Since my last post at the end of April, I’ve been slowly getting my strength back after the plate was taken out of my leg. What I didn’t expect was that it would be like having a crutch kicked away, so it’s taken time to get back to normal and I’m still not riding yet.
However I haven’t been able to resist going mushrooming, as we’ve had torrents of rain and warm spells in between. One day I had a quick look in the woods, without taking a knife or basket and the girolles were practically leaping out of the undergrowth into my T-shirt-serving-as-an-apron!
The growth in the garden has been so lush, we’ve had difficulty keeping up, particularly with the box hedging and topiary, and the blowsy roses have bowed over full of raindrops and dropped their petals far too soon. It’s been a month of rainbows and deep indigo skies then all too brief periods of warm sunshine when you could almost hear the grass growing.
But the project which has kept us busy is restarting the half-finished renovation of a small barn which we had planned to turn into a “gîte” – holiday accommodation – eventually. Plans were kick-started by a threatened visit by my husband’s niece and her three friends coming over from Australia to “do” Europe and drop in on us en route, which has spurred us on to get it as ready as we can by the time they arrive.
So most things (including the blog!) are on hold at the moment as we get our hands thoroughly dirty yet again and enjoy getting our teeth into an all-consuming project. Hopefully there will be photos to show for our efforts soon.
The horses are content making inroads into the spring grazing, a few metres only per day. Aly has been having problems recently with his near hind leg. No sign of swelling or heat in the leg, hoof or sole and our best guess was a problem in the stifle area, which the vet also suggested. So he’s been having syringes full of bute and applesauce and is much improved…
And the Pie … just keeps on shedding!
As I’ve been feeling so very tired, I found myself thinking of Madeleine Kahn’s song, from “Blazing Saddles”; although, in her case it’s the men in her life that are wearing her down (definitely not my problem!). However, I still found it amusing enough to include here……
Once life gets back to normal and I’m riding again, there will be more horse news!