Concrete and Hardcore – The stuff of dreams!

Wow what a week! Not only have we had our lovely friend Steve staying with us for a few days, attended the Riding club AGM.
, visited friends in Plymouth, and had the farrier out; but…
WORK HAS STARTED ON THE STABLE BUILDING PROJECT!!!!
Oh yeah ! Whoop Whoop!
Although things had been sorted, workmen booked and deposits paid, we really didn’t expect work to begin fora few months yet because the ground is to wet. One of the conditions of our planning permission is the kerb at the top of the field access has to be dropped and the first 10 metres must be concreted. So imagine our delight when we get a phone call out of the blue asking if it would be alright to start work on the kerb on Monday.
In less than a week, Pat May has dropped the kerb, scraped all the mud out of the Valley of Death, laid hardcore down through the Valley to the field gate, laid just over 10 metres of concrete drive, replaced a gatepost , rehung the valley gate, and cleaned up after himself at every step. He’s transformed a treacherous mud bath into a useable access way, and, except on concreting day, he did it all by himself . We’re delighted , and can’t recommend him highly enough!
We don’t know when he’ll be back to do the next phase, it really does need to dry out beforehand , but it’s all feeling a lot closer now😄

Set Backs, but only minor ones

We were supposed to have been spending the night away for the first time since being here this weekend. It was for one night, but the planning and organisation that went into it was worthy of a military campaign. Hotel booked, horse sitter found, Ripley booked to stay with my Dad, Quincey booked to stay with dog boarder,neighbours conned. Into feeding cats. The dogs had been dispatched and the neighbours and horse sitter had been given keys and instructions..
Then – Hal got Flu! We weren’t going anywhere. He really is very poorly.
Thankfully the newly found horse sitter, Amy, was kind enough to help me out on Saturday bringing the horses in. There was no way Hal could do it.

Sadly last week I had another call from the Vet. They’d been looking more deeply at Magnum’s X-rays. It turns out that there is some deterioration in his near side fore navicular bone after all, and some calcification around his ligament.

On the subject of ligaments, I have damaged my colateral ligament , so have a very painful and swollen knee.
We’re all a bunch of crocks really😰