivla has possibly the softest nose in the world. She always has.
I think we can safely say that we are ready and waiting – so bring on the tourist season. Let’s hope it goes well.
This is a total experiment. If no one wants to meet the chaps, then we won’t do it again.
Pray for good weather, good behaviour and good publicity, please. x