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Monthly Archives: February 2020

March 2020 – how did that happen so quickly – Spring is on the way

I love Shakespeare and always say “Beware the Ides of March” bit inappropriate today as it refers to 15th March really.

Wow how the year is flying by, despite the endless storms and rain.. and snow.. there is hope for Spring and the grass is growing madly as it is still relatively warm.

Welcome March at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow – yet more snowdrops out – I must get to Colesbourne to see them!

Fond farewell at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

its very hard when you have loved something so beautiful to have to give it up – yes I watched Pretty Woman the other day what a feel good film that is.. however it was time to say a fond farewell to some of our Alpaca recently and they have gone to a fantastic knowledgeable home, settled in well and will be very happy with their new owners.

but it always makes me sad when you see them for the last time before they go ..

A time to grow up at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

Well I have mentioned previously that our little girl (well 16.2hh and only just 4 years) was going to go away to be broken in for a short while before returning to be put in foal early spring… well off she went

with her named grooming kit

and her brand new rugs


for all weathers and nice warm stable and great facilities I simply don’t have..


don’t worry she will be back home in a few weeks

Crazy Wind burn and Punctures at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

I love my car. She is nearly 34 years old and I have done over 270 kilometres in her – she is an old Landcruiser import. Every year she has more parts replaced due to age (im sure I will get like that soon) and a lot of welding but she never lets me down..

On a windy day where I ended up with windburnt lips (ouch) as a result, she finally did but I guess its not her fault really.

Glad I had RAC recovery when I got a puncture 3 hours from home and waited 4 hours for them to arrive as I simply could not get the bolts off myself.. happy driving again in her, bless!

Parking metres at Cheltenham not working grrrr

There is nothing worse than not finding a parking space at Cheltenham Hospital when you have an appointment that you really don’t want to go to in the first place.

But worse than that is when the Parking Metres don’t work – nope not a single one! Luckily I arrived early and after witnessing the Parking Police slap tickets on cars, worked out I could pay with my card to the number on the side of the Parking Metre itself by phoning them.

Apparently it registers on the Parking Metre Police hand held machines that you have paid (if you do) – the wonders of modern technology!

Breaking in at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

Draught horses grow very slowly and very big and ours are no exception. Our black Grade 1 Filly was four on January the first although technically not 4 until May. So her teething cap removal has been a long slow process but we are there now and she will be broken in then turned away shortly.. so exciting days ahead for all of us