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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

WEEKEND. (24/05/16)

On Friday afternoon I arrived for horse, dog, hen and sheep sitting duties. The place was a hive of industry with horses being washed, brushed, scrubbed, scraped and plaited. I was exhausted just watching so went for a sit down. Saturday morning it was much the same but with a bit of hoof polishing adding to the mayhem. It was then time to start loading the horses for their weekend jaunt. Horses fall into two broad categories, Those that can’t wait to get into the truck and those that once in do their best to get out again. The majority here like a change of scene so are of the former persuasion. Out of the loose box through the stable and up the ramp with a hapless groom semi airborne bouncing in their wake.
I was feeling the effect of all this activity so after taking the dogs for a wander, collecting the eggs and checking the sheep was more than ready for an early siesta. I made a Spanish Omelette for tea and switched the telly on; I can’t work televisions ..I have been told before to just press the red button on the thin black whatsit and watch what is on. Football was on, better than idiots opening red boxes or EastEnders but not by much. I managed about ten minutes of it then switched it off and started the crossword. I couldn’t finish it so seeking further amusement decided to go for a shower. I had noticed that the football men had rather interesting and adventurous haircuts so spent a while popping my hair this way and that but I just looked a bit daft, come to think about it so did they. I got dried and dressed and switched the TV back on but it was still football, better football as there were lots of people on the grassy pitch bit along with a dozen or so horses and lots of folk in Hi-Viz jackets. I think the latter must have been members of parliament. Our politicians are for ever standing around in goggles and hi-viz clothes. I don’t know why, I suspect they think it makes them look capable of work. It doesn't, it makes them look like something out of a safety clothing catalogue but fatter and thicker. I turned the box off and read a book.
Sunday morning dawned bright and sunny. There was only one horse left at home. After a coffee, a good cough and a couple of roll-ups I felt strong enough to feed him and muck out his loose box. Oh what fun, seventeen hands of horse, two dogs, a wheelbarrow , a muck fork and shovel all doing their best to garner the maximum entertainment from the my incompetent loose box ministrations. To cap it all my clean fleece got covered in Rambo dribble.
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This is Rambo all ready to go out for a bit of exercise. He does look smart; we got there in the end.
I fed the dogs, my two, Rosa and Mia, collected the eggs from the hens, got pecked by one that had turned broody and objected to being turfed off her clutch then was ready for another sit down…..still couldn’t finish the crossword. I did notice that some TV station I’d never heard of was showing British Super Bike racing in the afternoon. I decided it was time to master the telly controls, took me ages and a couple of dummy runs but it was well worth it, It came from Brands Hatch, brilliant it was. These lads and lasses really do try hard. Shane Byrne won the race I saw and Jenny Tinmouth ended up on her arse in the gravel. It’s a nice bum and she really ought to treat it better. When all this excitement was over I wandered into the kitchen for a cup of tea and found a couple of sparrows flying around. Grabbed them and popped them back outside, found a lamb escapee wandering the garden, after considerable effort I caught it, returned it to it's mum, got a butt on the thigh for my trouble and needed another rest.
I did manage a few minutes with the camera but there were no insects about.
I think these are Spanish White Bluebells.
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This looks like a small Welsh Poppy.
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I’m back in the glen now and today it’s mowing and the hen run needs scything but first I’ll post this, have breakfast and then take the dogs for a walk.
Enjoy the rest of the week.






31 comments:

  1. Well that was a lot more entertaining than my weekend I can tell you. Mind you I did throw a hissy fit when all my shopping went through the till at the Coop but the thing froze and they told me to take it all back to the end of a queue on another till. On a Saturday morning when my lift had already gone to the car and we were due at The Woodlands for coffee. I think not!. I left them to sort it out and then took my business elsewhere on Monday.

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    1. That's not like your Co-op! I hope you gave them what for!

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    2. I couldn't be bothered CJ. I've had so many problems there with the payment system that I had had enough. The Tesco on the Island, being small and cramped, is a terrible place to shop but I can't fault their checkout systems (or their prices).

