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8th August 2023

Plus 11 and raining when driving in.

Good morning Patricia..

Guest appearance from Patricia Ruck Keene yesterday was a thrill to behold..

Georgina Style organised a weekend away for her Mother in the Cheltenham area and can you imagine they stayed close to Cheltenham Racecourse?

Georgina emailed last week to suggest a visit to Thorndale and thankfully we were here… we were meant to have been in Scotland fishing with NJH, but he got the wrong week!

So it was great to be here.. Yes I am a great believer in fate, so it was only right that we were.

William and Georgina drove up the drive with Patricia and what a thrill to take her round the yard and entertain my favourite member of my parents life..A very sprightly 101 year old, who is not for stopping!

Not for stopping.. Hardly .. Mat and Ed Cookson were glued to the England’s Women’s football yesterday morning..Cries of desperation when chances missed, but thankfully England won and I am sure Mat and Ed went off to celebrate ..

Mat is a huge advocate of the Ladies football series and this World Cup.. Our girls are into the quarter finals.. Saturday could be a right off!

Tuesday morning brings in a vet who gastro scoped a selected bunch of horses..

This weeks mover and shaker in the BHA handicap charts was Gerard Mentor who went down 2 to 102.

A blonde, wanting to earn some money, decided to hire herself out as a handyman-type and started canvassing a wealthy neighborhood.

She went to the front door of the first house and asked the owner if he had any jobs for her to do.

"Well, you can paint my porch. How much will you charge?"

The blonde said "How about £50?"

The man agreed and told her that the paint and other materials that she might need were in the garage.

The man's wife, inside the house, heard the conversation and said to her husband, "Does she realize that the porch goes all the way around the house?"

The man replied, "She should, she was standing on it."

A short time later, the blonde came to the door to collect her money.

"You're finished already?" he asked.

"Yes," the blonde answered, "and I had paint left over, so I gave it two coats."

Impressed, the man reached in his pocket for the £50.

"And by the way," the blonde a dded, "it's not a Porch, it's a Ferrari."