Thursday, November 15, 2007

Ask Trish Almost Anything Pt5

Dear Trish,

How are your horses?As my daughter wants to know.

Michelle

Dear Michelle

A horses question!!! WOO HOO!!! Now I get to bore everyone in the book world silly with my other great passion in life! LOVE IT!!! Tell you dd I WUV HER...

So anyone not interested in horsey-Trish's-life as opposed to Writing-Trish's-Life needs to scroll down around about now til they hit the pic of the cat with the ball of wool ;) Cos this is all about horses and the chaos of my real life this one... mind you, the associated eye candy of a daily gathering of builders can be considered research I spose. Mind you, there are days when it's to research what Trinny and Susanna are to the *before* pics if you get my drift...
The horses question raises the current angst in my life. Outside of writing that is. Cos normally by this time of year we have all the babies nicely tucked up in their beds with nice clips to make them all look pretty and nice cosy jammies on. But this year we’re a tad out of whack.

Now there are a few good reasons for this. Not least of which is the fact that after a ridiculously wet summer we’ve had an unseasonably mild and so far fairly dry autumn. Which is just as well really – cos currently the babies nice new bedrooms are in a state of building chaos…

Welcome to the building site known as our new yard. Now last winter we had only three stables finished and a tin roof on. But thanks to some questionable attachment of the roof struts and a storm between Christmas and New Years, the entire roof was lifted off in the middle of the night and tossed into the field behind the stables. As one might understand the horses were a tad upset by this and the next morning were bouncing off the walls. So we had to transport them all to a friends yard where they spent the winter in livery – which cost a fortune – until spring when they could come home and go out onto the new grazing we’d bought.

In the meantime the rest of the stable block was built. It’s a square courtyard, with twelve stables and a tackroom and washbay and loo and then through an archway you hit a second smaller courtyard around which are offices and accommodation and a studio and training area for the radio station my brother runs – oh and a little house. Now the house is the bit that’s plastered and tiled and as you can see the rest of the yard still has a way to go. You kinda have to use your imagination a bit for me - see all the mud covered with nice concrete, imagine the smaller courtyard with a nice bubbling fountain running over the original mill wheel left from the water mill that once stood here on the land beside the river, see every wall as plastered the same as the house is and nice hanging baskets between the stables in the summer and and and... well - you get the dream here, don't you? It's just as tad hard to envisage at the minute...
BTW do we love how this pic has a little set of ears at the front??? Minature shetlands are very very interested in whatever those things with two legs missing might be doing... what IS that silver thing? Is it FOOD??? What IS a camera???
The roof struts are however due on this week and once the original three stables are tiled then the three larger horses can come in. (Charlie doesn’t see what the hold up and is already standing at the gate hinting heavily that he should have been in a nice comfy bed with food by now – he was a hunter for eight years and as far as he’s concerned this time of year involves all that and the fun of galloping for miles twice a week so he just doesn’t get why he’s still on holidayplus from his owners pov he looks like a huge hairy four legged teddy bear at the minute and that makes me INSANE when I know he's quite handsome underneath and ALSO AVAILABLE IN WHITE)

Oh and the pic of a digger inside some banks in a field is how our arena currently looks. Yuh huh, not much riding go on in there at the moment either…

Now as this is already the point of the year I hate most – the brown portion of the year as I call it, cos trust me, it is – all the extra mud and muck supplied by the building is a bit of a pain in the backside. And having all the ponies out in the brown stuff and rough ground can bring a whole new set of problems. (not that the hairy miniature shetlands seem to care much) But thankfully, we also put down a new section of *roadway* to the new fields, so they have a firm standing to go with the shelter from the trees and access to the river that borders us while living out rough until the stables are ready - and the ones that need them have their *raincoats* on. .. And you can see the distinct difference between the rough ground pics and the pics at the bottom of the blog of ground we’ve been saving for daily turnout when they come in – well hopefully you can see the difference – which is close to the stables as we’ll have less daylight to work with in a month or so and as so many of our boys are getting on in years we like them to get to stretch their legs as much as possible.

We are however on a ticking clock. So it’s a great source of angst to me. The millisecond the last tile goes on the stable roof, regardless of outside plastering or general prettying up, in they come. And when they come in they all get nice haircuts and new shoes and nice warm jammies on, and even if the arena isn’t finished we get to ride them out on the little narrow country lanes that surround us – which are but one car width wide for miles and miles over hill and dale, surrounded by trees and with the lakes in the distance… BLISS!

So when that happens I promise to come back with pics of CLEAN horses and all the nice lanes and views we get to see. I even promise to bring some regular pics of how the stables and arena are progressing if you're at all interested, how does that sound???

And no this isn't the time of year to visit Ireland imho and yes I do answer horse questions for people’s books ;) Oh and if any of the pics are blurry its cos I made the mistake of trying to take them while I had my neices puppy on the end of an extendable lead - who in heck invented those stupid leads??? Cos do the understand how puppies like to explore? Huh? Huh? I got tangled up so many times it wasn't even funny...
So there ya go Michelle and Michelle's dd... ;)
And we have more from Ask Trish Almost Anything next time...

4 comments:

Michelle Styles said...

When my dd gets home, she will be drooling at the pictures. Bless you.

I am sure the new building will look wonderful once they are finished.

I am currently dealing with carriage driving. But think I have it sorted.

Natasha said...

There is a reason why Ireland is so green, isn't there! lol

It all looks very ... er ... muddy.

Jenna Bayley-Burke said...

My boys liked the pics too...they wanted to know if they have big stalls or small stalls as Grandpa has two big ones and one small...the big have indoor and outdoor, the small is huge but only inside...and he should be bringing home a brood mare for it this weekend. They'll love that!

Trish said...

Natasha indeed there flipping well is!!! We don't get this green without a jolly good watering.... and IT IS MUDDY. Trust me.

OOOOOHHHHH Jenna glad the boys enjoyed! I love the sound of Grandpa's stables with the indoor/outdoor combo. A few people will do that here too - I should really of thought of that darnnit. Oh well - you can tell the boys that the stables are roughly 14ft by 14ft which is HUGE for ponies and about average here for horses - though we do have a few larger ones and Charlie is in what we would class as a brood mare sized stall at 14ft by 20ft (he's a big guy) - the plan is they're to be in overnight and out onto grass after breakfast and back in around 4 when it's starting to get dark-ish. And they can go out in the sand arena for an hour or two on really bad mucky days while their boxes are done. Shetlands prob won't come in til very very late in season (March/April) and they'll only come in then cos I want to handle the two mares lots before their foals come so we can get within 10ft of the foals ;)

You can tell the boys I promise foal pics when they arrive ;)