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    3. The CO-OP here is fine. Aldi have the best tills never a glitch and they heave stuff through at twice the normal speed.

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  2. Love the Bluebells - even if they are foreign invaders!

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  3. I imagine you were ready for a few days rest after writing this post.

    re. the Hibs invasion. Did you hear the crowd singing 'My Heart is Broken' at the beginning? There were masses of police facing it and police horses too. A crowd can be so much more threatening when singing than when cheering. Yet I've heard them sing the same song so beautifully I've had to wipe away tears.

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    1. Lucy, no, I find football very tedious, I just can't see the attraction at all. It is far too tribal for me and what is worse the tribes have to be segregated. If they can't behave they should just lock them in and wait until they are hungry enough to pay for the damage and say sorry.

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  4. Lol. Loved this post. You have a humorous take on everything. You have fun by the sound of it which is so important in this life.

    Have a great week.

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    1. Marie, my life is one long disastrous saga. I got half the mowing done and now the mower is stuck in a hole. I am waiting for another machine to extricate it.
      Clowns are sad people.

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  5. I have the odd white Spanish Bluebell among all the blue ones.

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    1. John, I quite like them for a bit of variety.

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  6. Clowns are sad people---- That made my day. Loved the flowers and the description of your weekend.

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    1. Bill, it is true, they are. The weekend was not boring apart from the fifteen minutes of soccer i think you call it. It's a bit like netball for boys.

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  7. Sadly the only footballers hairstyle I can manage these days is the "Charlton comb over".
    Rambo looks massive! I really like the water droplet on the Spanish bluebell

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    1. Rambo is a gentle giant, a lovely horse but has his naughty moments. Apparently the white Bluebells oughtn't to be here and will be banned when we leave the EU.

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  8. sounds as if your on Noah's Ark with all these animals about, great post.

    peter

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    1. Peter, a pair of sheep would be fine, a blessing even.

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  9. Thanks for the laugh, Adrian. You had me laughing so much at the reminder of my smoking days with "After a coffee, a good cough and a couple of roll-ups I felt strong enough" I had a coughing fit. Another reminder that they weren't all that long ago. I'm like you with TV remotes, can only perform the simplest of tasks with my own. Seems to me you enjoyed the company of all the animals.

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    1. Pauline, I prefer enjoy being around animals. They are fun and for the most part friendly.

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  10. I enjoyed your horse, dog, hen and sheep sitting sessions, friend A ... Spring is finally here in Alberta ... so happy ... smiles, will have a few months of horse, dog, hen and sheep sessions, until ole man Winter comes again ... smiles Love, cat.

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    1. Cat, everything is very late here this year. It's warm enough now but there are few insects about yet.

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    2. So cold here.. and wet ... Victoria Day came and went and I still haven't put in my garden ... so lil time left cuz come end of August I will have night frost for sure ... Pictures of seasons and things ate nice, but so nice if U e trying 2 love off the land ... anyway ... ya ,,, Love, cay.

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    3. ... if U r tryin 2 live off the land. I meant to say ...

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    4. Cat, I do forage a bit but mostlylive out of Aldi and the CO-OP

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  11. Sounds like quite the weekend, but you found time for a few nice shots. I guess I have to admire older guys who can still fuss about with their hair. Those days ar long over for me.

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    1. John, I didn't fuss for long. The footballers are a strange lot with even stranger hair cuts.

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  12. You had a very busy weekend!! Must be time to put your feet up I think.

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    1. Lynda, I get plenty of rest. I do get tired watching others work. Today I have to finish mowing and check the new young heifers; the trouble is I'm not sure how many there ought to be.

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  13. I do love it when you come up with a post that makes me chuckle, Adrian! Thanbk you for brightening an otherwise dull day.

    My, Rambo is a handsome animal, isn't he! - - even if he does dribble!

    Enjoy the rest of your week - - - Richard

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    1. Richard, glad to be of some use.
      He is a beautiful horse but I have always liked painted or coloured horses.

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