Doom and gloom. . . . .

It is all a bit gloomy here at the moment……

I went to let the chickens out the other morning only to find all the young chucks dead and mutilated.  The remaining chickens were somewhat traumatized and when let out from the shed fled for the safety of my hay store. Something, mink we think, had got into the  poultry shed, through the old stone walls and killed what they could.  It was very upsetting.  GOS spent all afternoon mending  and strengthening our old wooden hen house that the chickens were living in prior to the “bird flu” restrictions of last year.  What is left of the poultry is safely (we hope) tucked up in reinforced hen house at night now.

Whether distracted by the upset I don’t know, but I managed to drop a bottle of wine on the stone flag floor later that day and kick over a tin of paint.  Mind you, at the time all this happened we were both some what sleep deprived as we had been looking after a friends dog  for a few days. The poor old thing had just had an operation and was very unhappy. She was wearing a “lampshade” collar to stop her getting at her stitches and just could not settle at night.  She whined all the time and had us up several times a night to take her out to the garden.


Still it’s nothing to what has been happening round the globe in the same time span.  The world news is totally depressing with, genocide, hurricane, floods and earthquakes.   The “Brexit” arguments  and petty political squabbling now come as a light relief when the news comes on TV!

Actually,  we had more than a glimmer of cheerfulness last Saturday (and a lovely sunny afternoon) for a wedding.  A neighbour’s daughter got married and my choir sang for the ceremony.  (Lots of compiments!)  Plus GOS and I went to the evening party.  A very happy day for a lovely young couple.

The family have recently purchased a Suffolk Punch filly with the intention of turning her into a working horse.

suffolk punch
Suffolk Punch in harness

This breed of heavy horse had almost died out but for a few enthusiasts  who have kept the blood lines going and one or two are now using them for forestry work in particular.  Suffolks are a lot shorter than draught horses such as the “Clydesdale” but  very strong and versatile.  The breed is still on the “critical list” with around 300 breeding mares only in the country.

Anyway I am waiting to see this  fine young lady in work . . . . . that is something to look forward to . . . .



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