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Rime and Roses

This weekend I picked roses in the garden, which still held a subtle perfume of summer …. Then, the next morning winter arrived, just in time for Christmas. A frosty, misty morning full of sparkling promise And the boys loving … Continue reading

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A (Tack) Room of One’s Own

(With apologies to the spirit of Mrs. Woolf.) In my last-but-one post I wrote about the gargantuan task of clearing out the top of the barn and laying a new floor over the old one.  And I’m glad to report … Continue reading

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Dusting off the Past

It had to be done. Nearly thirty years’ worth of old furniture, boxes of books and clothes, tea chests full of glasses and crockery I hadn’t seen since we moved from London, rugs, building materials, ladders, scaffolding, gates, seven pairs … Continue reading

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Just a Perfect Day….

At Last! After a rain-drenched weekend the temperatures have subsided, the horseflies have retreated, there’s a sigh of misty freshness in the morning and a tangible dewfall in the evening. It’s finally perfect weather for riding. I had a wonderful, … Continue reading

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The Winter Waltz

When most people think of the South of France – at least those that don’t live here – perhaps the first images that come to mind will be of deep red wine and brassy sunflowers charming, higgledy-piggledy villages basking under an … Continue reading

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Home Alone

(……….Or How Two’s Company, But Three Isn’t Necessarily A Crowd.) Today we tackled a “First” that I’ve been putting off for a while.  Taking Pom out for a hack and leaving the Pie behind ….On His Own. The last time the … Continue reading

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Backing Gingerly into the New Year

Many people involved with horses may not think twice about owning and using a trailer. For me it’s been some kind of holy grail.  Ever since I had my first pony! My friend Sarah and I used to get up … Continue reading

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Jean-François Pignon visits Cahors

Just by chance, I picked up a flyer for a local cinema to see that an “avant première” of Jean-François Pignon’s autobiographical film, “Gazelle” was being shown on Friday evening preceded by a personal appearance of the man himself and his horses in our home … Continue reading

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Australians, a Dolphin and Temporary Wheels

Nope, I haven’t migrated to warmer climes (though given the barely noticeable appearance of Summer in northern Europe, I could have been tempted) but I’ve had Australian visitors, who brought a large armful of virtual sunshine with them on their … Continue reading

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Cornucopia!

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, … Continue reading

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