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15th May 2020

It was plus 3 and dry first thing.. No frost last night..

Mrs B was pleased as she has been almost sleeping in her veggie garden..with a hair dryer to stop the frost!

Vince Burmingham’s excellent blog yesterday about his Hendra House  was certainly enlightening.. Yes the Kim Bailey Community Spirit certainly showed up..

I have passed on loads of emails and messages to Vince and his team from owners, and people I have never heard of...One of my owners has even asked to be booked in ..

Seriously, it really was an eye opener and just so good to read something positive, especially when all we have been hearing is bad news..

Yes the world might be coming to an end for many.. especially those who report the news to us.. But there is light there somewhere, and we must keep it lit for those better days...Lets be positive.. Mat might not agree that I am at times! But then he does not have to pay rent on an empty yard?

Yesterday I spent time ringing jump racecourse that are hopefully holding jumps meetings in July to see if they are ready to be holding their scheduled meetings. The ones I was able to get hold of are all hugely excited about starting again.

Good news..For me..We are going to be bringing in most of our summer jumpers back into training next week.. Activity at last..

Yesterday was also the 3rd year anniversary of Dandy Dan's win in a bumper at Ludlow. It’s was Phil Andrews first individually owned winner.

Peter Kerr and I couldn’t find him at the course.

Peter eventually got hold of Phil on the phone (signal not very good at Ludlow) to see where he was and he said he was outside the parade ring taking photos of Dandy Dan walking round.

Peter said you should be inside meeting your jockey who is here talking to your trainer, he wasn’t aware he could come in! I had never met Phil before.

Apparently the racecourse photographer retired after all the photos Phil ordered. Robin the Raven won the race before too.. A memorable day indeed..

I was wrong about Chelmsford.. It is Newcastle that looks like to see the start of racing on June 1st

Chesil Smokery supplied our supper last night after some very happy village clapping for the NHS and Care workers....

It is with great sadness that I have to mention the loss of a few further local businesses around town:
The bra manufacturer has gone bust.

The specialist in submersibles has gone under.

The manufacturer of food blenders has gone into liquidation.

A dog kennel has had to call in the retrievers.

The Heinz factory has been canned as they couldn't ketchup with orders.

The suppliers of paper for origami enthusiasts has folded.

The tarmac laying company has reached the end of the road.

The bread Company has run out of dough.

The clock manufacturer has had to wind down and gone cuckoo.

The Chinese has been taken away.

The shoe shop has had to put their foot down and given their staff the boot.

The laundrette has been taken to the cleaners!

The pet shop has gone to the dogs.

The butcher's had the chop.

The vegeman is in a vegetative state

The venetian blind shop has closed, so it's curtains for us all

The wall paper shops taken a pasting.

The florists are now pushing up the daisies.

The fish n chip shop has been battered.

The milkman's lost his bottle

And finally, the bread man's toast.

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