Sunday, 17 April 2011

Heavy Horses....not Obese horses!!!!

A lovely afternoon spent watching heavy horses working and being shown at the Harbridge Farm Heavy Horse Event which is near Ringwood, Hants. I love these horses, I am not especially bothered by other sorts of horses but these big guys I love! As a child myself and two of my cousins would ride a big horse like this around the fields.....all three of us on his back at once. His name was Clover and he had been on the farm working since my Mother was a child too.
These four were the cheeky boys of the day and just looked like they would like to cause a bit of mayhem although they were well behaved.
I took so many pictures it was hard to choose my favourites.
This one jingled as he passed and looked marvellous.
A really good afternoons entertainment and although there were alot of machines about like ploughs, harrows, rollers, etc...there was no engine noise. We had the first picnic of the year, home-made bread rolls and freshly boiled ham, tomatoes and apples for pudding.....it feels like summer.
This blacksmith was kept busy shoeing the horses, they have such big feet!

We laughed when a friend of my daughter didn't know what a heavy horse was....Amy told her it was an obese horse....and she believed her!!!!

Lastly a video of them...and no I didn't get squashed at the end!


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Friday, 15 April 2011

Good birding

A wander down to our favourite birding spot was well worth the effort, two good new ticks (for this year)....an Osprey and a Marsh Harrier. The Osprey was sitting in his/her usual spot and didn't move much while we watched for about an hour, of course as soon as we left it had flown and we missed it! The Marsh Harrier cruised along above the reed beds looking for some dinner.
These deer looking at us looking at them.

In the garden this morning a little Great Tit was picking up some fur fromWrecks the dogs recent hair cut which the dog groomer (me) had left on the lawn. The bird had stuffed it's beak so full it could hardly take off let alone see where it was going! Still, somewhere there is a fancy nest with a fur lining! Poor Wrecks is so embarrised by his awful hair cut he can't go out in case other dogs laugh at him....sorry Wrecks!

Buttercups and Daisies and a field of grazing cattle....how English is that scene?


And finally, a lovely wedding last Saturday in the hot April sunshine.



Sunday, 3 April 2011

Yesterday we had to take three large 19 year old youngsters plus baggage...plus several surfboards to Bristol airport so they could jet off for some warm weather surfing. Two hours in the car with these three talking excitedly about surfing was enough to wear you out!

So having waved them off we headed off to Tyntesfield house not too far away to chill out with a nice meal in the wonderful restaurant there. The window above was in the Chapel of the house which is a Victorian house.

I LOVE these kitchen cupboards and this is exactly as it was when the National Trust took over the house and as the family had left it.
This fellow was in the billiard room....not shot on the estate I would say! More like dragged back from Canada or somewhere I suspect.

Genteel furniture in one of the saloon rooms.Later in the day we stopped at Farrington Gurney at the wonderful farm shop there. These chickens live in the "Cluckingham Palace" posh place for chicken. In the shop there is an incredible mosaic of a Friesian cow, just an amazing bit of artwork I think.