Alpaca & Muscovy

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Memorial service for our dear Mother

Regular readers will recall that hubby lost his Mother and me a Mother in law as well as Grandmother to the children about 9 weeks ago.

Well bless her she was not religious at all and didn’t believe in God or attend Church and donated her body to Science. She didn’t like fuss at all so we kept the Memorial very simple and it was simply beautiful. we received so many phone calls the next day saying how beautiful it was, I think she would have been pleased.

In her memory we are installing a Rose Garden and attendees donated Rose bushes in pots rather than cut flowers – here are a few… Rest in Peace Mother.

Tunnel Inn at Coates – Kensmyth highly recommends

With several of us losing dear ones or close to it as my friend is, what better way to cheer a friend up than try a new restaurant again?

I took clients back in 2018 to the Tunnel Inn at Coates but knowing it had changed Chef, what an amazing difference and day we had too… not quite sure about the presentation of the sticky toffee pudding but all Yum – marvellous

Mr Blue Sky

Well with all the wet weather and dreary faces, I thought this might cheer you up – Mr Blue Sky


Magic Moments at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

Sometimes when you look back at breeding, you have such special memories and this one is of my youngest son with a Kensmyth homebred colt and filly from 1999 …

the colt turning coat just as our beautiful Draught Colt has turned into today…

only he is much bigger of course !


Farm food at Farm shops and Brexit prices?

is it me or are standards slipping in the farm shops? I was shocked at the prices of the Farm Shop food and the way it was presented recently see what you think…

  A quiche – you got it but £11 for this?

A burger with chips… but £13?

and the custard (where is it) served with a treacle tart for £8?

and wait for it… for the princely sum of £7.50 you could have this um (cowpat?) Brownie??


October colours and bye bye Saturn 5 at Kensmyth Clay Meadow

Autumn is my favourite time of year for many reasons and the vibrant colours ranging from conker to chestnut with red and hazel and a smorgasboard of shades inbetween is just eye candy to a farming out door girl…

however, it is also so sad when a foal coat changes and that baby that you helped bring into the world that you are so proud of… becomes a little horse all on their own.


I thought Kensmyth Perugia could welcome October all by himself with his changing colours… so proud of our first Draught Foal born here at Clay Meadow … goodness me he is not 4 months yet!


Downton Abbey the Movie and Frankie and Bennies

well living in an all male household (hubby and 3 sons) its small wonder that they did not want to see the movie of Downton Abbey with me… despite being made to suffer the entire series whilst it was on.

So off I went meeting a friend at Greenbridge Swindon – no Cinema in Cirencester folks… and it was a very good film. True to period and historic costume and genre with a good tale to tell … but sadly the food at Frankie and Bennies was awful…

cold prawns – their new dish which was supposed to be hot, hard butter with garlic dough balls… yuk

and no apology for bringing the starter with the main course and all really late… not even busy that night!

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