Recent News from the Yard

Following my flurry of blogs recently, I ran out of steam last week.  The weather was too beautiful to be indoors so I spent a lot of time in the garden which has not seen so much tidying up from me for a long time.

The downside to that is that my propensity for hay fever reappeared and in the current crisis every sniffle, sneeze and cough immediately becomes a symptom of the dreaded virus.  I had to give myself a good talking to, viz. you haven’t got a temperature, your cough is only occasional, you wake up every morning (importantly) feeling quite well, get a grip…  A hay fever tablet did the trick to reassure me, but does anyone else feel like that or is it just me?

As well as all that, my dear old dog, Tess, is fading away gracefully, eating only when she feels like it and tottering about on increasingly shaky pins.  I shall keep her comfortable for as long as I can and accept the inevitable when it happens.

Enough of me and my woes.  I must tell you that Lesley, needing some time out from tending to ponies, fell over the trolley containing cones and gashed her leg, resulting in a visit to A & E where she was patched up in super quick time (miracle!) and sent home to rest.  Fortunately, her husband Colin came to the rescue to help with the ponies and now Lesley is feeling much better and was even able to drive Jim last weekend, with help again from Colin as her leg is still sore.  In the meantime, she has got her sewing machine out and is busy making cloth masks and scrub bags for the NHS.  You can’t keep a good woman down!

It occurred to me that the Pony Photo Quiz which I gave you to work out last week was not entirely fair on those who don’t know the yard’s ponies very well but maybe you were able to pick out Jim.  The answers are given below.  Give yourself a pat on the back if you got any of them right.

Pony photos Quiz
Questions and answers

Question Answer
No. 1 Whose foot is this and where is it positioned?Jim, near fore
No. 2 Who knows this nose?Tom
No. 3 Eye, eye! Who is this?Jim
No. 4 Whose little, orange ears are these?Archie (or Winmark Archangel if you want to be formal)
No. 5 Whose nostril is this?Archie
No. 6 Does anyone remember where this is placed?On the trailer
No. 7 Who is this, busy eating?Tom
No. 8 Fore or Hind? And who does it belong to?Hind, Archie
No. 9 And finally, whose beautiful bottom is this?Reuben

If you want to try some mental gymnastics then have a go at this one: 

I will give you the answers in a day or two.

More “tails” and quizzes to follow shortly.

In the interests of keeping us all occupied our friends at the RDA have a variety of training opportunities which I’ve made available via a pdf file (Acrobat Reader required). I hope you find them of interest:

Bye for now.