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Damp and drizzle

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

"The best portion of a good man's life,

His little, nameless. unremembered acts of kindness."

William Wordsworth.

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Marvo (John)

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A very damp, drizzly morning so waterproof sheets for the horses and leggings for the humans was the order of the day. We've already had two lots out and things have gone very smoothly. I think the thought of Christmas and New Year is doing everybody the power of good. The celebrations fall very conveniently this year at the weekends which makes our working life much easier.We have half the staff on and half off on both holidays with an additional day added on so everyone has a reasonable break on both weekends. At least it's the shortest day today so we have turned a corner.

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Star of Missouri (Lauren)


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The Haafd ex Sosumi (Dan)

One thing I should like to mention is the very sad loss of Roger Fisher who died this week. He was a lovely man and did so well with the horses that he had. The best of these would be Ekbalco who was a high class hurdler in the 1980's. He never spent a lot of money when buying his horses and always bought a great type with size and scope. They usually needed time which made them into the good horses they became.

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Barwick leading some yearlings up the hill...

An unsual thing happened at Flint Cottage this morning when at 8 o'clock a man in a flourescent jacket with an extending pole came into the office asking for the boss. Ian and Phil looked at me and I looked at them. I'm afraid they won and I had to accompany the said man out onto the horsewalk to discuss heights of telephone wires. Much discussion followed on whether this was European law and reasons why we were having this discussion but, as many of you will know, you very rarely win with jobsworths and in the great Christmas spirit I decided he could put a taller pole up in a certain position. This will affect half of the Rayes Lane population which has had no problem with it since Noah was a boy! I am sure that it will cause complete havoc with all our communications when they finally get to do the job.

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