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13th December 2017

Plus 3 and dry when driving in.

By dry I mean it is not raining .. yet.

The snow is melting and the trees are happier as most of that awful white stuff has fallen off their branches, allowing them to bend back again…. Its a bit like an old man straightening himself after many hours in the wrong position..some sadly will not be straight again.. bent for ever.

This sort of weather puts us in a dilemma as we are most unlikely to be able to canter the horses this morning.

Our two all weather gallops still have at least 7 inches of snow on them and although it is melting, cantering on the snow is dangerous when it starts to thaw as it balls in their feet and like us they can twist joints or ankles (for the human analogy)

We might be ok this afternoon?..

Yes all that snow makes for good pictures but once the thaw comes it is not pretty..

Anyway Jockey David Bass was in for a while.. his cheery humour kept all the staff happy while riding out..Trotting around our school area.

There is no jump racing today but we do have a runner on the all weather at Kempton. Yes Sunblazer our only flat horse heads there later today. For my thoughts on his chances please click here.

I shall be making a rare appearance at Kempton later .. Archie needs dropping off at Heathrow at 5 as he is heading off to Dubai on a 10 day ECB sponsored cricket tour... Lucky chap..

We like a bit of Scottish humour.. This was sent over by Kevin Patterson..Kevin is the head Ghillie at Tweedswood on the River Tweed..

Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates

'In honor of this holy season' Saint Peter said, 'You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.'

The man from England fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on.  'It represents a candle', he said.

'You may pass through the pearly gates' Saint Peter said.

The man from Scotland reached  into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, 'They're bells.'

Saint Peter said 'You may pass  through the pearly gates'.

The Irishman started searching  desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women's panties.

St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, 'And just what do those  symbolize?'

The Irishman replied, 'These  are Carols.' 

And So The Christmas Season Begins......

To finish please watch this video..yes we do try